The Lost Children by Helen Phifer

27 April 2017
The Lost Children Book Cover The Lost Children
Lucy Harwin #1
Helen Phifer
March 24, 2017

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?

My Review of The Lost Children by Helen Phifer

The Lost Children by Helen Phifer is my third or fourth Bookouture book and I can’t wait to read more.  I gave this book 4 stars and enjoyed reading it.

The present time of this book follows DI Lucy Harwin and her partner Mattie, while they investigate the murder of a 70-something year old man inside an old, shut down asylum.

The flashbacks take place in 1975, on Ward 13 of “the hospital”, which is the children’s ward of the asylum. In particular, you learn about Alice, Lizzy and Tommy.

I always enjoy books that bring past and present together, and this book does it well. It’s not as twisty, turny as I’d like, but it still moves along at a fast pace and I was interested the whole time.

As I neared the end, I was sort of bummed at first that the author revealed “whodunit” so soon, however, it worked out well, as I was still on the edge of my seat (er, bed) dying to see what was going to happen.

Thank you netgalley, bookouture and Helen Phifer for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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