Review: Little Girl Lost – Brian McGilloway

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan (May 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0230753361
ISBN-13: 978-0230753365
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Lucy Black
Bill Travers – Chief Superintendent of Criminal Investigation Department.
Tom Fleming – Chief of Public Protection Unit.


A young 15 year old girl has been missing. A team of invesigators are in the middle of looking for her, when a report comes in of a young girl being found in the woods. When Lucy Black investigates she discovers that the girl is not the missing girl, but is harboring secrets of her own. The problem is, she isn’t talking. How did she get in the woods? Who are her parents? Why was she covered in blood? To find out, you’ll need to read Little Girl Lost.


This was three mysteries in one story. There was the main story about the missing fifteen year old. That involves a very intricate plot that is unraveled throughout the course of the story. Then there is a secondary plot of who is the young girl? Why was she covered in blood? Whose blood was it? And then there was a mystery of what secret is Lucy Black’s father hiding.

The author does a great job of handling these three storylines and then twisting them all together in a cohesive package by the end. While the story itself was interesting there was one area that stylistically was a bit of logic problem. Lucy was in search of the missing girl, deep in the woods, gets a phone call, and the next thing you know she’s magically transported elsewhere. I think it just showed an author though that is still developing, so I can’t fault it too much.

Overall I found the story intriguing and it kept me reading it from beginning to end. In fact I completed the whole book in about a day. I definitely look forward to more from this author, and for a beginning to a series I think he did a good job.

About the Author

Brian McGilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. After studying English at Queen’s University, Belfast, he took up a teaching position in St Columb’s College in Derry, where he was Head of English. His first novel, Borderlands—published by Macmillan New Writing—was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger in 2007 and was hailed by The Times as “one of [2007’s] most impressive debuts.” The second novel in the series, Gallows Lane, was shortlisted for the 2009 Irish Book Awards/Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year. The third, Bleed a River Deep, was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of their Best Books of 2010. He is the author of three Lucy Black novels, all to be published in the U.S. by Witness Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Brian lives near the Irish borderlands with his wife and their four children. You can visit Brian at

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Danielle at Harper Collins for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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2 Responses to “Review: Little Girl Lost – Brian McGilloway”

  1. Marjorie Says:

    Thanks for the review, sounds like a good one.

  2. Tammy Says:

    Sounds really good Rick. This was one I looked at earlier. Adding it to my TBR