Patricia Gibney: Broken Souls


Today I’m absolutely over the moon to be part of the blog tour for Broken Souls. My review is written with thanks to Sarah Hardy for inviting me on the tour and Bookouture for my copy of the book via Netgalley.


‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’

One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.

The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off.

The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…

If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked by this heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Broken Souls will keep you guessing until the very last page!


Now that we are at book seven of this amazing series, I feel as though Detective Lottie Parker and her team are family. This means I am 100% behind the team as I am reading. They all have their flaws, but this is what makes them human, and fascinating characters to get to know. I always have faith that they will get to the bottom of what has happened.

In Broken Souls, the reader must be patient. The novel is set, as always, in the fictional town of Ragmullin and the surrounding villages. As the village is so small, it soon becomes clear that most residents have some kind of connection to each other, which leaves Lottie and her team with a lot of suspects to chase and a very tangled web of mystery! Naturally, there were some characters of whom I was suspicious, but I had no real idea of who could have committed such awful crimes. The uncertainty definitely leads to a huge amount of tension and I was desperate to find out the truth.

There are some sections of Broken Souls that are written from the perspective of the killer. These are incredibly intriguing and I spent a lot of time trying to work out how these scenes fit into the overall picture of the investigation.

There are a few massive revelations at the end of Broken Souls and I can’t wait to see how they play out in the next instalment!

Broken Souls is available from Amazon.

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