Little Girls Lost Paperback
by J. A. Kerley
Part of the Carson Ryder series
The fourth in the bestselling series of psychological thrillers featuring Carson Ryder, the detective with a unique perspective on serial killers.
Children are disappearing in Mobile, Alabama, the latest snatched from her own bedroom.
There are no clues - and, as yet, no bodies. Homicide Detective Carson Ryder is called in to investigate the abduction of little LaShelle Shearing only to find the case getting tangled up in murky departmental and civic politics. And with his partner Harry Nautilus fighting for his life after being viciously attacked, Carson is feeling increasingly isolated.
Public rage is now reaching dangerous levels, and Ryder's bosses turn for help to ex-Detective Conner Sandhill whose uncanny ability to spot connections and details missed by others is legendary - but who left the department under a cloud.
Ryder and Sandhill form an uneasy alliance in the hunt for the missing children, a hunt which becomes all the more urgent for tragic personal reasons.
But at the root of these disappearances is something truly evil...and its source is closer to home than either could have imagined.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 29/10/2009
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780007342280
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Review by SonicQuack
There is no doubt given the title that Kerley will lead readers in to dark territory in the sixth Carson Ryder novel. Kerley virgins can start with this book, since it can easily be read standalone, however there are be a few nods that make reading the series in sequence worthwhile. That noted, this is the strongest of the series so far. There is a remarkably different feel to Little Girls Lost compared to the previous ones, Kerley maturing in his style, building on what works, leaving behind some of the baggage. The initial hook of this series was that Ryder, a police detective had a psychopath sibling (originally in jail) and he would bounce ideas off of him to solve crimes. The relationship was a necessary plot device, usually clunky and the narrative somewhat distracting. The wins in the series came from the banter within the department and between Carson and his partner Nautilus.Here though it receives a decent shake up. Initially this seems to be a Carson solo adventure, however quickly a new character takes centre stage. A quirky and fascinating ex-detective Conner Sandhill. The style of narrative used for Sandhill is very similar to those mysterious Koontz characters. Sandhill talks in almost-riddles, has unusually keen senses and offers curve-balls to the story, which are entertaining and engaging. His character is a joy to read, relegating a rather plain Ryder to wallpaper.Typical of Kerley, there are a set of contrivances and coincidences that are somewhat unlikely, however the sheer fun presented makes up for them, in a Patterson like fashion. Definitely worth reading.