The Girl in the Grave: An unputdownable crime thriller with nail-biting suspense: An unputdownable crime thriller with nail-biting suspense

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‘I loved this book… Sucks you in on the first page and doesn’t let you go until the climactic end… kept me hanging on to every word. Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars

She lies so still. A tatty yellow dress, chipped green nail varnish, long eyelashes on pale skin. She should be at a sleepover, not lying in the dirt, her last breath already taken...

When the body of teenager, Chantal Price, is found hidden inside a grave, crushed under the weight of a coffin in a small-town cemetery in The Lake District, an urgent call is made to Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams. In hiding since an attempt on her own life, all Beth’s instincts tell her that it’s a trap, that she should run for safety. But one look at the beautiful girl’s broken body confirms she’s the only one with the expertise to crack this disturbing case.

As threatening gifts start arriving at her home, Beth is faced with the reality that Chantal’s killer knows about her past and wants her attention. She has no choice but to throw herself into her work, trawling through the evidence until she finds tiny traces of material beneath the victim’s fingernails that set the team on the right path. 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. But this time Beth won’t run – she owes it to Chantal.

Then another local girl goes missing…

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.

Readers adore The Girl in the Grave!

Outstanding… Well plotted, gripping in the true sense of the word and a real thriller. This story grabbed me from page one and held me all the way through. One of my favourite summer reads to date!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘It was nail biting... I was completely blindsided when the truth was finally revealed… I loved the speed with which I turned the pages… I want book 2 as soon as possible.’ Book Reviews by Shalini, 5 stars

‘A humdinger of a Crime Thriller that grabs you and draws you in from the brilliantly written and powerful opening scene to the nail-biting, butt-clenching finaleFabulous first in the series, tightly plotted, gritty narrative and very believable, engaging characters… I look forward to more in the series - loved it and would certainly recommend.’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars

Oh wow! This is such a gripping read, I was hooked from the first page.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Fabulous start to a new seriesthe pace just doesn’t let… the wonderful Helen Phifer has a knack of drawing you in to a story with characters… for the life of me I couldn’t work out who the perpetrator was!!… this is definitely going to be a winner!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A one in a million… it’s written well and feels truly original… it’s like nothing I’ve read before. So excited for the next one!’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars

An intriguing story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Lots of twists that will keep you guessingwill keep you turning the pages!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Started with a bang and just kept going! The twists kept coming, so I couldn't put it down. I cannot wait to read more from this author!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Ratings and reviews

57 reviews
Marnie Harrison
July 16, 2019
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.
25 people found this review helpful
Stacy Jefferson
July 17, 2019
impeccable as always. couldn't put it down. the one downfall i have is the wait between now and the next book.
15 people found this review helpful
Jo W
February 11, 2020
A really good read for a first in the series of books you can follow the lives of the characters. I enjoyed the unexpected ending.
8 people found this review helpful

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