Little Girls Lost is the tale of two young girls torn away from their safe, loving home by the jealousy and greed of others. The girls find themselves lost in a dark forest all alone with no idea which way home is. The girls bravely journey through the dark, lonely forest searching for their way home.
A Christmas short story, available only in ebook, from the author of The Nightingale Girls, Nightingales On Call and Nightingales at War. It’s Christmas time at The Nightingale Hospital and the children on Parry Ward are waiting eagerly for Father Christmas to arrive. But an unexpected arrival beats him to it and, as one discovery leads to another, the past comes back to confront the present. But will Staff Nurse Rose Chambers be able to forgive and forget? It is Christmas after all...
When Ingrid Steel was first put into an orphanage at the age of four, she did not even know her real name. Nor would anyone tell her who her parents were, or what had happened to them. After years of bullying, deprivation and gratuitous punishment - even sexual abuse - in a series of homes and orphanages, she was incarcerated first in a borstal, then in a mental hospital. One day after returning to the orphanage, Ingrid made a secret pilgrimage to Somerset House in London to discover her real identity. She came back in triumph clutching her precious birth certificate - only to have it taken from her. That was the last straw. Desperate to be free to live her own life, she forced her way out of the orphanage and into the cold and wet. Would she at last be able to lead a life of freedom? Little Girl Lost is the first part of Ingrid Steel's shocking, heartrending life story.
A Breathtaking Crime Thriller, That Will Hook You from the First Page
Author: Brian McGilloway
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
The first in Brian McGilloway's thrilling DS Lucy Black series, Little Girl Lost is an addictive crime thriller set in Northern Ireland about corruption, greed and vengeance, and a father's love for his daughter. Midwinter. A child is found wandering in an ancient woodland, her hands covered in blood. But it is not her own. Unwilling – or unable – to speak, the only person she seems to trust is the young officer who rescued her, Detective Sergeant Lucy Black. Soon afterwards, DS Black is baffled to find herself suddenly moved from a high-profile case involving a kidnapping of another girl, a prominent businessman's teenage daughter. At home, Black is struggling with caring for her increasingly unstable father, and trying to avoid conflict with her frosty mother – who also happens to be the Assistant Chief Constable. As she tries to identify the unclaimed child, Black begins to realize that her case and the kidnapping may be linked by events from the grimmest days of the country's recent history – events that also defined her own troubled childhood.
"Nelly Grey was a little English girl who had never been in England. She was born in China, and went with her father and mother to live in the British Legation compound in Peking when she was only three years old. A compound is a kind of big courtyard, with other courts and houses inside. Nelly's was a large one, and very open. It had several houses in it: not like we have in England, but only one storey high, and with deep, shady verandahs round them. There were also a little church, some tennis-courts, and several small buildings for the Chinese servants at the back. "
Little Girl Lost is about a teenager who discovers that she is pregnant. When she tells her boyfriend that she is carrying his child he wants her to get rid of it because he is secretly seeing her best friend who is also pregnant with his child. When her father finds out that she is pregnant he punches her in her stomach, which causes her to miscarry the baby. She can never forgive her father for what he has done.She has to deal with rape, molestation, verbal abuse and physical abuse before she gets up the nerve to run away with her girlfriend. She never realized how much worse that decision could be on her. She is now faced with drugs, alcohol, prostitution, physical abuse, and hunger and homelessness.She later learns that she has acquired HIV. She feels that she has to make it right with her family before her death and take care of her father before he can hurt another person.
Miranda Sugarman was supposed to be in the Midwest, working as an eye doctor. So how did she end up dead on the roof of one of New York City's seediest strip clubs? Ten years earlier, Miranda had been P.I. John Blake's lover. Now he has to uncover her secret life as a strip tease queen. But the deeper he digs, the deadlier the danger... until a shattering face-off in an East Village tenement changes his life forever. Little Girl Lost - is the stunning debut novel from Richard Aleas, a writer whose stories have been selected for the Best Mystery Stories of the Year and The Year's Best Horror Stories. It was nominated for both the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel.