One Left Alive - Helen Phifer

One Left Alive

By Helen Phifer

  • Release Date: 2020-09-01
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4.5
From 2,897 Ratings


‘One of those rare books that really is unputdownable. A must read.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A gentle breeze blew her blonde hair across her face, her glazed eyes staring blankly into the sunset. Her small frame looked lost hanging from the large oak tree. On the branch next to her was a worn child’s rope swing. She looked too young and beautiful to be dead.

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 a.m., 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 found murdered, their innocent faces covered with white cloths.

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 before the killer returns for the girl left alive…

A chilling and gripping crime thriller that will have fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Rachel Caine glued to the page.

Readers love One Left Alive:
Wow oh wow!! This book has definitely given me all the feels, how can I possibly write a review which shows how much I have enjoyed this book?… I devoured this gem in just one sitting. It completely pulled me in and was utterly impossible to put down. I love Morgan, she's a fantastic protagonist and I truly cannot wait for the next instalment… At points I've literally shivered… I have loved it!! A definite strong five star read and one which is deserving of higher. I highly recommend this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a page turner! I enjoyed this book very much. It had a perfect pace, a great plot, and people I’d like to get to know better… It is a well-written book, it flows nicely, and I did not want to put it down. A good start to what I believe will be an excellent series!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ticks every box, dots every i, crosses every t and is a wonderful surprise right from the start… I wanted to know what happened but didn't want it to end, it was a pleasure to read and I enjoyed the whole experience enormously.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Such a great story. I'm looking forward to reading the next in this series already 😄 
Wow I give 5 stars for this.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This was a great read. I found myself becoming irritated by real life obligations that pulled me away from my reading time.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Had me gripped from the start… Downloaded and read in one goCould not put it down, thought a few times that I knew what was happening and then as usual the red herring threw me.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I loved the story… 5 stars from me.’ B for Bookreview, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a story. I was engrossed from page one… Brilliant.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Absolutely loved… gripping.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • Excellent

    By Jules6670
    I enjoyed this book ! Kept me coming back and on my toes. .
  • One Left Alive

    By NV19
    Great book…
  • Great!

    By Kids #1 Choice
    Great plot with twists and turns to keep you hooked until the end! Excellent character chemistry.
  • One Left Alivt

    By MDTAW
    Excellent Thriller Quality Characters Edge of seat reading
  • One left alive

    By Gussssy
    I love thrillers, keeps me guessing, I love her books.
  • Extremely disappointing

    By Olivia Draxxx
    I’ve never read a book before and regretted reading it. With this one I did. I had a couple issues with it. For starters, the book seems as if it was written by a high school girl. The “romance/flirting” between adults was extremely immature and made me feel like I was reading a watt pad fanfic. I honestly couldn’t take the book seriously because the adult interactions and their POVs were so childish. Also, there was literally NO plot twist. I mean seriously, I’ve never been so underwhelmed. I kept reading because I thought there was going to be a good twist, but the “twist” was barely anything, saw it coming from a mile away, she basically gave it away half way through the book. There’s just no depth to it, it’s very surface level and anti climactic. Giving it 2 stars because I feel bad and I’m sure the author is a nice lady.
  • One Left Alive

    By sixstringguitarmanrick
    Wonderful Read! Well Done, Helen! Captured England Perfectly! Keep Writing and Godspeed!
  • Police procedural murder mystery

    By jdt_s
    Well thought tale and well written. Recommend to anyone liking the genre.
  • Loved!

    By MamaHales23
    Kept me glued!

    By Aduke84
    I’m extremely picky about what books I read and unfortunately most books lose me before the halfway mark, especially mysteries, crime, etc. But Helen Phifer is a fantastic author… I couldn’t put it down!!! Looking forward to reading more from her!