Monday 10 July 2023


One Left Alive by Helen Phifer
Book 1 in the Detective Morgan Brookes series
Narrated by Alison Campbell
Genre: crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

She knelt down by the side of the first girl. She had to force herself to breathe as she lifted the soft white cloth covering the girl’s beautiful face…

When the body of a woman is found hanging from a tree in her front garden, rookie Detective Morgan Brookes is first on the scene. But Olivia Potter is past saving. And when her husband and daughters cannot be traced, Morgan knows there is more to this tragedy. And then she finds them. Lying huddled together in the dark basement, each of their faces covered with a small cotton cloth, their bodies cold to the touch.

But as Morgan kneels beside the family, she realises that one of the girls is still breathing. As she holds Bronte’s fragile hand in hers, begging her to hold on, she vows to find out who has done this.

Every day Morgan wakes at 4:25 AM, her old insomnia now mixed with a new fixation on the case. But every clue about the murdered family leads to a dead end. Until, trawling through old files, she discovers a link to a cold case from years ago. Another family was murdered in this house, and the killer was never caught.

When Morgan returns to the scene of the crime to discover more about this forgotten case, she finds another body.

With Bronte still unconscious in hospital, Morgan must act fast to solve this case and lay two families to rest, before the killer returns for the girl left alive…
Source: Info in the "About One Left Alive" was taken from GoodReads at on 28/06/2023.

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My Thoughts:
This is my first Helen Phifer read and I would read her again.

There is a slow burn romance implied between our two main protagonists. However, whether the author is going to actually pair the two of them up or just titillate the audience, in the long run, remains to be seen.

Alison Campbell is a talented voice-artist who brought the characters to life! Her voice is soothing to the ears and I would buy audiobooks by her again.

Quantitative Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (9 hrs and 23 mins listening time)
Plot = 4
Narration = 5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Detective Morgan Brookes Series:

Meet The Author

About Helen Phifer:
Helen Phifer is the Bestselling writer of the hugely popular Annie Graham, Lucy Harwin, Beth Adams and her current series featuring Detective Constable Morgan Brooks published by the fabulous Bookouture.

She lives in the busy town of Barrow-in-Furness surrounded by miles of coastline and a short drive from the glorious English Lake District.

Helen loves reading books that scare the heck out of her and 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 scary stories she decided to write her own and her debut novel The Ghost House released in October 2013 became a #1 Global Bestseller.

She has written over twenty books in various genres.

The Narrator

About Alison Campbell:
Stage, Screen & Voice Actress.

Alison Campbell is an actress based in Bristol, U.K. She has lent her voice to 50+ audiobooks, cartoons, documentaries and dramas. She can be found treading the boards across the country, in everything from Shakespeare to hip hop kids adventures. On screen she has appeared in dramas and science documentaries. She can also be found performing across the UK and round the world with the award-winning Natural Theatre, specialising in immersive, interactive theatre in surprising places. She also teach youth theatre, facilitate theatre workshops and experienced in corporate roleplay and presenting. Represented by Louise Alexander at BAM Associates.

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

Wednesday 5 July 2023


Haven by Karen Lynch
Book 5 of the Relentless series
Read by Caitlin Greer and Zachary Webber
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

About Haven:
Things are going well for Roland Greene. High school is behind him, he has a sweet new ride, a good job, and he’s making plans for his future. At eighteen, he’s one of the strongest werewolves in his pack, and he already has more vampire kills than most wolves have in a lifetime. Life is good. Almost.

It’s time for the annual pack gathering. Wolves from all over Maine come to take care of pack business and socialize — and to find mates. Everywhere Roland turns there are unmated females, and as the Alpha’s nephew, he’s prime mate material. The last thing he wants right now is a mate, and he’ll do all he can to stay a free wolf.

Until he meets her.
Source: Info in the About Haven was taken from GoodReads at on 09/08/2019.

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My Thoughts:
I've listened to audiobooks with multiple narrators before but these two complimented each other in the book so well, they're like a mated pair! Kudos to the narrators!

This series' books has two cover arts. The old ones are mostly faces of the characters and the new ones are more of an abstract art. The new cover art for this book has some sort of chocolate-kisses egg-like things in it... Got nothing to do with the story what-so-f****ng-ever! Like the publisher just randomly picked urban fantasy cover arts that looked good heedless whether or not it is appropriate for the book... what is that all about??! The old cover art though, nailed it! The faces fits the characters like a glove!

Despite the convenience of the audiobook, this is still not a very fast read/listen. I find myself needing breaks from the book and stop listening to it from time to time. No, not a very fast read at all.

This book has no plot at all. It's all about boy meets girl, and full of young love angst, the end. Still this book was an enjoyable read... hopefully the next book is better...

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4
Cover art = 3
Pace = 3
Plot = 2
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

Meet The Author

About Karen Lynch:
Karen Lynch is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

She grew up in Newfoundland, Canada - a place rich in colorful people and folklore to which she attributes her love of the supernatural and her vivid imagination. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina years ago and was immediately charmed by the southern people but she says she will always be a newfie.

Though she loves supernatural fiction, she has a soft spot for Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austin. She is a fan of classic rock, country and classical music but her favorite music is the sound of a good thunderstorm or a howling blizzard. Two of her favorite past times are baking artisan breads for her friends and spending quality time with her two German Shepherds.

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.