Last Light (Detective Lucy Harwin #3)
‘Captivating and thrilling… the twists kept coming… leaving me hanging onto every word rapidly turning pages hungry for more, reading late in to the night… Go and buy this book you won’t regret it!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars Lucy watches the pathologist leave, then turns to the nameless victim on the table. ‘I promise I will catch whoever did this to you,’ she whispers. In charge of a new team, Detective Lucy Harwin is called out to attend the discovery of a woman’s body in an abandoned, crumbling church, and is quickly plunged into a case that will test her leadership skills to the limit. With no leads except the crudely-fashioned crucifix the victim was displayed on, Lucy is at a complete loss. That is, until another body turns up: an elderly woman who devoted her life to the church. Faced with a killer stalking the streets of her small coastal town, while also throwing herself into work to forget the love of her life, Lucy’s first case is turning into a nightmare. Linking the killer to the church where her own teenage daughter volunteers, it seems the threat is quickly drawing closer to Lucy and those she loves. Can she catch this monster and prevent a tragedy that will tear her world apart? An addictive and unputdownable crime thriller that will hook fans of Patricia Gibney, LJ Ross and Angela Marsons from the very first page. What readers are saying about Last Light: ‘Explosive straight out of the gate… I loved everything about this book… This is a seriously good book… in my top 5 of my favourite books of 2018, I loved it, it was really good. If I could give it more stars I would.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars ‘Brilliant… A must-read book, twisty, gripping and one hell of a read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘I was captivated… kept me engrossed from start to finish… if this is the first DI Lucy Harwin book you read, I can guarantee you will read the rest of the series and wait for the next instalment as eagerly as me.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm, 5 stars ‘Honestly, I will read anything by Helen Phifer. She didn’t disappoint with her latest book. There were amazing twists and turns.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A first-class read, fast-paced, well-constructed and with believable characters… Recommend it highly.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Another non-stop read for me. Very tightly paced and great, great characters… that's what makes these books "must reads" for me.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Wow! What a brilliant read!… I finished Last Light in just a few hours.’ Booking Good Read, 5 stars ‘A real page-turner, I read this book in one sitting.

Last Light (Detective Lucy Harwin #3) Details

TitleLast Light (Detective Lucy Harwin #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 16th, 2018
PublisherBookouture
Rating
GenreMystery

Last Light (Detective Lucy Harwin #3) Review

  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy of Last Light (Detective Lucy Harwin #3) by Helen Phifer from NetGalley for my honest review.This is the first book I have ever read by Helen Phifer but it will not be my last. Very happy I had the opportunity to read this book as I was so impressed by the writing, characters and the story line was on point. This book will hook you in, stir your emotions and have you hooked from the beginning. I even shed some tears on this one. A++ writing! Now I want to go back and rea I received a free e-copy of Last Light (Detective Lucy Harwin #3) by Helen Phifer from NetGalley for my honest review.This is the first book I have ever read by Helen Phifer but it will not be my last. Very happy I had the opportunity to read this book as I was so impressed by the writing, characters and the story line was on point. This book will hook you in, stir your emotions and have you hooked from the beginning. I even shed some tears on this one. A++ writing! Now I want to go back and read the series from the beginning.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Detective Lucy Harwin is back and in charge!! I just love this series by Helen Phifer and was very excited to read the next instalment.. and I was not at all disappointed. This book should had me hooked from the first gruesome murder and didn't let go until the very end. A tough case for her first one in charge of new faces... a woman found strung up to a crucifix in an abandoned church. Who is she and who could have done such an awful thing. Lucy is stumped, and then another body is found, brut Detective Lucy Harwin is back and in charge!! I just love this series by Helen Phifer and was very excited to read the next instalment.. and I was not at all disappointed. This book should had me hooked from the first gruesome murder and didn't let go until the very end. A tough case for her first one in charge of new faces... a woman found strung up to a crucifix in an abandoned church. Who is she and who could have done such an awful thing. Lucy is stumped, and then another body is found, brutally murdered. This body is closer to home but also with connections to the church.. the church that her daughter has just started to volunteer at. She literally throws herself into this case as a distraction from her personal life which is falling apart. She will not stop until her stops this killer.A fantastic book 3 in this series and can't wait for book 4. Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    Last Light, the third novel published to feature DI Lucy Harwin of Brooklyn Bay police, is actually the prequel to this series and was released before the first two novels. That said, this series can be read in any order as plenty of background is given. It tells the tale of Detective Inspector Harwin's first case as Senior Investigating Officer on an investigation that is both grisly and harrowing. It shows that the killer was determined, cold-blooded and calculating, and police hope it will no Last Light, the third novel published to feature DI Lucy Harwin of Brooklyn Bay police, is actually the prequel to this series and was released before the first two novels. That said, this series can be read in any order as plenty of background is given. It tells the tale of Detective Inspector Harwin's first case as Senior Investigating Officer on an investigation that is both grisly and harrowing. It shows that the killer was determined, cold-blooded and calculating, and police hope it will not take too long to find the evidence to put this evil, unknown killer away.It moves at a swift pace and presents some entertaining twists. Unfortunately, there is little evidence on which to rely, and I found myself feeling much admiration for Harwin's team who do all in their power to chase what is effectively a ghost. It definitely felt authentic and the way in which police investigations play out in the real world. I appreciated that the author decided to make the crucial evidence that leads to the identification and capture of the suspect very different to what we usually come across in the crime genre, saying more would spoil it for potential readers. Lucy is a character who is developed well, and Phifer's black humour, interspersed throughout the novel, is the icing on the cake for this captivating, page-turner.Many thanks to Bookouture for an ARC.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    DI Lucy Harwin and her colleague DS Mathew (Mattie) Jackson have a serial killer on their hands in Brooklyn Bay. This is the first case that Lucy leads since her promotion and she is pulling out all the stops to prove that she can handle the new job. The first body is found in a derelict church and the scene is as gruesome as any that Lucy has ever seen. The second one shows all the signs of being a victim of the same killer. And then comes a third...Lucy is trying to hold it all together and ra DI Lucy Harwin and her colleague DS Mathew (Mattie) Jackson have a serial killer on their hands in Brooklyn Bay. This is the first case that Lucy leads since her promotion and she is pulling out all the stops to prove that she can handle the new job. The first body is found in a derelict church and the scene is as gruesome as any that Lucy has ever seen. The second one shows all the signs of being a victim of the same killer. And then comes a third...Lucy is trying to hold it all together and racing against the clock to discover the identity of the psychopath. She suspects that there is a religion element as an underlying motivator and knows that the killer is likely someone connected to the local vicarage. When Lucy herself is attacked she realizes that she can't be sidelined even though she's taken off the case. Can she figure out the killer's identity before more people are murdered?This is a fast-paced crime thriller, the third in a series, and the second one that I have read. Lucy has some personal problems that she refuses to let distract her from her main passion in life -- her job. She lives for her work and it's been the source of the breakdown of her marriage. She's headstrong and determined but she is also vulnerable to self-doubt and loneliness since all she wants to do is focus on the case. The narrative is told from Lucy's point of view with some backstory in the killer's words. There are red herrings, but a reader will likely figure out fairly quickly who is doing the crimes. The supporting characters are thinly drawn and I'm hopeful that they will develop further as the series continues. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this e-book ARC to read and review. I am looking forward to book #4 to see if Lucy is able to make some real changes in her life.
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    Let's get the good stuff out of the way early on: This is a fantastic book; giving it the top rating of 5 stars is a no-brainer.Apparently, this is the third book in the series featuring Detective Lucy Harwin (although in the author's notes, she mentions that it's a prequel, presumably to the first two books, neither of which I've read). In any event, I had zero problem following along with nary a "Huh?" along the way, so it stands alone perfectly. And did I mention that it's a fantastic book?Lu Let's get the good stuff out of the way early on: This is a fantastic book; giving it the top rating of 5 stars is a no-brainer.Apparently, this is the third book in the series featuring Detective Lucy Harwin (although in the author's notes, she mentions that it's a prequel, presumably to the first two books, neither of which I've read). In any event, I had zero problem following along with nary a "Huh?" along the way, so it stands alone perfectly. And did I mention that it's a fantastic book?Lucy, who's recently split with her husband because of his philandering and is the mother of a teenage daughter, is called to an abandoned church. There, she finds a dead woman, the victim of an horrific murder. The cause of death is evident, but there are no clues nor evidence pointing to a motive. Conventional thinking is that it could be the work of a devil worshipper, but none of the investigators are buying into that theory at this point. Lucy intends to give it her all, though, if only because it's her first major solo case.Lucy's regular partner, Detective Sergeant Matthew Jackson (Mattie) takes off on a pre-scheduled vacation, leaving her to partner up with an officer in whom she has little confidence. As she's grousing about that, another woman, a church volunteer, turns up murdered in similar grotesque fashion. This one, however, hits close to home: She's the elderly mother of Lucy's police force boss. Sympathy aside, that adds another dimension to the case; like it or not, her boss must be added to any list of potential suspects.Hints as to the killer's identity are slowly revealed through flashback chapters that reveal a child and his mother horribly abused by a Bible-thumping father/husband. Back in the present, Lucy's daughter reluctantly gets involved in volunteering at the church, where she lands a job babysitting the daughter of another volunteer - a beautiful woman who's caught the eye of the vicar, whose spouse is married to a truly wretched person. As the investigation continues, Lucy becomes worried not only for the future of her career, but for her daughter - who just might be on the killer's hit list.The action-filled story moves along quickly, and I have no doubt that those who really can't put it down will be able to start and finish it on the same day. Personally, I'm delighted not only to have read such an enjoyable book, but also to have found a new series. Already, I'm looking forward to the next one. Meanwhile, many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy of this one.
