Little Girl Lost (Lucy Black Series #1)

Little Girl Lost (Lucy Black Series #1)

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by Brian McGilloway
     
 

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This New York Times bestseller is perfect for fans of Tana French and Dennis Lehane.

Midwinter. A child is found wandering through the snowy woods, her hands covered in someone else's blood. And she cannot—or will not—speak, not even to share her name.

Who is this little girl lost? The only adult she seems to trust is the young officer

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This New York Times bestseller is perfect for fans of Tana French and Dennis Lehane.

Midwinter. A child is found wandering through the snowy woods, her hands covered in someone else's blood. And she cannot—or will not—speak, not even to share her name.

Who is this little girl lost? The only adult she seems to trust is the young officer who found her, Detective Lucy Black. Before long, Lucy manages to connect her case to that of a missing teenager, the kidnapped daughter of a local real estate tycoon. As the investigation twists and turns, Lucy is forced to question not only a range of dangerous suspects, but also everything she thought she knew about her own past.

Editorial Reviews

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"An assured and grittily realistic tale from an author who is being compared to James Lee Burke and Ian Rankin."  —Sunday Business Post

"Cleverly constructed, packed with vibrant and believable characters and admirably free of the clichés of the genre . . . one of the most original voices in the notably expanding field of Irish crime fiction and this reviewer, for one, would like to read more of DS Lucy Black."  —Irish Independent

"McGilloway is a major force in crime writing."  —John Connolly, author, The Unquiet

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444810516
Publisher:
Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Series:
Lucy Black Series, #1
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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From the Publisher
"An assured and grittily realistic tale from an author who is being compared to James Lee Burke and Ian Rankin."  —Sunday Business Post

"Cleverly constructed, packed with vibrant and believable characters and admirably free of the clichés of the genre . . . one of the most original voices in the notably expanding field of Irish crime fiction and this reviewer, for one, would like to read more of DS Lucy Black."  —Irish Independent

"McGilloway is a major force in crime writing."  —John Connolly, author, The Unquiet

Meet the Author

Brian McGilloway is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Benedict Devlin and DS Lucy Black series. He lives near the Irish borderlands with his wife, daughter, and three sons.

