Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway
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 the 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 realize 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 troubled childhood.
Book Review by Kelly Lacey
After hearing Brian McGilloway talk at the Harrogate Book Festival this year. I knew I wanted to test drive one of his books. I am a huge fan of Gary Donnelly’s Belfast noir books. However hadn’t read anything set in Derry, so I decided to go with the first in the series of the Lucy Black thrillers.
I read the book one afternoon, and I was totally invested in the police procedural. Lucy Black is definitely a character I want to learn more about. It was refreshing to have a main character who was not superhuman and who you felt made realistic choices. Having lived in Northern Ireland myself I can tell you it really has its own unique pulse. The family history of each person with a thread leading back to the troubles. There really are (in some areas) small-time dangerous gang leaders. So everything in the book was true to form and not exaggerated for effect.
This is the first book in the series and already Mr McGilloway has already set us up strong with strands of Lucy’s life. I feel like I have a new friend and I am just learning about her with all the snippets. Alongside a strong and heartfelt storyline.
I am going to be spoiled by the fact that I have eleven other novels to read by Mr McGilloway. I highly recommend Little Girl Lost for crime fiction fans that enjoy a realistic police procedural with a strong female lead character.
Lucy Black has nothing and everything to prove! Ghost along with her on this rollercoaster #Derrynoir ride!