Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire returns in THE KILLING HOUSE, the sixth novel in Claire McGowan's series. For fans of Sharon Bolton's DAISY IN CHAINS and Elly Griffiths' THE WOMAN IN BLUE. Peter James calls her novels 'astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying'.
When a puzzling missing persons' case opens up in her hometown, forensic psychologist Paula Maguire can't help but return once more.
Renovations at an abandoned farm have uncovered two bodies: a man known to be an IRA member missing since the nineties, and a young girl whose identity remains a mystery.
As Paula attempts to discover who the girl is and why no one is looking for her, an anonymous tip-off claims that her own long-lost mother is also buried on the farm.
When another girl is kidnapped, Paula must find the person responsible before more lives are destroyed. But there are explosive secrets still to surface. And even Paula can't predict that the investigation will strike at the heart of all she holds dear.
I have read and enjoyed all 6 books in the Paula Maguire series. It's been a great journey with her.
Book 6 is just as good, if not better than the others. I felt this time around one or two things were settled. Although there certainly is scope for a lot more of Paula Maguire, her character is first class. She's by no means perfect, yet wants to do the right thing, most of the time. She has a knack of getting herself into quite a bit of trouble at times.
After moving to London to start a new life with her young daughter, it's not long before Paula ends up back in Ballyterrin. Back to the old ways in no time.
Paula has returned when she was asked to help try to identify two bodies. The bodies have been found buried on a farm that is currently being renovated.
It soon comes to light that Paula's mother, who as been missing for many years could have a link with this farm. Is Paula finally going to be able to solve the mystery of her missing mother, and find out once and for all if she is 'Dead or Alive'.
Claire McGowan has certainly created a series here that drags you in, as each book ends you just can't wait for the next one.
Superb writing that draws you in right from the word go.
Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire returns in BLOOD TIDE, the fifth novel in Claire McGowan's acclaimed series. If you enjoyed Sharon Bolton's LITTLE BLACK LIES or Elly Griffiths' THE WOMAN IN BLUE, you will love this new novel from the author of THE SILENT DEAD and A SAVAGE HUNGER.
Called in to investigate the disappearance of a young couple during a violent storm, Paula Maguire, forensic psychologist, has mixed feelings about going back to Bone Island. Her last family holiday as a child was spent on its beautiful, remote beaches and returning brings back haunting memories of her long-lost mother.
It soon becomes clear that outsiders aren't welcome on the island, and with no choice but to investigate the local community, Paula soon suspects foul play, realising that the islanders are hiding secrets from her, and each other.
With another storm fast approaching, Paula is faced with a choice. Leave alive or risk being trapped with a killer on an inescapable island, as the blood tide rushes in...
My Rating 5/5
Book 5 in the Paula Maguire series. This is a series I have loved following. I love the character that Paula has become. And have enjoyed this book just as much as the other 4.
She certainly doesn't have the perfect private life, and it gets twisted up in work life an awful lot. She is still messed up in searching for clues of her missing mother.
Single mother of a little girl, the reasons I won't mention here just in case you have not read the previous books.
Paula is asked to help on a missing persons case, which sees her traveling to Bone Island. Just it's name gives you the creeps.
It's another complex case, and as always things don't go to plan, nothing is straight forward and Paula finds herself in the middle of a sticky mess.
It's another tense page turner, and leaves you wanting to turn the pages to see what is happening.
I can't wait for more from Paula, she's certainly a great character.
A Savage Hunger is the fourth in the crime series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire by Claire McGowan acclaimed as 'Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell' by Ken Bruen.
Victim: Female. Twenty-two years of age.
Reason for investigation: Missing person.
ID: Alice Morgan. Student. Last seen at a remote religious shrine in Ballyterrin.
Alice Morgan's disappearance raises immediate questions for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. Alice, the daughter of a life peer in the Home Office, has vanished along with a holy relic - the bones of a saint - and the only trace is the bloodstains on the altar.
With no body to confirm death, the pressure in this high-profile case is all-consuming, and Paula knows that she will have to put her own life, including her imminent marriage, on hold, if they are to find the truth.
A connection to a decades-old murder immediately indicates that all may not be as it seems; as the summer heat rises and tempers fray, can Alice be found or will they learn that those that are hungry for vengeance may be the most savage of all?
