Title: Lost Souls
(Detectives Lockhart and Green #3)

Author: Chris Merritt
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Detective
First published: February 9th 2021
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: January 24th 2021
Pages: 442

“Children are innocent. It’s the adults who corrupt them, who bring sin into their lives.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I finally had the chance to read the first two books of this series last September, and I’ve been looking forward to meet up with Detective Dan Lockhart and psychologist Lexi Green ever since. I have to say that this third book was well worth the wait! Once again we have a serial killer investigation and a typical detective thriller being mixed with the psychological as well as the personal lives of Dan and Lexi… And it’s a thriller cocktail that works remarkably well. Lost Souls is one of those books that will have you in its grip and won’t let go until you reach that final page: make sure to clear your schedule beforehand, because it will be very hard to stop reading once you’ve read the first couple of chapters.

I always love a good serial killer thriller, and we have another twisted mind on our hands in this sequel. Lost Souls uses a multiple POV structure, switching between Dan, Lexi and the killer so we get to experience the things happening from different angles. I would recommend reading these books in order, because you will probably not understand the dynamics between the different members of the team (including Lexi). Especially since there is quite some personal development as well in Lost Souls… And all three books are excellent reads in the first place.

As for the characters… I really like this cast of characters, and although I could have done without the whole jealous boyfriend angle, as a whole it was great to meet up with them again. Each member of the team brings their own little something to the investigation and story, and together they help turning Lost Souls into a success. I’m especially left wanting for more concerning Dan’s personal story… What a way to end the story with that development! I’m already craving for the next book, that’s for sure.

The plot was another solid one, and the plot development and plot twists were spot on. I was so sure of myself that I had it all figured out early on, only to be proven completely wrong towards the ending. And I always love it when a story is managing to mislead me this way! You will have a nice pool of different suspects and hints to consider in the first place, so there is plenty to keep you busy and on your toes along the way.

In short, Lost Souls is another successful book of the Detectives Lockhart and Green series and without doubt recommended if you enjoy the genre and like your detective thrillers with a little something extra.


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