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Publisher's Summary

Lizzy pulled the covers over her head. Then she realized what was being dragged behind the person with the torch. She rammed her fist into her mouth to stop herself from screaming.

For decades the Moore Asylum was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But ever since a scandal forced its closure, the abandoned building has cast an imposing shadow. Until now - when an elderly man is found dead, his body strapped to an ancient gurney.

Detective Lucy Harwin, still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixated on avenging the asylum's wrongs.

What disturbing secrets lie within the asylum's walls? Together with her partner, Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy begins to unearth its terrible history and the horrors endured by the vulnerable children.

As the attacks escalate and a woman is murdered on her own doorstep, Lucy is forced into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a twisted individual. But can Lucy stop a murderer with nothing left to lose?

An absolutely terrifying and gripping thriller that will chill fans of MJ Arlidge, Angela Marsons, and Rachel Abbott to the bone.

©2017 Helen Phifer (P)2017 Bookouture

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  • Becky
  • 2017-04-24

Interesting

Enjoyed the twists and un expected turns. Good one to listen to while doing other activities. Doesn't require full attention.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon is a rip off
  • Revere, MA United States
  • 2017-04-24

Helen Phifer has gained another fan.

I read a review where the reviewer said that she\he knew who the killer was from the start, but I don't agree. I was surprised to find out who the killer was. Excellent read.

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  • Bargain Hunter
  • Western NY
  • 2017-04-23

The lost children

I found the book very interesting and hard to put down! Story was very well written and no problem relating to the narrator. I would recommend this book to any one who like thrillers! I also like the accents of the narrator. Was hesitant at first but followed it no got used to the accents.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2019-02-09

Imperfect but Original

It seems as if the last 10 British female authors I’ve listened to have had one thing in common, make that several things in common. All of them had a female DI, all of the female DIs are super screwed up in some way, and all of the stories revolve around finding missing girls or missing young women. Needless to say, it has become irritating to hear the same story time after time after time.

Well there are a few flaws in this novel, they can be overlooked because the storyline was the first original storyline I’ve heard in quite some time. Equally, while DI Harwin has some quirks and imperfections, they’re the same ones we all have which make her relatable.

I can’t even count how many authors I’ve read and decided to stop after the first book. I’m pleased to be able to continue on with the series.

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  • Ruby Fitzgerald
  • Orange County, CA
  • 2018-10-13

irritating

I love the D.I. Kim Stone series by Angela Marsens, so I thought I’d give this author a try. The protagonist is a police officer who cries throughout the book and is overall clueless. At the end of the book, SPOILER ALERT...... she has to be saved by her partner who (gasp) is in love with her! What stupid girly drivel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-08-16

Predictable

I knew too early who was the killer. Some of the pathology wasn't very believable sorry. Good luck

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  • Dawn
  • SACRAMENTO, CA
  • 2017-06-27

Great mystery!!!

Really enjoyed the story. However the pause between chapters was just a little too long. Other than that it was a fabulous thriller!!!

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  • Genevieve Paquette
  • 2018-04-27

forgettable

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

For a crime thriller that purported to be dark and gripping, it was awfully cute. Between the cloyingly sweet narration an the adolescent-style romance, I was definitely not the target audience. I'm not a big fan of crime stories with a strong romantic element. This romance in this one kind of came out of nowhere and took over. The characters were generic and obvious and once you figured out who the killer was (and you'll figure it out early on), there's not much left to keep you reading/listening.
A different narrator, less cliched characters and less wish-fulfillment romance might have improved this for me.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alison Campbell?

Anyone. She sounded like she was on the verge of giggling the entire time, as though she were reading the book while smiling delightedly. Totally inappropriate given the subject matter. Her voice was cloying and annoying and I will be avoiding her narration from now on.

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  • Dawn
  • 2018-04-25

Better than expected

Helen Phifer has crafted an interesting first installment in the Detective series. Without giving away too many details, the ending left a lot to be desired. I’m going to have to listen to the next in the series to satisfy my curiosity. If you’re a fan of suspense thrillers you won’t want to miss this one. The narrator gave a wonderful performance bringing it all to life.

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  • Laura Quine
  • 2018-04-24

Good listen...but not super original

If you listen to lots of British mysteries, this one is average: Same hard-bitten female detective devoted to her job w a heart of gold. (I think lots of Brit Mys writers have taken Jane Tennison & re-molded the plot.) Still, the plot was better than some...& worth a listen.