Their Burning Graves (Detective Morgan Brooke series Book 8)- ARC Book Review

Title:- Their Burning Graves (Detective Morgan Brooke series Book 8)

Author-; Helen Phifer

Date published:- will be published on 19th December 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages:- 265 pages

Genre:- Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

They are picture perfect. A young, happy family sat around the kitchen table. But no one moves as wisps of smoke filter into the room and the house becomes a burning grave around them…

When reports come in of a family trapped in a burning house, Detective Morgan Brookes rushes to the scene. But as soon as she enters the ruined home, she is devastated by what she finds. Tied to the kitchen table, Sally and David Lawson, and their young son, had no chance of escaping the flames and the smoke…

Neighbours all agree the Lawsons were the perfect family, and CCTV shows nothing suspicious. Morgan’s only clue is the silver crucifix necklace around Sally’s neck. Because according to friends, she wasn’t religious. Was someone passing divine judgement on this mother and her family?

Focusing on Sally’s last steps, Morgan gets the breakthrough she needs – just days ago Sally had confided in a friend that she felt someone was watching her. And when Morgan finds photos of Sally on her neighbour Luke’s phone, all the pieces slot together.

Only then another local woman reports feeling watched. Nothing seems to link her to Luke, but Morgan can’t ignore it. Could the killer still be out there? Going deeper into Sally’s past and uncovering the killer’s motivations is her only chance to save more innocent lives, but can she solve the twisted puzzle in time?

A perfect family was found brutally murdered inside a house which was set on fire. Sally, David and Tim seemed to be a perfect family but their murders shocked nearly everyone in the neighborhood. When Detective Morgan is asked to investigate the case, she finds that the members are bounded and each of their hands are missing (bizarre disturbing) and now Morgan must find the killer before he or she will attack another family. I have grown a liking towards Helen Phifer’s books and I do like her writing style. Her writing captures the audience into the story and make the readers feel like they are part of the story. And despite the dark side of the story, I do like how she would add some funny parts in the book as well. This was a fast paced thriller and quite unputdownable as well with some twists and turns. There are so many suspects and you have no idea which person might be responsible for the murder, which is a good thing in thriller books as you are clueless as what is going to happen next. Overall, I immensely enjoyed reading the book and can’t wait to read the next book in the series! Worth five whopping stars! Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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