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Helen Phifer - Author

About the Author

Helen Phifer’s love of reading began with Enid Blyton, before progressing on to Laura Ingals Wilder and scaring herself with Stephen King. If she can’t write for any particular reason she finds herself getting itchy fingers and really irritable. She loves reading as much as writing and is also very fond of chocolate, Prosecco, The Lake District, New York, white Zinfandel wine, her children and grandchildren, her friends, porn star martini cocktails, Stephen King, watching scary films, Marilyn Monroe, Melissa McCarthy, Idris Elba, Simon Baker, Spandau Ballet, The Munsters and coffee. In no particular order.

Featured books by Helen Phifer

One Left Alive

One Left Alive

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/09/2020

One Left Alive, the first in a new series by Helen Phifer, is a pacey, chilling psychological thriller driven by personality and a creeping sense of time running out. Rookie Detective Morgan Brookes is well and truly thrown in at the deep end when she’s called to a suicide scene. Though new to this, she feels bolstered “as the adrenalin kicked in. She hadn’t attended a suicide on her own before, but she had been to several when she was completing her training and in company with a more experienced officer. She was ready for this.” Ready or not, she’s first on the scene and takes charge. Too late to save the woman hanging from a tree in her front garden, Morgan realises that there’s more to this than initially meets the eye when the woman’s husband and daughters are found in the basement - at least one of her daughters is still alive. This fragile girl drives Morgan to do whatever it takes to solve the case, with added layers of intrigue and suspense coming courtesy of another body, and a case from the past. Fans of in-your-face thrillers will surely take satisfaction from trying to figure out the case alongside Morgan. The writing is bluntly impactful, with short to-the-point sentences, but evocative with it, and the tension escalates as it becomes clear that Morgan must make progress before someone comes for the girl. Purchase One Left Alive from: Amazon Apple Kobo Google

Other books by Helen Phifer

The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2021

The Hiding Place by Helen Phifer

The Killer's Girl

The Killer's Girl

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/12/2020

The Killer's Girl by Helen Phifer

One Left Alive

One Left Alive

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2020

One Left Alive by Helen Phifer

The Girls in the Lake

The Girls in the Lake

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/12/2019

The Girls in the Lake by Helen Phifer

The Girl in the Grave

The Girl in the Grave

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2019

The Girl in the Grave by Helen Phifer

Last Light

Last Light

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/11/2018

Last Light by Helen Phifer

Dying Breath

Dying Breath

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Ebook Release Date: 23/11/2017

WOW...Double WOW...What a fantastic book...I could not put it downtwists and turns throughout and what a brilliant ending...a big fat 5* for this brilliant book. (5 stars) Goodreads reviewerThe womans face was pale and waxy. Her milky, partially open eyes stared into the distance. There were drag marks in the grass; shed been placed here and posed. Who did this to you and why have they left you like this? When a womans body is found on a lonely patch of scrubland, Detective Lucy Harwin is called to the scene. The victims clothes have been wrenched to expose her, and her feet are bare. Lucy and her team have only just started investigating who could have wanted local mother Melanie Benson dead, when a young woman is discovered strangled in a dark alley. As more bodies appear in the run-down seaside town, the small community is gripped by fear, and the pressure to solve the case becomes unbearable. But with each victim dying in a different way, Lucy struggles to find a link between the murders. Are these random killings, or part of the same plan? Just as she thinks shes getting close, Lucy starts to suspect the killer is watching her. Can she find the murderer before they strike again, or will she be next?An absolutely gripping serial-killer thriller that will have your heart pounding as you race through the pages. If you love Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter or Robert Dugoni, Dying Breath will have you hooked. Read what everyone is saying about Dying Breath:Loved this book so much. I read it in one sitting, its such a page turner. Its a fast paced thriller with plenty of twists in the plot, that keeps you guessing to the end...I would give it 10 stars if I could. (5 stars) Goodreads reviewer'It hooks you right from the start and doesn't let up until the very end when you are left completely stunned...I was totally shocked and definitely didn't see that coming.' (5 stars) Always With a BookI found myself sitting for hours glued to the screen of my KindleHelen Phifer has written another great book that has kept her in my top authors list. Nigel Adams BookwormAMAZING bookreally pulls you in with every pagethis is a MUST READ. (5 stars) Goodreads reviewer'Right to the very last few pages we are kept in suspense! I honestly did NOT see that coming!! One that just has to be read!' (5 stars) Goodreads reviewerKept me hooked all the way through; full of twistsAn explosive storyline and really likeable characters provide a great read and I can't recommend this book highly enough. (5 stars) Goodreads reviewerCaptivating and thrilling; this one was a hard one to put down. It was extremely well written, it was dark, suspenseful and the twists just kept coming. Bonnies Book TalkIts twists, turns and very likeable protagonist kept me enthralled from start to finish and I read it in one sitting. (5 stars) Goodreads reviewerIt was exciting, it was full of suspense and just plain awesomeBasically, I loved it

