Title: Save Her Twice
Author: Helen Phifer
Series: Detective Morgan Brookes #11
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 325
Date of Publication: February 7, 2024
My Rating: 5 Stars
Morgan shivers in the darkness as she walks through the park towards the abandoned building. She sees the body and the blood dripping onto the cold, frosty grass. A beautiful teenage girl is dead. Morgan feels rage build inside of her as she realises who it is…
Arriving at a quiet family home on the outskirts of the Lake District, Detective Morgan Brookes must deliver devastating news to a heartbroken mother. Seeing Lexie’s pink boots against the side of the house, she remembers the girl’s happy face and can’t help but think of her carefree childhood. Three years ago, Morgan saved Lexie from a serial killer, who is now behind bars. But this time, she’s failed to protect her.
Certain a new and more terrifying killer is at large, Morgan finds a neighbour who claims a man in a silver car was watching Lexie’s house. Then she discovers that Lexie was meeting other survivors of serial killers at a local victim support group. Another girl, Milly , thinks she has been followed by the same silver car.
But just as Morgan rushes to warn the other women, the case takes an even more sinister turn. One of them is found dead, posed in a chair with her hands tied in prayer. Flames engulf the church where the victims usually meet, with several of the others trapped inside.
Morgan manages to save the women just in time, but she knows this killer will never give up. To find him, she must relive every terrifying case she’s ever worked on. Somewhere in her history lies the key to saving more lives, but Morgan has no idea that this dangerous individual wants her as his final victim…
A dark, gripping and twisty new thriller in the Morgan Brookes series that will have your heart racing until the final page.
DC Morgan Brookes has the awful realization that you can’t always save a victim twice. Three years previously, she was able to save Lexie, A victim who barely escaped with her life. When she is called to a murder scene, she is devastated to find Lexie. As it turns out, Lexie was one of many girls living in fear. These girls were part of a small support group of survivors, referring to themselves as the final girls.
Bronte started the group, and once Morgan realized why Lexie was murdered, she worries for Bronte and the others. What Morgan doesn’t realize, is that she could possibly become a victim herself. Could it be that Morgan is also being watched?
As another victim soon loses their life, there is a reference to a character from a previous book in the series, Sleeping Dolls. There is definitely a homicidal killer at large. From the case and the investigation, to the excellent characterization, to the continuity of Morgan’s previous cases, Save Her Twice was another excellent book in a stellar series. Bring on book 12, Helen Phifer, my Kindle is charged and ready.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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