Its an absolute delight to be part of Helen Phifer’s Dying Breath Publication Day Blast with all the other bloggers today. Well lets get Dying Breath out there and share, share, share.
Title: DYING BREATH
Author: HELEN PHIFER
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?
I actually can’t believe it for the second in the series of Detective Lucy Harwin, Dying Breath blew me away, Bloody WoW, blood, guts and gore, couldn’t ask for more, could I, yes I can the next in the series please.
I don’t know what’s been happening lately but, there has been astounding amount of exceptional books that I’ve got my teeth into and found unquestionably phenomenal, what makes Dying Breath just as special……lets have a look shall we.
Dying Breath opens with a belter, the discovery of a woman on waste ground bludgeoned to death, it seemingly looks like an isolated incident until a surge of other murders occur, a strangulation, then the shooting of a family in their home. What’s the connection, Detective Lucy Harwin struggles to find a reason behind it, no obvious signs of a link to each victim, the evidence is weak at best. As the investigation progresses it becomes evident that there is a pattern emerging, who ever is committing theses crimes imitating previous serial killers. Can Harwin apprehend the culprit before more abhorrent deaths occur.
Now I have the jist of the plotline I want to look a bit more at Lucy, during the investigation her boss becomes ill and DI Baker steps into a temporary role as Acting DCI, Lucy finds him incorrigible and demanding even during the critical case they are trying to unravel. I really like Lucy she is a sensitive, spunky but dedicated all in one bundle, perfect for this book. Its been a nice change not to read about a Detective who has no major personality issues.
Dying Breath has a complex plotline fleeting backwards and forwards in time, but not so much you would notice, as the actual book holds your attention so much I never really noticed it, it did work well as it was imperative to understanding the plot. Helen has a written an infallible plot which is macabre, unsettling and downright spine-chilling raising goosebumps as I turned each page.
As I ploughed my way through Dying Breath trying to unravel the clues, hurdle the red-herrings which seemed to trip me up at each cut and turn, the sheer intensity had me snatching for breath. Dying Breath doesn’t rip roar but rather unfolds at a sedate pace, building the story piece by piece, leaving the feeling of anticipation cascading through my imagination. I’m gobsmacked at how much Helen twisted the plot, fulfilling my need for an adrenaline rush.
Thanks to Noelle, Kim and Bookouture for arranging the Blog Blast for Dying Breath and an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks also to Helen Phifer for taking me down a road that had me looking over my shoulder, trembling but thrilling at the same time with every turn of the page.
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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