Blog Tour: Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney

October 22, 2019 Blog Tour, Book review 3 ★★★★½

After devouring books one to six in the fabulous Lottie Parker Series by Patricia Gibney earlier this year, I’ve been eagerly anticipating Broken Souls to see what happens next. Huge thanks to Bookouture for allowing me participate in the blog tour.

Blog Tour: Broken Souls by Patricia GibneyBroken Souls (Detective Lottie Parker Book 7) by Patricia Gibney
Published by Bookouture on October 18, 2019
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 441
Format: eBook
Source: Blog Tour, Received from Publisher

‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’
One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.
The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off.
The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…

My thoughts on Broken Souls

If you know me, or have followed my page for a while, you’ll know that Lottie Parker is my favourite dysfunctional detective. In the procedural fiction world, middle aged male detectives have had their reign for years. So I love that Lottie bucks the trend, and focuses on a female detective with lots of personal issues.

Lottie feels so realistic to me. She has her demons and I never know from one book to the next when she will conquer them or leave them break her. And I love that vulnerability, mixed with her huge inner strength. We all have weaknesses, and I take comfort in watching a smart woman fighting hers. Day after day, and book after book. Because that’s life, we don’t just battle our demons and win the battle and live happily ever after. So I love that Lottie’s battles mirrors that reality.

The murders in this one had me scratching my head in puzzlement, as I just couldn’t connect the dots to see how everything was linked. A gripping plot, gristly details and lots of psychological mind games made this a cracking page turner. And I loved how it all finally made sense.

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But that ending….I’m already crying at the thought of what might be in store for Lottie next….I’m not able.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars

Who should read Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney?

Highly recommended to all those who enjoy complex characters, a journey through dark themes and Irish settings. Fans of Cara Hunter’s DI Frawley series should also enjoy this one and I’d also recommend it to fans of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and With Our Blessing by Jo Spain.

About Patricia Gibney

Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime! In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations. Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.


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3 Responses to “Blog Tour: Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney”

  1. Berls

    I haven’t read any of these books – I don’t tend to gravitate towards police/detective procedural books, though lately I have enjoyed them a lot more. Lottie sounds like a character I would really like, so I think I may have to try this out. And maybe part of my not loving the procedural books is, like you mentioned, it always seems to be a man’s game! So this could be a refreshing change. Great review 🙂

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