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  • A great start to a new series

    This book is a brilliant start to a new series. Helen does a great job in getting the reader’s attention right from the start with an opening that is so chilling that you know that you are going to be in for a wild ride, and what a ride it is! This is a well plotted and researched crime thriller that had me hooked right from the get go until the final page. Helen brings the story to life in the picturesque Lake District which she describes in perfect detail that you feel that you are also there. Of course not everything is rosy, and there is a sinister tone throughout the book as the reader is taken on a journey in a race against the clock to solve the crime and catch the killer before another murder takes place. The two main players in this book are well developed, believable and are brought to life beautifully in the pages of the story. I really loved the character of Beth. She is a strong woman that has survived a horrific attack where she nearly lost her life. She got through it, albeit with emotional scars that will most likely never go away, and when it looks like she is being targeted again, she draws on her strength and her trust in Josh to fight again. I also loved Josh. He is going through some personal issues but that doesn’t stop him in giving his all to the case and is a great ally for Beth. I sometimes find that it takes me a couple of books to gel with some of the main characters in a series, but Beth and Josh are a match made in heaven and I loved them instantly. They have a great chemistry together and I can’t wait to read the next instalment in this series to see how their relationship progresses. This is the first book I have read from Helen. She has an effortless style of writing which I loved. The short snappy chapters are also a bonus which made the story fast paced and left me wanting more. I look forward to more books in this series. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Helen Phifer for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Girl in the Grave, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • The Girl in the Grave

    A little bit different from all the other murder mysteries. I'm definitely going to read the second book in the series.

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  • A great start to a new series.

    My Rating: 4.5 Stars Beth Adams is a forensic pathologist and has a new case that is disturbing from the very outset. There is a body to be exhumed as there is a case that presented more questions. While the grave site staff are undertaking the task, they are shocked to find another body underneath the casket. Beth dives right into the case, but is dealing with the aftermath of an attack she experienced in her home previously. While on the current case, she returns home one night only to discover that two of her security cameras are not operating. This makes Beth very nervous and is more than a bit distracted when it comes to her job. But, answers must be found as to the identity of the woman they found so she dives into her investigation. Beth is working alongside Detective Josh Walker and the two are old friends. I can already anticipate their relationship to surpass the professional one they have now. When another woman turns up missing, Beth and Josh work hard and as quickly as possible to hopefully save her the same destiny as the first woman. What Beth does not know is that things are much closer to home than she could have ever imagined. What a great start to a new series! I love Beth. She is broken, yet strong. She experienced a horrific trauma yet made something out of her life. Quite naturally, since she was a pathologist, my mind went to the television show, Quincy. So, I am eager to see other cases she works on so that she can make a difference for survivors of other victims. Helen Phifer is new to me, but I will definitely follow this series. I love her writing style and the fact that it shows evidence of good research. She gave me characters that I admire and that I want to read more about. This book comes highly recommended. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Forensic Findings

    DAISY on the COVER does not mean that this is a bright, cute, and cozy book. It is although a very intense crime drama with many twists and turns that challenge Beth Adams - - the Forensic Pathologist. LOOK FORWARD TO This Series Continuing. Beth's home life is that of fear, security gates, and constant anxious episodes. But... when a teen girls body is located under an exhumed coffin; Beth cannot let this one stay buried without answers. Phifer has a host of characters that keep the reader flipping pages because of their fleshed out personas. Any Fan of the OLD QUINCY TV show will enjoy this too. "A copy of this book was provided by Bookouture via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."

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  • Chilling and intriguing

    The Girl in the Grave is an intriguing story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Lots of twists that will keep you guessing. The characters are well developed and interesting. Getting down to the wire will keep you turning the pages to see if the murderer is stopped and how.

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