Tuesday, July 11, 2023

BLOG TOUR - The Girl’s Last Cry


The girl lies on the dark ground, one arm flung out as if she is still looking for someone to help her. But her wide eyes are staring upwards, and Lexi knows that it is too late…

Detective Lexi Bennett is walking through the quiet Canterbury streets when she hears screaming. Rushing towards the sound, she finds the body of a teenage girl lying beneath one of the city’s ancient towers. Lexi looks up at the cold grey stone, and vows that she will find answers. Did the girl jump or fall… or was she pushed?

Olivia’s distraught parents say their daughter was a talented musician with everything to live for. Lexi’s nephew, Sam, who knew Olivia, tearfully insists that she would never have taken her own life. But when a note is found, Lexi reluctantly wraps up the case.

Then another teenager is found dead on a deserted path beneath a cliff. Lexi is certain there’s a link, especially when she learns that the boy was a musician too. His note uses the same phrases as Olivia’s, and when a second person’s footprints are found at the scene, Lexi realises she is on the track of a master manipulator… and ruthless killer.

With her boss still unconvinced that the deaths are murders, Lexi races to find proof to back up her hunch, and to understand what lies behind these evil attacks on vulnerable children.

And then she gets a call that fills her with dread. 
Her nephew Sam is missing.

Can Lexi outsmart a truly brutal monster, or will her own family pay the price?

A totally gripping crime thriller that will have you reading late into the night. Fans of Karin Slaughter, Rachel McLean and J M Dalgliesh will love The Girl’s Last Cry.



Title:   The Girl’s Last Cry
Author:  Alison Belsham
Series:  Detective Lexi Bennett Book 2
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   401
Date of Publication:   July 11, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars

The tragic death of a teen girl hits Detective Lexi Bennett hard. While at the beginning it looks as if the girl took her own life, it seems something sinister has occurred. Sadly, Lexi’s nephew Sam knew the young girl and it is only after the death of another teen that Lexi pays closer attention to Sami’s distraught nature. 

Meanwhile, something very sinister is afoot and the reader knows knows what is going on. It is up to Lexi and her team to discover what is happening before another young life is lost. 

Just as in the first book of this series, The Girls on Chalk Hill, Lexi proves to be a hardworking and sensitive detective who calls upon her own disturbing past to put everything she has into each case. In this second book, the fact that this case involves teenagers really hits home to Lexi. I couldn’t put this book down and am more than eager to continue this series. 

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


In 2016, I entered and won Bloody Scotland’s Pitch Perfect competition. This secured me an agent and a three-book publishing deal with Orion for my police procedural series set in the world of tattoos and tattooing. My first novel, The Tattoo Thief, was translated into 15 languages, was a No 1 bestseller in Italy and is the first instalment of the internationally acclaimed Tattoo Thief trilogy. I also write in collaboration with my brother Nick Higgins – Canelo has published our action thriller series set in Afghanistan, Death In Kabul and Death in Helmand. Now I’m embarking on a fresh crime series with Bookouture. It's set in Canterbury, featuring DI Lexi Bennett, newly appointed to lead the Major Incident Team after a spell working with the FBI’s specialist serial killer unit.

I divide my time between London and Edinburgh, where I am a co-founder of the Edinburgh Writers’ Forum, providing professional development and networking for writers.

To learn more about me and the books I write, visit my website at www.alisonbelsham.com

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