I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Their Burning Graves by Helen Phifer
Also by this author: Last Light, One Left Alive, The Killer's Girl , The Hiding Place
Series: Detective Morgan Brookes #8
Also in this series: One Left Alive, The Killer's Girl , The Hiding Place , First Girl to Die
Published by Bookouture on 19th December 2022
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
They are picture perfect. A young, happy family sat around the kitchen table. But no one moves as wisps of smoke filter into the room and the house becomes a burning grave around them…
When reports come in of a family trapped in a burning house, Detective Morgan Brookes rushes to the scene. But as soon as she enters the ruined home, she is devastated by what she finds. Tied to the kitchen table, Sally and David Lawson, and their young son, had no chance of escaping the flames and the smoke…
Neighbours all agree the Lawsons were the perfect family, and CCTV shows nothing suspicious. Morgan’s only clue is the silver crucifix necklace around Sally’s neck. Because according to friends, she wasn’t religious. Was someone passing divine judgement on this mother and her family?
Focusing on Sally’s last steps, Morgan gets the breakthrough she needs – just days ago Sally had confided in a friend that she felt someone was watching her. And when Morgan finds photos of Sally on her neighbour Luke’s phone, all the pieces slot together.
Only then another local woman reports feeling watched. Nothing seems to link her to Luke, but Morgan can’t ignore it. Could the killer still be out there? Going deeper into Sally’s past and uncovering the killer’s motivations is her only chance to save more innocent lives, but can she solve the twisted puzzle in time?
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book and for letting me take part in this tour. This is the 8th book in the series but all could be read as standalones.
I love Detective Morgan Brookes and the team. Ben is a great team leader and I love Amy’s attitude and straightforwardness. Cain is also one of my favourites. The team work really well together. Morgan is still putting herself in danger to save everyone else with no regard to her own safety.
This book picks up almost straight after the last one. The team are still reeling from the events of the last book. I won’t spoil it for anyone who wants to go back and read the series from the beginning but it’s safe to say the team are all very sensitive and finding their way through.
The case itself is horrific. Helen never fails to give me nightmares after reading her books. While very graphic the writing is gripping and addictive. I was awake at 3 am because I just had to find out what would happen. I thought the killer was quite obvious from early on and for me it was all about the chase. Were Morgan and the team going to work it out in time.
A thrilling and tense addition to the series.
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