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The Second Stage of Grief

(Ngaire Blakes #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  31 reviews
A false accusation. A brutal murder. Can Ngaire find a killer before he finds her?

Ngaire Blakes is trying to put her life back together. The ex-cop resigned from the police after a vicious assault left her battling PTSD. Dragged into a murder investigation, she’s shocked to discover that all the evidence points to her.

When the body count climbs, Ngaire flees to the cold co
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Kindle Press
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Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Second Stage of Grief (Ngaire Blakes #2) by Katherine Hayton is a book I wasn't sure how I would feel about when I first started it. I was pleasantly surprised. It had some dark moods but the plot, characters, and twists made this a very interesting and enjoyable read. Good mystery after all. This is a Kindle scout book.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie, net-galley, ebooks
The Second Stage of Grief is book 2 of Katherine Hayton’s Ngaire (pronounced Ny-Ree) Blakes series. Ngaire is a troubled soul, having recently left law enforcement because of both physical traumatic injury and PTSD. In this installment, Ngaire becomes the target of an elaborate frame-up scheme. Challenged with proving her innocence and finding the baddie who has killed a police counselor and police psychologist, Ngaire dives into unknown waters. Along the way she, by necessity, reunites with her ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an embarrassingly overdue mention of the second novel in a series which is going from strength to strength. Apologies to the author, the delay is all my fault.

If you're not aware of the Ngaire Blakes series from New Zealand author Katherine Hayton then this is one that needs to go on the to be read pile. Starting out with THE THREE DEATHS OF MAGDALENE LYNTON, then this novel, THE SECOND STAGE OF GRIEF onto the third, which was longlisted in this year's Ngaio Marsh Awards, THE ONLY SECRET
Todd Simpson
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another fabulous Thriller by Katherine Hayton. Ngaire Blakes is a great character, and you can’t help but like her. I like that the Author kept me guessing, and I know I’m enjoying a book when I can’t get through it quick enough. Probably the other thing I enjoyed, is that we get to see the very human side of Ngaire as a character, and that she is a little bit damaged. However she certainly has great detective skills. Ngaire Blakes is quite surprised to be woken up by the police knocking ...more
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
The Second Stage Of Grief is the second in Katherine Hayton's Ngaire Blakes crime series, both of which are published by Kindle Press. I enjoyed the first novel, The Three Deaths Of Magdalene Lynton, and am happy to say I think this story is even better! Ngaire is (was) a Maori policewoman in Christchurch, New Zealand, and I love how Hayton uses language and colloquialisms to bring a strong Kiwi feel to her writing. The atmosphere is very different to comparable British or American crime fiction ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great mystery to read. It kept me guessing, and I did not figure it out until the reveal. The story unfolds from multiple points of view, starting with a glance into our killer's thoughts. The majority is spent with our main character, but we get a good sense of the bigger picture, especially as things start to escalate. The only thing I found myself thinking "well, that wouldn't happen like that" was at the end after all the good stuff had happened and been revealed, and it was minor ...more
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Katherine Hayton's 'The Second Stage of Grief' is a great gripping murder mystery with characters who are interesting. A woman wakes up, not knowing the exact date. A sequel to Ngaire Blakes' 'The Three Deaths Of Magdalene Lynton', the protagonist, who is in the police and on leave, is taken to the police station as a possible suspect. So why is she a suspect and is she innocent or guilty? The Second Stage Grief also raises the theme of struggling with PTSD.
There are some references to the earl
Alicia Huxtable
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-scout
Good reading.

In some places the storyline did seem to slow right down but at the end it all makes perfect sense. So all in all a good paced story with good characters.
Adan Ramie
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Never would have guessed that ending!

