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A Very Gripping Thriller,
This review is from: Little Girl Lost (Paperback)
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This is the first book of Brian McGilloway I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. From the first page I was hooked into a rapid moving story of finding a young girl dressed in pyjamas and wearing no shoes wandering in a frightened state in the woods. DS Lucy Black is the first officer on the scene and from that moment on the plot thickens as to who she is, why she's covered in microscopic splats of blood and why she won't speak. Lucy has a complicated life trying to look after a father with Alzheimer's, hold down a demanding job in CID, coping with a mother who is her ultimate boss and trying to find out who the mysterious woman Janet is who her father keeps talking about. There is also a bit of scene setting with the Troubles in Ireland but does not dominate the story, just adds to the plot and reasons for some of the violence.
The characters McGillloway has created are really strong and totally believable. On the face of it the plot is quite complex but this is mainly because of the time-span of earlier crimes which fit in later with the present day crimes, but it is actually quite a simple plot with few people involved in four or five interwoven crimes spanning 20 years or so, and this works really well - keeping the story simple but strong. All is quickly tied up at the end, not rushed just fast paced drama, and I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who likes a fast paced crime thriller.