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?
Happy publication day to Helen! I’m so excited to be kicking off the blog tour for The Lost Children.
This one opens with a dark, sinister prologue that instantly reels you in. It’s 1975 and there are children locked up in an asylum and things are happening that will make your hair stand on end. We then flip to present day and are introduced to Lucy, a DI who is assigned to solve a murder case where the victims body was found inside the old, forgotten asylum. Except there’s one person who never forgot the horrors that occurred there, and they want their revenge and will stop at nothing to get it.
Any good, appealing new crime series needs a solid, relatable protagonist and Lucy fits the bill to a tee. She’s freshly back on the job after a rough case forced her to take leave, and she’s immediately thrust into action as the bodies begin to pile up. Her partner, Mattie is a bit younger than her, and they balance each other out perfectly. Their chemistry was amazing and their was a real authenticity to both their personas and their work. Lucy is divorced and has a teenaged daughter, Ellie and their relationship was accurate as Ellie is a typical angsty young woman.
The scenes inside the asylum were very atmospheric, you could feel the malice and tension dripping from the pages. Phifer also shared a few brief chapters from the killer and those really added something dark and menacing. This person is boastful and has no remorse, very chilling stuff. While the case itself was interesting enough, I felt the strong point of this book was that it laid a fantastic foundation for this promising series in terms of characterization. I truly feel like I got to know Lucy, Mattie and the rest of the team which just makes me all the more keen to see what happens to them next.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy.
About the Author:
Helen Phifer’s love of reading began with Enid Blyton, before progressing on to Laura Ingals Wilder and scaring herself with Steven King. If she can’t write for any particular reason she finds herself getting itchy fingers and really irritable. She loves reading as much as writing and is also very fond of chocolate, Prosecco, The Lake District, New York, white Zinfandel wine, my children and grandchildren, my friends, porn star martini cocktails, Stephen King, watching scary films, Marilyn Monroe, Melissa McCarthy, Idris Elba, Simon Baker, Spandau Ballet, The Munsters and coffee. In no particular order.