As mentioned previously (check out my original post here), I am partaking in monthly buddy reads with two of my favourite Bookstagrammers- Chandra and Jessica. For our second read, we chose a serial killer thriller that is guaranteed to have you hooked, Little Girl Lost by Carol Wyer. We all LOVED the book and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a thriller with completely unexpected twists and turns.
Keep reading below for a synopsis of the book and our thoughts.
Synopsis from Goodreads
A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told.
A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances.
A millionaire is murdered at a local reservoir.
For Detective Robyn Carter, there’s no obvious link between the men. But as she starts to delve into the cases, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number?
But as Robyn starts to inch closer to finding the killer, Izzy is abducted.
Unless Robyn gets to the twisted individual in time, a little girl will die …
Gripping, fast paced and nailbitingly tense, this serial killer thriller will chill you to the bone.
What Chandra Thought
People are going missing or popping up dead all over the place and DI Carter is put on the case to figure out if there is any connection and to find the killer. She is dealing with her own painful loss by diving into her work with this new case and her fitness – she can’t feel anything more than the pain in her body while she’s at the gym.
Abigail, married to a wonderful man and bringing up her beautiful daughter, Izzy, feels worn down with the changes in her life which begin to effect her marriage and her sanity. Someone is sending her cryptic notes telling her the truth needs to be told, secrets need to come out – or punishment will be delivered. They seem to know her every move and she doesn’t know who she can trust anymore as her world falls apart around her.
The author has you hooked from the very beginning. The prologue is mouth dropping and you immediately need to know what’s going to happen. She doesn’t let you down for the rest of the book – it’s fast paced, intriguing and full of surprises. Every time I thought I had an inkling of what might be going on, I would turn the page just to be proven wrong again. She puts you inside the mind of the killer and you become empathetic to their cause while still feeling for the people that are being harmed.
I will 100% be continuing this series. The mind of Carol Wyer is a terrifying place and I want to be put back in it. Love MJ Arlidge? You’ll like this too.
Little Girl Lost was a whirlwind from start to finish. The author did an incredible job at keeping the reader guessing. Throughout the book I changed my mind at least 5 times as to how it would end and who was behind the murders.
Without giving away any spoilers, the story follows DI Robyn Carter in her pursuit of a missing person’s case. Music professor, Lucas Matthews, has gone missing. Meanwhile, a local millionaire is killed in what appears to be a running accident. On the surface, these men don’t seem connected, but as the Detective delves deeper into their lives, and all clues bring her to Abigail, a wife and mother to baby Izzy. Why is she receiving threatening text messages, calls, and emails from an anonymous person?
As soon as Robyn thinks she has some of it figured out, there’s a new piece of the puzzle that appears. The story is told through flashbacks, as well as different perspectives from the main characters. Are they all connected? Why is Luke missing? Who is harassing Abigail? Who abducted the child?
So many questions and twists throughout, and it’ll keep you guessing until the very end. To anyone that loves mysteries, serial killers, or crime thrillers, then you don’t want to miss out on this book!
Well, Bookouture has done it again! Little Girl Lost, the upcoming detective thriller by Carol Wyer, is absolutely nail biting. This serial killer thriller is riveting, fast-paced and tense. From the first page, I was hooked; I could not put this book down.
Be warned, there are moments where this novel is downright confusing. The novel is told through multiple point of views; we hear from Detective Robyn Carter as she works through the investigation, the housewife, Abigail, as she works through her threatening caller and questions her family and then a view from a girl who was sexually abused as a girl and is now seeking revenge. I struggled the first half of the book reading all the narratives and struggling to see how they all fit together. Halfway through the book, once everything clicked, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Wyer blends these narratives effortlessly and with a slew of red herrings and some delicious twists, the plot unfolds.
I will not say anything more, keeping this review short and sweet, as to not spoil any of this delicious plot but, let me tell you, this novel would appeal to any crime fiction fan; I would start to read it on a day where you have no other commitments; you won’t want to put this one down! I gave it a 5/5 stars!
Our second buddy read was a success! Please feel free to jump in and join us at any time!
We would like to thank Bookouture, Netgalley and Carol Wyer for a copy of this book for our honest reviews.