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Little Boy Lost (Detective Mackenzie Price Book 3)

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Ruhi Choudhary's new novel is full of masterfully drawn characters and is utterly compelling.
The thick woods and deep waters of Lake more hide the darkest of secrets. Corruption and violence are at the core of a very complex plot that keeps one guessing to the very end. It is tense and absorbing, and darkly disturbing. It kept me awake long into the night until the author revealed the final twist. I held my breath so often it's a wonder I didn't suffocate. Crime fiction doesn't get any better than this.
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Book 3 in the Mackenzie Price series.

This book is full of twists and turns to keep you guessing from start to finish. It was quite a dark storyline dealing with heart breaking situations.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to see which direction Mackenzie takes next.
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I don't know if it's possible to define a book "liminal" but that's the term the comes to my mind but I can't specify the reason because I don't want to spoil anything.
It was a roller coaster of emotions, a thrilling and gripping story that kept me on the edge.
Mad Mack is at her best and I love how she's changing, discovering new sided and getting stronger.
The plot is slow burning, it starts with a bang but it takes a bit before the action starts. And when it starts it's a lot of action.
The author delivers a story that is heart breaking at times but always highly entertaining.
I loved how she made her characters evolve and her empathy toward her characters and the victim.
I can't wait to read the next book in this series as I want to know what will be the future.
This one is strongly recommended.
Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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I loved the previous in the series and this was no exception. It was a great, atmospheric mystery with really good characters and a really well paved book. I thought it was great
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Little Boy Lost is the 3rd book in the Mackenzie Price series by Ruhi Choudhary.  
I have loved this series so far, and think this book might be the best one yet. 
The storyline gripped me from the beginning,  and had me guessing right to the end. I love how each book perfectly follows on from the last,  and each book reminds you of Macks story making it easy to follow, although I think this book would read well as a standalone.  
The plot starts with 3 boys going missing,  then one of their bodies being found, there is then a race against time to try find the other boys alive, while its a disturbing story irs brilliantly written. 
Looking forward to more in this series.
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Little Boy Lost is the third instalment in the Detective Mackenzie ”Mack” Price series, set in Lakemore, Washington. The prologue opens with Mack and colleague and partner Detective Nick Blackwood driving against the stormy night after informing her that her father, Charles Laurent, had been murdered. However, for two decades, owing to the fact that her mother, Melody, had claimed she killed Mack’s father in self-defence and then had asked her to help bury him all those years ago, her trust had been depleted. She had believed the self-defence theory as Charles was known to get drunk and abusive regularly and her mother had told her she had just snapped and couldn't take another beating. When she had turned up, Melody was covered in bruises and the body of a male lay on the floor; it was now unidentifiable due to the extensive injuries. But when Charles had turned up unannounced at her door a month ago she was gobsmacked. Now she had to see it to believe it having been told so many lies. She heads to where he was staying, Miller Lodge, and sure enough, he lay on the bed surrounded by police, forensic investigators and medical personnel. He had been shot in the head. Mack isn't best pleased that newly-arrived detective, Austin Kennedy from Port Angeles, was to take over her father’s murder case. She's deeply concerned that Austin’s eagerness to show his worth at his new job posting could mean he will dig deep into her family revealing devastating, long-held secrets from her past and shattering any semblance of normality from that moment on. 

Just over two months later, Mack and Nick are called to investigate when three nine-year-old boys vanish on a field trip to the annual Lakemore Spring Festival. The disappearances of Lucas Williams, Theo Reynolds and Noah Kinsey bring back painful memories for the troubled town, namely of serial killer Jeremiah Wozniak who used the town as his hunting ground resulting in the murders of ten innocent boys a decade ago. The town panics when the body of one of the boys is recovered having been brutally murdered and within his oesophagus, they discover a slip of paper instructing them to look further into the death of Johnny Cooper, Wozniak's apparent last victim. It specifically tells them to find Johnny's killer or the other two boys will be slaughtered too and naturally Mack and Nick don't know what to think. Nick starts to unravel as he worries that maybe he missed something while first investigating Cooper’s killing. With Wozniak in jail since his gruesome spree eight years ago was he taunting them or was Cooper’s murder perpetrated by someone else despite the MO fitting perfectly? This is a riveting and compulsive procedural right from the off with the boys’ disappearances being the major plot point backed up by several interconnecting and equally enthralling subplots. It's detailed and executed superbly and there is never a moment where your interest wanes. Full of twists, turns and misdirection with plenty of action, drama and palpable tension, there's never a dull moment and a shock is delivered in every chapter. A scintillating, engrossing and fast-paced read.
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I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. They were complex mysteries that held my interest until the very end. Even though I knew the back story to the characters, there was just too many plot twists in this third book. Her biological father as well as the one she knew as a father, the planned revenge and attack against Mackenzie, the murder of boys to reopen an investigation of another boy who was murdered so as to find the real killer and her confession about her traumatic childhood…it was just too much and very confusing. The murder of innocent boys to force the reopening of an investigation seemed especially cruel and not at all believable. After reading the first two books, it was very difficult to finish this one. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
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this series just keeps getting better and better with each book, this one might just be my favorite so far out of the three , because once again after just the first page I was hooked and didn't want to put it down and stop reading. There was twist and turns I didn't see coming and when I thought I had something figured out ,it turns out I was wrong, and the secrets just kept coming, other thing I loved was the inter action between Mackenzie and Nick
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BLOG TOUR REVIEW 

