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Little Girl Lost (DI Robyn Carter #1) by Carol Wyer


little-girl-lostAbout the Book

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.


Little Girl Lost by Carol Wyer begins with a really disturbing prologue. However, the writing was so good so I decided to move forward and see how the story goes although honestly, the prologue made me ish ish .  Soon after the prologue, we get to meet Robyn Carter, a former police officer,  working as a Private Investigator. I liked her character immediately. The author gave a background story which made her even more likable and relatable. Robyn is just about to go back to her job as a cop when she gets a missing persons case. The person who filed the report doesn’t want to deal with cops yet and so she went to the PI to look for her missing loved one.  This is where it all begins. Soon, we get to learn that there is a killer on the loose and it seems like everyone is at risk.

The story is narrated through multiple view points. I found each voice to be quite unique hence easy to differentiate so the narrations didn’t confuse me. I also like the fact that the villain is one of the narrators and that they use two timelines for the POV. The flashbacks helped in explaining the motives for the crimes.

At first, it was hard to guess how all the characters were connected. On one hand, there is Abigail, a new mom who is being harassed by an anonymous person. Through other chapters, we have the villain and then the detective. The serial killer’s MO is also sort of haphazard so it seems like some of the victims are not even related. I think not knowing the connection is what made this such a riveting read. I couldn’t guess what the link was until the last chapters of the book when everything started falling into place.

The book has everything that makes a thriller great. There are secrets, twists and turns, lies, unsolved murders and a lot of suspicious characters (and unsub who is one of the narrators). Some of the themes and scenes introduced in the book are quite heavy such as what I alluded to  in the prologue. However, what stood out the most for me was the writing. Wyer has such a beautiful, flawless way of describing characters and scenes. I usually struggle with cop procedural novels and multiple POVs but this time, I just didn’t. Her writing style is captivating and it made me get hooked to the story.  I was able to guess some of the major twists towards the end but the writing still had me eagerly turning pages in an effort to confirm my suspicions.I can’t wait to for the next book in the series!


21 comments on “Little Girl Lost (DI Robyn Carter #1) by Carol Wyer

  1. mikaela
    January 20, 2017

    Yay, I should definitely check this out sometimes, since I’ve seen too many good reviews for this one!

    • Diana
      January 21, 2017

      Let me know if you do.I hope that you will like it as much as I did 🙂

  2. Yvo
    January 20, 2017

    I’m so glad to hear to enjoyed this one! I’ve been seeing Little Girls Lost everywhere lately and will definitely try to get a copy. Great review!

    • Diana
      January 21, 2017

      Thanks Yvo.I hope you’ll get the copy.Looking forward to discussing the book with you if you get to read it.

      • Yvo
        January 21, 2017

        I just gave in and requested a Netgalley copy even though I shouldn’t. 😉

  3. This sounds like a great read – I’m so tempted to get a copy but I’m trying not to add to my TBR at the moment. Fab review! 🙂

    • Diana
      January 21, 2017

      Thanks and I totally get what you mean about the TBR.However,when you get a chance to add a new thriller then I reccomend this one 🙂

  4. Charlotte Graham
    January 21, 2017

    I don’t normally read this genre, but this sounds like a really good read!

  5. Annie
    January 21, 2017

    Yay, I’m so excited to read this book 😀 Loved your review, I will tell you my suspicions 😛

    • Diana
      January 21, 2017

      Can’t wait to discuss the book with you.Thank you 🙂

  6. Donna
    January 23, 2017

    Sometimes a poor or weak writing weakens a strong plot, good characterization and/or multiple POVs. I’m glad it was not the case here!

    • Diana
      January 25, 2017

      It definitely wasn’t. The author did a great job with this one. The themes were heavy and I think I would have DNFed the book if wasn’t for the writing.

  7. Laila@BigReadingLife
    January 25, 2017

    So interesting when the killer gets a POV in a book! Did it make you empathize with him/her in any wayl?

    • Diana
      January 25, 2017

      Yes it did. Especially since the author shared the killer’s background story since childhood. This POV was an interesting addition to the narration.

  8. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku
    January 26, 2017

    Sometimes quality writing is all I need to get through a book, but it sounds like this was a winner. I’m glad you enjoyed the story! Multiple narrators is tricky to pull off.

    • Diana
      January 26, 2017

      Yeah, it is usually tricky. There are books that I didn’t like because they had Multiple Narrators like Missing Presumed. I got so confused by all the characters and their story-lines. It all ended up being a bit too much. However, the author did such a great job with this book and all the voices were distinct in such a way that it was not confusing.

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  10. Ah yes, I really liked this one too. Quite amazing that a romance author can really pull this off from the very first time, it being such a different genre and still being able to find the right atmosphere and all.. I know it was hard to figure out how Abigail fit in, I really was wrecking my brain… but in the end it all fit perfectly didn’t it 🙂

    • Diana
      March 16, 2017

      yes it did, I couldn’t make the connection at first but it did all connect in the end. I didn’t know that she wrote romance. Sort of reminds me Robert Bryndza who writes both romance and thrillers nowadays.

      This was my first book by Wyer. She is really nice though. She replied to my tweet and made comments about this review lol I was so excited about that:-)

      • How cool! This was my first book by her too, I haven’t read her romance novels. I’m glad she made the change though, just like Bryndza. I didn’t think of it before but they’ve done the same :-).

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