The Girls in the Woods by Helen Phifer Review

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Blurb

Don’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 you

Review

I am a HUGE Helen Phifer fan and having read The Ghost House, the first book in her Annie Graham series, I jumped at the chance to read this one. All the book in the series can be read and enjoyed as standalones.

To say this book was scary is a gross understatement. There were many times I yelled OH MY CHRIST when something happened that I didn’t expect and it’s fair to say I didn’t sleep very well while I was reading this book. Helen Phifer skilfully balances the chilling moments with some lighter ones, such as the interaction between Annie and her husband Will, to create a book that sits just the right side of unsettling. There’s always that anticipation of something about to happen and the book definitely delivers on shock value. I’ve loved Annie as a character since I first met her in The Ghost House and I love her even more now. Her relationship with Will is so sweet and endearing. They’ve come a long way from the first book, but I didn’t feel out of step with any of it by jumping straight to The Girls in the Woods. With Halloween rapidly approaching (how on earth is it September already?!) I’d definitely recommend picking up The Girls in the Woods for a spooky treat!

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28217989-the-girls-in-the-woods?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girls-Woods-Annie-Graham-Book-ebook/dp/B0175WV0FE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472813259&sr=8-1&keywords=the+girls+in+the+woods+helen

About the author

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Helen lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children and has done since she was born. It gets some bad press, but really is a lovely place to live. Surrounded by coastline and not far from the beautiful Lake District. She has always loved writing and reading, she loves reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own.

Her debut novel ‘The Ghost House’ was published by Carina UK in October 2013 and went on to become a best seller along with the rest of the Annie Graham series. The Secrets of the Shadows, The Forgotten Cottage, The Lake House and The Girls in the Woods. Her next book The Good Sisters which is a stand alone, ghost story is released on the 13th October 2016.

Author links:

Website: www.helenphifer.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/helenphifer1

Facebook: www.facebook.com/helenphifer1

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