The third in the crime series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire by Claire McGowan acclaimed as 'Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell' by Ken Bruen.
Victim: Male. Mid-thirties. 5'7".
Cause of death: Hanging. Initial impression - murder.
ID: Mickey Doyle. Suspected terrorist and member of the Mayday Five.
The officers at the crime scene know exactly who the victim is.
Doyle was one of five suspected bombers who caused the deaths of sixteen people.
The remaining four are also missing and when a second body is found, decapitated, it's clear they are being killed by the same methods their victims suffered.
Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire is assigned the case but she is up against the clock - both personally and professionally.
With moral boundaries blurred between victim and perpetrator, will be Paula be able to find those responsible? After all, even killers deserve justice, don't they?
Paula Maguire Book 2.
Stolen. Missing. Dead...
Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, already wrestling with the hardest decision of her life, is forced to put her own problems on hold when she's asked to help find a baby taken from a local hospital.
Then the brutal, ritualistic murder of a woman found lying on a remote stone circle indicates a connection to the kidnapping and Paula knows that they will have to move fast if they are to find the person responsible.
When another child is taken and a pregnant woman goes missing, Paula finds herself caught up in a deadly hunt for a killer determined to leave no trace, and discovers every decision she makes really is a matter of life and death...
Firsly I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a paperback copy of this book for review. I also ended up buying the book on kindle so my Mum could enjoy it. And as I don't always have room to store books, it's a good way of getting to keep a copy.
Book 2 in the Paula MaGuire Series. I recently read book 1 The Lost And really enjoyed it.
You can read my review of that on my blog. or clicking here.
So here we are again back with the wonderful Paula. She's a little mixed up this time, with things going on in her private life that she is so unsure of.
She is faced with helping on a kidnapping case, as a forensic psychologist she works very closely with the police in the missing persons unit. Sometimes a little to closely.
This case soon turns into a murder case, and its down to the team to figure out what the hell is going on, and why babies are being taken from their parents.
Is there a link somewhere of is it just some mad Man/Woman taking them randomly.
Time is running out, if they are to save other babies, and save themselves then this team needs to act and act fast.
As I said this is the 2nd book I have read from this author featuring Paula McGuire, and she's a character I'm really beginning to like. I keep rooting for her, want to tell her off when she makes the wrong decisions, and root for her in what she does.
I was gutted I didn't get the answer to the one question throughout this book, that I wanted to know. ( I wont say as I don't want to spoil it). But I am so glad I now have book 3 to start, and I'm sure then next book will have to answer those lingering questions.
Overall - An interesting read, you can get lost in the story, and feel a part of it. I would recommend reading the first book for the character background. But all in all a good book and a 4/5 from me.
Format - Paperback
Publisher - Headline.
Available from Amazon.co.uk in Kindle, Paperback, Hardback and Audio.
Not everyone who's missing is lost
When two teenage girls go missing along the Irish border, forensic psychologist Paula Maguire has to return to the hometown she left years before. Swirling with rumour and secrets, the town is gripped by fear of a serial killer. But the truth could be even darker.
Not everyone who's lost wants to be found
Surrounded by people and places she tried to forget, Paula digs into the cases as the truth twists further away. What's the link with two other disappearances from 1985? And why does everything lead back to the town's dark past- including the reasons her own mother went missing years before?
Nothing is what it seems
As the shocking truth is revealed, Paula learns that sometimes, it's better not to find what you've lost.
Firstly I would like to thank the publishers for a review copy of this book. I've been fighting to get through my huge pile of books I need to read and decided to start with this one as it's the beginning of a series.
Book 1 in the Paula Maguire series.
This book gets a 4/5 from me. It's an interesting read, and more than enough to keep you gripped and guessing.
After leaving her home town in Ireland, Paula was certain she would never go back, yet here she is heading back. As forensic Psychologist , Paula is working with a team to find 2 missing girls.
I can't help thinking Paula's character should have been a copper, as she does seem to think she is one from time to time.
That said I mostly liked her character, and I look forward to reading more from this series and getting to know Paula some more.
She has history and baggage, but she is a likeable character and I'm hoping she will grow and develop into something special over the next few books.
I have since bought this book for the kindle so that my mum could read it, I think she'll enjoy it too.
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