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  • Book Addict Shaun
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the first two Detective Lucy Harwin stories when I read them earlier this year and so I was very excited to read Last Light which is a prequel to the series however for whatever reason I think I enjoyed this more with it being a prequel then if I’d read it before the first two books. Lucy is a fantastic character and reading Last Light only helped me to understand her even more as a character. It was interesting to see this ‘early’ Lucy, though it wasn’t all that long ago it mad I really enjoyed the first two Detective Lucy Harwin stories when I read them earlier this year and so I was very excited to read Last Light which is a prequel to the series however for whatever reason I think I enjoyed this more with it being a prequel then if I’d read it before the first two books. Lucy is a fantastic character and reading Last Light only helped me to understand her even more as a character. It was interesting to see this ‘early’ Lucy, though it wasn’t all that long ago it made everything in the other two books make more sense and she was already a character that I felt invested in emotionally. As a character and detective she’s really enjoyable to read about and this is a series I hope to follow for a long time. I love the setting of Brooklyn Bay and how it has been used to tell these stories. I love the other characters that feature in the series, namely Mattie and Browning, the latter of which playing a bigger role in this story. And I enjoy reading about Lucy’s home life with her daughter and the challenges that brings to her job and life in general. On paper this sounds just like another crime series but it’s one that I am thoroughly enjoying.In terms of the plot I felt that it was strong however having read over 100 books since the first two in this series I can’t remember everything about those stories nor what they revealed about the events that happen here. This is why I have struggled with my rating because ordinarily this would be a strong four star rating but it was too obvious from the minute I met a certain character that it was going to be them responsible for the murders. Everything else about this book was just what I love in a crime story, and it was descriptively brutal which is something I enjoy also. Characterisation was extremely strong but there wasn’t ever anybody else in the frame so to speak and so it was obvious where the story was heading and because the killer was so obvious some of the shock value was lost meaning so too was the enjoyment factor and the rating is lessened because of that. All that said it was a highly charged and emotional ending that left me thinking about and going back over everything that I had read and this is certainly a memorable story and one that I can highly recommend. And I also highly recommend the series itself and eagerly await the next instalment.
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  • Janet Newport
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this arc.Another Lucy Harwin story! This was another non-stop read for me. Very tightly paced and great, great characters. Oh sure, there were a couple of false trails that had to be followed as well as Lucy's on-going relationships (personal and professional). But that's what makes these books "must reads" for me.Most of my questions were answered by the end and left me fairly well satisfied. Only a couple of big questions that I hope will be addressed in Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this arc.Another Lucy Harwin story! This was another non-stop read for me. Very tightly paced and great, great characters. Oh sure, there were a couple of false trails that had to be followed as well as Lucy's on-going relationships (personal and professional). But that's what makes these books "must reads" for me.Most of my questions were answered by the end and left me fairly well satisfied. Only a couple of big questions that I hope will be addressed in the next book of this series (what about Tom? Are he and Lucy going to be able to work together in the future?? What about Ellie and Bella?)Please continue writing Ms. Phifer!
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of Last Light, the third novel to feature DI Lucy Harwin of the Brooklyn Bay police.Newly promoted to detective inspector Lucy undergoes a baptism of fire when her first murder investigation has ritualistic aspects to it and when another body turns up she is facing the possibility of a serial killer.I enjoyed Last Light which is a fast moving procedural with some unexpected twists. It is mostly told from Lucy's point of view alth I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of Last Light, the third novel to feature DI Lucy Harwin of the Brooklyn Bay police.Newly promoted to detective inspector Lucy undergoes a baptism of fire when her first murder investigation has ritualistic aspects to it and when another body turns up she is facing the possibility of a serial killer.I enjoyed Last Light which is a fast moving procedural with some unexpected twists. It is mostly told from Lucy's point of view although there are several chapters devoted to the unnamed killer's past. There is not much new to read in the killer's accounts, just more of the mistreated as a youth which causes deviant thoughts and behaviour. I've read it all before elsewhere so I can't say it held my attention and there is enough detail to get a good grasp of the motive and guess the perpetrator. The investigation is much more to my taste as Lucy and her team battle desperately to stop the killer with little to go on. I found the critical evidence that leads to identification unusual and interesting and makes a change for it to hinge on something out of the way. I like the sense of tension and urgency that Ms Phifer builds around the investigation.I really enjoy Ms Phifer's characterisation which always seems natural and realistic from the grumblings about colleagues' weaknesses to the inappropriate dark humour. Lucy is the lynchpin in the novel so her character is more developed. She's devoted to her job to the extent that her husband has left her for another woman and her teenage daughter flits between the two households. Her emotions in this upheaval are natural and understandable, some of her digs at her ex made me laugh. Last Light is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. After finishing this book I realised it is a prequel to the first two in the series (even though it is labelled as no. 3) which were utterly gripping and unputdownable. This one not so much. It was really weird, I was wondering where Lucy's confidence was and hadn't she been an inspector in the previous books? Here she was just promoted. All is explained now. But I still didn't think it was quite as good as the earlier books.Brooklyn Bay is beset by a vicious killer who slashes the th 3.5 stars. After finishing this book I realised it is a prequel to the first two in the series (even though it is labelled as no. 3) which were utterly gripping and unputdownable. This one not so much. It was really weird, I was wondering where Lucy's confidence was and hadn't she been an inspector in the previous books? Here she was just promoted. All is explained now. But I still didn't think it was quite as good as the earlier books.Brooklyn Bay is beset by a vicious killer who slashes the throats of his victims then hangs them on a cross upside down. First a worn out drug addict and sometime prostitute, next an old lady who volunteers at the local church and charities. Who would want to kill such a person? She is also the mother of the current DCI so this killer MUST be found. Lucy Harwin starts to suspect the vicar as he is a strange one indeed. And there is clearly a religious aspect to these murders. But when the the vicar too is killed she realises who it must be. Can she stop him before he kills again?I figured this one out pretty early so it was lacking a bit of suspense for me. Also, as I said, Lucy didn't seem her normal confident self. It was her first case as a DI and a tricky one at that. I'm guessing we'll be back to full throttle in the next book which should be available fairly soon I'm hoping.