Review for 'Little Boy Lost' by Ruhi Choudhary. 

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Ruhi Choudhary, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous 

Publication date 6th May 2021.

This is the second book I have read by this author and it is the third book in the 'Detective Mackenzie Price' series but can be read as a standalone. I have previously read the first book in the series 'Our Daughter's Bones' which I enjoyed and would recommend. 

I was originally drawn to this book by its  eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. I am also a fan of Ruhi's previous book 'Our Daughter's Bones' and if this is half as good as that it is sure to be a great read. It also stated in the synopsis that this book is 'perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Lisa Regan and Angela Marsons.' I am a huge fan of Karin , Angela and Lisa so am looking forward to see if it lives up to this. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture  that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book).

This novel consists of a prologue, 73 chapters and an epilogue. The chapters are short to medium in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case!

This book is based in Lakemore, USA 🇺🇸. 

This book is written in third person perspective with the main protagonist Detective Mackenzie Price. The benefits of third person perspective especially if omniscient are that it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters more, what they are thinking and what they are doing. It feels like you get to see the whole picture and not miss out in anything. 

'Little Boy Lost' discusses some topics that may trigger some readers or may not be suitable for others. I like to point this out ahead of time in my reviews so you can judge if this book is for you or not. In this book Ruhi discusses/includes child murder. 

Wow, Wow just WOW!!! Ruhi you have absolutely smashed it yet again!!  What another explosive book in an epic series!!!!

The whole thing was brilliantly written and filled with in depth vivid descriptions that put me right next to Mackenzie and I was just completely lost in the story. The title, synopsis and cover represented the storyline perfectly. 

This book is the third book in the Detective Mackenzie Price series and it can be read as a standalone without any problems. Anything that gets brought up about previous cases is covered in just the right amount of information, not too much to bore readers who already know what happened and just the right amount for new readers. 

The description was completely accurate saying it is perfect for fans of Karin Slaughters, Lisa Reagan and Angela Marsons. I would like to add that fans of C. L Taylor and Carol Wyer or any other amazing (and my top) authors will absolutely sink their teeth into this!! 

The storyline itself had me hook, line and sinker from the start and kept me on the edge of my seat as well as up at night flipping through the pages that I just couldn't put down. I completely absorbed it in one sitting. Packed with suspense, secrets, crime, lies, secrets, friendship and the BIG BANG at the end. I thought I had my suspicions of who was up to what but I was proven wrong and damn lady I DID NOT EXPECT that nucleur ending!!! Where did that come from!!! Just mega wow!!! Completely left me speechless and sitting there with my mouth hanging open like a dog. Cliffhanger much!!! I could not compliment this book enough, it just had everything!!! 


I absolutely loved meeting all the realistic characters again with all their big personalities, strengths and flaws. First time I "met" them I knew I was going to love the characters from the first page and I was 100% right. I thought Mackenzie was a fantastic, strong female lead, always a bonus having a female lead being one myself!! Nick was brilliant, a good friend to Mackenzie and with a kind heart. Sully makes me laugh with his new hobby every few hours but it is a nice unique trait about him. I absolutely love this team and they all worked well with their different personalities. I really cannot wait to read more about them. They were exactly what a good crime book needs, a mix of funny, serious and I just couldn't get enough of them. 

