First Girl to Die: A completely gripping crime thriller

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About this ebook

Morgan shudders as she leans out of the window and takes in the familiar blonde curls and clear blue eyes of the fallen girl below. She knows this woman, and she realises with sickening certainty that her friend is now gone forever…

When Detective Morgan Brookes is called to the scene of a suicide, she’s devastated to recognise the young teacher sprawled out on the grass like a broken doll. She hasn’t seen Brittany for years. Not since the tragic death of Morgan’s high-school boyfriend ripped their friendship group apart. But when witnesses describe Brittany’s erratic behaviour and jumbled speech that morning, Morgan is convinced the fearless, life-loving girl she once knew didn’t jump of her own accord.

Traces of poison found in Brittany’s blood prove Morgan’s theory right, but no one can find the source. Then Morgan uncovers a distinctive jar in Brittany’s home filled with toxic herbs, and the sight of it turns her blood to ice. She has a jar just like it, a handmade gift from her aunt. Is this a coincidence, a set-up, or could the only person she’s ever trusted with her damaged past be capable of murder?

Then another woman from Morgan’s past is found, close to the scene of that fatal teenage party. Has Morgan been looking at this all wrong? Are these deaths connected to that deadly night? And how could someone from her own family possibly be involved?

With her aunt’s freedom and more innocent lives at stake, Morgan must dig deep into her painful memories for answers. Who else was there that night, and what exactly did they see? She must stop this twisted killer before any more of her old friends become new victims – but at what cost?

An absolutely heart-stopping and unputdownable crime thriller, perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Lisa Regan and Rachel Abbott.

Readers love the Detective Morgan Brooks series:

WOW WOW WOW!! What a hair-raising rollercoaster of a read this is! WOW!… just sensational!!… My stomach felt as if it were tied in a knot throughout and at one point my jaw dropped onto my chest and it took me quite a few seconds to pull it back in place! OMG!! What the…?? The ending couldn’t be more breathtaking and surprising… A terrific crime thriller and I highly recommend it.’ Relax and Read Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I read this book in one sitting… I was hooked from the first page… OMG what a case… a real rollercoaster of a read… will get your heart pumping. I absolutely loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Literally blew me away… Another one-sitting book with tension and suspense, chilling and with plenty of heart-in-your-mouth moments. Yes this book is that good. A must-read.’ Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘One of those rare books that really is unputdownable. A must read.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow oh wow!!… How can I possibly write a review which shows how much I have enjoyed this book?… I devoured this gem in just one sitting. It completely pulled me in and was utterly impossible to put down… At points I’ve literally shivered… I have loved it!! A definite strong five star read and one which is deserving of higher.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Had me gripped from the start… Downloaded and read in one go… Could not put it down, thought a few times that I knew what was happening and then as usual the red herring threw me.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. I was glued to the pages, loved it. It was bloody brilliant and well worh 5 stars.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ratings and reviews

31 reviews
October 11, 2021
4.25⭐ First Girl to Die, the fourth story in the Morgan Brookes series was a very enjoyable police procedural. And as my first introduction to the character I found it extremely easy to read as a stand-alone. Furthermore, this was a very well-written and developed mystery. That drew me in from the start and honestly I thought I had the killer nailed only to be proven completely wrong. And with Cumbria and the Lakes as the backdrop and intriguing characters this is certainly a series I want to read more off and a story I would happily recommend to others. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
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Kirsty Whitlock
October 15, 2021
BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'First Girl To Die' by Helen Phifer. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Helen Phifer, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 11th October 2021. This is the fifth book I have read by this author. It is also the fourth book in the 'Detective Morgan Brookes' series but can be read as a standalone. I have previously read 'The Hiding Place' (book 3 in this series) , 'The Girl In The Lake' (book 2 in the 'Beth Adams series),' The Killer's Girl' (book 2 in this series) or 'One Left Alive' (the first book in this series) which I also recommend anyone read. I was originally drawn to this book by its eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that this book is 'An absolutely heart-stopping and unputdownable crime thriller, perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Lisa Regan and Rachel Abbott.' I am a huge fan of all three of this authors so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statemen
Judy Odom
October 11, 2021
Morgan Brookes you do get yourself in a quandary and manage so far to get out with the help of Ben, Amy and the team. Did I say you are my hero and would love to have you on my side investigating (unless I am the culprit then don't bother). Morgan's school friends are suddenly dying a nasty death one by one and it looks like someone is to get them all. Morgan is doing her best not to fall apart and to find out what is going on. How can this be happening. The pages fly by and the lights stay on for one more hour just to see who is guilty. I love this series and each book keeps getting better and better so if you have not read the Morgan Brookes books do yourself a favour and put them to the top of the TBR pile I will be first in line for the next adventures of Morgan and Ben.
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