**4 Goodreads Stars**
This book is definitely a cerebral thriller that will keep you on your toes! I’m happy to be part of the blog tour for Helen Phifer’s Dying Breath, which was released today! Happy release day, Helen!
Helen Phifer’s Dying Breath follows seasoned detective Lucy Harwin, who is on the case to solve what appears to be a spree of possibly related killings. The killings are horrific and, at first, seemingly unrelated. The initial targets are women who are displayed in a lewd manner to be found by members of the public. The murderer (or murderers? I don’t like giving away spoilers in my blog!) then targets family friend’s of a detective in Lucy’s unit, leaving the detectives to document a horrific crime scene involving a child.
The story is told from multiple points of view: from the killer’s vantage point, Lucy’s point of view, and from Toby’s, a new detective in Lucy’s department. Sometimes I struggle to follow a book when there are multiple points in view at play, especially if I feel a certain closeness to a character and don’t want that character’s point of view to end. However, all of the point of views were well fleshed out, allowing me to develop an interest in all of the characters no matter how repugnant they were.
I am a fan of mystery books with strong female leads, which was certainly the case for Dying Breath. Detective Lucy Harwin is a single mother going through a gnarly divorce, yet is still able to keep things together enough to solve the case of a serial murderer. She’s smart, savvy, and knows how to keep her employees working at a fast pace. She has her weaknesses like any human being, but for the most part they don’t make an appearance in the workplace. She treats every victim as if they were a loved one, and works tirelessly to uncover the individual or individuals responsible for their untimely deaths.
I also really enjoyed how the book took the reader in different directions. Just when you assume you know where the book is going and who is responsible for the murders, a wrench is thrown your way!
Thank you to the author, Helen Phifer, the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of Dying Breath.
Here’s more information on the book, and Helen Phifer!
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Take a breath. Pray it’s not your last.
Just a few months after a terrifying case that nearly took her life, Detective Lucy Harwin is back with her squad in the coastal town of Brooklyn Bay – and this time, she’s faced with a case more horrifying than anything she’s encountered.
Along with her partner, Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy is investigating what appears to be a vicious but isolated murder; a woman found bludgeoned to death on a lonely patch of wasteland.
But when a second victim is discovered strangled in an alleyway, then a young family shot in their own home, Lucy and the team must face the unthinkable reality – a killer is walking the streets of their quiet coastal town.
While Lucy and the team try to find the link between these seemingly unconnected murders, they uncover a disturbing truth – these murders are replicating those carried out by infamous serial killers.
Lucy must get to the killer before he strikes again. But he’s got his sights on her, and is getting ever closer… Can she save herself, before she becomes the final piece in his twisted game?
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.
Helen’s debut novel ‘The Ghost House’ was published by Carina UK in October 2013 and went on to become a best seller along with the rest of the Annie Graham series. The Secrets of the Shadows, The Forgotten Cottage, The Lake House, The Girls in the Woods and The Face Behind the Mask.
The Good Sisters is a standalone horror story which will scare the pants off you or so her lovely readers have told her. It scared Helen when she was writing it so she pretty much agrees with them.
March 2017 saw the release of psychological thriller Dark House (previously called The Lost Children), book 1 in the Detective Inspector Lucy Harwin series. Book 2 – Dying Breath is due for release in Nov 2017.
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