Dark House by Helen Phifer – review.

Description

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.

My thoughts

Dark House starts with a bang, opening with a chilling flash to the past! The chapters set in the seventies filled me with fear and intrigue as I turned the pages, needing to find out what happened at the asylum. Helen Phifer can certainly set a chilling scene, one that forced me to read on with haste.

The main character, DI Lucy Harwin, was fantastically developed. I loved how the novel was peppered with snippets of her past case, and that her relationships were complicated. Her daughter, colleague and potential love interest all served to show the reader more about Lucy, without being a distraction from the main case.

As for the antagonist, I loved the past to present mystery and the chase as the action ramped up. I was literally biting my nails at the end. What a ride!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-House-absolutely-gripping-Detective-ebook/dp/B06XBV638T/

Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.

https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/

About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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