Sleeping Dolls by Helen Phifer / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @helenphifer1

Detective Morgan Brookes #6

The beam shines around the dark room, lighting up the woman in sky-blue pyjamas lying on the couch. But she doesn’t wake under the bright glow, she isn’t sleeping at all…When a concerned neighbour reports a woman missing, Detective Morgan Brookes squeezes through the stiff front door to find the woman dead. At first, the case appears unsuspicious, but something about the scene unsettles Morgan. Every clock in the house has been stopped, every mirror covered, and the woman seems physically unharmed except for one missing lock of hair.Shirley Kelly was loved by her friends and hated by her ex-husband and his new wife, but they have an iron-clad alibi, and Morgan is certain that the scene-staging holds a vital clue. She’s devastated to be proved right when another woman is killed, and her home arranged in the same way. The only difference is that the second victim has been stabbed, using a knife from Shirley’s own kitchen…The team can’t find a connection between the two women, but Morgan is sure that there is a deadly pattern to the killer’s actions. She hunts through each woman’s past until she finds the link: years ago, they both worked for a woman called Evelyn Reynolds, before tragedy struck her young family. But what has made them targets now? Morgan knows this twisted case is far from over, can she find the final clue before the clock stops for the next name on the killer’s list?




What does trigger a killer? Why do they suddenly act when they were able to push their feelings down and hide them away for a long time? That’s what I always ask myself when reading a thriller or an article in the newspaper.

Neighbours often talk about killers as kind and a bit quiet and then at a certain moment they explode. You did not realise you were living next to a ticking time bomb. So what makes them act? They could have done It a lot sooner, but they didn’t. Why?

It’s even more creepy when you think about it. They don’t show their true colours and maybe those are the most dangerous ones. Someone who shows signs of violence, you are beware of them. The kind ones you often invite into your home, because you trust them and why shouldn’t you?

You have to excuse me, but there is one thing I just have to mention, because I thought it was hilarious. I won’t tell who said it or who they were talking too. I leave that for you to find out 😊

‘If you were a super hero, they would call you Track and Trace.’

Morgan, Ben and their team have to find out who is behind the murders and although Morgan is still determined to solve the case, I have the impression she is not the act-and-think-afterwards person anymore. She has been through so much before, she is more prudent now. Maybe because she has found a new purpose in life? I still think she is great and she sees things other people did not notice.

A great book, but I knew it would be. The author always delivers. 5 stars

Thank you


About the author

Helen Phifer is the Bestselling writer of the hugely popular Annie Graham, Lucy Harwin, Beth Adams and her current series featuring Detective Constable Morgan Brooks published by the fabulous Bookouture.

She lives in the busy town of Barrow-in-Furness surrounded by miles of coastline and a short drive from the glorious English Lake District.

Helen loves reading books that scare the heck out of her and is eternally grateful to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert and Graham Masterton for scaring her senseless in her teenage years. Unable to find enough scary stories she decided to write her own and her debut novel The Ghost House released in October 2013 became a #1 Global Bestseller.


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