Friday, September 22, 2017

Review: The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer

Title: The Missing Girls
Author: Carol Wyer
Series: DI Robyn Carter, #3
Published: September 2017, Bookouture
Format: ARC E-book, 392 pages
Source: Netgalley via Publisher

One girl found dead. Another girl gone...

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever...

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

My thoughts: This is the third book in Carol Wyer's DI Robyn Carter series and I have to say this series just gets better and better. Not only do the cases get more and more intriguing, but the character development is top notch!

Once again this book opens with a scene that grabs you and the book never really lets keeps your attention all the way through as Robyn Carter and her team work non-stop to get to the bottom of what is going on. She believes there is a serial killer preying on young girls and will stop at nothing to prevent another girl from falling victim, especially when she realizes the next girl is someone close to her. Of course, this means going up against her superior and fighting for all the resources and manpower she needs - but she's willing to do all she can to get the person behind this...but can she put all the clues together in time?

As much as I love the gritty side of the case, I love the people side, too. I love getting to know the characters that make up the series and that's where this series excels. We see a new side to Robyn's supposed arch-nemesis DI Tom Shearer - he is quite pleasant to Robyn on numerous times and I'm curious to see what that is all about moving forward! There is also a romance brewing for two of the team members and I think it is quite sweet...while this hasn't been made official, it was hinted at and I hope it works out...I guess time will tell.

This book is fast-paced with lots of twists and turns that keep you glued to the pages. The use of social media and cyber-bullying added a new dimension to the case and put it in today's world. And I love the way Ross, Robyn's cousin, is integrated into the a private investigator, his insight into the cases is always on the periphery, but he always has much to add, at just the right time.

This series is one of my favorites, and while I have really enjoyed all the books up to this point, I have to say, this one surely has the best ending only because of the major curveball it threw. On the one hand, given all the reminiscing that Robyn had done throughout the book, it sort of makes sense...but on the other...are you kidding me??? I desperately need to get my hands on that Book 4 ASAP to get to the bottom of that. I need to get answers NOW!!! 

Books in this series: 

  1. Little Girl Lost
  2. Secrets of the Dead 
  3. The Missing Girls 
  4. The Silent Children - out December 2017

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