Little Girl Lost, Paperback
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Midwinter. A child is found wandering in an ancient woodland, her hands covered in blood.

But it is not her own. Unwilling - or unable - to speak, the only person she seems to trust is the young officer who rescued her, Detective Sergeant Lucy Black.

Soon afterwards, DS Black is baffled to find herself suddenly moved from a high-profile case involving a kidnapping of another girl, a prominent businessman's teenage daughter.

At home, Black is struggling with caring for her increasingly unstable father, and trying to avoid conflict with her frosty mother - who also happens to be the Assistant Chief Constable.

As she tries to identify the unclaimed child, Black begins to realise that her case and the kidnapping may be linked by events from the grimmest days of the country's recent history - events that also defined her own trouble childhood.

Little Girl Lost is a devastating crime thriller about corruption, greed and vengeance, and a father's love for his daughter.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780230747661



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a very good Irish thriller, hard to put down.

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I'm reading eBooks again so I apologize to my followers who don't read them. Sometimes the book looks too good to hold out for the paperback edition. That's the case here too.I was caught up in the story immediately. It's set in northern Ireland, in and around Derry. A milk truck gets stuck in the snow and as the driver is looking over the situation, he sees a little girl in pajamas at the edge of the nearby woods. When he tries to approach her though, she runs back into the woods. He can't imagine why she would be there in the cold, so he calls for help. The police have been looking for a missing girl. Is it her? Lucy Black gets the call.When they get the little girl to the hospital, she won't speak. She isn't the missing girl nor has anyone called to say this girl is lost. Meanwhile, her pj top has been sprayed with blood and luminol shows that her hands had been covered with it. She is unhurt, but every time she falls asleep she awakes screaming.Meanwhile, Black has terrible problems at home with her father, a retired cop. She loves him and lives with him to care for him, but unfortunately he has Alzheimer's disease and has reached the point where she'll have to put him in a home. He wanders away from the house and he's becoming violent.The story is a little hard to follow. There are so many characters involved in the two children's lives, and pieces of the puzzle go all the way back to The Troubles. As they search for one child and try to find the identity of the girl in pajamas, Black finds a third little girl in a house of horrors. This one cares for her baby brother while mom gets high on drugs with boyfriend. So many children in harm's way . . . Lucy Black is very emotional coping with it all.It's a great story with well-drawn characters, sad but satisfactory in that you understand why everything is happening.Highly recommendedSource: Witness/Impulse Imprint from HarperCollins

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DI Lucy Black Is A Bit Different from Other Female DetectivesLittle Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway is set in Derry, Ireland. DI Lucy Black is new to the unit and involved in an abduction case. I liked that Lucy wasn't a hard ass the way many fictional female police are depicted. Still, she makes foolhardy decisions and it's disconcerting that her supervisor does as well. This leads to trouble in a few instances.Lucy is looking after her Father who has early stage Alzheimer's. In an unusual twist, it's the mother figure who is the more remote professional. We gradually discover Lucy's complicated and dysfunctional family secrets.I was instantly drawn into the writing and good pacing in revealing the crime kept me wanting to read. I did find the denouement was a bit too long in the telling, but it was a minor complaint. Little Girl Lost is a readable police procedural and I already have the second book in the series lined up on my Kindle.

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