Review: The Missing Girls

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About the Book

  • Author: Carol E. Wyer
  • Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
  • Released on: 15th September, 2017
  • Publisher: bookouture

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to bookouture!

Goodreads Synopsis

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!


I am seriously beginning to believe that bookouture can never go wrong with thrillers! After reading hmm… 4… yes 4 titles from bookouture, I knew that this wasn’t going to disappoint me. I was right! ‘The Missing Girls’ is the second book that will make it to my favourite books so far where it competes with another bookouture title ‘The Girls in the Water’ by Victoria Jenkins to claim that first spot.

If you haven’t noticed, this book is part of a series. This was the third title in the series. I haven’t read the first two books but I would definitely be up for reading them. The main protagonist is DI Robyn. I think it shouldn’t and wouldn’t make much difference if you decide to read this is a stand-alone book.

In the beginning of the book we are introduced to Amber, a girl in her teens who has been kidnapped and perhaps raped. She was clothed in a hospital gown and covered with a blanket. A quick inspection makes her realize that she is in a small room with no escape route.

The action starts with the onset of the book. In just a few pages, you will find yourself grasped by the ingenuity of the words. It becomes even more interesting (if that’s even possible!) when DI Robyn graces its pages.

I loved DI Robyn! I loved all of the characters on the team and also (especially) Ross. Ross is Robyn’s cousin and a PI (Private Investigator) and though he doesn’t have anything much to do in the book, he still manages to leave a mark. It was also good to see that the author included sufficient information about the characters personal lives which made them seem very natural and real. The book contained a story within a story. One was the main one involving the murders and the investigation while the second was DI Robyn’s personal story. The cliff-hanger was from the latter and honestly, I can’t wait to read the 4th book!

The plot moves in just the right phase. It allows time for the digestion of information while leaving you completely unarmed by the very next development. Nothing happens very suddenly and by not happening this way, the twists and turns create bigger impact. What this implies, is that the plot was very ‘real’ and actual, not unimaginable.

The writing was very descriptive. Another quality that adds to the whole element of making it realistic. The tried and tested narration style of alternating it between characters also worked well.

This is definitely worth a read. But, if you have read ‘The Girls in the Water’, you can’t help wonder at the similarities in the two. There were many! I will give this book an unbiased rating and will not let this aspect alter it simply because that wouldn’t be fair to the author. I do plan on writing a separate post about these similarities if I do find them in another title, I may also change the rating.

Rating: 5/5


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