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  • One Left Alive: A Heart-Stopping and Gripping Crime Thriller

  • Detective Morgan Brookes, Book 1
  • By: Helen Phifer
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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One Left Alive: A Heart-Stopping and Gripping Crime Thriller

By: Helen Phifer
Narrated by: Alison Campbell
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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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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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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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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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Patronising

This book annoyed me. I don't like giving poor reviews as I am no writter myself, but the language, the cliches, the lack of character believability and the 'twists' that lead no where were cringe worthy. Full of unessesary explanations and lack of procedural knowledge. The story could have been a decent one, if it wasn't written for a 12 year old.

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Great story!

Love the story and all the characters! The narrator did a great job! Can’t wait to hear the next book by this author Helen Phifer💫

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Ok

The narrator’s voice was a bit annoying, but the story wasn’t too bad, a bit predictable h though.

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Great story

Loved it very thrilling will listen for more great narration also well done 10/10

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Dismal story

I persisted with 7 chapters but it was torture. The story is blah and the narration cringeworthy! Sorry but not for me.

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Frustratingly pathetic

How can a, supposedly, feisty and intelligent woman be so dim-witted? Some of Morgan’s decisions or actions made her into a helpless female requiring saving. Worthy of a Mills and Boon style romance. I found the narration equally pathetic which added to the overall impression. Soporific rather than fast paced.

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