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She knelt down by the side of the first girl. She had to force herself to breathe as she lifted the soft white cloth covering the girl’s beautiful face....

When the body of a woman is found hanging from a tree in her front garden, rookie Detective Morgan Brookes is first on the scene. But Olivia Potter is past saving. And when her husband and daughters cannot be traced, Morgan knows there is more to this tragedy. And then she finds them. Lying huddled together in the dark basement, each of their faces covered with a small cotton cloth, their bodies cold to the touch. 

But as Morgan kneels beside the family, she realizes that one of the girls is still breathing. As she holds Bronte’s fragile hand in hers, begging her to hold on, she vows to find out who has done this. 

Every day Morgan wakes at 4.25 a.m., her old insomnia now mixed with a new fixation on the case. But every clue about the murdered family leads to a dead end. Until, trawling through old files, she discovers a link to a cold case from years ago. Another family was murdered in this house, and the killer was never caught. 

When Morgan returns to the scene of the crime to discover more about this forgotten case, she finds another body. With Bronte still unconscious in hospital, Morgan must act fast to solve this case and lay two families to rest, before the killer returns for the girl left alive....

©2020 Helen Phifer (P)2020 Bookouture

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enjoyable but predictable

likeable new police officer Morgan is a character I enjoyed. typical grizzle seasoned cop Ben is with her. despite the predictability there is some twists but I still enjoyed and would recommend and am about to read the next in the series. narration was a strength

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Murder Mystery

My 1st read from Helen Phifer and I can't wait to read another of her books.

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Suspense and murder

I really enjoyed this writers style. I found myself feeling for the main characters, particularly Morgan. Definitely worth listening to

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Annoying

Morgan sounds like a twit. There was something missing in this story, it was the sentimentality or lazy character choices? S the writing was ceo she

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overall enjoyable

took a bit to get going but overall story good. a bit predictable though

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Horrendous

If I could give a zero I would. I managed to get through about a quarter before I couldn't read any more. No police procedure followed by the characters, unbelievable story line and unnecessary romance between main characters. Lots of clichès, poor dialogue and nothing in the story development to keep you guessing. This is my second attempt at a Helen Phifer and I will not be making a third. Don't waste your time or the pricy $14.95, it's not even worth picking up at the Big W $2 disposal bin.

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I cannot recommend the reader nor the story!

Some people just cannot read books. l am increasingly aware for myself how sensitive and inflexible l am in regard to poor readers and their ability to destroy a book. So profound is this for me that l am unable to actually hear the story as the voice dominates it for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-2021

Barbie solves her first murder case

This should be a YA book. Characters and story were very derivative so the ending was no surprise.

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  • lisa
  • 10-10-2020

Great characters

Really enjoyed the banter and development of the characters! Excited for the second book. Not very procedural but somewhat.

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  • Reggie
  • 25-11-2020

Good start to the series

On her first day alone on patrol, PC Morgan Brookes is first on the scene of an apparent suicide by hanging. While the experienced DI is ready to sign off on the victim, Morgan isn’t so sure. There’s more to the story of a wealthy woman taking her own life. When Morgan returns to the scene the following day and locates the rest of the family in the basement, the murders are eerily similar to a decades old case...at the same house. Except, in this case, one of the daughters is alive, barely but alive. Good story with this rookie being thrust into the Criminal Division to make up numbers but her investigative acumen is astounding. Enjoyable sub-story of Morgan’s relationships with her father and the DI. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Colette M. Cummings
  • 24-05-2021

I am hooked

Not sure I'd like a $5 listen. I loved it. I thought it was a good and clever police procedural. I like the cast of characters and am looking forward to the next one in the series.
Thanks Audible for introducing me to a new series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-11-2020

too easy

I did like the stories the bad part is I figured out who the murderer was at least 10 chapters before I got to the end I was kind of disappointed that I figured it all out would have been better to be surprised

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  • T. Harris
  • 08-06-2021

Great Book

Great book, was really hard to get over the accent. I loved it. But I love it so much I couldn't focus on anything but how to say the words the same as she did. Still an A+

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  • michwimp
  • 05-06-2021

Unexpected twists

the narrator did a great job. there were some pretty good plot twists and the descriptions within the book created a very clear picture in my head of the scenes throughout. very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Paula Stowe
  • 03-06-2021

I'm hooked!

I am absolutely hooked. This book exceeded my expectations. I km adding Helen Phifer to my favorites!

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  • Sheila Ayala
  • 02-06-2021

Found a new author that I like.

I had a few small issues. There was nothing about checking a computer or cell phones. Sometimes the squad did not seem through. Overall, I enjoyed the story enough that I bought the other two books in this series, plus book one in another series written by this author. I liked most of the characters. There has been some books where I did not care about any of them.

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  • Carole
  • 02-06-2021

Very disappointed

Melodramatic narration, formulaic writing of love in a cop shop. May try one more, but disappointed!

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  • sally, easterton
  • 06-09-2020

Utter rubbish

This is the only book in the 6 titles I buy on average a month from audible. Completely awful story line whining female (Morgan) and equally useless DS.... save your money if you are an avid crime/thriller reader. Got to chapter 19 and gave up!

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  • Nicks
  • 11-10-2020

Sunday afternoon mystery for Hallmark channel

Probably good for teenagers, as 'light' and with a little romance on the side. Cannot be considered for serious mystery or crime readers! I managed to finish it but I was determined.

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  • Karen S.
  • 19-09-2020

WOWZERS

Oh my what an absolutely brilliant book .. I love Helen’s books and with Alison Campbell on Narration it’s a winner all the way
I love the characters of Megan , Ben and Amy and what a twist .
Best thing about this book aswell is the title where it says book1 .. I am very excited to get to listen to book 2 and many many many more books after that I’m this new Detective series
Well done to all involved

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  • Oops 66
  • 23-09-2020

Excelent

Really enjoyed this 1st book bit miffed have to wait for December 10th, but that is Kindle I do hope it goes straight to Audible too. Recommend this book well written and the narrator is just right for this book.

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  • Judith Russell
  • 19-05-2021

Great story despite narration

Good story ruined by narrator. Beautiful sing song voice accented with wonder and amazement that any six year old would find enchanting but not for a decent murder mystery. festive a famous five novel.

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  • lorna m kennedy
  • 31-03-2021

Really good listen

Really enjoyed this book it is the first by this Author I have listened to and I will definately listen to more. The narration was good.

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  • Louise Panton
  • 15-02-2021

Just a bit meh...

I found the main character annoying... the things that happened to her very unbelievable and the plot a bit dull... sorry - not my favourite!

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  • Abi
  • 23-01-2021

loved it

Absolutely loved this book and can't wait to read another.
if your not sure about this book just go for it.
I couldn't stop listening. Even had a few laughs in this making it one of my favourite books for a long time.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-01-2021

Fast paced thriller

Really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to hearing more about DC Morgan Brookes, she's talented, especially at the beginning of Ch12, driving the ambulance at the same time as holding Bronte's hand all the way while paramedics worked on her!!
Thoroughly enjoyable story.

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