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  • Els
    January 1, 1970
    Although this is the 3rd book in a series, I did not have any problems picking the story up. Of course, you always wonder what happened before, but this story can be read as a stand alone.The author tells us what is going on in the present and alternates it with the past of the killer. This way we know what he has been through without his identity being given away.The book shows us how traumatic events can deeply influence ones mind and lead to severe consequences.I have read this one in one go. Although this is the 3rd book in a series, I did not have any problems picking the story up. Of course, you always wonder what happened before, but this story can be read as a stand alone.The author tells us what is going on in the present and alternates it with the past of the killer. This way we know what he has been through without his identity being given away.The book shows us how traumatic events can deeply influence ones mind and lead to severe consequences.I have read this one in one go. It was very hard to put it down and I thought it was wonderfully structured. And than that climax ... It brought tears to my eyes. 5 stars.Thank you, Helen Phifer, Bookouture and Netgalley.https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    4 and 1 / 2 starsDI Lucy Irwin and DS Matthew “Mattie” Jackson respond to the call of a body found in an old abandoned and burnt out church. They see a horrific scene of a poor woman hanging upside down on a crude cross made of burned timber. The victim’s name turns out to be Sandy Kilburn. This is my first Helen Phifer novel, and it certainly won’t be my last. I have discovered a new author! I truly enjoyed this book. The reader gets an excellent picture of newly promoted DI Lucy Irwin; from he 4 and 1 / 2 starsDI Lucy Irwin and DS Matthew “Mattie” Jackson respond to the call of a body found in an old abandoned and burnt out church. They see a horrific scene of a poor woman hanging upside down on a crude cross made of burned timber. The victim’s name turns out to be Sandy Kilburn. This is my first Helen Phifer novel, and it certainly won’t be my last. I have discovered a new author! I truly enjoyed this book. The reader gets an excellent picture of newly promoted DI Lucy Irwin; from her home life to how she does her job. There is not so much information given that it distracts from the story, however. Lucy has a great attitude and a great team. I especially liked her partner DS Mattie Jackson. This novel is both well written and plotted, interspersed with little vignettes on the killer’s life story. There are a few twists in this novel, so be prepared to be surprised. I really appreciate books with twists in them as I love to be kept guessing as to what is going to happen next. I want to thank NetGalley and Boookouture for forwarding to me a copy of this great novel for me to read, enjoy and review.
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  • Dawn Lawrence (Bonnies Book Talk)
    January 1, 1970
    Last Light is book 3 in the Detective Lucy Harwin series.I am a big Helen Phifer fan so was super excited to read this, and boy it didn’t disappoint. Explosive straight out of the gate it captured my attention and kept me engaged right the way through the book.I loved everything about this book, the characters, the relationships Lucy has with her team, the well thought out and executed plot and the explosive finish. It was captivating and thrilling and the twists kept coming leaving me hanging o Last Light is book 3 in the Detective Lucy Harwin series.I am a big Helen Phifer fan so was super excited to read this, and boy it didn’t disappoint. Explosive straight out of the gate it captured my attention and kept me engaged right the way through the book.I loved everything about this book, the characters, the relationships Lucy has with her team, the well thought out and executed plot and the explosive finish. It was captivating and thrilling and the twists kept coming leaving me hanging onto every word rapidly turning pages hungry for more, reading late in to the night.Lucy is faced with her toughest case to date, as the bodies start mounting up can she find the killer before it’s too late and someone else dies? This time it’s a little bit close to home as the killer is linked to the church where Lucy’s teenage daughter volunteers, will she be the next victim? You had better buy the book to find out!This is a seriously good book, and a great series, I highly recommend it. I would suggest you read from book 1 so that you get the full background story on Lucy, however you could read this as a stand-alone is you really wanted to.I don’t hesitate in giving this 5 stars, this is in my top 5 of my favourite books of 2018, I loved it, it was really good. If I could give it more stars I would. Go and buy this book when it’s released you won’t regret it!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    A body has been discovered in an old abandoned church. Detective Lucy Harwin is assigned the case, her first murder inquiry as the lead detective. Is this just a one off or will more bodies be found. Although most of the book is told from Harwin's point of view there are chapters which relate the childhood of the unknown killer.Although it was an interesting, well-written story I just didn't take to the character of Harwin or some of her actions.A NetGalley Book
