Monday, July 22, 2019

BLOG TOUR - The Girl in the Grave

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for The Girl in the Grave by Helen Phifer.


At least they’d found her. Once the site was processed and the girl’s body removed, they’d be able to identify her so that her family could give her the burial she deserved. This innocent girl was far too young to be lying in a grave, crushed under the weight of someone else’s coffin...

When the body of a teenage girl is found hidden inside a stranger’s grave in a small-town cemetery in the Lake District, an urgent call is made to Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams. One look at the beautiful girl’s broken body is enough to bring Beth out of hiding for the first time since an attempt on her own life…

Beth doesn’t believe it’s a coincidence that the victim was found the same day a threatening gift was left on the doorstep of her secluded home. Her instincts are telling her that it’s a trap, that she should run for safety. But she knows she’s the only one with the expertise to help her trusted friend, Detective Josh Walker, crack the most shocking case of his career.

The tiny traces of material Beth finds beneath the victim’s fingernails is the break in the case the team need to chase down this twisted killer. But this critical lead comes at a dangerous price, exposing Beth’s whereabouts and dragging her back into the 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 crime thriller that will grab fans of Patricia Gibney, LJ Ross and Angela Marsons from the very first page and leave them gasping for breath by the last.


Title:   The Girl in the Grave
Author:  Helen Phifer
Series:  Beth Adams #1
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  263
Date of Publication:  July 16, 2019
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

Beth Adams is a forensic pathologist and has a new case that is disturbing from the very outset. There is a body to be exhumed as there is a case that presented more questions. While the grave site staff are undertaking the task, they are shocked to find another body underneath the casket.

Beth dives right into the case, but is dealing with the aftermath of an attack she experienced in her home previously. While on the current case, she returns home one night only to discover that two of her security cameras are not operating. This makes Beth very nervous and is more than a bit distracted when it comes to her job.

But, answers must be found as to the identity of the woman they found so she dives into her investigation. Beth is working alongside Detective Josh Walker and the two are old friends. I can already anticipate their relationship to surpass the professional one they have now.

When another woman turns up missing, Beth and Josh work hard and as quickly as possible to hopefully save her the same destiny as the first woman. What Beth does not know is that things are much closer to home than she could have ever imagined.

What a great start to a new series! I love Beth. She is broken, yet strong. She experienced a horrific trauma yet made something out of her life. Quite naturally, since she was a pathologist, my mind went to the television show, Quincy. So, I am eager to see other cases she works on so that she can make a difference for survivors of other victims.

Helen Phifer is new to me, but I will definitely follow this series. I love her writing style and the fact that it shows evidence of good research. She gave me characters that I admire and that I want to read more about. This book comes highly recommended.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Helen Phifer lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children.

Helen has always loved writing and reading. Her love of horror films and novels is legendary. Helen adores reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own. 


  1. Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing

  2. I loved Quincy so this sounds divine to me

  3. Ooh this one sounds great! Thanks for putting it on my radar.

  4. I really like the sound of this one!

  5. I thought from the synopsis that this was going to book two/three in a series not the first. Great review, sounds like my kind of read.

  6. I haven't read any of her books before but the cover and synopsis seem like one I would pick up. Thanks for the recommendation :)