Sunday 5 March 2023

Book Musings - No Safe Place by Patricia Gibney


(Book Cover from Goodreads)

Title : No Safe Place
Author : Patricia Gibney
Series : D.I. Lottie Parker #4
Genre : Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Source : Netgalley (past)
Dates read : 3 Jan to 4 Jan, 2023

Book Blurb ( from Goodreads ) :

There's nothing more dangerous than a familiar face...

As funeral mourners stand in silence at Ragmullin cemetery, a deafening cry cuts through the air. Lying crumpled at the bottom of an open grave is the bloodied body of a young woman, and Detective Lottie Parker is called in to investigate.

Knowing the body can’t have been there long, Lottie wonders if it could be Elizabeth Bryne, a young woman who vanished without trace just days earlier. And with a new boss who seems to have it in for her, Lottie is under pressure to solve both cases quickly.

As two more women go missing from Ragmullin, Lottie and her team fear there is a serial killer on the loose. And the disappearances are strikingly similar to a cold case from ten years earlier. Could history be repeating itself?

As journalists begin to interfere with Lottie’s investigation, she fears the killer is about to strike again. Lottie is in a race against time to find the missing women, but the killer is closer than she thinks. Could Lottie be his next target?

Book Musings :

I don't even know where to start! I am lamenting the fact that I always seem to start a mystery/thriller series NOT with the first book. I really need to give a serious talking-to to my brain! Ms Brain, kindly choose the first book please

I am a visual person so you can easily guess how my eyes went to this book. The colour scheme of the cover is attractive and taking the title into consideration, you can know how and why I was jumping all over it. I actually expected it to be a very dark book with a serial killer and all. In that aspect I was disappointed! Very much so!

The downside of jumping headlong into a new series midway is that I go in blind regarding the characters. Reading this book made me feel that they had lots of flaws and drama in their lives. Yeah, that added a personal touch to the narration but still it had me thinking that Lottie especially was rather focused on her life than the case. She was easily distracted from her job sometimes. I liked Boyd being in the center and the background constantly. The characters were real and flawed while the writing had me racing through the chapters easily. 

I was coming out of a reading slump (of a couple of years) when I read this. I am glad because temporarily it had me enjoying reading again. The plot had its holes and I felt it could have been solved sooner than it was. Always look to the people already in the scene is the point of view I took away from it. All in all, it was an enjoyable read!

I actually received this book on Netgalley for free (past) for reviewing purposes. The thoughts are my own. I have received no other compensation. 

My one line review : Enjoyable mystery thriller with real characters with flaws!

My rating : 3.5/5

My reread factor : 2/5


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