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  • Bonnye Reed
    January 1, 1970
    GNab Newly promoted Detective Inspector Lucy Harwin is an excellent protagonist who with her sidekick Detective Sergeant Mathew Jackson - Mattie to his friends - solves crimes and do their best to keep the little seaside town of Brooklyn Bay safe and secure. Last Light is the third in this series and completely stand alone, but I will search out the first two for my own satisfaction.In Last Light, beginning in mid-February 2016, the story is fast and flowing, but the actual killer is hard to pin GNab Newly promoted Detective Inspector Lucy Harwin is an excellent protagonist who with her sidekick Detective Sergeant Mathew Jackson - Mattie to his friends - solves crimes and do their best to keep the little seaside town of Brooklyn Bay safe and secure. Last Light is the third in this series and completely stand alone, but I will search out the first two for my own satisfaction.In Last Light, beginning in mid-February 2016, the story is fast and flowing, but the actual killer is hard to pinpoint until very near the end of the book. We travel back to the childhood of this man beginning in 1987 when he is eight or nine and up through his mid-teens. And we see just how a serial killer is formed. I found this novel engrossing. Helen Phifer is an author I will follow. She brings to us an excellent set of protagonists and a nice little backwater town that proves interesting and vibrant. I want more. Many more. I received a free electronic copy of this British police procedural from Netgalley, Helen Phifer, and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. pub date Nov 16, 2018Bookouture
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love the series featuring Detective Inspector Lucy Harwin. There are currently three books in the series and the most recent one called ‘Last Light’ was released on 16th November. I couldn’t wait to read it and boy I was not to be disappointed. I absolutely loved ‘Last Light’ and for me it is easily the best book of the series so far but more about that in a bit.I love DI Lucy Harwin and I have great admiration for her. She is a career police officer, who is very understanding and c I absolutely love the series featuring Detective Inspector Lucy Harwin. There are currently three books in the series and the most recent one called ‘Last Light’ was released on 16th November. I couldn’t wait to read it and boy I was not to be disappointed. I absolutely loved ‘Last Light’ and for me it is easily the best book of the series so far but more about that in a bit.I love DI Lucy Harwin and I have great admiration for her. She is a career police officer, who is very understanding and compassionate. She can be as hard as nails when she has to be but she is also a very caring woman and in ‘Last Light’ she promises the initial murder victim that she will find out who killed her and why. Harwin can be extremely diplomatic, very tactful, very firm and very strong when she has to be. This case challenges her like no other that she has come across before. At the same time, Harwin has personal issues bubbling. She has broken up with the father of her child, only the child isn’t taking the split too well. Her daughter has hit the tricky teenage years and she is testing the boundaries somewhat. Not only that but she is also playing her mother off against her father. Will her personal problems overshadow and have any effect on the case? Will Harwin and her team solve the murder case? Who is the murderer and what is their motivation? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.Oh my golly gosh ‘Last Night’ was one hell of a fast paced, thrilling and shocking read. The story opens with a scene that will stay fresh in my memory for a long time to come and it certainly grabbed my attention. The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn in and bam before you know it you are hooked on the book and you simply can’t bear to be parted from it. That’s what happened to me anyway. I binge read the book over the space of a couple of days which worked well in this case because it gave me a real sense of how intense the police investigation was. The author uses such powerful and detailed descriptions that I really did feel as though I was part of Lucy’s team. I found that I began interacting with the book in the sense that I was ‘living’ the story. I find that if the story is well plotted, convincing and well written then I tend to ‘live’ it and believe that it is real. The book is written well and in different time periods. This way of telling the story works in that the chapters interlink and the story flows seamlessly. Reading ‘Last Light’ was much like being on an extremely scary and unpredictable rollercoaster with not much of an idea in which direction the ride/ read will take you next. There were also twists and turns aplenty- some of which I was expecting and others crept up on me and left me stunned and breathless.In short I absolutely loved reading ‘Last Light’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers. I can’t wait to read more from Helen Phifer. Here’s hoping we don’t have too long to wait. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.
