Sleeping Dolls (Detective Morgan Brookes Book 6) – ARC Book Review

Title:- Sleeping Dolls (Detective Morgan Brooke Book 6)

Author:- Helen Phifer

Date published:- will be published on June 13th 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages:- 321 pages

Genre:- Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 4.5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

The beam shines around the dark room, lighting up the woman in sky-blue pyjamas lying on the couch. But she doesn’t wake under the bright glow, she isn’t sleeping at all…

When a concerned neighbour reports a woman missing, Detective Morgan Brookes squeezes through the stiff front door to find the woman dead. At first, the case appears unsuspicious, but something about the scene unsettles Morgan. Every clock in the house has been stopped, every mirror covered, and the woman seems physically unharmed except for one missing lock of hair.

Shirley Kelly was loved by her friends and hated by her ex-husband and his new wife, but they have an iron-clad alibi, and Morgan is certain that the scene-staging holds a vital clue. She’s devastated to be proved right when another woman is killed, and her home arranged in the same way. The only difference is that the second victim has been stabbed, using a knife from Shirley’s own kitchen…

The team can’t find a connection between the two women, but Morgan is sure that there is a deadly pattern to the killer’s actions. She hunts through each woman’s past until she finds the link: years ago, they both worked for a woman called Evelyn Reynolds, before tragedy struck her young family. But what has made them targets now? Morgan knows this twisted case is far from over, can she find the final clue before the clock stops for the next name on the killer’s list?

An absolutely gripping, mile-a-minute read. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Lisa Regan and Rachel Abbott!

Detective Morgan Brookens is back with a sixth case with all our favorite characters!

A body of a nearly decomposed woman was found in a flat. The police believe that she died from natural causes. However after doing autopsy finds that the woman was in fact murdered–possibly hanged or slashed her neck. Now Morgan along with our other favorite character Ben must discover who the murderer was. Morgan also realizes that the mirrors in the room were covered and the clock stopped at six. But then, another girl was also found murdered, in almost the similar fashion, Morgan must find the deranged killer before he can attack another one.

I was literally hooked from the first chapter to the end! The book was fast paced with thrills and twists along the way and the author has done a good job of making the reader feel like they are at the edge of the seat. I was glued to the page, wanting to know who is the murderer. Oh there’s another new character who seemed to have got on a wrong foot with Ben. Besides all the case solving and all, I like the subtle book mentions of Stephen King’s books. Stephen King is known to write dark horror thrillers so in a way, the author was clever enough to use his books to tie up with the crimes! The ending was unexpected and it left me reeling. I started only yesterday and then just finished it today–it was really good!

If you like a fast paced thriller with a favorite detective series, this one is for you–worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Helen Phifer is the #1 Bestselling crime and horror novelist of the Annie Graham, Lucy Harwin and Beth Adams series. Helen lives in a small town in Cumbria. Surrounded by miles of coastline and only a short drive from the beautiful Lake District. She has always loved writing and reading since the days she learnt how to in infant school. She loves reading books that make the hairs on the back of her neck stand on end and make her afraid to go to the toilet, alone in the middle of the night. She is eternally grateful to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert and Graham Masterton for scaring her senseless in her teenage years. Unable to find enough of the scary stories she loves to read, she decided to write her own.

Her debut novel The Ghost House was released October 2013 and introduced readers to police officer Annie Graham. It went on to be an Amazon #1 bestseller in Canada. It reached #1 on the Amazon Contemporary Horror Charts in both the UK and the US, pushing her idol Stephen King off his #1 spot many times. She was thrilled when the second book in the series The Secrets of the Shadows managed to push The Ghost House off its #1 spot even if it was a little surreal. This was followed by The Forgotten Cottage, The Lake House, The Girls in the Woods and The Face Behind the Mask.

The Good Sisters is a standalone old, fashioned horror story which Helen admits scared her so much when she was writing it that she couldn’t write once it got dark. Set in an abandoned convent it will definitely give you the chills.

March 2017 saw the publication of Dark House, a gripping psychological thriller which introduced readers to the dangerous world of Detective Inspector Lucy Harwin. This was followed by Dying Breath and Last Light.

The Haunting on West Tenth Street is a supernatural thriller set on the streets of New York and features Homicide Detective Maria Miller.

Her brand new series featuring Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams is published July 16th 2019

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