Today I am thrilled to be one of the blogger’s kicking off the blog tour for Helen Phifer’s crime thriller, The Girl in the Grave published by Bookouture. Happy publication day Helen!
About the Book:
At least they’d found her. Once the site was processed and the girl’s body removed, they’d be able to identify her so that her family could give her the burial she deserved. This innocent girl was far too young to be lying in a grave, crushed under the weight of someone else’s coffin…
When the body of a teenage girl is found hidden inside a stranger’s grave in a small-town cemetery in the Lake District, an urgent call is made to Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams. One look at the beautiful girl’s broken body is enough to bring Beth out of hiding for the first time since an attempt on her own life…
Beth doesn’t believe it’s a coincidence that the victim was found the same day a threatening gift was left on the doorstep of her secluded home. Her instincts are telling her that it’s a trap, that she should run for safety. But she knows she’s the only one with the expertise to help her trusted friend, Detective Josh Walker, crack the most shocking case of his career.
The tiny traces of material Beth finds beneath the victim’s fingernails is the break in the case the team need to chase down this twisted killer. But this critical lead comes at a dangerous price, exposing Beth’s whereabouts and dragging her back into the line of fire once again.
With Beth’s own life on the line, the investigation is already cracking under the pressure. Then another local girl goes missing… Can Beth stay alive long enough to catch the killer before he claims his next victim?
An absolutely gripping new crime thriller that will grab fans of Patricia Gibney, LJ Ross and Angela Marsons from the very first page and leave them gasping for breath by the last.
This book is a brilliant start to a new series. Helen does a great job in getting the reader’s attention right from the start with an opening that is so chilling that you know that you are going to be in for a wild ride, and what a ride it is!
This is a well plotted and researched crime thriller that had me hooked right from the get go until the final page. Helen brings the story to life in the picturesque Lake District which she describes in perfect detail that you feel that you are also there. Of course not everything is rosy, and there is a sinister tone throughout the book as the reader is taken on a journey in a race against the clock to solve the crime and catch the killer before another murder takes place.
The two main players in this book are well developed, believable and are brought to life beautifully in the pages of the story. I really loved the character of Beth. She is a strong woman that has survived a horrific attack where she nearly lost her life. She got through it, albeit with emotional scars that will most likely never go away, and when it looks like she is being targeted again, she draws on her strength and her trust in Josh to fight again. I also loved Josh. He is going through some personal issues but that doesn’t stop him in giving his all to the case and is a great ally for Beth.
I sometimes find that it takes me a couple of books to gel with some of the main characters in a series, but Beth and Josh are a match made in heaven and I loved them instantly. They have a great chemistry together and I can’t wait to read the next instalment in this series to see how their relationship progresses.
This is the first book I have read from Helen. She has an effortless style of writing which I loved. The short snappy chapters are also a bonus which made the story fast paced and left me wanting more. I look forward to more books in this series.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Helen Phifer for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Girl in the Grave, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
The Girl in the Grave is available to buy now.
Thank-you to Noelle Holten from Bookouture for the spot on this blog tour.
Make sure you follow the blog tour along the way and see what these fabulous blogger also thought of The Girl In The Grave.
About the Author:
Helen Phifer lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children.
Helen has always loved writing and reading. Her love of horror films and novels is legendary. Helen adores reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own.
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