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Little Girl Lost - exceptional crime thriller,
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Little Girl Lost
Cracking crime novel and if you're into the Ian Rankin genre you won't be at all disappointed with Little Girl Lost. A page turner that I really couldn't put down until I'd finished reading it. Police, hospital and forensic procedures are all well researched and written about with care and detail. McGilloway has created villains who are genuinely scary and seem almost too real, you can imagine yourself meeting up with these guys and it wouldn't end well for you. The main plot centres around "the troubles" in Ireland and because that's McGilloway's homeland he writes with both realism and feeling. I enjoyed the fast pace of the novel and found myself bonding with the central character Lucy Black, who is both a remarkable policewoman and a tough, modern woman dealing with her own demons as well as an ongoing kidnapping investigation. There are adult, sensitive themes throughout the novel which involve children and I wouldn't usually read fiction concerning those issues but; McGilloway writes with an equal sense of horror and sensitivity that balances out the "nastiness". This is not a book for the faint hearted, there's a lot of violence, adult themes and vile characters but there's also tenderness and heartbreak which probably hit you harder. Certainly a book worth reading if you like hard hitting, uncompromising, dark crime stories. I loved it.