Face Behind the Mask (The Annie Graham crime series, Book 6)

Face Behind the Mask (The Annie Graham crime series, Book 6)

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/04/2017

'Wow this book was fantastic! Loved the characters, loved the story. Couldn't put it down, it totally sucked me in and didn't let me go until the very last page.' - Dawn (Netgalley)The greatest show on earth may pose the greatest danger...1950: Tufty the clown is a circus favourite, drawing fans from miles around. But behind the painted white face, the upturned red lips and bouncy wig, there lurks something far more sinister...Present Day: When Walter discovers an old clown suit, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to it. Putting on the suit feels electric, but that's when the voices in his head get louder, and suddenly, he finds himself acting in ways he never would have imagined.Police officer Annie Ashworth is enjoying her maternity leave spending time with baby Alfie. Until there is a new serial killer on the loose in Barrow, which might explain the cold presence she senses in her house. She's sure a spirit needs to be put to rest, and she's always been right in the past. But who is the man in the mask who haunts her nightmares? And why is he wearing a clown suit...What reviewers are saying about THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK'Read this with the lights on!' - Cayocosta72'If you haven't read any of the books in this series yet, you don't know what you're missing!' - Splashes into Books

Dark House

Dark House

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/03/2017

A shadowy figure in the dark was dragging something heavy behind them. Lizzy pulled the covers over her head, then realised what was being dragged...For years, the Moore Asylum housed the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But now, a man is found murdered in the derelict building, strapped to a steel trolley, launching a heart-racing investigation for Detective Lucy Harwin. Lucy quickly discovers the victim was once a Moore Asylum doctor, and when a woman also linked to the home is killed on her doorstep, Lucy knows she must dig into its history. What dark secrets lie within the asylums walls what was the scandal leading to its closure thirty years ago? With her own demons to fight, Lucy starts to uncover the heartbreaking tale of the Moore Asylum children, and begins to wonder: who will be the next victim?A gripping serial killer thriller that will chill readers of MJ Arlidge, Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott to the bone.Previously published as The Lost ChildrenSee what readers are saying about Dark House:I really enjoyed this book, the writing is engaging, honest and believableI devoured it over 2 evenings and I stayed up until WAY past my bedtime on the first night because I didn't want to put it down! Urban SapphireWhat a book! I really enjoyed reading thisWhat better place to set a chiller thriller than an old asylum full of atmosphere and old ghosts? If only the walls could tell stories and in this case, they do. Mrs Bloggs BooksThere are many different and unusual twists and turns throughout the story that keeps the reader totally grippedWell worth the 5 stars. All Things BooksA mesmerising storyIf you like LJ Ross, Mark Billingham, and Jo Nesbo, youll love this. Avid ReviewerThis crime thriller stands out from many of the others on the shelves today I loved the story. I loved the characters. I loved the setting. I loved the fact that it was written by somebody who works in the police, so all of the phrases and techniques are current and accurate Nigel Adams Book Worm The character is believable and the storyline is dynamite. Im very much looking forward to the next instalment. For the Love of BooksThe story was gripping and I ended the book needing more! I cant wait to read what is Lucy up to next. I would definitely recommend this book if you like police series. BookneedersThe book was wonderfully paced, the characters are introduced as the plot moves along so youre straight into the action from the beginning Would I recommend it? Absolutely yes. Sarah Withers BlogI loved this book - I cant wait for the next one in the series. I enjoyed the story, I loved the characters, it was interesting and it kept me engaged all the way through the book. I couldn't put it down. Bonnies Book TalkFans of thrillers will be very happy with this story. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out and will continue to follow Detective Lucy around on her adventures

Good Sisters: The perfect scary read to curl up with this winter

Good Sisters: The perfect scary read to curl up with this winter

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Ebook Release Date: 31/10/2016

