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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 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? 

©2017 Helen Phifer (P)2017 Bookouture

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Readers deserve better from Phifer

I really like this author's first two books except for one thing, which is why I'm only giving this 3 stars. In both books, at the moment the villain is revealed, the "brilliant" detective's IQ drops to - 6 and she bungles on oblivious, allowing the villain to overpower her and put her in mortal danger for the climax. It's so ham-fisted, I've yelled, "Oh, come on!" both times. Frankly, it's infuriating coming from an author who does an otherwise solid job on her stories.

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Simply an enjoyable listen

Great book but I just think Alison Campbell could read me the dictionary and I would listen. My favorite narrator. I do have a question on the ending about a character but can't ask without doing it for others! Maybe I just missed something.

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Concept was great but again disappointed

What did you like best about Dying Breath? What did you like least?

The overall concept is great but the plot seems to fall on to Lucy, rather than be uncovered by her. Unfortunately it seems to me that this is less a procedural series than a petty personal drama. I would truly like to know if Lucy is able to solve a crime if all involved aren't obsessed with her and unable to resist showing themselves in order to gain her attention. Again other female characters are cliches (almost always negatively described) and once again the beautiful Lucy entrances all and sundry. She seems to have odd interactions with a range of men that are in love with her or want her in bed (my count is 6) and very little to do with detecting the perpetrator. The killer in love with the detective trope is again single-handedly responsible for the conclusion. It could be excellent but after reading my second in the series it is just tiresome. Admittedly I have been spoilt by Maeve Kerrigan's detective, a character that runs across similar problems with the opposite sex yet still manages to be a full character with a brilliant mind for detection.

If you’ve listened to books by Helen Phifer before, how does this one compare?

About the same as Dark House. Very dark concept that would have been brilliant to unravel but there's very little of that.

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Dying breath

Well done loved the characters all the twIst and turns that kept you on the edge of your seat.

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Brilliant

Another fantastic read. Lucy, the main character is gutsy, loveable and tough. The twist at the end was very well thought out. I have read every book by this author, and they are all riveting. The narrator Alison Campbell, is very good relaying the characters extremely well. Can't wait for the next book.