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An absolutely gripping thriller with pause-resisting suspense

Lucy watches the doctor leave, then turns to the nameless victim on the table. "I promise I will catch whoever did this to you," she whispers.

In charge of a new team, Detective Lucy Harwin is called out to attend the discovery of a woman’s body in an abandoned, crumbling church and is quickly plunged into a case that will test her leadership skills to the limit.

With no leads except the crudely-fashioned crucifix the victim was displayed on, Lucy is at a complete loss. That is, until another body turns up: an elderly woman who devoted her life to the church.

Faced with a killer stalking the streets of her small coastal town, while also throwing herself into work to forget the love of her life, Lucy’s first case is turning into a nightmare.

Linking the killer to the church where her own teenage daughter volunteers, it seems the threat is quickly drawing closer to Lucy and those she loves. Can she catch this monster and prevent a tragedy that will tear her world apart?

An addictive and pause-resisting crime thriller that will hook fans of Patricia Gibney, LJ Ross, and Angela Marsons from the very first minute.

©2018 Helen Phifer (P)2018 Bookouture

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This is the first book in the series

For some strange reason audible issued this series in the wrong order.

Awesome series, just read this one first!!

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Almost a Prequel Without a Cause

It took me about 3/4 of the way through this novel to realize how this novel could work as a prequel. When writing a prequel, it should serve a purpose to inform the previous novels. Well it does, like I say, serve this purpose close to the end, there are at least four major events over the course of this novel that would’ve informed the behavior and the references in the previous two novels but didn’t. It almost makes me wonder if this author thought up this prequel after-the-fact to answer some questions from the first novel. Strategic authors plan their novels ahead so that if something in the future needs to inform something in the past, they’ve incorporated information into the earlier novels.

Otherwise it’s a perfectly fine novel and I enjoyed it.

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Great book but out of order

Enjoyed the story and narration. Unfortunately it was not clear on Audible which is the first book in the series. This is the first

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Order of Series is Numbered Incorrectly

While the storyline is amazing. I am disappointed with what was advertised and I purchased as Book 3 in the Detective Lucy Harwin series. When reading a series, I make it a point to look at the publishing date to ensure the order. As much as the layers of Lucy's character unfolded in book 1 & 2; I feel it equally digressed in Book 3.

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maybe reread your books before you write

in the last book Lucy and George were divorced and Tom's very good friends were murdered which gave him a heart attack.plus, Lucy's daughter had a job and was done being mad at her mom and getting her life back together. now in the next book, her daughter is in a ton of trouble again and hates her again? and Tom's mom is murdered? it had to be tom? do you hate tom? and Matty is questioning Lucy's abilities to be objective since she is so broken up over George cheating on her? we already cleared this up. now its a raw gaping wound that is clouding her judgement? and does Matty respect her and always have her back or does he doubt and challenge everything she says ? I can't even finish the third book.

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best one in the series

loved it and it is the best one in the series. in my opinion. awesome

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Good book but it’s out of order!

This book is considered the first book in the series. The narrator literally says that at the end of the book! It’s good and you can still follow the storyline even if you listen to other books first, but just giving a heads up to anyone who wants to know.

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Read this book first. It is not a prequel It is book 1.

The book was spoiled by Audible having listed this as book 3.

It isn't.

As soon as I started to listen to this book I realized there were problems. The age of her daughter. The period of time Lucy had been separated from her husband was suddenly 2 months instead of 2 years. Then 2 homicides noted in book "1" of characters who are suddenly alive. There are so many other things that would be spoilers.

What a shame.

Read all 3 but read this one first otherwise you will be seriously disappointed. They are all good.

Really important to read reviews even if it is just to find out if a book is being reissued under a different title or it is being reissued after many years and it doesn't pop up as a book you have bought before.

Or in this case listed in the wrong order.

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Great book, but it’s the first in the series, not the third

I really enjoyed this book, but it was slightly spoiled by the fact that, somehow, audible has this as the third book in the series, NOT the third, so I essentially knew the ending from the very beginning since the second book in the series talked about it.

I hope audible fixes this issue soon.

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Very good!

Really enjoyed this book. Interesting and gripping. Very good narrator. Ms. Phifer is getting better and better in this genre. Am on to the next book in this series.
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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-20

Order is wrong

On amazon and online this is shown as the third book in the series so I listened to it last! It turns out it’s the first! Great but but ruined due to error with audible etc would have been better to listen to them in the order they were intended

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  • Helen
  • 02-03-20

Audible let it down

The only problem is because audible said this was book 3 ive now listened to the second then third and now first. Not helpful. Apart from that i enjoyed it.

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  • Mrs. Me Mills
  • 01-29-21

Enjoyable series

Read first then read others in order ... enjoyed all books so far hope another released soon

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  • Curvyme71
  • 03-29-20

Absolutely brilliant

Part of the DI Lucy Harwin series, another brilliant crime story from a fantastic author. The story line was absolutely gripping, so many twists and turns and very exciting. A brilliant listen indeed.

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  • SB Irani
  • 12-01-21

Audible messed up big time

Audible messed up big time by labelling this book 3. It is book 1 I started with book 2 labelled 1. As a result I knew the conclusion of what should have been a suspenseful climax.

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  • roger beck
  • 06-07-21

A5 star book from start to finish.

I have another two books to listen to by Helen phifer can't wait. Will start tomorrow.

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  • Stewart Webb
  • 02-24-21

Not The Third

As others have mentioned this is in fact the first in the series not the third. Enjoyed it, if A bit far fetched. Of all the series this is perhaps the weakest which is why I'm glad I came to it last. But worth a listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-21-19

Tedious and formulaic story

I disliked the girly voice of the reader.
A very slight work with an entirely predictable plot. Unnecessarily gory. Dubious psychological portrayals of characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-19

Out of order

Why was this series out of order? This said book 3 when it was book 1.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-21

Good story but disappointing

I’ve loved the other 2 Lucy Harwin books but this one was spoiled for me very early on as it is actually the first book. As the other 2 books refer to the events of this one multiple times I felt like i knew the ending and identity of the perpetrator very early on. So much so I stopped listening as didn’t need to hear the end. That said it was another great story and well read.

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  • Micky
  • 09-04-21

Very real

This writer seems to have an insight of the minds of killers. It was extremely suspenseful and I was very emotional as the killer was exposed and the detectives bravery