Kindle Edition: 4247 KB
Paperback Edition: 412 pages
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Bookouture (19 Jan. 2017)
First Sentence: Alice couldn't shake the ominous feeling that had plagued her all evening, no matter how hard she tried.
Favourite Quote: "It's a gift of the truth. Lies harm. Lies hurt. The truth liberates. You should try it sometime. In fact, you should try it now before it's too late."
Review Quote: 'OMG what can I say? This is the first book I have read by Carol Wyer and I find it very hard to believe that this is her first thriller. I was totally hooked from the first page and the suspense kept delivering all the way through the book right to the last page with several red herrings to keep the reader guessing. This is a very special book that has all the makings of a bestseller and I eagerly await the next in the series.' All Things Books
Main Character: Detective Robyn Carter
My Opinion: It is just about six and a half years since I read and reviewed Carol Wyer's début novel Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines and I have followed her career and rise to fame as a humorous novelist ever since. My thoughts at that time were that here was a novelist who knows how to make you laugh and take you away from the cares of the world for a few hours. She has gone on to prove this in a big way since then. Unfortunately her rise to fame coincided with what turned out to be a very bad period in my own life and suddenly I did not feel like reading her particular brand of humour. Life has moved on, now I am stronger and once again able to laugh at things that during the dark times I was unable to. I am now busy catching up on the titles I have missed in recent years. Just last year she surprised her many fans, including me by releasing a thriller! A complete change of genre, she is certainly a prolific writer as already there are three more titles in the Detective Robyn Carter Series of which Little Girl Lost is the first.
I was unsure about the change in genre as detective crime novels are not really a favourite of mine, however I need not have worried as Carol has succeeded in producing a very readable thriller. It certainly held my interest and made a recent flight to Hong Kong pass by quickly!
It seems like I now have another three titles to catch up with from this author's back catalogue.
Précis Courtesy of Goodreads:
A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told.
A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances.
A millionaire is murdered at a local reservoir.
For Detective Robyn Carter, there’s no obvious link between the men. But as she starts to delve into the cases, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number?
But as Robyn starts to inch closer to finding the killer, Izzy is abducted.
Unless Robyn gets to the twisted individual in time, a little girl will die …
Gripping, fast paced and nail bitingly tense, this serial killer thriller will chill you to the bone.
Video Trailer for 'Little Girl Lost' Courtesy of YouTube
Links to previous titles by Carol Wyer that I have reviewed:
Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines Surfing in Stilettos Just Add Spice
Three Little Birds
Somehow Carol has so far managed to keep her age a secret from the media and there is no autobiographical information about her birth that I could find online!
Reproduced below is the autobiographical information from her website
Well, what can I tell you about myself? I actually began my working life abroad, in Casablanca, Morocco, where I taught English and French. I raced around the streets on an ancient VéloSoleX bike, avoiding donkeys and other clapped out bikes, to get to the jobs on time. I had one run in with a donkey at a set of traffic lights which caused me to fall off my bike – but that's another story.
After a few years, I returned to the UK to teach and run the English as a Foreign Language department of a private school. (Imagine Hogwarts without the wizardry.) Although I enjoyed wearing a gown and a mortar board and being called a mistress, I left the school to set up a language company and ventured out on my own.
I've written stories since I was in my early twenties. My first efforts were for children and sported silly titles like 'Humphrey and the Dustbin Cats', 'Hurrah for Hugo!' and 'Noir and Blanc - Two Naughty Cats'. They taught French language to younger children and were accompanied by a tape of French songs, mercifully not sung by me.
I began writing for adults in 2009 after my son flew from the nest. I converted his old bedroom into an office and began writing in earnest. At first, I wrote light-hearted novels and non-fiction books that encouraged people to age disgracefully and to 'carpe diem'.
It wasn't an easy journey but I was most fortunate and after much success with my comedies, in 2015 I signed with Bookouture (part of Hachette Group) who published the hilarious 'Life Swap', and then signed me for a three book deal. I was going to provide more comedies but I sent in a suggestion for a thriller which my editor loved and after publication of 'Take A Chance On Me', I submitted the first in the DI Robyn carter series - 'Little Girl Lost'. The book became a huge success, becoming #2 Best Seller on Amazon Kindle UK and even featuring in USA Today Top 150 best selling books. DI Carter found her audience and I was contracted to write a series of seven books in total.
Four of the books: 'Secrets of the Dead', 'The Missing Girls' and 'The Silent Children' were all released in 2017 and by the December the series had sold over a whopping 250,000 copies.
Photographs, Trailer and Biographical Information courtesy of the following sites.
Amazon Author Page Carol Wyer - Facebook Profile Twitter Profile
Goodreads Author Profile Official Author Website - Carol Wyer