The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer #BookReview

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What’s it about?

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?

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Review

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This is the third novel already where DI Robyn Carter investigates a case, and now I’m more certain than ever that this is a series to follow with each new book she publishes. I liked the second novel but I do feel this one’s stronger, with a very good plotline and a real motive. She scores high points in my books! Robyn and her team, Mitz and Anna, Ross and even Shearer are also all really starting to grow on me and it was a warm welcome to see them back.

I’m not going into the plot because there really isn’t much to share except that it’s all a big mystery, you don’t know who and you don’t know why and Robyn really doesn’t have a lot to go on. It’ll take great skill to get on the right path that will give her an inkling of who it is and until the motive slowly and carefully comes into the picture, but skill is something Robyn (and the author) possesses in oodles.

A few details that I want to highlight this time which makes me really love this series and this novel so much: I like how fully detailed Robyn and the pathologist’s findings are described. Some people don’t enjoy descriptions like this but I do, it’s like standing next to a body yourself at that moment, experiencing everything in that moment at the same time as the detective and it satisfies that need that I’m feeling to know and learn more about what fascinates me. I also really enjoy Robyn’s personality in general and I continue to admire and like how she goes through the investigation step by step, the way that Robyn keeps control of all the different leads she’s working on. She makes it very organised by using post-its, by the way she talks about it, by recapitulating her findings from time to time and that works really great to keep up myself and get a clear image of it in my head as well where we’re at, even if it’s nowhere at that time. I appreciate this writing, keeping it a steady pace and never letting the investigation run in chaos, all over the place. She’s gently leading me towards a motive, a person who might be responsible for all this. It’s like a mist before my eyes and she makes the sky clear up gently and slowly.

She didn’t let me down, there were a few unexpected twists and turns while I was racing towards the big reveal of the killer’s identity but it wasn’t that which made me audibly gasp, it was another sort of twist and turn that got me even more excited than unmasking the killer this time. The ending leaves much to the imagination and I’m very impatient to see what’ll happen next. What a great move, and also what a tease! I can’t wait for book nr. 4!

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

31 thoughts on “The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer #BookReview

  1. Great review! I am also fascinated by the pathology stuff too! I would never be one though haha! It’s nice to know that the author nails the pathology descriptions as well as putting twists into the story. I always hate the wait with series of books so I try and avoid them haha. Hopefully you won’t wait long for a sequel!

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  2. Interesting- one word that kept repeating in loop in my head while reading your review was–> methodical! 🙂 I think I am one of those people who don’t like too much detail and would rather just get on with things in the big picture… I think that’#s what heppened to me and the Deep Down Dead for example… I’m more of a wham-bam-thank you mam and lets move on 😀 Whereas I like the feeling I get from this review about the book and yourself as well- methodical order and no stone is left unturned! 🙂

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    • Ah of course I recommend you start with the first one ;-). No it is possible to read it as a standalone, there are no special references to previous novels but it’s just that you won’t know the team already and it’ll be harder to connect with them in one novel than over the course of 3 probably. You’ll definitely have more feel for the characters if you already know them from before and know how they feel about their life, about being single etc.

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  3. Great review Inge. I have only read the first book in this series but your review has made me curious enough to want to read the other books. I like how the character of Robyn is crafted. Its always nice to read crime thrillers which have detectives who are not one dimensional. Them having a life outside the investigating makes the story even more interesting.

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    • I don’t know what she has in store for the next one but I think it’s going to get very interesting and you don’t want to miss out on it because there will be even more opinions about the next one ;-). I like Robyn too, she’s competition for Erika Foster, she goes with her gut feeling as well but I have a feeling she’s not so wild and chaotic but more calculated at taking risks. Thanks Diana!

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  4. Ooh this sounds good! I don’t usually get into books in series because I get impatient waiting for the next book! I’ve heard lots about this series though, so maybe I’ll have to give it a try! Fantastic review! 🙂

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