A Savage Hunger Paula Maguire #4 Read Ä 9

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A Savage Hunger Paula Maguire #4 Read Ä 9 ☆ The fourth in the crime series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire by Claire McGowan acclaimed as 'Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell' by Ken BruenVictim Female Twenty two years of age Reason for investigation Missing personID Alice Morgan Student Last seen at a remote religious shrine iAises immediate uestions 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 w. Really turned into soap opera in this one But damn the woman's good with a cliffhanger

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Ill 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 a. I really enjoy this series which initially followed the cases Dr Paula McGuire investigated as part of the Missing Persons Unit on the border between Northern and Southern Ireland The idea of the unit was to overcome the problems of cross border information exchange but sadly that has fallen away and now Paula is working as a consultant with the police in Northern IrelandClaire McGowan cleverly links the missing person in this book Alice Morgan an anorexia sufferer with the hunger strikes carried out in 1981 by political prisoners Alice went missing on the doorstep of a church in Ballyterrin along with a holy relic – the bones of a saint also connected to hunger Paula is called in to help out in the investigation swiftly after all her father is a government minister and so despite the student at a private university having a history of disappearing a search is launched It doesn’t take too long before the team realise that another young girl went missing from the same church on the same day back in 1981Having set the scene for investigation we hear from Alice herself from her time in a hospital where she was receiving treatment for her anorexia this makes for disturbing reading We also have some excerpts from WhatsApp from her circle of close friends friends who the police are sure know than they are letting on I do like it when books set in the present use technology that is popular it certainly lends some authenticity to the plotThis is probably has the most interwoven plot of the whole series and that is before we get to Paula’s private life which is going through some turbulence with a wedding to prepare for a missing mother and a child with an unknown father her life is anything but simple I do like getting to know the chief protagonist of crime series and Claire McGowan gets the mix between the investigation and this aspect absolutely right never forgetting that as much as we want to know about these issues it is a crime novel so overall that must be the focus That said it is great to meet up with some old favourites and to see how life is treating themOverall this book was uite sad the issues covered were executed extremely so well that they made me feel for the characters involved With life switching between several different institutions; prison hospital university and the police it was hard not to compare how easy it is to manipulate those that are weaker for whatever reason by those who feel superior With than a handful of damaged souls I’m sure I won’t be the only reader that was misdirected very successfully by the author than onceA satisfying and compelling read if you haven’t read this series I really do suggest that you start at the beginning and enjoy If you have read the other books I’m sure you don’t need me to urge you to get yourself a copy when it is published on 10 March 2016I’d like to thank the publisher Headline for allowing me to read a copy of this book prior to publication This review is my unbiased thanks to them

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A Savage Hunger Paula Maguire #4The fourth in the crime series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire by Claire McGowan acclaimed as 'Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell' by Ken BruenVictim Female Twenty two years of age Reason for investigation Missing personID Alice Morgan Student Last seen at a remote religious shrine in BallyterrinAlice Morgan's disappearance r. ‘The corpse on the bed was still breathing’With this powerful opening line begins an intelligent and compelling story of love loss and vengeance in a land where the past and its secrets lurk around every corner A young student at a private university in Northern Ireland has vanished No one seems bothered Not her parents not the university authorities not her friends Alice Morgan is seems was a bit odd Never mind the blood stains in the church where she was last seen the famous religious relic that vanished at the same time the other young woman who disappeared decades earlier from exactly the same spot Alice is probably just being Alice She’ll turn up Fortunately for Alice the police do take her disappearance seriously Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire finds missing people Knowing from personal experience the trauma that the missing leave behind them her own mother vanished during “The Troubles” Paula feels a deep and personal interest in all her cases but something about lonely un missed Alice tugs at her heart Compelled to throw herself into the hunt for the missing girl in spite of or maybe because of her imminent wedding to her childhood sweetheart Paula finds darker nastier puzzles under every turned stone As the clock ticks away towards Alice’s likely death and Paula’s walk down the aisle the people of this uiet corner of Northern Ireland have to confront a side of themselves that they’d much prefer to keep hidden away With characteristic skill Claire McGowan has managed to pack a great deal into this deceptively simple story of a lost girl Hunger the literal kind and all the others runs as a savage theme throughout The hunger strikes of the 1980s have by no means been forgotten and desire for vengeance on the part of the wronged is all consuming The self imposed starvation of the hunger strikers is strikingly echoed in the self abuse practiced by the girls with eating disorders McGowan is from Northern Ireland and her knowledge of this part of the world and its recent history brings a richness and a credibility to an original and thought provoking story Her keen observation skills and intelligent writing keep it fresh and vivid