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Book Review: The Girl in the Grave by Helen Phifer

Book Tour Day!! The Girl in the Grave came out this week – I am excited to finally share my review with you.

The Girl in the grave by Helen Phifer

Genre: Crime Fiction/Crime, Thriller & Mystery

BUG Rating: 4/5

Overall: This was just what I needed – I am all up to date on my other crime fiction series books, so I just LOVE it when I find a new one. Helen has to hurry up with instalment number 2!! The story centres around Pathologist Beth Adams, who is healing from a past traumatic event, who works along side DS Josh Walker to solve the investigation. I loved the characters, but did find that there were quite a few to remember and keep track of. The Girl in the Grave was fast paced, intense, and kept me gripped until the very last page. This is a must for any Angela Marsons, Carol Wyer or Patricia Gibney fans!


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?


+ Fantastically written

+ Loved the strong, yet flawed lead female character in Beth

+ Engrossing storyline


– Few too many characters

– Could have done with a few more twists/red herrings

I received a free advanced copy of this book from Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions are my own. 

  • noelle
    July 22, 2019 at 10:27 am

    thank you

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