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Little Girl Lost 3.9 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 214 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, Harriet Klausner has not spoiled any books for a long time. She is no a paid reviewer of B&N. Second, Those of you who base your ratings on the childish games and off topic content of other postings are just as guilty, because you are not reviewing the books either, therefore you are as off topic as the kids you are lamblasting. Give your review on the book, do not punish the author by rating low, because of kids, whose parents either did not teach them better or were too stupid to comprehend good manners and respect for others. Report the review and flag it. With almost 4,000, 000, 000 free puplished books and who knows how many for sell, if only 100 people read each book and leave a review( and you know) there is more than that per book, how on earth can B&N monitor every review, report the ones you disagree with. Give B&N a little more help and a little less lip. Third, this book has about 245 pages. There about ten pages of photographs at the end of the story. It was pretty well edited. The plot was formuliac. It seemed like a very long read and seemed to go on and on about nothing. About 3/4 of the way through the pace picks up and the plot becomes much better. There is quite a bit of child abuse, and one rather horrific and heart rending event, involving arson and children trapped in a locked room. There is murder and other violence, some graphic. Pornography, pedelphilia, drug use, tar and feathers used as a punishment, kidnapping, insurance fraud and scams abound. There is some cursing, no religion or romance, a lot of murder and an extremely sad conclusion. This is the first book of a series. It is pretty well detailed. I almost froze to death, reading about the winter storms. I was going to rate this as a three, because it was so slow at first, but decided on four stars to help off set some of the negative reviews, readers made for the reviews they did not like. For adult readers, at least 17 years of age, if they are mature enough to handle some pretty gruesome details. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Realistic happenings and people, not the usual reckless cop fiction.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Actual rating 3.5 When a little girl is seen barefoot in a snowy woods, Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is the one to find her and the child immediately bonds to Lucy, leading her superiors to re-assign her to the unit that deals with children in trouble, much to Lucy’s dismay. Newly transferred to Derry, she had been assigned to the unit that was working the case of a missing teenager and had wanted to be part of that case. Lucy is also trying to cope with her father’s mental deterioration and, in some ways, that home situation becomes intertwined with Lucy’s police work. At the same time, she is working with medical and social work professionals trying to break through the little girl’s unwillingness to speak. They think her name might be Alice but no one has reported her missing and there is no response to a public appeal. A crime from years ago, her father’s own past, this seemingly abandoned child and the teenager who may or may not have been kidnapped all seem to be random elements demanding Lucy’s attention. Making sense of it all without being part of the primary investigative unit proves to be problematic and it soon becomes apparent that she may be at risk herself. Little Girl Lost is an interesting police procedural, partly because of the lingering effects of The Troubles but also because of the odd circumstances surrounding Lucy. She has recently been promoted to Detective Sergeant which would imply some experience and success on the job and, yet, she frequently behaves like a rookie straight out of training. On more than one occasion, she puts herself in harm’s way, and she blatantly ignores instructions from higher-ups. On the positive side, the author weaves a good tale without letting all the diverse parts get confusing and I liked learning a little more about The Troubles. In the end, I did enjoy this first in a series and will look forward to reading the second book, Hurt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating story of a young women trying to make her own mark in the stress filled world as a police detective having to follow ambiguous paths left by her father and mother. The narrative has many interesting twists and McGilloway's description of the Derry, Ireland area allows you to envision the beauty in the countryside. I look forward to more of Lucy Black's intuitiveness whether it is as a PPU or CID.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At first, I had no idea where the setting took place, but eventually little clues revealed itself. The story line was exciting and realistic. As the reader, you were trying to figure out the culprits and solve the mystery, but the ending was still rather surprising. The character of Lucy was likeable, but she definitely needed to listen better and get some rest as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this quick and loved how thrilling the story developed. Be prepared for the story twists!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. It was very well written. I finished it in two days. There is a part at the end that broke my heart though. If you can not deal with horrible things happening to kids, you may not want to read it. The story line was great, the characters were likeable, the twists were great. I just wish it did not make me cry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was a little slow at times but it really picked up and you didnt want to put the book down.
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
I was first drawn in by the cover of Little Girl Lost, when I first saw it up over at Partners in Crime Book Tours for review,it has this disconnected dreaminess about it that shouted to me "Sign Up" and then of course I read the summary and I was hooked And well here we are some weeks later to let you know to always trust your instincts, that sometimes you can judge a book by its cover!  From the first chapter this book gave me goose bumps, the good kind that is. Imagine not being able to go anywhere in your vehicle due to the icy roads and while your steamy over this problem you see flashes of something in the woods. These woods surround both sides of the road and you are scared out of your mind. Not to sure what is out there in the woods watching you , when all of a sudden out pops a figure from the woods it stops you short for a second because what would a little girl be doing running around in her p.j.'s at this time of night in the woods alone. And then just as fast as she appears shes gone again.  DS Lucy Black finds herself the first to arrive at the scene to interview the motorist and to help to start the search for the little girl. Once DS Black finds the little girl she realizes that the girl is covered in someone else's blood and also that the little girl is not who they hoped she would be, Kate McLaughlin a recently kidnapped teen who's father is one of the area's wealthiest businessmen. The little girl and Kate have more to do with one another than anyone could have imagined. DS Black has her hands full, she needs to I.D. the girl, continue to help find the McLaughlin girl, care for her father who has dementia and avoid her mother who is also her bosses boss! Relentless she pursues every lead even the ones that go right into her station house.  I was mesmerized by McGilloway's well spun characters. The way that a past case and the present day cases are woven together like a well spun spider web. Vivid imagery describing the settings so that you were transported to them visually in your mind. A fast-paced thriller that is the first in this series has hooked me and I cannot wait to set my eyes on Hurt, the next book in the series, which I have added to my to-read list on Goodreads.  Just a wondrous read!   *I received a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion of its contents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. Connected with the characters although once or twice I kind of had to flip back to make sure they were who I thought. Suspenseful and chilling!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book. I Loved it - it was slow in parts but it was a good bathtub book. I will read more of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars. This is a very good book. It is certainly worth your reading time.
skippymk More than 1 year ago
I liked the book, but I thought it dragged.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book it did make me cry in some parts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. The main character in the book had me shaking my head at times...she just did not appear to think rationally at times. Overall it was a good read. I think it's a shame that the rating of this book has been lowered because some people want to complain about the kids that play on B & N
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this it was amazing ;) Some sad parts :(
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings There are a few little girls who are lost in this book and a young woman who lost her childhood and must realize the details behind what happened in the past.  As a detective Lucy Black returns home to care for her father and continue her career, but just as she gets in town a little girl is found in the woods and has an odd connection to another girl who is the daughter of a wealthy businessman and who is missing.   I loved the parallels of DS Black learning about her past in her hometown as she investigates the girl found in the woods, it was thankfully obvious that DS Black didn't have an easy childhood and because of her past she can help these girls.  It was so interesting watching her piece together both the events of the present and the past.  There was an interesting twist in the end that was satisfying and sad at the same time, I wouldn't change it, but it made me stop and think about the rest of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read..do not pay attention to chats!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually don't read this type of book but I found this suspenseful story a nice change. It sweeps you up in the puzzle until you find yourself trying to put the pieces together. It has just enough twists and turns to keep you interested while not getting so complicated you cant follow along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love a good irish mystery this is it
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great depiction of locale while keeping the story's pace at a good clip. My only quibble; as an American, many of the Irish slang get lost in translation. However, this is not an unusual circumstance when reading a book written in another "accent." In fact, that's one of the things that make it more interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seems good but the grammar is all wrong. It's like a mesh between 2 languages. I don't know if I can finish it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read, keeps you captivated ...Struggled a bit with the main character, Lucy, who has an awful lot going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, even though it dragged a bit at times. This is the first book I've read by this author and will definitely purchase more. Had a good storyline and believable characters.
Anonymous 5 months ago