This review is written with thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of Little Girl Lost.
DI Robyn Carter is on sabbatical from the police force, working as a private detective, when she is asked to investigate the disappearance of Lucas Matthews. Her involvement with the case continues when she returns to the police, and Lucas' body is discovered, shortly after the death of his father, Paul. There is no reason for Robyn to suspect that the two deaths are connected, until she is led to Zoe and her group of friends Abigail, Claire and Rachel. She learns that Abigail is receiving suspicious calls and messages. Can Robyn discover who is behind the murders, before the killer strikes again?
There are several characters in Little Girl Lost, and it would be easy for Wyer to allow some of them to take a back seat in the novel, particularly in the beginning when the two different strands of the plot appear unconnected. However, this does not happen, and I enjoyed the way in which Wyer writes fluidly, weaving small details about the characters into the text, without the feeling that she is overloading the reader. Wyer's descriptions of characters and locations are beautiful, and I became completely immersed in Robyn's investigation as a result.
Although at first, the two murders appear unconnected, it soon becomes clear that this is not the case. About half way through the novel, I thought I had the case sewn up, and was writing this review in my head, blasting Wyer for such a predictable outcome. However, I could not have been more wrong. There are so many twists and turns in the novel, and I could not wait to discover where the investigation was going. This was heightened by the alternating narratives of Abigail, Alice and Robyn, which allowed Wyer to keep the reader one step ahead of the detectives, and increased the tension. I have not seen this technique used very frequently and I enjoyed the way it was implemented as it sets this series apart from similar crime novels.
In Little Girl Lost, the reader receives their first introduction to DI Robyn Carter. I liked Robyn's character, and appreciated the insight into her background, which gives her a more human element than many literary detectives. I am looking forward to seeing how her character develops in future parts of the series.
Little Girl Lost is released on 19th January and available from Amazon.