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Find Her Alive

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Well written detective story.  I like the relationship between DS Karen and her team. The ending was good and I will certainly read the next one in the series. Highly recommend
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There are 7 books to date in the Karen Hart series and each one is as fresh and exciting as the last. This book deals with the terrifying crime of drink spiking but there is much more to this story as the team discover when looking for the latest young woman to go missing.. I love this series for its realism, Karen hasn't moved on completely from the loss of her husband and child. With so many authors she would be remarried with more kids and her past shoved to the back of her mind but here we see her trying to make a new start without ever forgetting the terrible loss she endured. I look forward to the next book in this thrilling series.
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This is the seventh book in the series featuring Detective Karen Hart.  Karen is still struggling with life after the death of her us and and daughter up things are looking better as she is now in a new relationship with Mike. Karen and her team are investigating a spate of drink spiking leading to assaults.  A friend approaches Karen and asks her for help as another friend, Phoebe, is missing after she went out drinking and hasn’t returned home.  Karen begins to consider that the cases may be liked.  The team discover that Phoebe was about to make a fortune from working in medical research but she also had connections with Quentin Chapman, a local gangster. The pressure is on for Katie and her team to find Phoebe alive.  This was an excellent read and the series just gets better.  I can’t wait for book number eight.
Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book,
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Many thanx to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book.

This is such a great read, the writing was wonderful and kept me reading to find out exactly what happened to Phoebe.! There was just enough descriptive writing to paint the scenes and the number of stories within the main tale kept throwing red herrings! I thought I had guessed the ending but I was so wrong! A really enjoyable book and  now off to find more by this author!
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This is the seventh book in the Detective Karen Hart series but this book can easily be read as a standalone, without spoiling the enjoyment of the book. The books are set in Lincoln which gives a nice backdrop to the series.

Karen and her team are supporting in the investigation of women being drugged in pubs, and then being abducted and assaulted. A friend also reports to Karen that her friend seems to have gone missing after dropping off her cat for one night and not returning, but her family says they saw her the next day. This sets Karen off on an investigation of her own. Could events be connected?

I feel this book kept up the good standard of previous books in this series, and the author has done a great job of getting a good group of characters together who you enjoy spending time with. It is also layered with rivalry and friction between different detectives within the station, people that should really be pulling together.

There was a well-developed plot in this one, that was almost revealed layer by layer due to Karen’s tenacity. I also liked the way Karen was there to support one of her team who was going through one of the most difficult times they were ever likely to go through. It also feels as Sophie has finally matured and developed as a character in this one, but missed her being a more integral part of this book.

Overall I would strongly recommend this book, and the series, to those that like good quality crime fiction with a strong female lead, and with books that move along at a good pace. I look forward to returning to this series with the next book.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Find Her Alive is the 7th book in the Detective Karen Heart series. I have not read the pervious books in the series, and so there were certain references to incidents or characters which I found difficult to follow. This story mainly deals with an intriguing case Detective Karen comes across, through a close acquaintance. A woman is missing and every evidence points to the possibility that she might have been harmed by someone. 

A crucial clue leads Karen Hart to the possibility that she might be the victim of a serial seed offender who is operating out of their city. What happened to the woman? Is she dead or alive? Has she been harmed or is she in hiding? These are the things we get to know while reading the book. 