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  • Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
    January 1, 1970
    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comWellllllll, I'm glad that my heart rate has calmed down enough to write this review! This book is creepy as.....f!!! And no, not in a bad way!There's nothing like being thrown in the deep end, something which Detective Lucy Harwin finds out rather quickly as she is called out on a job where a woman and a crucifix are having a close encounter. This time, yes, in a bad way! Will Lucy and her team find themselves dealing w All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comWellllllll, I'm glad that my heart rate has calmed down enough to write this review! This book is creepy as.....f!!! And no, not in a bad way!There's nothing like being thrown in the deep end, something which Detective Lucy Harwin finds out rather quickly as she is called out on a job where a woman and a crucifix are having a close encounter. This time, yes, in a bad way! Will Lucy and her team find themselves dealing with a killer who is likely to strike again? When another body turns up in a similar state, the likelihood of the killer re-offending is incredibly high...but at what cost?Lucy is clearly good at her job. She has the ballsy nature, the confidence to listen to her gut instinct, and the work ethic a lot of people would never be able to match. However, her personal life has collapsed around her and whilst I did feel sorry for her, I felt that her bitterness overshadowed her job at times, especially when her marriage and the murders had diddly squat to do with each other.Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed 'Last Light', I did feel as though there were a couple of inconsistencies in the storyline. That said, they weren't related to the main topic of the book and because the read was so fast paced, I was soon swept up by one thing or another.'Last Light' is a very creepy, highly detailed read which I sped through in one sitting. I will admit that I saw the ending before it happened, but due to the red herrings and brilliant distractions in the story, the fact i worked out the 'whodunnit' long before the end didn't bother me as much as i thought it would. Usually it would, but Helen Phifer is very clever at gripping her readers with unsavoury details!An addictive, dark and twisted tale - creepy as hell but an awesome read!
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  • Julie Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those books that has you hooked from the first few pages. A body is found upside down on a cross and from this point onwards Detective Lucy Harwin’s feet don’t touch the ground. An elderly woman is then found dead and her body found in a similar fashion, so Lucy and the team start to take a look at the local church and all those involved. Lucy’s daughter is friends with one of the church helpers and provides a vital clue to the identity of the killer. Lucy is struggling with the b This is one of those books that has you hooked from the first few pages. A body is found upside down on a cross and from this point onwards Detective Lucy Harwin’s feet don’t touch the ground. An elderly woman is then found dead and her body found in a similar fashion, so Lucy and the team start to take a look at the local church and all those involved. Lucy’s daughter is friends with one of the church helpers and provides a vital clue to the identity of the killer. Lucy is struggling with the break up of her marriage and trying to lead her team when a brutal attack leaves her helpless. We also get an insight into the killer’s mind and find out why they’re killing these people, but their identity is not revealed until the final few chapters.This is a gripping read, and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • peggy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a real page turner I read this in one sitting. This is a book you can't put down. I was hooked from the first page. Detective Lucy Harwin is back and now she is in charge, and boy does she have a case. One gruesome murder which leads to another. As for the killer you get snippets of his earlier life. I can honestly say that I had no clue until it was revealed. This author knows how to hook you then reel you in.A real rollercoaster of a read, a psychological thriller that will get your he This is a real page turner I read this in one sitting. This is a book you can't put down. I was hooked from the first page. Detective Lucy Harwin is back and now she is in charge, and boy does she have a case. One gruesome murder which leads to another. As for the killer you get snippets of his earlier life. I can honestly say that I had no clue until it was revealed. This author knows how to hook you then reel you in.A real rollercoaster of a read, a psychological thriller that will get your heart pumping. I loved it. Can't wait to see how this series progresses, another of my favourite authors. I would like to thank the author Helen Phifer, Bookouture and Net.galley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for giving an honest review.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Another fabulous read from the highly talented Helen Phifer and the third of the series featuring D.I.Lucy Harwin who is becoming a real favourite of mine, she is a one feisty character A police procedural with plenty of excitement, false trails and some pretty unpleasant characters which make it a real unputdownable read which I just ploughed through. This author can really write one heck of a good plot and I hope the next book won’t be too long in coming so if you want a terrific read well her Another fabulous read from the highly talented Helen Phifer and the third of the series featuring D.I.Lucy Harwin who is becoming a real favourite of mine, she is a one feisty character A police procedural with plenty of excitement, false trails and some pretty unpleasant characters which make it a real unputdownable read which I just ploughed through. This author can really write one heck of a good plot and I hope the next book won’t be too long in coming so if you want a terrific read well here you have it look no further its brilliant !!! 4+ stars My thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the chance to read the ARC I loved it.
