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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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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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    5 out of 5 stars

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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Predictable

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

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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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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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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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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.

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LOVED IT!!

This was one of the best I’ve read. It kept me intrigued from the minute I started! Never at any point was it drawn out and it had me trying to guess right to the very end! Can’t wait to read more books written by Helen!

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Interesting, but not Gripping

This was a pretty good book. I thought the narrator was a very good choice. She did the various voices quite well. My main problem with the story is that there were a few unresolved questions at the end. For instance, what was the point of Lucy's home being broken into? Was there a purpose to the romance of Lucy's boss, Tom? The explanation for the antipathy toward Lucy by a certain person was weak. I was expecting a better resolution of these issues at the end.

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  • Gemma
  • 04-19-17

Fantastic Debut

Would you listen to The Lost Children again? Why?

I wold not listen to it again, only because once i have read a book i have read it, so i know who the 'baddie' is!! i move straight on to the next book

What did you like best about this story?

i enjoyed how it kept flitting between the past and present and enjoyed the chemistry between the 2 main characters, i am hoping this develops further in the series

Which scene did you most enjoy?

none in particular it was an all round good read, it kept me interested all the way through

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes definitely could of easily sat and read this book in one sitting alas my schedule does not allow for this

Any additional comments?

Fantastic debut by this authr, i look forward to reading more in the series and seeing the characters develop, hopefully the 2 main characters get together!!! Narration however was good, but a bit wishy washy, an injection of excitement in her narriation wouldnt go a miss.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mandy Dockery
  • 05-31-17

A brilliant story line but..

A really brilliant story line, an old asylum- with children mistreated - that should be vitriolic in their anger! and revenge! Instead we have a mild mannered book with no thrills or chills. It had so much potential! But in truth bed time matter- better than counting sheep but only just. No recommendation from me.

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  • j c rogers
  • 12-15-17

A good try but not a writer

This book would be ok if it were aimed at teens but I’m sorry to say that a lot of it was put in that made you think that something would come to it n it was just a filler. There was a lot of the same reference eg lucky laughed or smiled or another person that got on my nerves eg as if a teen themselves had been writing it. Also the book was only part if it were for adults it would have more in-depth plot lines and side lines this was a straight forward story with nothing in between I was going to stop listening but I had nothing else to listen to and I wanted to see how or if it became more complex which itdidnt sorry but this was not a meaty thriller it was a story plain n simple

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  • J C Packer
  • 04-27-17

brilliant!

Great story line and character development. Found myself thinking about the story when i should have been doing something else. immersive.Look forward to more from this author.

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  • Jennifer Jefferson
  • 11-15-17

Boring

I did persevere with this obvious plot. The narrator really didn’t suit the tale. Slow and deliberate style more suited to young children.

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  • Tina
  • 06-15-17

Awful narrator

Good story but Allison Campbell's voice and her sounding like she was drunk through the whole book spoiled the overall experience

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard Allen
  • 01-31-18

Omg fabulous!!!!!!

Can't believe yuk me so long tech and me don't really go well 2get her finally got 2 listen 2 it amazing!!!places and names i recognised 2day marathon well fun Helen u are a superstar deck film material jame cameron better get hold of her best read I've had in a few years gripping u need 2 read this if I love a great thriller.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful