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Helen Phifer Crime/Ghost Story Writer


About Helen Phifer

I have always loved to read, ever since I was very young. My love of books turned into a passion for reading and I would read anything and everything I could get my hands on. Enid Blyton and Laura Ingalls Wilder were my two favourites when I was a kid.  In my teenage years I progressed onto Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert and Graham Masterton. I spent a lot of time hiding under my duvet, scared out of my wits but I loved it. I love horror films and anything supernatural. I love reading or watching films that make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. As I’ve got older I’ve found those type of books harder and harder to find so I set about to write my own.

I am 44 years old, work full time and have five almost grown up children and a granddaughter. As well as two horses (my daughter’s but I seem to have adopted them.) Two dogs and two cats, I write whenever I get a moment and have often found myself up at the crack of dawn when I have a deadline to meet. It’s not easy to find a quiet place to write so I depend on my trusty iPod to drown out the mayhem that is quite often happening around me.

If you read any of my books I sincerely hope that you enjoy them, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have such amazing readers who have told me exactly how much they have loved both The Ghost House and The Secrets of the Shadows. I can only apologise in advance if you get sucked into Annie Graham’s world and can’t go to sleep or are late for work because you had to read one more page.

Helen xx

Are you brave enough to enter The Ghost House? (Book 1 in the Annie Graham Series)

The #1 Best Selling E-book on Amazon and Kobo

Your Past Can Come Back To Haunt You - In Ways You've Never Expected...........

'There's not much that scares Annie Graham. Not even the horrors she has witnessed during her years on the police force. But when she agrees to look after her brother's farmhouse, she finds herself drawn to the crumbling old mansion in the woods nearby. An innocent exploration of the empty ruin leaves her more than a little spooked. She knows it holds the secrets to a dark past, and she has to find out more. So when Annie discovers the diary of former resident Alice, she is drawn to her story. What was the terrible truth that Alice uncovered? And how could what happened to her over 100 years ago help solve the murders of young women in the town? Annie needs to stop the serial killer before she becomes his next victim - but the past comes back to haunt her in ways she could never have expected.'


The Secrets of the Shadows (Book 2 in the Annie Graham series)

The #1 Bestselling sequel to The Ghost House

Sophie was afraid of the man in the shadows. He terrified her, but he would always disappear when someone else came. One day in June 1984, she didn't escape he took her.

When a young woman is found draped over a gravestone in a chilling murder, police officer Annie Graham experiences a familiar sense of dread. A new killer is out there, and her senses tell her there is something eerily different about this case.

When she spots the little girl standing outside her window, she knows that the past is about to catch up with all of them. But can she help right the wrongs of thirty years ago and stop the killer before it's too late?

The Forgotten Cottage, the eagerly-awaited and chillingly terrifying new book in Helen Phifer’s best-selling ‘Annie Graham’ series.

Annie Graham has fought her demons, and is ready to leave them behind. Her new cottage seems like the new start she’s craved: quiet and quaint, it’s empty of the memories which have haunted her for so long.

But before long, the ghosts of a forgotten tragedy stir within Annie’s new home. Someone – or something – is coming for her. And this time, she might not get the chance to run…


The Lake House is the fourth chilling thriller in the best selling 'Annie Graham' series by Helen Phifer, author of The Ghost HouseThe Secrets of the Shadows and The Forgotten Cottage.

Elderly Martha Beckett is a prisoner in her own home, and has been ever since her older brother disappeared at just nine years old. He went to hide in the cellar and never came back. And now Martha has sworn to protect anyone else from the evils lurking just below her floorboards. But whatever it is, has woken up – and is hungry again…

When she calls the police for help, Annie Graham is the first to respond. Now Annie Ashworth, she is happily married to fellow police officer Will, with a gorgeous home and a job she loves. But then she hears the news – serial killer Henry Smith has escaped from his mental hospital and is on the run. So when a severed head lands at her colleague Jake’s feet – they can only assume that Henry is back to his old tricks. Last time he nearly killed Annie, and this time she’ll bet he wants to finish the job.

So Annie now has two monsters to track down, before they kill again. And time is running out…


Helen Phifer's first novel The Ghost House has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Joan Hessayon Award 2014

Praise for Helen Phifer
'an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season.' - I Heart Reading on The Ghost House
'The Ghost House is the most exciting book I have read in a very long time...! Amazing début from Helen Phifer and I eagerly await more from her!' - Judging Covers

Writer of Murder, Thrills & Chills.

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