When a body is found in a burned out club, the finger immediately points to a homeless woman who had an axe to grind with her former employer. She was heard threatening his life. However, she has other things to worry about when she finds herself sleeping under a bridge, and in fear for her life. It transpires that she is the victim of a predatory stalker who is intent on vengeance. Why? Kate finds that she has no choice but to become ‘lost’ and disappears. Meanwhile, everybody she has grown to care about finds themselves in danger. Kate once thought her only choice was to lay down and die but, with death waving its fateful finger at her, she discovers her own will to survive. As her own life unravels, and the secrets around her come tumbling out, Kate will have to decide whether this is a fight she is going to win or lose.
“I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thriller.” Ami Michelle
“That sums this book up, it has the wow factor.” AllyMcMental
A five star read.
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By ItsAllyMcMental on 11 Jun. 2016
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Asked to review this book honestly so here goes.
Getting into a book by an unknown author is sometimes difficult. You’re not familiar with their way of writing and it can take a few pages before you settle into it. At first I thought this author was over writing, you know call a spade a spade and not a constructed piece of preformed steel attached to a carefully shaped handle made of wood. You get the idea?
Then I settled in and accepted this is how he writes.
Wow from that moment on I was hooked, hooked so completely I was afraid to put the book down in case I missed something.
The story is fast but not so fast that you feel rushed. The characters are cleverly portrayed. You feel Kate’s anguish and can understand and sympathise with her. Flo is a class act because for the short time you spend with her you long to know her. The villains you seriously want punished they are cast so well.
Then I did something I rarely ever do, I cried. I literally had tears running down my face.
I was for a short time at a loss for words then I just said WOW!
That sums this book up, it has the wow factor.
I can’t remember the last time I empathised with characters so much and was moved to tears.
Would I recommend this book? Totally, if you don’t give it a go you’re seriously missing out.
Was it worth 5*? No, it was worth much more, if there was a higher category I would have gone with that.
Kate is being stalked, she has no idea who it is, not only that but she is caught up in arson and murder. The character of Kate I found easy to have empathy for, I found her emotionally unbalanced, depressed and living in fear – at first I thought this was just because of her past but things became clearer as McLaughlin developed her story.
One of my favourite characters was Flo, an old homeless woman who takes Kate under her wing. I knew from the moment we met her there was more than meets the eye and there would be a connection somewhere, I had no idea what the connection would be.
My other favourite character was Phil, I found him professional but sympathetic with compete passion for his work. I really rooted for him throughout.
When I first started reading this book I found it quite slow, i was about a quarter of the way through when I became hooked. McLaughlin made me believe in his characters and also their background stories and their relationships. The “bad” characters are believable and made me feel disgusted by their behaviours.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thriller.
And I’ll leave you with this. .. I didn’t see it coming!
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Set in Glasgow, this book does give a strong impression of the seedier side of the city. A body is found in a nightclub that burned down. The police are looking at arson and murder as well as trying to identify the victim. The nightclub owner is a shady and threatening character. The main character, Kate Mulgrew, has feelings of low esteem, and walks out of her home and her family to face a life on the street – the mystery begins. She finds herself caught up in the arson/murder investigation, and the story proceeds with twists and revelations that keep the reader engaged.
The book is very well described, though in places, a little over described. As this is the first book by the author, it is easily overlooked. The characters are well drawn, believable, and easy to identify with the situation. Suspense is built steadily as the story unfolds. This book will certainly appeal to readers of crime and suspense. I can recommend it.
By Amazon Customer on 30 May 2016
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I was pleasantly surprised with Lost Girls and amazed to find out the author was male. HIs main character Kate Mulgrew and a secondary one Flo is written with such insight to the female psyche. I can’t give spoilers but we see the character development is string with them and I truly cared about what happened to them and their journey in this well crafted storyline.
Billy McLaughin writes with passion and brings the city of Glasgow to life and the narrative gives the reader a sense of what the place and people are like. A good strong plot with some great characters. I will be reading more from McLaughin.