I am absolutely mortified that I missed my stop for this book yesterday! Huge apologies again to Bookouture and Helen Phifer for the error and for the 24 hour delay in posting. However, I am very excited to be sharing my review with you all today!
At least they’d found her. Once the site was processed and the girl’s body removed, they’d be able to identify her so that her family could give her the burial she deserved. This innocent girl was far too young to be lying in a grave, crushed under the weight of someone else’s coffin…
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?
What does TWG think?
What an incredible start to a brand new series! I loved the different spin on the storyline as, instead of the events being centred around the police, the spotlight is given to the forensic pathologist, Beth Adams. I don’t know what it is about forensics lately, but I hoover up any books with that topic in. Never in a million years did I think I would come out with that!
Beth Adams may be the professional to have been called to the scene, yet the gruesome discovery ends up opening a huge can of worms in Beth’s personal life. Whilst she knows that its required of her to keep her professional and personal life separate, the lines become unintentionally blurred when Beth ends up in the firing line while she tries to ensure the killer of the body gets their comeuppance.
I was really taken in by Beth and the predicament which she unknowingly found herself in, and I thought that Helen Phifer did a brilliant job at capturing the intensity of the situation and amplifying it as the storyline progressed.
I did feel as though there were a lot of characters in the book without a purpose, however in the grand scheme of things, that was just a minor irk of mine overall.
‘The Girl in the Grave’ is an incredibly dark and twisted novel which had red herrings oozing out of it like nobodies business! I enjoyed being kept on my toes and, even though the overall book was a bit rough around the edges, I still thought it to be an addictive and very intense book. I’m so looking forward to seeing how the rest of the series pans out!