One Left Alive by Helen Phifer / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @helenphifer1



Detective Morgan Brookes #1

She knelt down by the side of the first girl. She had to force herself to breathe as she lifted the soft white cloth covering the girl’s beautiful face…

When the body of a woman is found hanging from a tree in her front garden, rookie Detective Morgan Brookes is first on the scene. But Olivia Potter is past saving. And when her husband and daughters cannot be traced, Morgan knows there is more to this tragedy. And then she finds them. Lying huddled together in the dark basement, each of their faces covered with a small cotton cloth, their bodies cold to the touch.

But as Morgan kneels beside the family, she realises that one of the girls is still breathing. As she holds Bronte’s fragile hand in hers, begging her to hold on, she vows to find out who has done this.

Every day Morgan wakes at 4.25 a.m., her old insomnia now mixed with a new fixation on the case. But every clue about the murdered family leads to a dead end. Until, trawling through old files, she discovers a link to a cold case from years ago. Another family was murdered in this house, and the killer was never caught.

When Morgan returns to the scene of the crime to discover more about this forgotten case, she finds another body. With Bronte still unconscious in hospital, Morgan must act fast to solve this case and lay two families to rest, before the killer returns for the girl left alive…


My Review

A new detective is the star of this new series. Well, officially she was not yet a detective but she certainly has the insights, the guts and the creativity one needs. Some are born with the ability, others will never reach that level even if they study until they drop.

It’s not easy being dropped in a team. They already know each other and know how the rest of them works and when one of your colleagues turns you in to the laughing stock it’s hard. That green eyed monster is striking again.

But Morgan is strong willed, she is determined to dig deep and manages to turn her boss from a grumpy so and so into the person he was before.

What have I ‘learned’? Grief can make you let yourself go, but a true friendship can make you want to do something about it. Family members can fall out, but blood is thicker than water.

I don’t like too bloody scenes in a book. My stomach does not agree with that, but sometimes you just need to do that in order to make the reader realize how brutal something was. The author did just that. 

I loved the story. It’s entertaining (always good), disgusted me (perfect for a thriller) and it made me smile too (why not in a thriller).  5 stars from me.

Thank you, Helen Phifer and Bookouture.


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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