Wednesday, June 7, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Hold Your Breath


The biting wind whips around the crystal-clear waters of the lake. The girl sits with her eyes open, as if transfixed by the waves on the shoreline, but she has taken her last breath…

Detective Morgan Brookes is called to Lake Thirlmere one frosty night, she’s devastated to find the body of a young woman positioned in front of the glistening reservoir. She has ligature marks on her limbs, glue residue on her eyes, and her beautiful face is as cold as ice. Knowing only a dangerous serial killer would arrange a scene so carefully, Morgan is in a race against time to stop them before more innocent lives are lost.

The victim is twenty-year-old Jasmine Armer and her mother is distraught to hear that her beautiful daughter is gone. And Morgan is shocked when she learns that Jasmine’s father recently died by suicide at the same picturesque spot. The killer must have known the family. Then Morgan receives a terrifying package at the station of an intricate death mask. She immediately recognises Jasmine’s long lashes and perfectly-plump lips.

With the killer taunting her, Morgan knows time is running out. And then Morgan gets the heart-shattering call that her friend, Emily, has been killed. Ligature marks on Emily’s arms are identical to Jasmine’s. 
Heartbroken Morgan knows this isn’t the end of the killer’s twisted game, but can she track them down before they take another life?

A non-stop thrill ride from the very first chapter to the final, epic conclusion. Fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Lisa Regan will be glued to the pages of this addictive rollercoaster of a read.



Title:   Hold Your Breath
Author: Helen Phifer
Series:  Detective Morgan Brookes #9
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   289
Date of Publication:   June 2, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars

Detective Morgan Brookes' latest case is that of a young woman named Jasmine who has been found murdered. The way the victim was killed and the body posed, Morgan knows they have a dangerous killer out there that must be caught soon.

While Morgan and her team are desperate to find the killer, the story also has the killer's point of view and learn the object of his real obsession. Meanwhile, there is something very specific about the location where Jasmine's body was found, and so Morgan is looking for any connection that might go a step further when it comes to identifying the killer. 

Another murder occurs, and this time it is a friend of Morgan's named Emily. The scene was reminiscent of the first murder and now Morgan and the others want to make sure that no other women are killed. 

This book gets rather eerie, especially as Morgan realizes that the killer has a fetish for death masks. How far the killer goes is rather chilling. Having read this series from the beginning, I loved following Morgan on her latest case, and also enjoyed her relationship with Ben Matthews gaining a bit more traction, even with the dangers facing her. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Helen Phifer is the Bestselling writer of the hugely popular Annie Graham, Lucy Harwin, Beth Adams and her current series featuring Detective Constable Morgan Brooks published by the fabulous Bookouture.

She lives in the busy town of Barrow-in-Furness surrounded by miles of coastline and a short drive from the glorious English Lake District.

Helen loves reading books that scare the heck out of her and is eternally grateful to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert and Graham Masterton for scaring her senseless in her teenage years. Unable to find enough scary stories she decided to write her own and her debut novel The Ghost House released in October 2013 became a #1 Global Bestseller.

She has written over twenty books in various genres and you can follow her over on Instagram

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