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  • The Girl in the Grave

  • Beth Adams, Book 1
  • By: Helen Phifer
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (125 ratings)

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The Girl in the Grave

By: Helen Phifer
Narrated by: Alison Campbell
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Summary

Silence falls as the coffin is lifted out of the ground, yesterday’s rain cascading from it like a waterfall. Glancing into what should have been an empty grave, everyone gasps at the sight of blueish-white fingers exposed in the soil below....

When the body of a teenage runaway is found hidden inside someone else’s grave in a small-town cemetery in the Lake District, an urgent call is made to forensic pathologist Beth Adams. Still traumatised by a recent attempt on her own life, one look at the beautiful girl’s broken body is enough to bring Beth out of hiding for the first time since her attack. She’s the only one who can help her trusted friend, Detective Josh Walker, crack the most shocking case of his career.

Beth struggles to believe it’s a coincidence that the gravesite was scheduled to be exhumed, exposing the evidence. Does this twisted killer want to be caught?

Throwing herself into her work Beth discovers traces of material beneath the victim’s fingernails that sets the team on the killer’s trail. But this critical lead comes at a dangerous price, exposing Beth’s whereabouts and dragging her back into her attacker’s 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?

An absolutely gripping new police procedural that will grab fans of Patricia Gibney, LJ Ross and Angela Marsons and leave them gasping for breath.

©2019 Helen Phifer (P)2019 Bookouture

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brilliant i loved it

it was scary not easy to solve as it progressed, made you change your mind often

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Annoying narrator

I can’t really tell you about the story as I had to stop listening because the narrator was so annoying. Really irritating tone which grated.

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Good tale.

Decent characters, well built story, some of it seems to be following a well worked template. So if you like this author then you know what you're getting. Worth a listen.

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Great book

I have really enjoyed this excellent book, full of very unexpected twists and turns, I would thoroughly recommend.

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Enjoyable thriller

This is another great Helen Phifer story but I did find Beth to be hugely irritating with all her worrying about security (totally understandable given her history) she seemed to be quite lax about actually fixing the broken cameras, and covering the blank spots, I would have thought anyone that conscious of security would have asked about blank spots and had some kind of back up to cover it, but that was a small niggle and she was annoying in a variety of ways, with her constant soul searching and worry about every little thing BUT she redeemed herself right at the end, I now love Beth and want to read many, many more books all about Beth and Josh, they are my new favourite non-couple.

I did like the storyline, with the exception of the extended waffling thought processes that Josh and Beth seemed to go through every five minutes but it really is worth the credit and your time.

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Most enjoyable read

Loved the suspense fantastic how it was read very true to every thing mentioned Brilliant

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Too slow for me

Not much of a thriller more about the background of the main characters will probably try the next as less background needed. Not sure if the narrator maybe making it sound as if we are a bit thick?

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won't listen again

sorry but I rarely give bad reviews .spoiled by poor narration .sounds 'wingy'
and like a victim ..no matter what role she is playing

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Very slow

I’ve listened to quite a few books by the same author and really enjoyed the pace. This one was so slow and the really long pauses between chapters became really annoying. Won’t bother with any more of this series

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Woeful

At first I thought it was just the narrator that was making me eye roll out loud but it was the dialogue as well. Cringy and pathetic.
The narrator would be best employed telling bedtime stories for insomniacs with her slow sing song voice.
I never write full reviews but to save others the nightmare save a credit!!

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