'So frightening I had to stop reading it at night' - Judy (Netgalley)The chilling new horror from bestselling author, Helen Phifer1933, Mother Superior Agnes offers sanctuary to a desperate young woman fleeing for her life. Only to wake in the morning to discover a terrible fate has befallen one of the Sisters - in a room locked from the inside. Agnes can't help but fear that she has allowed a great evil to enter the convent, but she has no idea how far reaching the consequences of that one fateful night will be...Over 80 years later, Kate Parker, divorced, alcoholic, and broke, moves into the dilapidated old convent she dreams of turning into a bed and breakfast, whilst changing her life. Although the locals refuse to go near the place at night, Kate is determined to stay while the renovations take place. But when she starts to hear strange noises at night, and the crucifixes she had removed reappear on the walls, Kate starts to suspect she is not entirely alone in her new home.A chilling and disturbing new novel from the bestselling author of The Ghost House.What reviewers are saying about THE GOOD SISTERS'a delightfully spooky read. Highly recommended' - Cayocosta72'Brilliant book' - Audrey (Netgalley)'a genuinely scary read' - Abby (Netgalley)'The story put a chill through me on a warm autumn night.' - Cait (Netgalley)

Girls In The Woods (The Annie Graham crime series, Book 5)

Girls In The Woods (The Annie Graham crime series, Book 5)

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/01/2016

'Thriller lovers will be riveted by this novel. Beautifully written, good character description and that twist at the end... you're gonna love it!' - SerialReader on GoodreadsDon't go into the woods. Because you're in for a big surprise...In an old album there is a beautiful Victorian photo that captures three young sisters, staring silently at one another. Only the trained eye can see the truth hiding in plain view. One of the sisters is already dead.Annie Ashworth is currently off duty. With her baby bump growing fast, she is under strict instructions to stay away from police work and look after herself, especially as she has a history of leading danger right to her door. So when her police officer husband, Will, is called to the discovery of a skeleton buried out in the local woods, Annie tries to keep out of the investigation. But as another body is discovered and her own niece suddenly goes missing, staying away just isn't an option.As Annie is soon to discover, a picture really does tell a thousand stories. But which one leads to a killer?The gripping new detective thriller that will haunt youLook out for more in the Annie Graham series:1. The Ghost House2. The Secrets of the Shadows3. The Forgotten Cottage4. The Lake House5. The Girls in the WoodsPraise for the Annie Graham series'...the serial killer plot drew me in and I was able to read it in a day. The rest of the story was good with a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming.' - Joanne on Goodreads for The Girls in the Woods'If you haven't read any of the books in this series yet, you don't know what you're missing!' - Splashes into Books'The Ghost House is the most exciting book I have read in a very long time, and would make an absolutely perfect Halloween read! Amazing debut from Helen Phifer and I eagerly await more from her!' - Judging Covers'It was an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season.' - I Heart Reading'The story constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. The Ghost House is a magnificent read and it's perfect for those who have a strong stomach and nerves of steel!' - Librarian Lavender'I was really impressed. ... I was amazed how the author got inside of the mind of the serial killer and really showed you his psychotic thought processes.' - Elder Park Book Reviews'The twists and turns are fascinating.' - A J Book Review Club

Lake House (The Annie Graham crime series, Book 4)

Lake House (The Annie Graham crime series, Book 4)

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/05/2015

A serial killer on the loose. A mystery that must be solved before time runs out.Elderly Martha Beckett is a prisoner in her own home, and has been ever since her older brother disappeared at just nine years old. He went to hide in the cellar and never came back. And now Martha has sworn to protect anyone else from the evils lurking just below her floorboards. But whatever it is, has woken up - and is hungry again...When she calls the police for help, Annie Graham is the first to respond. Now Annie Ashworth, she is happily married to fellow police officer Will, with a gorgeous home and a job she loves. But then she hears the news - serial killer Henry Smith has escaped from his mental hospital and is on the run. So when a severed head lands at her colleague Jake's feet - they can only assume that Henry is back to his old tricks. Last time he nearly killed Annie, and this time she'll bet he wants to finish the job.So Annie now has two monsters to track down, before they kill again. And time is running out...A haunting crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seatLook out for more in the Annie Graham series:1. The Ghost House2. The Secrets of the Shadows3. The Forgotten Cottage4. The Lake House5. The Girls in the WoodsWhat readers are saying about the Annie Graham series'an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season.' - I Heart Reading'The Ghost House is the most exciting book I have read in a very long time, and would make an absolutely perfect Halloween read! Amazing debut from Helen Phifer and I eagerly await more from her!' - Judging Covers'It was an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season.' - I Heart Reading'I was really impressed by this book. ... I was amazed how the author got inside of the mind of the serial killer and really showed you his psychotic thought processes.' - Edler Park Book Reviews'the twists and turns are fascinating.' - A J Book Review Club'The story constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. The Ghost House is a magnificent read and it's perfect for those who have a strong stomach and nerves of steel!' - Librarian Lavender

