A party goes horribly wrong when the host, seventeen-year-old Lucy is found brutally murdered in her own home. For Detective Lottie Parker, the investigating officer, it’s all a bit too close to home when she finds out that her son, Sean, was at the party and could have information that will help her enquiry. In a case where everyone seems not to be telling the whole truth, time is definitely running out for Lottie as the threat of her being removed from the investigation is becoming increasingly real.

The eleventh book in the Lottie Parker series is probably the darkest to date, dealing with some very uncomfortable subjects that may act as a trigger for some. It is dealt with in a sensitive way with Patricia Gibney really pulling at your heart strings with one part in particular hitting me hard, showing that the author is not afraid to shock the reader.

What starts out as the detective trying to solve a murder soon turns into something much bigger, the plot not going in the direction I was expecting. There were plenty of shocks and twists along the way that really kept me on my toes and kept me guessing right until the end.

There was a great sub-plot featuring Lottie’s sergeant, Boyd, who due to revelations in a previous book, is not in Ragmullin but, instead, is in Spain dealing with a personal matter. I liked how he still became involved in the case and think that there are fun times ahead with a new character who definitely has the attributes to be a great detective!

This is definitely one of my favourite books in the series to date and hope that we get many more like this one.

With thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley.

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