Well done Ruhi on another massive success and I hope your busy writing your next book as I for one cannot wait. If not your book then I really hope your getting a movie produced of this fantastic series. People will love Mackenzie and Nick!! 

Overall if you are looking for a heart racing, page turning psychological crime that will leave you shocked and demanding more this is the book for you. 


One of my favourite quotes in this book is the following:

😂 "Sully put everything away. “My daughter told me to watch The Hunger Games. That Catpiss woman inspired me. I’m thinking of enrolling in archery classes.”“It’s Katniss,” Nick corrected." 

Genres covered in this book include Mystery, Thriller, Crime fiction, psychological thriller, and Police procedural.  amongst others. 


I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of Angela Marsons, Carol Wyer, C. L Taylor, Karin Slaughter, Lisa Reagan, anyone who has read any of Ruhi's previous books in this series and well jist anyone who is looking for an epic read!!! 


398 pages.

This book is just £1.99 to purchase on kindle via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!! 

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This one is full of answers! Mack and Nick are back with a heartbreaking case that has roots in Nick's past. While trying to solve their case, Mack is plagued by a new detective who is digging into her past and an unseen enemy who is stalking her. 
The mystery surrounding the missing boys is action packed and full of tension. The plot surrounding Mack's past is full of suspense. There are shocking reveals and answers. I never would have guessed the reveals! I was blown away. This series just keeps getting better. I can't wait for the next one.
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Gosh....what a roller coaster ride with this one!!! Ruhi did it once again with the third book of Detective Mackenzie Price series, Little Boy Lost. When Charles was murdered, a new detective was assigned to solve the case. Then three little boys were lost in the woods and one of the boys' bodies, Lucas was found dead...with his tongue cut off. This case was eerily same to another case, solved by Mackenzie's partner, Nick, but the person is already behind the bars. Is it a copycat murder or something else?

It feels like a cat and mouse chase game when reading this one. So many suspects that you have no idea who is the real culprit behind the murders. The author does a good job, keeping the reader hooked into the story hence the reader's mind is muddled and couldn't wait till the end to find who the real villain in the story. The emotions Mackenzie is going through particularly when the new detective, Austin is digging most of her past family's history is interesting and intriguing. A fast paced thriller with unexpected twists and turns that will hook you into the story from the beginning to the end. The ending, was a bit unexpected, including the part where who the real villain was actually!

Overall, I enjoyed reading Ruhi Chaudary's books and cannot wait for the fourth book of the series to come out soon! Mackenzie Price has become one of my courageous and favorite characters! Worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.
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My thanks to Ruhi Choudary, Bookoutre and Netgalley.
I kinda love these books! 
I appreciate Ruhi's devious murders! 
But, I think I'm finally going to take a pass. 
I really like these main characters, but they need to figure out their shit! Mack and her lies are ridiculous! She was a kid. This was bound to drive me nuts from the start. I hate lies. I especially hate liars! It's not so heinous. 
Still, I am tired of those woods, and very tired of Homicide cops with Daddy issue's.
I did love this book. The murder mystery is top notch! But, Mackenzie and her continuing drama, has turned it into a fucking soap opera.
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It is time for the annual spring festival in Lakemore with families and kids on class trips all congregating and looking forward to a fun time outside after the restrictions of winter. When three nine-year-old boys go missing while under their teacher's care enjoyment turns to fear and everyone recalls how Lakemore was home to the serial killer, Jeremiah, who murdered ten young boys a decade earlier. 

Detectives Mackenzie 'Mack' Price and Nick Blackwood are assigned the case but when evidence is recovered linking the disappearances to the Jeremiah investigation Nick finds his life unravelling. Facing the fact that he might have missed something vital in his first case as lead detective he is determined nothing will get past him this time whatever the cost. 

Worried about Nick and trying to keep him from self destructing isn't easy especially as Mack has her own demons to face following her father’s recent unsolved murder. With a new and eager detective determined to find the killer Mack fears it's only a matter of time before her secrets are revealed and life as she knows and enjoys it ceases to exist. 

This is the third in Ruhi Choudhary's ever improving series and is definitely the most enjoyable so far. The main investigation is detailed and not easily solved while the journey into Mack's past makes for an excellent second thread throughout. The scene is set for another book to follow which I will definitely be on the look out for. 

