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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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  • Enjoyable if you can completely suspend belief

    CONTAINS SPOILERS HALFWAY DOWN I am a little surprised by the number of four- and five-star reviews. We have a young rookie who almost on her first day on lone patrol as a police officer gets handpicked to join the detective squad for three months. Her scary boss who intimidates everyone else has a complete behavioural change thanks to her and after 2 days is having romantic ideas, despite the 20-year age gap. What else? Morgan goes round to said boss's house late at night to check he is OK (this after maybe two days of knowing him) and finds him in a vulnerable situation, but he just brushes that off with minimal embarassment. She starts calling him a friend after three days, because that's pretty usual in such a situation, right? Preposterous team dynamics apart, we then have the "plot". Somehow Whizz Kid Morgan solves a 35-year old mystery singlehandedly whilst investigating the current case. Nancy Drew, eat your heart out. SPOILER ALERT As to the perpetrator of the modern crime, there is no real explanation of why that person staged his own hanging, nor why he killed an entire family. But that's fine, because our Morgan has wrapped it all up within 4 days, although she did have her first experience of a near death when she lets the dastardly villain into her home late at night. Hmm, for a super detective, this was a quite a lapse of judgement, to say nothing of complete lack of common sense... It's a real shame, because the author has a nice writing style and actually, despite my above criticisms, it's highly readable. It's just got far too many implausible relationships, plot "twists" and developments to make it comparable with quality police procedurals.

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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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  • 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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