‘One of those rare books that really is unputdownable. A must read.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A gentle breeze blew her blonde hair across her face, her glazed eyes staring blankly into the sunset. Her small frame looked lost hanging from the large oak tree. On the branch next to her was a worn child’s rope swing. She looked too young and beautiful to be dead.
When the body of a woman is found hanging from a tree in her front garden, rookie Detective Morgan Brookes is first on the scene. But Olivia Potter is past saving. And when her husband and daughters cannot be traced, Morgan knows there is more to this tragedy. And then she finds them. Lying huddled together in the dark basement, each of their faces covered with a small cotton cloth, their bodies cold to the touch.
But as Morgan kneels beside the family, she realises that one of the girls is still breathing. As she holds Bronte’s fragile hand in hers, begging her to hold on, she vows to find out who has done this.
Every day Morgan wakes at 4.25 a.m., her old insomnia now mixed with a new fixation on the case. But every clue about the murdered family leads to a dead end. Until, trawling through old files, she discovers a link to a cold case from years ago. Another family was found murdered, their innocent faces covered with white cloths.
When Morgan returns to the scene of the crime to discover more about this forgotten case, she finds another body. With Bronte still unconscious in hospital, Morgan must act fast to solve this case before the killer returns for the girl left alive…
A chilling and gripping crime thriller that will have fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Rachel Caine glued to the page.
Readers love One Left Alive:
‘Wow oh wow!! This book has definitely given me all the feels, how can I possibly write a review which shows how much I have enjoyed this book?… I devoured this gem in just one sitting. It completely pulled me in and was utterly impossible to put down. I love Morgan, she's a fantastic protagonist and I truly cannot wait for the next instalment… At points I've literally shivered… I have loved it!! A definite strong five star read and one which is deserving of higher. I highly recommend this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘What a page turner! I enjoyed this book very much. It had a perfect pace, a great plot, and people I’d like to get to know better… It is a well-written book, it flows nicely, and I did not want to put it down. A good start to what I believe will be an excellent series!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Ticks every box, dots every i, crosses every t and is a wonderful surprise right from the start… I wanted to know what happened but didn't want it to end, it was a pleasure to read and I enjoyed the whole experience enormously.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Such a great story. I'm looking forward to reading the next in this series already 😄
Wow I give 5 stars for this.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This was a great read. I found myself becoming irritated by real life obligations that pulled me away from my reading time.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Had me gripped from the start… Downloaded and read in one go… Could not put it down, thought a few times that I knew what was happening and then as usual the red herring threw me.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I loved the story… 5 stars from me.’ B for Bookreview, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘What a story. I was engrossed from page one… Brilliant.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely loved… gripping.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
On her first shift on her own, newly minted detective Morgan Brookes is called to the scene of an apparent suicide, and quickly realises that the tragedy is much more complicated. A mother has been found hanging in her garden, and soon the bodies of other family members are discovered—plus a survivor whom Morgan must protect at all costs. The stakes ratchet up all the more as the rookie detective attracts the attention of a killer. A character-driven procedural, One Left Alive is the first in a series featuring the sensitive, compassionate Morgan. Author Helen Phifer spins a tense, satisfying tale, showcasing daily life in a northern English town while tracking Morgan’s perilous initiation into crime solving.
One Left Alive.
Loved the book- engaging from the get go. Was a little disappointed in the ending as it was a bit quick and simple, but all in all a great read!!
Hard to read.
Hard to read. I have read previous reviews of this story that sing its praises, however I disagree with most of them. This author has problems remembering what was written previously, then just plows ahead anyway. I won’t bother with examples, however I suggest that the author/authors carefully rewrite this story. Just way too many discrepancies and errors in this 'romantic fictional fantasy' for the story to be enjoyable.
One left alive
Absolutely gripping book, saddened that I cannot see the further books in the series as ebooks.