Review: The Killer’s Girl (Detective Morgan Brookes #2)by Helen Phifer

When the body of a young woman is found, tied to her bed and the victim of a brutal attack in her own home, Detective Morgan Brookes is sickened by what she finds as she searches the house. And unprepared for the nightmares it inspires about her childhood.

When the DNA collected gives a positive ID, Morgan can’t wait to put the attacker behind bars. But the person it matches to is already in prison. How could the DNA of someone who has been locked up for over twenty years have shown up in Morgan’s crime scene? And then they make another close match. To Morgan herself.

Faced with the impossible proof that she is somehow connected to this case, Morgan delves deep into the crimes of a killer who stalked the Lake District two decades ago. But distracted by the old case, she misses the signs that he has found a new victim. And when he strikes close to home, Morgan finally realises that she has been living on borrowed time. To find this killer, it’s clear she must confront the nightmares in her past…


Last week I called myself to a meeting to evaluate why I was reading so many cop procedural and starting way too many series. This book re-affirmed my decision to keep discovering new series. The Detective Morgan Brookes series is so far one of my favorite ones and it just keeps getting better.

Morgan Brookes was a rookie when we first met her in the first book. She had just discovered a body while on her first patrol. Identifying her astuteness as an investigator, the lead detective, moved her to the DCI unit. In this installment, a woman is found murdered in her house and once again, Morgan and the team are on the case. We get to hear from the killer who is cold, calculating and elusive. I had no idea who it was until the detectives made the connection.

This case was tough to begin with. Then it got personal for Morgan hence raising the stakes.  Every single clue had me scratching my head wondering where the evidence would lead us. I was also curious to find out how the case connected to a serial killer rapist incarcerated for life.

With deftly drawn characters, an engaging plotline and unpredictable ending, The Killer’s Girl is certainly a riveting read and great addition to the Detective Morgan Brookes series. The ending promised more drama to come and I can’t wait for it!

14 thoughts on “Review: The Killer’s Girl (Detective Morgan Brookes #2)by Helen Phifer

  1. Sounds like a fascinating series! I’ve also been drawn to thrillers and police procedurals recently. I like it that this one is unpredictable and you couldn’t guess the identity of the murderer early on. Sometimes the authors make it too easy for us.

    1. Thank you. I am currently enjoying this genre more than any other although I plan to read two psychological thrillers before the next cop procedural.

  2. Love your review. I really don’t read these types of books but I will tend to watch it as a movie or series but you making me feel to check out this book. THanks

    1. Thank you. Interestingly, I also used to be like that. Loved shows such as Criminal Minds. However, I started reading this genre last year and just became completely hooked ❤

      1. Yes for sure, Criminal minds is one of my favorite shows. Will really start reading these types of books 🙂

    1. I totally agree. It might be some kind of reading phase. I went through one with psychological thrillers and now, I seem to to struggle with them. Thanks Deanna.

  3. I am glad you resolved your question and enjoyed this one Diana. I bought the first one after reading a review (possibly yours) and now need to add this one. I must make time to read them. Perhaps April will be Police Procedural month for me.

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