I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. This is an excellent addition to this series.
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This is the third in the Detective Mackenzie Price series. Three boys disappear during Lakemore's Spring Festival. Soon after, one is discovered murdered, a slip of paper in his oesophagus instructing the police to find Johnny Cooper's killer or the other two will be killed..  Johnny Cooper's murder has been blamed on serial child killer Jeremiah Wozniack, who is currently in jail.  Eight years ago, the case was the first Nick Blackwood investigated on his arrival in Lakemore.. Johnny's decomposed body was discovered after Wozniak was jailed, and as the MO fitted, it was assumed he was another of his victims. Now someone is saying he wasn't, and the lives of two nine year old boys hang in the balance.  

At the same time Mackenzie's father Charles, who turned up on her doorstep at the end of the last book, has been murdered. A newly-arrived detective is investigating.  Mackenzie's worst fear, that he may discover things she would rather stay buried, follow her through this story as she works with Nick to try to locate the boys' abductor before another child dies.. At the same time, they begin to take another look at events surrounding Johnny's death.. Was Wozniak really the murderer or could they be looking for someone entirely different?

It's an edge of your seat read with the two investigations running parallel to each other.. Both Mack and Nick have to deal with their own ghosts from the past while trying to stay focussed in the present. There are twists and turns aplenty, false leads and so many characters who have motive..  The ending for both cases came as a complete surprise. Another thrilling  five star read from Ruhi Choudhary.

Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an ARC of Little Boy Lost in exchange for an honest review.
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The story is good but the plot twists became so convoluted just for the sake of it and the reasons given felt a stretch. The first half of the book is very slow with no action and just a change of scenes. The personal backstory of the lead character is brought into this book also. Hope the author puts an end to that, rather than milking it further and making it very complicated. After relishing two books this one is a letdown.
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There is never a dull moment for Lakemore detective Mackenzie Price. The personal secret she had kept buried inside her threatens to be revealed which could ruin her very existence and an all consuming new case of three missing young boys sends her and her partner Nick Blackwood in a desperate search against time to find them.

I am loving this series and Little Boy Lost, the third in the series is no exception.

I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, loaded with suspense, fast paced, full of mystery and nail biting action this novel will keep you deeply engrossed all the way through.

Loved it - 5 big stars from me.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for an ARC for my honest review.
Very much look forward to catching up with Mac and Nick again soon.
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This was was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When 3 boys go missing during a field trip, evidence leads Detectives Mackenzie Price and Nick Blackwood to re-investigate a murder from years ago everyone thought was solved.
In the meantime, a new detective comes to town and starts investigating the murder of Mackenzie's father.
This book did not end on a cliffhanger like the previous two. Although I didn't mind the cliffhangers, it was nice to have closure on a part of the storyline. That's not to say it won't come back around a few books down the line.
Throughout the book I was worried for the safety of the children. Didn't guess who was behind the abductions and why. And the ending was heart pounding. I would recommend this book.
Thank you NetGalley, Bookouture, and Ruhi Choudhary.
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The third installment of Mackenzie Price's series picks up immediately where the last one left off (and don't worry, you can start with book 3 and then you'll be so excited to read books 1 and 2). Mack learns of her father's death from Nick and rushes to the scene. Still keeping her secrets to herself, a new officer is brought in to work the case - and Mack's not sure if he's trustworthy or not. And, further complicating her life is a the case of three missing boys from the local festival. They could be linked to a murder Nick solved before Mack joined the force -- so he's extra invested in this case with Mack trying to maintain an uneasy balance between her personal and professional lives. I stayed up much too late to see how this book would end - and I'm so glad that I did. It's fantastic. Looking forward to more Mackenzie Price!
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Oh what a tangled web.  Can be read as a stand alone.  MacKenzie is all too human, still holding the secret from her youth while doing the best she can to be a good Detective.  Twisted tale, surprises along the way and heart wrenching emotion with the lost boys. The very end (before the epilogue) was a tad confusing when the tale comes out.  I was not surprised with who shares the tale, but I did get a lost, had to reread who was who again.   Buckle up, put your hat on and see if you can solve the mystery, but be on guard for the suspense and twists.  Thank you Bookouture for allowing me the arc through NetGalley.  I freely volunteer my thoughts and opinions.
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This is a thrilling and action packed series featuring Detective Mackenzie. in this one, three young boys go missing and Mac comes under investigation. really good character development, brilliant plotting, twists and turns and questions answered regarding Mac's background. Nothing more to add apart from enjoy the read! Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.
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