The Hiding Place by Helen Phifer / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @helenphifer1


Detective Morgan Brookes #3

The little girl peered down the dark alleyway. She knew she wasn’t supposed to take this shortcut and her mother would kill her if she found out, but it was raining and all she wanted was to get home quickly. She stepped forward, not seeing the silent figure following her into the dark passageway…

When nine-year-old Charlotte Standish goes missing from her street in the small town of Rydale Falls, it sparks a media frenzy. Detective Morgan Brookes leads a frantic hunt for the girl, but little Charlie seems to have vanished into thin air.

Chasing up a lead at Charlie’s school, Morgan is chilled to learn that this isn’t the first time a child has gone missing on this street. Another girl disappeared fifteen years ago, and Morgan is the only one who thinks the cases could be related. But in the moment that she takes her eye off Charlie’s case to investigate the link between the two girls, another child, Macy, goes missing.

Then Morgan gets the call she was dreading, Charlie’s lifeless body has been found in a local park, lying in the shadow of a large tree. Morgan has let one girl down, but she refuses to give up on Macy. Determined to find an overlooked clue, she retraces Macy’s last steps. She’s getting close to the truth when her partner, Detective Ben Matthews, is attacked outside Morgan’s home. Is a twisted killer isolating Morgan from her team? And how long does Macy have left to live? Morgan must solve the case before more innocent lives are taken…




Ah another adventure with Morgan Brookes as the leading lady. This means party time. Well, for me as a reader, of course. The culprits rather see her going than coming.

Morgan is not the only character that is very likeable. There is her boss, Ben Matthews for instance. They are good friends and if you would ask them how they feel about each other, very likeable would not be accurate enough. 😉

Morgan has not been a detective for a very long time, but what she lacks in experience she makes up for in determination and stubbornness. When she is convinced of something, she is like a dog with a bone. She checks and double checks and even if she has to do it on her own, she will. Nothing will stop her until she has found what she was looking for.

She is tough, but she is very vulnerable too. Not surprising if you know what she has been through. After the long and stressful days she has, she longs for some company to relax with. It seems like she has found someone, hasn’t she…?

This might not be my favorite story in the series, but it certainly was a very good book. I am looking forward to the next one. Even now I already have the feeling it will be a very creepy one. Let the countdown begin. 5 stars

Thank you, Helen Phifer and Bookouture.


About the author

Helen Phifer is the #1 Bestselling crime and horror novelist of the Annie Graham, Lucy Harwin and Beth Adams series. Helen lives in a small town in Cumbria. Surrounded by miles of coastline and only a short drive from the beautiful Lake District. She has always loved writing and reading since the days she learnt how to in infant school. She loves reading books that make the hairs on the back of her neck stand on end and make her afraid to go to the toilet, alone in the middle of the night. She 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 of the scary stories she loves to read, she decided to write her own.


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