The author has told a fairly captivating story which manages to hold the attention of the reader quite well. However, the emotional conflicts of many of the people in Karen's team failed to touch me as much as it ought to. Also, the intrigue element of the story,  though fairly interesting,  is not very compelling. The ending of the story was however very well-crafted and written; that makes up for the lukewarm reaction I had to the rest of the story. You could pick this story up if you are looking for something which is not very emotionally complicated and has a strong ending.
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D.S. Butler's Find Her Alive is a thrilling mystery novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. It follows the story of Detective Inspector Jonathon Stride as he investigates a missing girl in the rural countryside. The book is full of twists and turns, and it will leave you guessing until the very end. With its captivating plot and compelling characters, Find Her Alive is sure to be an instant classic for fans of mystery fiction
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A British murder mystery of two inter twisted cases including murder, disappearance, and roofing.  I liked the detectives and their lives as shown and it was an interesting case.
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Thankyou to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this ARC.
This book is number 7 in a series that i have not read before but i did enjoy this and it was easy to follow.
This book had suspense, intrigue, action, murder, mystery and great police work! The storyline was very interesting and kept me glued to my Kindle! I will definitely recommend this book to others. 
5/5 stars
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"Find Her Alive" by D S Butler is  the seventh book in the "Karen Hart Series".  However this one can be read as a stand alone.
Karen is trying to built her life back together after a tragic incident in her past.  Erica who also attends Karen's  counselling group, asks Karen to search for her friend Phoebe who appears to have gone missing.   
The plot which is centered around the search for Phoebe is cleverly written, it is twisty and full of unexpected surprises.  It draws the reader in.  
The characters are realistic especially Karen herself.  It was great to have a sub plot about one of her colleagues but I left Karen was a bit lost in this on her own, I think that reflected her home life.  I missed not hearing about her other colleagues.  at the station.   I hope they are back in the next book.  I enjoyed this book and I recommend it and the Karen Hart series as a whole.
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Another great addition to the Karen hart series. Poignant and heart wrenching in places with a fast paced exciting storyline.
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Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for this ARC. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This book follows DC Karen Hart, a Police Officer and this is one is seventh in the series, and I was not confused at all. I was able to understand Karen's backstory and I'm sure each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone. 
I loved the storyline, it was okay and it surprised me, both mysteries. However, I wanted more, I felt like it was too slow and dragging and I wanted more personal scenes of Karen. 
I'd love to read the previous books in the series because Karen is a lovely character and I want to know more about her.
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I have enjoyed the Karen Hart series but this one seemed to be slow.  It took me awhile to get into the story.  Karen Hart just seemed a bit “off” her usually self.
Is this a good series to read?  Yes, it is.  Start from the first book in the series so you know the backstory to the characters.  Especially Karen Hart.
Overall, it was a ok book.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read this book for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.
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I enjoyed the book. Well written mystery, logically constructed plot kept me interested until the very end. Not outstanding though,   comparing with other similar genre books.
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Detective Karen Hart and her colleagues are back in a seventh novel.  As always I enjoy the working relationships between the characters and it nice that things are looking up for her on the personal front for Detective Hart.  The mystery in this one is good, too.  When a young woman disappears there are various avenues/explanations to be explored.  I very much enjoy this series.
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Seventh in this series featuring Detective Karen Hart and her team. Good complex story lines with plenty of twists. A good read.
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Find Her Alive was a pretty good read. I love a missing persons story and this one did not want for interesting suspects; a serial rapist running around spiking girls' drinks in bars and then assaulting them, a shady business investor whose name is synonymous with gangs, the mob, and trouble, a creep stalking the victim's apartment, and a business partner who doesn't seem too concerned that the victim is missing, so long as she shows back up in time to close their huge deal the following week. We follow Detective Karen Hart as she attempts to get to the bottom of things before it's too late.

This novel is number 7 in the author's Detective Hart series and I really wish I had read the others first. This is a stand-alone read, but I wasn't very invested in the characters and I feel like I would have been if I'd read the series in order.

The pace was a little slow for me at times and while I typically don't mind this, that's usually because my love for the characters pulls me through the slow spots. In the absence of that because I started mid-series like a dummy, there was a chapter or two I had to force myself through.

Overall, the book was entertaining and enjoyable. If you like a good detective series with a female lead who is a little dark and twisty, give this one a whirl, though I do recommend starting at the beginning of the series.
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Find Her Alive by D.S. Butler is the 7th in the Detective Karen Hart series.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Thomas & Mercer, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Series Background:    (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)
DS Karen Hart lost her husband Josh and her daughter Tilly in a car accident. She later discovered it wasn't an accident, but it was covered up by some corrupt police officials.  She currently works with DI Scott Morgan,  DC Sophie Jones, and DC Rick Cooper.  Their boss is DCI Churchill.  She has recently started dating Mike.

My Synopsis:    (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
When Erica, someone from Karen's counselling group, asks for her help to track down a missing friend, Karen decides to get quietly get involved.  Phoebe Woodrow has not been seen since Friday, when she dropped her cat off at Erica's, while she went out to celebrate a business deal.  She and her colleague are in the midst of selling a medical scanner that they have created, and things are looking good.

Meanwhile, Karen is part of a team investigating women who are having their drinks spiked at local bars, and she fears that Phoebe may have had that happen to her.  On the other hand, Phoebe's company has just taken on an investor named Quentin Chapman, who may be a little shady.  Then again, Phoebe has been known to just take off with little thought to others, although that is starting to look less likely.

Then there is Karen's relationship with Mike.  She is still nervous that her job will bring danger to those she loves, as it has done in the past.  Karen worries that now that she and Mike have gotten so close, he may become a target.  Her current case is not helping her anxiety.

My Opinions:
This is probably one of the better books in the series, although they are all quite good.

One of the topics covered in this story is the fact that women, although the victim of male harassment, are often blamed.  They drank too much, they dressed too provocatively, they were at a place alone....  The author made sure that the reader understood that it is NEVER the victim's fault.  It was done very well.

The plot was well developed, and although I had an idea of the perpetrator, I was not expecting the ending.  I like the characters.  Karen, Morgan, Rick, Sophie....they are like a family unit, always there for each other.  I wasn't sure about Sophie originally, but I really liked her in this one.

Anyway, another fast, entertaining read.  I'm definitely sticking with this one!
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I enjoyed this book. All of the characters were believable and easily related to but their stories felt unfinished. I was able to guess the ending but there were enough little curves thrown in to make it a little challenging. I would read other books by this author.
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this was an easy read, i prefer something i can get my teeth into. it wasn't too complicated or gory but that's just it- too middle of the road for me, sorry
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