Last Light – Helen Phifer

Lucy watches the pathologist leave, then turns to the nameless victim on the table. ‘I promise I will catch whoever did this to you,’ she whispers.

In charge of a new team, Detective Lucy Harwin is called out to attend the discovery of a woman’s body in an abandoned, crumbling church, and is quickly plunged into a case that will test her leadership skills to the limit.

With no leads except the crudely-fashioned crucifix the victim was displayed on, Lucy is at a complete loss. That is, until another body turns up: an elderly woman who devoted her life to the church.

Faced with a killer stalking the streets of her small coastal town, while also throwing herself into work to forget the love of her life, Lucy’s first case is turning into a nightmare.

Linking the killer to the church where her own teenage daughter volunteers, it seems the threat is quickly drawing closer to Lucy and those she loves. Can she catch this monster and prevent a tragedy that will tear her world apart?



My review

Although this is the 3rd book in a series, I did not have any problems picking the story up. Of course, you always wonder what happened before, but this story can be read as a stand alone.

The author tells us what is going on in the present and alternates it with the past of the killer. This way we know what he has been through without his identity being given away.

The book shows us how traumatic events can deeply influence ones mind and lead to severe consequences.

I have read this one in one go. It was very hard to put it down and I thought it was wonderfully structured. And than that climax … It brought tears to my eyes. 5 stars.

Thank you, Helen Phifer, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Helen Phifer lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children.

Helen has always loved writing and reading. Her love of horror films and novels is legendary. Helen adores reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own.

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