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The Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin #1)

Release Date-March 24th 2017
Publisher-Bookouture
Genre-Mystery & Crime
Kindle Edition-320 pages

Lizzy pulled the covers over her head. Then she realised what was being dragged behind the person with the torch. She rammed her fist into her mouth to stop herself from screaming…

For decades, The Moore Asylum was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But ever since a scandal forced its closure, the abandoned building has cast an imposing shadow. Until now – when an elderly man is found dead, his body strapped to an ancient gurney…

Detective Lucy Harwin, still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixated on avenging the asylum’s wrongs.

What disturbing secrets lie within the asylum’s walls? Together with her partner Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy begins to unearth its terrible history and the horrors endured by the vulnerable children.

As the attacks escalate and a woman is murdered on her own doorstep, Lucy is forced into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a twisted individual. But can Lucy stop a murderer with nothing left to lose?

An absolutely terrifying and gripping thriller that will chill readers of MJ Arlidge, Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott to the bone.
The Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin, #1)The Lost Children by Helen Phifer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow Wow Wow seriously in love with The Lost Children, Helen Phifer has had the ability to do what others have failed at, get me to give a five-star rating to a detective novel.
From the moment I picked up this story, I was transfixed.
There was no pussyfooting around with this it was BAM!!! straight into the fire & then the sparks were seriously burning & fizzling & popping The Lost Children was none stop action from start to finish and I adored it.
We start our story with the Estate Agent showing a prospective buyer around the Asylum, an old abandoned hospital that was home to many forgotten children that had basically been left there by their parents to rot, so awful and sad.
Upon stumbling across a body the shocked pair call in the local police.
Detective Lucy Harwin, just back from a suspension over a previous case is called into investigate this case. Lucy & her partner Mattie are now on the job and to solve this murder they must dig into the past, but as the bodies start piling up the sand in the hourglass is running out.
This is the first book of what I assume will be a series and it has me hooked.
What I especially loved was the human nature of our main character’s, I adored looking through the window at their everyday trials and tribulations, In my opinion, it made them more relatable more solid.
I liked how everything was interwoven so nicely and how the language used was so easy to follow and not overdone.
Lucy and Mattie were adorable and I can definitely see the seeds of mutual friendship blossoming into something more with these two besties.
The flashbacks to the asylum where incredibly poignant, but were integral to the story, in short, This was such a page turner and a brilliant beginning to what I am confident will be a compelling new series. A job well done in my opinion.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free E-Copy of The Lost Children By Helen Phifer this is my own honest opinion after reading.
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