Thank you so much for checking out my stop on The Lost Children Blog Tour!!
Read: 16th March 2017 – 23rd March 2017
Lizzy pulled the covers over her head. Then she realised 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 a 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 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 readers of MJ Arlidge,
Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott to the bone.
This beginning of this book was honestly one of the creepiest I have ever read, the first chapter in the setting of the old mental asylum was quite freaky and terrifying! But what an amazing way to open a book and new series!!
I absolutely love getting to know the main characters in a detective novel and Helen Phifer definitely provided this for me. I enjoy getting an insight into their personal lives as well as just dealing with the crime. Lucy’s character was developed brilliantly, she was amazing at her job, had instincts like no other and dedicated her life to being a detective! However she was still flawed when it came to her as a person, for example she was a heavy drinker, still in love with her ex and had seriously issues with her daughter. The author got this mix absolutely spot on and made our main character more relatable and realistic to readers.
The book was such a thrilling, absorbing and addictive read! I found it to have a fantastic pace due to there being a number of murders so you didn’t feel stuck on one thing for too long as it was always moving onto the next – which worked really well!
I really enjoyed reading the odd chapter in the perspective of the killer, I always think this is an aspect which makes most detective novels even better! I think with this book, I liked the fact the reader found out the identity of the killer before Lucy had proved it, particularly because when Lucy realised who it was, I found myself saying ‘YES YOU’RE RIGHT GO AND FIND *** QUICKLY!”
The ending had an absolute killer twist which I absolutely did not see coming! I refused to put it down until I’d reached the end and I whizzed through the final 50 pages!! All I can say is you definitely won’t be disappointed!!
The Lost Children was a fabulous start to a new engrossing detective series, I cannot wait to get to know Lucy and Mattie more in further books!
About Helen Phifer
Helen Phifer’s love of reading began with Enid Blyton, before progressing on to Laura Ingals Wilder and scaring herself with Steven King. If she can’t write for any particular reason she finds herself getting itchy fingers and really irritable. She loves reading as much as writing and is also very fond of chocolate, Prosecco, The Lake District, New York, white Zinfandel wine, my children and grandchildren, my friends, porn star martini cocktails, Stephen King, watching scary films, Marilyn Monroe, Melissa McCarthy, Idris Elba, Simon Baker, Spandau Ballet, The Munsters and coffee. In no particular order.
I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to the fabulous Kim Nash at Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to be on this awesome blog tour!