Series: D.I. Lottie Parker #12
Author: Patricia Gibney
Narrator: Michele Moran
Published: February 10, 2023
Audiobook: 13 hours 45 minutes
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: March 9-17, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars
She kissed her daughter, turned out the light and entered her own room. Too late to run, she stood frozen as a figure stepped out from behind the door and a hand covered her mouth. Fear was a bomb in her chest ready to explode. Her children. They’d already lost their daddy; they couldn’t lose her too.
When young widow Éilis Lawlor disappears in the middle of the night, with her two little children asleep in their beds, it is a chilling case for Detective Lottie Parker. Since her husband’s tragic death, Éilis is all her children have, and when Lottie sees Éilis’s house keys and phone still lying on the kitchen counter, she is terrified for the vulnerable mother’s safety.
Then Éilis’s broken body is found by a nearby lake, wrapped in an unfamiliar yellow dress, her mouth sealed with duct tape – and Lottie’s worst fears are confirmed. Someone wanted this beautiful widow dead.
Desperate to find the person behind this brutal crime, Lottie discovers that Éilis was a member of a support group for widows. And when Jennifer, a close friend of Éilis’s from the group, is found on a rubbish heap, wrapped in a yellow dress, Lottie vows to get justice.
Lottie dives into Jennifer’s past, and learns that she had lived a reclusive life since her husband died. She hadn’t been seen at work for months and had sheltered inside her immaculate home, only emerging for meetings with the group. But when Lottie questions the other women about Jennifer’s isolation, they claim to know nothing.
Lottie is certain that the remaining widows are hiding something. Can she uncover the truth before another innocent life is lost?
I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook for this one so I took it because it sounded intriguing. I did not realize that it was book 12 in a series, so I think I lost out because of that. I don’t know the detective and her back stories in books 1-11. I was not really invested in the story and was not really pulled in on this one. And it was way too long for me! The closer to the end it got, I got more intrigued but then we got to the motive…. And my thought was “Really?!?!” It just did not work for me.
This one was sadly a letdown for me. Many thanks to the publisher Bookouture for giving me an audio copy to listen to and review in my own time.