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    wow!

    This is the first book I read by this author and it’s the first book in the Detective Morgan Brookes series (I’m looking forward to read what’s next!) I love how the story is narrated, it’s written in third person and the main protagonists are Morgan and Ben. On her first day of being on solo patrol, Morgan, a newbie police officer, is the first responder to what seems to be a suicide. A woman, Olivia Potter, is hanging from a tree in her garden. This was such an interesting thriller, full of twists and turns,I loved the characters and the book has the right amount of drama and suspence that makes you keep turning the pages!! The chapters are short so it makes you think “just one more chapter” and you end up reading the whole book in one day - just like I did. It has such excellent descriptions which makes you feel like you’re in the scene with the characters.
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    Great new series

    What a great start to a new detective series ! One Left Alive is also a refreshing new start as Morgan became a part of the detective squad almost by fluke so she is all gung ho, has something to prove but more than that has great instincts and is surrounded by a great team starting with Ben and Amy. Four members of the same family are found in their home , three are dead, one survived. Can this murder be related to another horrific murder years ago. The pages will turn quickly as you along with team try and solve what happened that horrible day. I will certainly be waiting for the second book in the series and look forward to getting to know Morgan even more. Thanks to Net Galley and Bookouture for a refreshing read
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    A promising start to a new series

    Helen Phifer is back and on fire with this first instalment in a new series featuring Detective Morgan Brookes. One Left Alive is one thrilling read and what you will read inside this book will leave you completely shook! The house on the book cover may look idyllic, but the horror of what takes place inside, will chill you to the bone! The story comes to life right from the first chapter and no time is wasted getting things going. Never at any time does Helen Phifer take her foot off the accelerator, making this a super fast read. It is overflowing with tension and suspense, while littered with red herrings and twists and turns along the way to keep you on your toes. While I thought the ending was a little bit rushed, there were no loose ends and everything is tied up nicely. What I think that Helen Phifer does best in her books, is the development of her characters. Each are meticulously created, believable and you are able to resonate with them. Morgan as the lead, is a force to be reckoned with and I throughly enjoyed her character. She carries the role of a lead on her shoulders well and I look forward to getting to know her more in future books. As an established author who knows her way around the crime thriller genre, Helen Phifer does such a great job at getting her readers attention straight away, as well as keeping it which she expertly does here. Her writing is smooth and engaging and each chapter leaves you wanting more. She really is an asset to the writing community and the crime thriller genre. One Left Alive really is one ripper of a read and is such a great start to a new series. It is definitely one that I look forward to seeing grow and I am thrilled that we only need to wait until December for the second instalment. It was a pleasure to be able to read and review One Left Alive which I highly recommend. Thank you to Helen Phifer, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of One Left Alive, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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    Detective Rises to the Top

    Detective Morgan Brookes is a rookie cop who happens to fall into a detective position. A multiple murder is what Morgan arrives on during her first solo night on patrol. Story is made even better when she finds out that the murdered family home was the site of another similar crime many years before. Characters are great as is the story. Read it quickly. I have read other Phifer books and enoy her style of narrative. Look forward to the next in this series. "A copy of this book was provided by Bookouture via Netgalley with no requirement for a a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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    An Intriguing First Instalment

    Detective Morgan Brookes is a newbie, called to one gruesome crime scene after another. In one, a woman is found hanging, and then there are the girls with white cloths over their faces. One of them is dead but the other is still alive. Morgan does her best to get help to the girl, but she must find out why someone would wish to kill an entire family, apart from one. Newly assigned to the CID, Morgan has no choice but to take the plunge. Plagued by insomnia, she becomes obsessed with the case, but every clue takes her to a dead end. Then she discovers a link to a cold case... In this first book of an exciting new series, the reader meets Morgan and her team as she has to deal with the post mortems, numerous interviews, and awful scenes. Helen Phifer's characterisation was excellent and, as well as Morgan herself who was smart and enthusiastic, I enjoyed the parts of the story that included DS Ben Matthews who assigned her. The plot was well thought out and I enjoyed the progression to the big reveal with the doubt about which discoveries were significant. One Left Alive was entertaining and held my attention throughout, and although Ben was still struggling to cope with his wife's death, it was obvious that he and Morgan got on very well together. It will be interesting to see what Helen Phifer has in store for them in the second instalment, The Killer's Girl. Overall, a fantastic start to a new series that I have no hesitation in recommending. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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