Books set in Europe, Family dynamics, Fiction, McGilloway-Brian, Mystery

#565 Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway

Little Girl Lost by Brian McGillowayLittle Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway

Lucy has just moved back home to take care of her ailing father. He is suffering from either Alzheimer’s or dementia. There have been multiple trips to the hospital. Lucy herself is a detective for the police force and was lucky enough to be transferred to a city where she could help her father. Her father also used to be a police officer.

The case on hand is the case of a missing teenager. Her name is Kate and her father is very wealthy, or so everyone believes, and no one knows where to look for her. A man driving a truck sees a little girl out in the cold snow. The little girl will not speak and is taken to the hospital. She is covered in blood, which turns out not to be her own.

Lucy is transferred to another division at the request of the head of another agency. Lucy requests to speak to her. We learn that Lucy’s mother is also in law enforcement and that she requested for Lucy to be put under her.

Lucy goes on and investigates her case. Some interesting evidence is found on the girl in the woods. She has DNA on her from the missing girl, Kate. This makes things stranger and more complicated. Questions are asked. Who is this little girl? The answer finally comes out, but it’s too late for someone close to the girl. Things move forward and all was not as it appears.

Meanwhile, Lucy’s father keeps talking about a woman named Janet. Lucy decides to find out who Janet is, never suspecting that it may connect back to the very case she is working on.

What I liked

This story was fast-paced and easy to read. I liked the twists and turns in the story. It wasn’t overly surprising, but the surprises were fresh enough that it made the story interesting. Connecting several crimes together was a good move, I think. It’s nice how things wrap up in a nice package.

Lucy was likable enough. She’s not special or unique in the world of crime novels, but she’s alright.

What I didn’t like

Some of the pieces of the mystery, I felt, fit together a little too loosely.

Lucy is also a bit cliche even though I do like her. She’s a cop. Her parents are cops. Keep it in the family. Family business. You have to continue on with the family line of work. Who says? Why in the heck is Lucy a cop? Didn’t she see how much grief it had caused her family?

There’s a bit of a side-story about a neglected girl and her brother. It’s a touching piece of the story, but Lucy doesn’t really do anything with it.


It’s a good and quick crime read.

Weigh In

Is it cliche to have a cop from a family of cops?

Do crime and mystery novels sometimes fit together too nicely?


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