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The Lost (Paula Maguire 1): (Paula Maguire 1) (Paula McGuire )

The Lost (Paula Maguire 1): (Paula Maguire 1) (Paula McGuire ) [Kindle Edition]

Claire McGowan
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Either Tana French and Michael Connelly secretly co-wrote this book, or Claire McGowan is a knockout new talent you should read immediately. I'm betting on the latter (Lee Child)

Claire McGowan is Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell (Ken Bruen)

Fresh and accessible without ever compromising on grit or suspense (Erin Kelly)

A brilliant portrait of a fractured society and a mystery full of heartstopping twists. Compelling, clever and entertaining (Jane Casey)

A keeps-you-guessing mystery (Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls)

A terrifically assured and pulse-pounding novel; dark, sad, lyrical, and full of superb twists (Stav Sherez)

Book Description

The start of an exciting new series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, with the potential to appeal to an audience beyond the world of crime

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 075538640X
  • Publisher: Headline (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ABLJ37E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Claire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland. After a degree in English and French from Oxford University, and time spent living in China and France, she moved to London and worked in the charity sector.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lost 6 Aug 2013
By Big Bertha TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Claire McGowan's second novel The Lost is set in the small border town of Ballyterrin. Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire left there 18 years ago and never wanted to return but when two local girls go missing within a short space of time she is requested as part of a team investigating the disappearances, and finds herself back in her hometown.

The setting of a small Northern Ireland border town post peace-process is well depicted and the plot regarding the missing girls is good, there were also underlying reasons for Paula's not wishing to return to Ballyterrin and as the story progresses these are uncovered. There were a lot of different threads and personal issues within the book and whilst the excellent scene setting of the small town, its rumours and secrets and close communities drew me in, it didn't have the same grasp on me as the authors previous book, The Fall. Not a bad book by any means and certainly very readable but missing the magic of her first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Secrets In Ballyterrin 20 Jan 2014
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Paula Maguire is a forensic psychologist currently working in London originally from a small town in Northern Ireland, Ballyterrin. She is pulled back to the town by her work as she has been requested to look into a case of two missing teenage girls. In her personal life this has come at a good time because she needs to keep an eye on her father who is recovering from a leg injury.
Paula left Ballyterrin twelve years before without looking back. On her return she comes into contact with old friends and her ex-boyfriend. Lots of bad feelings are still simmering because she didn't stay in contact not even with her best friend, at the same time they are pleased to see her again.
This story is steeped in the "Troubles". It's part of the background, and clearly the author Claire Mcgowan knows her stuff on this.
The main plot is about the missing girls and the fact that this has happened before. Girls gone missing. Another scandal rises American religious group used to take in unwed mothers and take their babies away form them, in fact they sold them in America while giving the poor girls a terrible time for their "sins"
I am not giving anything away about the plot and who did what to whom. This is a very atmospheric story, you can feel the oppressive atmosphere and the cold rain all the way through.
Somehow though the story is a bit too long and becomes cliched rather than edgy and exciting. As this is the first in a series of five I think I will keep reading the other books as I think the books will improve now the author has her scene setting novel out of the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the basics of good crime storytelling 3 Oct 2013
By Bookwoman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
A quote on the front cover of this book says that "Claire McGowan will undoubtedly become a major name in crime fiction".
I wouldn't go quite that far yet, but I would recommend this if you want a fast-paced, straightforward crime novel with an atmospheric setting and a protagonist who's both credible and likeable.
It's such a treat these days to read a murder mystery that's gone back to basics: no bits in italics indicating multiple viewpoints or a time-shifting multiple narrative, no endless interior monologues, no over-analysis, no unnecessary descriptions of everyone and everything. Just a compelling story with plausible characters and unexpected plot twists. The dialogue is excellent, too - you can actually hear these people speak - and each scene flows seamlessly into the next. Like a good tv series (which this could possibly make), it takes me exactly where I want to go.
Not that it's just a whodunnit, it's a story rich in sub-texts, as you might expect from its Northern Ireland setting: forensic psychologist Paula Maguire's return to her small home town to investigate the disappearance of two teenage girls opens up several very nasty cans of worms involving sectarian murders, sexual abuse by religious sect leaders, teenage pregnancies leading to adoptions enforced by the Catholic church, and her own mother's disappearance, years before.
If that sounds like it's all piled on with a trowel, then it is, a bit: sometimes it all gets a little overwrought and, towards the end, a little melodramatic, too. And I wasn't entirely convinced by some aspects of the plot - could a religious sect have taken such a hold over all the youngsters of a small town, and be given such free rein?
Apparently it's the first of a series, which is good news as so many plotlines are left hanging at the end. Perhaps, when the characters have established themselves a bit more, it will become a classic - I hope so. I enjoyed it, and will look out for the next instalment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
There's a lot to like about The Lost. Paula Maguire is an engaging character with a strong personality and interesting personal history, and Ballyterrin, a fictional Irish border town, has its fill of sectarian ghosts and secrets. The support characters are a little clichéd, but generally well realised, and the story has a nice swirl of main plot and subplots. In particular, the contextualisation with respect to the role of the mission and the history of the treatment of young women by families and the Church is well done. That said, the story is a little overwrought at times, veering towards melodrama (especially in the last quarter), and it's hard to believe that Paula wouldn't have been reined in more tightly by her police colleagues given her propensity to stray (she's not a police officer and she's in Northern Ireland, the most officious and rule bound police force in the UK). Nevertheless, it's an engaging read that I sense might be the first in a series; if so, I look forward to the next instalment. Both Paula Maguire and the storytelling reminded me quite a bit of Elly Griffiths `Ruth Galloway' series and I suspect if you like those books you'll enjoy The Lost.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ok. Just read it because it was a local ...
ok. Just read it because it was a local author. Lots of loose ends. Wouldn't be interested in reading any more about the detective.
Published 2 months ago by Karina Traynor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this book. Had to carry on with The Dead Gound straight afterwards. Need the next one now.
Published 2 months ago by Margaret Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost
Really good story, lots of characters and twists. The only reason it lost a star is because I guessed who did it!
Published 5 months ago by MRS H V Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great !!!
Published 5 months ago by Rusken
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect
This book is set in Northern Ireland and features Paula McGuire, a psychologist working with the police. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christine M
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving
This book introduces Paula Maguire, who has been brought in to help investigate the disappearance of two girls. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JennyD
3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot
I thought the plot was well thought out, but there were so many characters it was difficult to remember whom they all were. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MRS
4.0 out of 5 stars Ulster noir
A page turner,good plot and range of sub plots. A very atmospheric book and I particularly liked the back story of Northern Ireland. Would read more of Claire McGowan's books.
Published 6 months ago by Elma Greer
3.0 out of 5 stars A fatal flaw
I enjoyed the book, it was an interesting read, not top notch, but good enough. The fatal flaw is that Paula McGuire is a psychologist, and unlike any psychologist that I have... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mary Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically gripping featuring a wonderful female lead
The Lost is the first Paula Maguire book and author Claire McGowan's second published novel after The Fall. Read more
Published 8 months ago by W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada
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