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Silence falls as the coffin is lifted out of the ground, yesterday’s rain cascading from it like a waterfall. Glancing into what should have been an empty grave, everyone gasps at the sight of blueish-white fingers exposed in the soil below....

When the body of a teenage runaway is found hidden inside someone else’s grave in a small-town cemetery in the Lake District, an urgent call is made to forensic pathologist Beth Adams. Still traumatised by a recent attempt on her own life, one look at the beautiful girl’s broken body is enough to bring Beth out of hiding for the first time since her attack. She’s the only one who can help her trusted friend, Detective Josh Walker, crack the most shocking case of his career. 

Beth struggles to believe it’s a coincidence that the gravesite was scheduled to be exhumed, exposing the evidence. Does this twisted killer want to be caught? 

Throwing herself into her work Beth discovers traces of material beneath the victim’s fingernails that sets the team on the killer’s trail. But this critical lead comes at a dangerous price, exposing Beth’s whereabouts and dragging her back into her attacker’s line of fire once again. 

With Beth’s own life on the line, the investigation is already cracking under the pressure. Then another local girl goes missing.... Can Beth stay alive long enough to catch the killer before he claims his next victim? 

An absolutely gripping new police procedural that will grab fans of Patricia Gibney, LJ Ross and Angela Marsons and leave them gasping for breath.

©2019 Helen Phifer (P)2019 Bookouture

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Great start to a new series!

Oh my goodness, this book was so so good!
While "this chapter" in Beth Adams book is over, I'm sure there is still more to come!
Helen Phifer at her finest!
I listened to it in 1 day, while working! I cannot wait until #2!

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skimpy Character development

The book is a little confusing because there's not enough information I characters early on and it's hard to tell when they jump from one character to another who the new character is

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"Great story!"

Great book! Great narrator! This was like riding on a rollercoaster. Can't wait to start the next book.

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Gripping from the start

I'm ready for the next Beth Adams adventure. Could have blown me over at who the killer was. Also love this narrator, she's easy to listen to and delivers a great story.

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Not great but not bad

Pretty meh. I mean definitely not a nail biter and didn’t hold your attention enough to make you wanting to keep listening. Average.

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Just ok

was hoping for a lot more based on the reviews, but just very predictable. main character I found to be annoying instead of coming across as what is was meant to. just missed the mark on this one.

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Fantastic

Great British police procedural. Fast paced with lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing to the end. Excellent narration.

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Pretty Good Listen

Narrator's voice is great and transitions characters well. Storyline is decent, I could figure out the killer, but that didn't matter. Main character has a good background story.

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I didn't love it, nor did I hate it.

OK to listen when you ran out of a favorite series, but I won't get any more books by this author. The book is somewhat slow, the plot is just interesting enough to not abandon listening altogether. No serious character development.

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  • Loraine
  • 09-27-19

Ordinary

Found this really bizarre. Never quite got into the story and then when you found out who the killer was nothing really tied up . Found it really hard to focus on the story

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  • 09-27-19

Woeful

At first I thought it was just the narrator that was making me eye roll out loud but it was the dialogue as well. Cringy and pathetic.
The narrator would be best employed telling bedtime stories for insomniacs with her slow sing song voice.
I never write full reviews but to save others the nightmare save a credit!!

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  • Iona Morrison
  • 07-31-20

Too slow for me

Not much of a thriller more about the background of the main characters will probably try the next as less background needed. Not sure if the narrator maybe making it sound as if we are a bit thick?

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  • 12-13-20

won't listen again

sorry but I rarely give bad reviews .spoiled by poor narration .sounds 'wingy'
and like a victim ..no matter what role she is playing

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  • MS BERNICE WELLS
  • 03-14-20

brilliant i loved it

it was scary not easy to solve as it progressed, made you change your mind often

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
  • 03-01-20

Good tale.

Decent characters, well built story, some of it seems to be following a well worked template. So if you like this author then you know what you're getting. Worth a listen.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 09-17-19

Enjoyable thriller

This is another great Helen Phifer story but I did find Beth to be hugely irritating with all her worrying about security (totally understandable given her history) she seemed to be quite lax about actually fixing the broken cameras, and covering the blank spots, I would have thought anyone that conscious of security would have asked about blank spots and had some kind of back up to cover it, but that was a small niggle and she was annoying in a variety of ways, with her constant soul searching and worry about every little thing BUT she redeemed herself right at the end, I now love Beth and want to read many, many more books all about Beth and Josh, they are my new favourite non-couple.

I did like the storyline, with the exception of the extended waffling thought processes that Josh and Beth seemed to go through every five minutes but it really is worth the credit and your time.

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  • Jan Richardson
  • 08-11-19

Good Story

Easy reading good story line excellent narrator ...
lots of twists I couldn't put it down

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  • Wanl09
  • 05-24-20

Ignore the slow narration at the beginning

I wanted to return this book when it first started as the narration speed was painfully slow. However the narrator soon picked up and this book is great!

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  • Joanne
  • 01-12-20

Couldn’t get past the first chapter... narration is dreadful

No idea whether this book is any good. The soporific tone of the narration makes all the characters sound like simpletons...unbearable...

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  • sam
  • 10-21-19

Really enjoyed this one

Great story AND great narration. Looked forward to my commute! Kept me hooked and wanting to continue listening after arriving home. Looking forward to listening to Beth's next installment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-19

Enjoyed

it took a little while to get into the book once into story really enjoyed. narration was easy to listen to

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  • Belesana
  • 10-09-19

A no fromme

The characters are not believable or likeable I found myself eyerolling and humphing at the police officer’s utter wussyness. I think I sympathised with the murderer.
The narrator was great - would really work well for chick lit, romance, travel cozies but didnt work for what was supposed to be a psych thriller.
I had to return it unfinished 😕

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  • Deborah
  • 09-30-19

Excellent Book, Excellent Narration

The story was nail biting, I loved the characters and did not guess the ending.
I will definitely listen to more books by Helen Phifer and love Alison Campbell’s narration, she is spot on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-19

listened to it all in 24 hours

likeable characters. kept thinking I knew the killer until the end. not spoiling the plot it's a great story. easy to listen too. great narrator.