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  • Fiona Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Having read this authors books before I was looking forward to this one.This book gives us an insight into the start of Lucy Harwins career as lead detective. The case she finds herself on puts her at risk of violence herself as she attempts to solve several crimes which may, or may not, be linked.The story is fast paced and I loved reading about the relationships between Lucy and her fellow officers as they tried to stay focused on the job at hand.A brilliant read. Many thanks to Bookouture and Having read this authors books before I was looking forward to this one.This book gives us an insight into the start of Lucy Harwins career as lead detective. The case she finds herself on puts her at risk of violence herself as she attempts to solve several crimes which may, or may not, be linked.The story is fast paced and I loved reading about the relationships between Lucy and her fellow officers as they tried to stay focused on the job at hand.A brilliant read. Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing a copy.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Last Light (A Detective Lucy Harwin Novel) by author Helen Phifer Is the first book I have read by this author and it won't be the last. The plot has good characters, suspense, and Detective Lucy Harwin makes me want to cheer for her! In Last Light, Lucy has a strange case of serial murders in which the victims are connected to the church and this will add some eerily posed crime scenes. Oh Wow, poor Lucy gets attacked in one scene which made my head hurt just reading about the beating! Now I'm Last Light (A Detective Lucy Harwin Novel) by author Helen Phifer Is the first book I have read by this author and it won't be the last. The plot has good characters, suspense, and Detective Lucy Harwin makes me want to cheer for her! In Last Light, Lucy has a strange case of serial murders in which the victims are connected to the church and this will add some eerily posed crime scenes. Oh Wow, poor Lucy gets attacked in one scene which made my head hurt just reading about the beating! Now I'm going to look for the previous two Detective Lucy Harwin novels. Publication Date November 16, 2018
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  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    This novel has a well-crafted story of how a terrified, abused child morphs into a monster. It's enough to curl up your toes at times. The cost of anger and hate is clearly defined as you read the boy's tale of growing up and the effect it had on him and later his victims. Lucy is the detective in charge of unravelling the gruesome killings. She has to contend with her demons too as a single mother with a stressful, time-consuming job. As a cat and animal lover, I did find some of the story unpa This novel has a well-crafted story of how a terrified, abused child morphs into a monster. It's enough to curl up your toes at times. The cost of anger and hate is clearly defined as you read the boy's tale of growing up and the effect it had on him and later his victims. Lucy is the detective in charge of unravelling the gruesome killings. She has to contend with her demons too as a single mother with a stressful, time-consuming job. As a cat and animal lover, I did find some of the story unpalatable. Otherwise, it was an excellent read. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture.
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  • Gill Chivas
    January 1, 1970
    I'm enjoying this series and I particularly liked this latest book. It was a good story and I liked the flashback aspects. I'm interested to see how the characters develope in future books.
  • Patricia Ann
    January 1, 1970
    As I have never read a Lucy Hawin thriller series, I was expecting a character having the same eccentric and perceptive traits that Elizabeth George’s Barbara Havers and Sally Spencer’s Monkia Paniatowski had in their mystery series; however, I ended up disappointed. I found Lucy, despite her promotion to leader of the crime finding group, to be lacking in knowledge and understanding of the crime scenes and of the persons involved. A novice fan of mystery and thriller novels may enjoy this book As I have never read a Lucy Hawin thriller series, I was expecting a character having the same eccentric and perceptive traits that Elizabeth George’s Barbara Havers and Sally Spencer’s Monkia Paniatowski had in their mystery series; however, I ended up disappointed. I found Lucy, despite her promotion to leader of the crime finding group, to be lacking in knowledge and understanding of the crime scenes and of the persons involved. A novice fan of mystery and thriller novels may enjoy this book more than a well-read enthusiast, since the storyline was simple: an abused mother and child along with no surprising killer.My critique was based an ARC that was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.
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  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    The results of child abuse and their lasting effects is explored. Detective Lucy Harwin is blazing a trail that hopefully ends with the capture of a killer. Murders of gruesome and religious undertones tie these crimes together but not the victims. Fast paced drama with secondary characters that shine their own light. This is a part of a series but can be a stand alone. "A copy of this book was provided by Bookouture via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest op The results of child abuse and their lasting effects is explored. Detective Lucy Harwin is blazing a trail that hopefully ends with the capture of a killer. Murders of gruesome and religious undertones tie these crimes together but not the victims. Fast paced drama with secondary characters that shine their own light. This is a part of a series but can be a stand alone. "A copy of this book was provided by Bookouture via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." Great Author Skills Present.
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  • Craig Pearson
    January 1, 1970
    Mildly interesting at best. This was never a page turner and it did not get interesting until about two thirds through. Lucy Harwin would be fired from any self respecting police organization. If you are a fan of 'Midsomer Murders' then you will be disappointed in Lucy Harwin.
