The Missing Girls: A serial killer thriller with a twist

The Missing Girls: A serial killer thriller with a twist

by Carol Wyer

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ISBN-13: 9781786812681
Publisher: StoryFire LTD
Publication date: 09/14/2017
Series: Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller Series , #3
Pages: 366
Sales rank: 1,193,116
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.76(d)

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The Missing Girls: A serial killer thriller with a twist 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
There are shades of The Silence Of The Lambs about this book - and that is not a criticism, honestly. I think it is the use of a sealed room and night vision goggles with a very odd protagonist who stalks and tortures in the dark that did it for me - Jame Gumb all over it. To be honest The Silence Of The Lambs is one of those books that has to rank as a favourite because I have read it so often so any comparison to it has to be good. Don't be misled by this comparison though, The Missing Girls is a long way from Richard Harris's book not only in setting but in tone and ultimate protagonist. Again, the beauty of the book is in the sheer mundanity and the hard slog of investigating a case. I love Robyn Carter and her team, we still know so little about Robyn, Anna, Mitz and the satellite to this core triumvirate that they are becoming a little bit of a mystery in and of themselves. The story is all about the crimes being perpetrated and how the little clues lead to grander thoughts which lead to evidence; when you get a little insight in to one of the characters it is like a little jewel glowing in the detritus (that said I am getting a little irked by the constant references to Robyn's dead partner - but now I know why he has been such a large presence - no I'm not telling READ IT!). Unusually for the genre, both o paper and on the screen, the usual formula of arrest someone, find out they didn't do it and then arrest the least likely suspect because of a gut feeling and watch them crumble in to full and frank confession under interrogation. There are plenty of red herrings, false starts and dead ends in the story - not least from the upper echelons of the force who, quite reasonably, want an end to the mystery of the girl in the trunk - as more evidence comes to light it appears she may not be the only one and Robyn's battle to get them to take the possible links to other Missing Girls seriously is well thought out and feels realistic. The team's frustration seeps of the page and they cover the same ground endlessly, looking for some small thing they missed or that spark of inspiration that will lead them to something that will throw the case wide open. This is a well thought through book that has plenty of character and wonderfully twisting plot that keeps you reading long after you should be sleeping. The coverage of online bullying and the sheer nastiness of schooldays is well covered and burns with realism which makes it quite uncomfortable at times. For me the snatches of investigative procedure just ratchet the tension up as you feel their frustration at having so little to go on and the sonorous tick of the clock wending it's way to another murder - deliciously tense. I am looking forward to the next in the series which is actually quite unusual for me as I oftentimes find as a series moves on the things that drew me to it in the first place start to fall away and it all becomes a little rote. Carol Wyer has managed to evade this so far and I hope she continues to do so!
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
As with the two previous books Carol Wyer convinces me with a well written story that kept me reading past bedtime, with a book in this series that keeps getting better and better. I really like DI Robyn Carter and hope to get to read more about her soon. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture!
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say it took me about a week after finishing The Missing Girls to get my head into a space where I felt I could comment enough on it to do it justice. I think I even left a tweet to Carol saying ‘OMG’. I simply devoured books one and two in this series so I was almost hyperventilating when I finally got my hands on book three. Thankfully as a blogger/reviewer I didn’t have to wait as long as some readers! I am full of admiration for DI Robyn Carter she has wormed her way into my heart with her passion for the job, her interactions within the force and the love and loss she has shown dealing with her personal life. Each case she embarks on becomes her entire focus whereby she puts her soul into finding the criminals. This time young girls are the victims. As the team race against the clock it becomes a bit too close to home when a girl known to Robyn becomes the next target. Carol’s ability to create such creepy, crazy people is scary. So much evil seeps from her pen. These stories are filled with dark, twisty, bizarre, grisly awesomeness! The intricacies of the forensics along with the gritty details from the pathologists are achingly real, not for the squeamish but such an enormous addition to the book. I love the way the characters that surround Robyn in the team are all so realistic you can sense the tension as they work late into the night but there is an underlying layer of concern for each other. Her developing relationship with Amelie (nearly step-daughter) is poignant but brings a freshness and a sense of light relief at just the right times when the action becomes so intense the reader really needs a breather! I wont go into the details of the crimes, they need to be discovered and savoured by the reader to gain momentum on this ride towards hell. I never doubted Carol’s move to the ‘Darkside’ but she has exceeded all my expectations for this book, I didn’t really think 1 & 2 could be improved upon. And as for that ending, Carol what are you trying to do to me aaaaaargh, now I need book four pronto. To sum up The Missing Girls all I have to say is I freakin’ adore Robyn she is one of my favourite detectives. This book will obviously be on my 2017 top books list but I suspect the next one will surpass it. Thanks so much to the author, publisher and netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
The Missing Girls is the third compelling book, in Carol Wyer’s Detective Robyn Carter Crime Thriller Series. The storage facility atmosphere became thick, with somber silence, when a trunk, expected to have hidden illegal drugs in it, contained instead, a decomposing body of a sixteen-year-old girl. The deceased, Carrie Smith, had been brutally murdered. When Amber Dalton, another teenage girl was found dead; DI Robyn Carter, was convinced, that it was the work of a serial killer. Her boss, however, didn’t agree with her and ordered Robyn to stay focused on her investigation of Carrie Smith’s murderer. He accused Robyn of wasting valuable resources. When a third girl was reported missing, Robyn was ready to put in for a transfer. But, her deceased fiancee’s daughter, Amelie, a girl whom she adored, kept her rooted to her current precinct. DI Robyn Carter became more focused than ever, though, when a fourth girl, one whom she was acquainted with, went missing. Robyn was determined to put the sick-serial-killer behind bars, before it was too late, for yet, another girl. The Missing Girls is an engrossing, fast-paced novel. As difficult as it was to read about the victim’s experiences, the author’s sharp and vivid details kept me captivated and glued to my seat. This book is a gripping, police procedural crime thriller, crafted with many clever twists, that kept me guessing until the very end. Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
The Missing Girls is the third compelling book, in Carol Wyer’s Detective Robyn Carter Crime Thriller Series. The storage facility atmosphere became thick, with somber silence, when a trunk, expected to have hidden illegal drugs in it, contained instead, a decomposing body of a sixteen-year-old girl. The deceased, Carrie Smith, had been brutally murdered. When Amber Dalton, another teenage girl was found dead; DI Robyn Carter, was convinced, that it was the work of a serial killer. Her boss, however, didn’t agree with her and ordered Robyn to stay focused on her investigation of Carrie Smith’s murderer. He accused Robyn of wasting valuable resources. When a third girl was reported missing, Robyn was ready to put in for a transfer. But, her deceased fiancee’s daughter, Amelie, a girl whom she adored, kept her rooted to her current precinct. DI Robyn Carter became more focused than ever, though, when a fourth girl, one whom she was acquainted with, went missing. Robyn was determined to put the sick-serial-killer behind bars, before it was too late, for yet, another girl. The Missing Girls is an engrossing, fast-paced novel. As difficult as it was to read about the victim’s experiences, the author’s sharp and vivid details kept me captivated and glued to my seat. This book is a gripping, police procedural crime thriller, crafted with many clever twists, that kept me guessing until the very end. Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.