Blog Tour and Review: The Girl in the Grave by Helen Phifer @Bookouture @helenphifer1

Posted July 21, 2019 by sinfully in Blog Tour, Crime, Crime Thriller, Review / 0 Comments

Title: The Girl in the Grave


Publication Day: July 16th 2019

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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.

My Review:

When the body of a teenage girl is found in an exhumed grave, Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams and Detective Josh Walker are determined to find the killer. But, the killer now has Beth in his sights. Can Beth and Josh find him first or will Beth become his final prize?

Wow! I have been searching for such a long long time for a series that rivals that of the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cromwell and I have finally found it! Helen Phifer has captured my attention right from the first page. I also love love love the reference to Kay Scarpetta in the story and I’m not going to lie. I may have even done a little fist pump…Jersey style! Heh!

Helen Phifer has such a knack and is such an amazing writer who will easily draw you right into a story where I had a very hard time putting the book down. I can not express just how much I LOVE Beth Adams and Josh Walker. Beth is going through her own traumatic experience that took place seven years ago and she has never really fully recovered from and just when she is starting to get her life back. Josh has been a good friend of hers for many years and he too is going through his own hardship in a marriage that has lost its spark years ago. Beth and Josh are brought together in a grisly case that has left them stumped and when a second victim goes missing it is a race against time to find a killer with little clues as to his/her identity.

The Girl in the Grave is so engaging and the storyline is tightly written. There are a few suspects and a lot of secrets will be exposed. I really was not sure who the killer was and went back and forth quite a few times. I love when a story can really keep you guessing until the final reveal. I do wish there was a tiny bit of more action towards the end and found it wrapped up a little too neatly, but in all honesty The Girl in the Grave is nothing less than a five star read.

I am definitely needing the second book in the series …like immediately! I am hooked!

Author Bio:

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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