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  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved the first two books in this series so I was looking forward to this book loads. Sadly, for me anyway, although it was a reasonably decent read that kept my attention on the whole, it didn't hit the spot quite like the previous. Lucy has had her promotion and her first case in charge is nasty. A body has been found in an abandoned church and to say that the method of killing is brutal would be an understatement. Initially there are no leads and little evidence so she and her team d I really loved the first two books in this series so I was looking forward to this book loads. Sadly, for me anyway, although it was a reasonably decent read that kept my attention on the whole, it didn't hit the spot quite like the previous. Lucy has had her promotion and her first case in charge is nasty. A body has been found in an abandoned church and to say that the method of killing is brutal would be an understatement. Initially there are no leads and little evidence so she and her team don't have much to go on. Despite the heinous nature of what she is investigating, Lucy is thankful that she has a distraction to her disastrous love life and rebellious daughter. When there's another body discovered, killed in the same way, the investigation points to the church where Lucy's daughter volunteers. Talk about close to home! Can Lucy get to the bottom of things at the same time as trying to protect her own, before the body count rises further?I've already mentioned that this book was a bit pale compared to the first two in the series. I think that part of this could be due to the fact that I absolutely loved the relationship and interaction between Lucy and sidekick Mattie in the first two books and, sadly, he was absent for the majority of this one. The other thing that didn't quite work for me was the apparent lack of suspects and I guessed very early on who the perpetrator was. The why wasn't really a secret either as we hear from them quite a few times along the way. So, as a who/why-doneit, this book fell quite short of my expectations and needs. Lucy also annoyed me a little with her behaviour at times too. She has had a promotion but she seems to have devolved as a character rather than evolving into her new role. Maybe this was due to the lack of assistance by the aforementioned Mattie and normal service will be resumed in book four. There were also a few continuity errors that weren't really plot points so can't be waived aside for the good of the plot. Mainly due to her use of her mobile phone! This irked me a little along the way and did mar my overall enjoyment of the book. All in all, a decent read that despite the above comments I did actually enjoy once I had got to the end. Hopefully normal service and quality (for me anyway) will resume in book four. I'm definitely not ready to abandon ship on this series just yet. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    This is book #3 in the Detective Lucy Harwin series. Whilst part of a series, it can be read as a standalone book. It is though the prequel to the previous two books, despite it being released as the third book in the series! Confused? You needn’t be, it doesn’t detract from the story whatsoever!After giving the previous book, Dying Breath, a whopping 5 stars, I was expecting good things from the next part of the series! Happily, it matched the 5 stars, and I think it may have even beaten it! Lu This is book #3 in the Detective Lucy Harwin series. Whilst part of a series, it can be read as a standalone book. It is though the prequel to the previous two books, despite it being released as the third book in the series! Confused? You needn’t be, it doesn’t detract from the story whatsoever!After giving the previous book, Dying Breath, a whopping 5 stars, I was expecting good things from the next part of the series! Happily, it matched the 5 stars, and I think it may have even beaten it! Lucy Harwin is back on the case of some particularly gruesome murders. Now I have to warn you, the murders are a little stomach churning, but this all adds to how creepy and gritty this book is.I’d forgotten from the previous book how much I loved Lucy’s character. She doesn’t have it easy having separated from her husband and having a teenage daughter who hates her! But she is one hell of a woman who doesn’t take any nonsense from anyone, just how a good crime book lead character should be! I also love how Lucy manages her team and what good relationships she has with them. I was slightly disappointed that her partner, Mattie Jackson went off on holiday half way through as I thought their relationship in the previous book worked really well, but I did like how Lucy and Browning worked together, so it sort of made up for it!Reading this story is like being on a creepy, gruesome rollercoaster with lots of blood and gore chucked at you as you are riding along! It twists and turns, leading you into several dead ends and plenty of red herrings. The story is told mainly in the present day, but it does have alternating chapters from some years before detailing the story of, what you assume to be the killer in his younger years. If you’re anything like me, you won’t work out who the killer is until it’s almost revealed a few chapters from the end, when you can then shout “of course”!! (Well, I did anyway!!)This is a great crime book! It holds your interest from the very first page and doesn’t let you go until the end. It’s fast paced, exciting and makes your heart beat faster in all the right places! It also has just the right amount of dark humour, which is certainly welcomed in books like this – Browning and the cat is the first example that comes to mind! I would highly recommend it and am already looking forward to the next book in the series.Thank you to the author and Bookouture for the review copy.
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  • Emma Star Crossed Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book via Netgalley. I have Helen's first book on my TBR pile and when I saw this one I thought I need to read this.Newly promoted Lucy Harwin has her first lead case and what a case it was. This book is de This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book via Netgalley. I have Helen's first book on my TBR pile and when I saw this one I thought I need to read this.Newly promoted Lucy Harwin has her first lead case and what a case it was. This book is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The murders in this book are some of the most horrific I have heard about. Helen is definitely not afraid of scaring her audience and I tell you she had me hiding under my cover in this one. I enjoyed Helen's style and that she wasn't afraid of who she killed. Some authors may have shied away from killing some characters but Helen didn't and I applaud her for that. Even if it did break my heart a little. I was gripped from the first page and I struggled to put the book down. I really enjoyed the different POV and trying to work out who the killer was. I will definitely be reading more of Helen's books in the future.
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    Having read & enjoyed the previous two books in the Lucy Harwin series I was delighted to get my hands on the latest tale & it was every bit as good as those that went before.A woman is found with her throat cut so badly she is nearly decapitated & strung up on an inverted cross. This is a shocking scene even for those used to such things. Before the investigation has begun another body is found in similar circumstances only this one is close to home. The victim is the chief's mother Having read & enjoyed the previous two books in the Lucy Harwin series I was delighted to get my hands on the latest tale & it was every bit as good as those that went before.A woman is found with her throat cut so badly she is nearly decapitated & strung up on an inverted cross. This is a shocking scene even for those used to such things. Before the investigation has begun another body is found in similar circumstances only this one is close to home. The victim is the chief's mother and with him taken out of the case she worries if he is really up to the challenge of leadership.Throughout the book there are sections narrated by an obviously deeply disturbed individual. Following him from his dreadful abusive childhood the reader can see what fuels his hatred & where he might be looking to next.Lucy has her suspicions about a local minister but hadn't factored in his very scary wife! Following her leads she is fearful there will be more bodies before the culprit is caught.This was a terrific read-for once I did guess whodunnit! I'm eagerly awaiting the next one! Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for letting me read & review this book.
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