The Ghost House

The Ghost House

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/2015

'A perfect story to read now the colder weather is drawing in' - Book Reviews by Claire Do you believe in ghost stories? 'I'm coming to find you, ready or not.' There's not much that scares Annie Graham. Not even the horrors she has witnessed during her years on the police force. When she agrees to look after her brother's farmhouse, she finds herself drawn to the crumbling old mansion in the woods nearby. But an innocent exploration of the empty ruin and the discovery of the diary of former resident Alice leaves her more than a little spooked. She knows it holds the secrets to a dark past, and she has to find out more. What was the terrible truth that Alice uncovered? And how could what happened to her over 100 years ago help solve the murders of young women in the town? Annie needs to stop the serial killer before she becomes his next victim - but the past comes back to haunt her in ways she could never have expected. Shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Joan Hessayon Award 2014 Look out for more from Annie Graham 1. The Ghost House 2. The Secrets of the Shadows 3. The Forgotten Cottage 4. The Lake House 5. The Girls in the Woods What readers are saying about the Annie Graham series 'an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season.' - I Heart Reading 'The Ghost House is the most exciting book I have read in a very long time, and would make an absolutely perfect Halloween read! Amazing debut from Helen Phifer and I eagerly await more from her!' - Judging Covers 'It was an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season.' - I Heart Reading 'I was really impressed by this book. ... I was amazed how the author got inside of the mind of the serial killer and really showed you his psychotic thought processes.' - Edler Park Book Reviews 'the twists and turns are fascinating.' - A J Book Review Club 'The story constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. The Ghost House is a magnificent read and it's perfect for those who have a strong stomach and nerves of steel!' - Librarian Lavender

Forgotten Cottage (The Annie Graham crime series, Book 3)

Forgotten Cottage (The Annie Graham crime series, Book 3)

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Ebook Release Date: 31/10/2014

The Forgotten Cottage, the eagerly-awaited and chillingly terrifying new book in Helen Phifer's best-selling 'Annie Graham' series. Annie Graham has fought her demons, and is ready to leave them behind. Her new cottage seems like the new start she's craved: quiet and quaint, it's empty of the memories which have haunted her for so long.But before long, the ghosts of a forgotten tragedy stir within Annie's new home. Someone - or something - is coming for her. And this time, she might not get the chance to run...Look out for more in the Annie Graham series:1. The Ghost House2. The Secrets of the Shadows3. The Forgotten Cottage4. The Lake House5. The Girls in the WoodsWhat readers are saying about the Annie Graham series'an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season.' - I Heart Reading'The Ghost House is the most exciting book I have read in a very long time, and would make an absolutely perfect Halloween read! Amazing debut from Helen Phifer and I eagerly await more from her!' - Judging Covers'It was an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season.' - I Heart Reading'I was really impressed by this book. ... I was amazed how the author got inside of the mind of the serial killer and really showed you his psychotic thought processes.' - Edler Park Book Reviews'the twists and turns are fascinating.' - A J Book Review Club'The story constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. The Ghost House is a magnificent read and it's perfect for those who have a strong stomach and nerves of steel!' - Librarian Lavender

Secrets Of The Shadows (The Annie Graham crime series, Book 2)

Secrets Of The Shadows (The Annie Graham crime series, Book 2)

Author: Helen Phifer Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/04/2014

One little girl, one missing child. One historical mystery colliding with the future.Sophie was afraid of the man in the shadows. He terrified her, but he would always disappear when someone else came. But one day in June 1984, she didn't escape. He took her.When a young woman is found draped over a gravestone in a chilling murder, police officer Annie Graham experiences a familiar sense of dread. A new killer is out there, and her senses tell her there is something eerily different about this case.When she spots the little girl standing outside her window, she knows that the past is about to catch up with all of them. But can she help right the wrongs of thirty years ago, and stop the killer before it's too late?Another chilling murder that Annie Graham must solve before the past destroys the future.Look out for more in the Annie Graham series:1. The Ghost House2. The Secrets of the Shadows3. The Forgotten Cottage4. The Lake House5. The Girls in the WoodsWhat readers are saying about the Annie Graham series'an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season.' - I Heart Reading'The Ghost House is the most exciting book I have read in a very long time, and would make an absolutely perfect Halloween read! Amazing debut from Helen Phifer and I eagerly await more from her!' - Judging Covers'It was an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season.' - I Heart Reading'I was really impressed by this book. ... I was amazed how the author got inside of the mind of the serial killer and really showed you his psychotic thought processes.' - Edler Park Book Reviews'the twists and turns are fascinating.' - A J Book Review Club'The story constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. The Ghost House is a magnificent read and it's perfect for those who have a strong stomach and nerves of steel!' - Librarian Lavender