The Girl in the Grave – Helen Phifer / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @helenphifer1


Beth Adams #1

When the body of a teenage runaway is found hidden inside someone else’s grave in a small-town cemetery in The Lake District, an urgent call is made to Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams. Still traumatised by a recent attempt on her own life, one look at the beautiful girl’s broken body is enough to bring Beth out of hiding for the first time since her attack. She’s the only one who can help her trusted friend, Detective Josh Walker, crack the most shocking case of his career.

Beth struggles to believe it’s a coincidence that the gravesite was scheduled to be exhumed, exposing the evidence. Does this twisted killer want to be caught?

Throwing herself into her work Beth discovers traces of material beneath the victim’s fingernails that sets the team on the killer’s trail. But this critical lead comes at a dangerous price, exposing Beth’s whereabouts and dragging her back into her attacker’s line of fire once again.

With Beth’s own life on the line, the investigation is already cracking under the pressure. Then another local girl goes missing… Can Beth stay alive long enough to catch the killer before he claims his next victim?



My review

Often crime series put the police in the picture, but this time we have a wonderful collaboration between police and a forensic pathologist, with the doctor on the biggest stage.

I don’t like blood at all, but I am very fascinated by everything the CSI does. I would not want to have to watch a PM but I am often stunned by what they can find out with the smallest of evidence.

I also love crime series where the main characters have a history and Beth certainly has and she is not home free yet.

The author shows us that even a truckload of security systems can’t give you a 100% warranty and that the person you trusted the most is often the one you should have avoided.

A very good start to a new series. Looking forward to Beth Adams #2.

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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