What a thrill ride. I managed to not realize I was reading the second in a series until halfway through, but it didn't affect my understanding or enjoyment of this book. It stands alone well, but is sure to be a top-notch piece of the series. Loved the main character. She was very real. And the ending? Incredibly suspenseful. Another nail biter from a talented author.
Jessica Woods
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the author and since I enjoyed it decided to leave a review extolling the story. This is a fast paced mystery-thriller set in New Zealand with an eclectic band of characters. Ngaire Blake is a former police officer recuperating from a traumatic experience while working for the attorney's office. People in her life start dying and someone is going out of their way to frame her. She flees to her father's tribal land for safety. When everything points to her ...more
John Bainbridge
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author gave me a copy of this novel, which does not in any way influence my review.
‘The Second Stage of Grief’ is a fast-paced, page-turning, police procedural. I was gripped from the first paragraph and found it hard to put down. The leading character Ngaire Blakes is a former detective constable, working in a law office. She’s struggling with PTSD and trying to get her life back on track when she’s pulled in by former colleagues as a murder suspect. Someone is trying to frame her and she m
Ngaire Blakes is in trouble again. Somehow, she managed to leave the force (even if it's just temporary) and is working in a law office. After two books, I still don't know what makes this character act as she does, but I like her quite a lot.

In the meantime, terrible crimes are being committed and they seem to be linked to her. What is more, she's a suspect. Someone is trying to frame her. Instead of seeking help from her former colleagues, she leaves town and goes into hiding in a remote villa
Lillian White
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second in a series of books based around Ngaire (read Nyree - I mispronounced it until well into the book when the author explains it) Blakes. I have not read the first book. I enjoyed this, the way in which the author writes knowledgeably about police procedure, the violent deaths at the hands of the perpetrator (no spoilers here) and the way in which Ngaire becomes unwittingly involved and even ends up on the hit list herself. I thought the passages relating to the mind of a twiste ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
Good mystery and a lot of suspense. Received a free e-book as a Kindle Scout when my nomination for this book was selected for publication. The second stage of grief: blame and anger is what we find out. Two brutal killings and a man maimed for life by a mad man and his reason is crazy. He is the real reason, but his sick mind can't comprehend. I liked Ngaire's dad, teaching her how to use a rifle. How do you become part of the police force and don't know how to use a weapon. I also liked her da ...more
LuAnn Rodriquez
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book began in a way that did not completely make sense to me, but quickly caught my interest and was compelling enough to make me want to read it every chance I got. The main character is in a grisly, life-threatening situation and she escapes her unhappy life to hide with her father in a remote location until the murderer who is after her arrives. The confrontation between them is powerful and her growth as a person by the end of the book very pleasing to read. I would recommend this book ...more
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic follow-up to the Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton. I enjoyed this book even more than the first.
Danielle Urban
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Second Stage of Grief by Katherine Hayton is a great murder mystery. I was intrigued. The story had me hooked from the beginning to end. The characters were just as interesting. A woman wakes up, not knowing the exact date. Next thing she knew, the police are forcing her to come with them down to the police station. They told her if she doesn't come with them, then they'll arrest her and take her how she is. Fear and confusion could easily be felt. I was hoping the best for this main charact ...more
Elsa Hoffmann
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As usual, Ms Hayton doesn't disappoint. I just could not put this down - the way in which Ms Hayton writes reminds me of Agatha Christie. One does not know who the killer is until the end of the book. Ngaire Blake is always at the right place at the wrong time, with long suffering colleague Debbie either on a rescue mission or trying to deny she knows Blake because Blake scratches further and deeper than most people, including her colleagues, want to know. If this is your first mystery - get a b ...more
Jacinta Carter
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of the book from the author or publisher in exchange for my honest opinion or review of the book.

A violent, psychotic killer appears to be targeting a former police officer by leaving a trail of mutilated bodies that lead right to her. But why is he after her? And can she catch him before it's too late?

The Second Stage of Grief follows Ngaire Blakes as she is hunted by a killer with seemingly no motive. Hayton slips twist after twist throughout the novel, ensuring that the read
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very scary, suspenseful crime story. It showed what could happen when the wrong person believes they were treated leads to murder, and awful fear when you are chased by a crazed killer. Ngaire used to be a police officer and quit when she was traumatically injured. When a woman is discovered horrifically murdered, the police wonder if she did it, because the victim was her counselor. Then another person connected is killed. When Ngaire finds the new murder victim, all she ...more
Isis Ray-sisco
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
I enjoyed The Second Stage of Grief by Katherine Hayton. It is the second book in her Ngarie Blakes series. I have not read the first book in the series and was able to read this one with no problem. That being said I would definitely like to read the first one and look forward to future installments. Ngaire is a strong female lead that isn't afraid to take things into her own hands when needed. I loved that she was able to figure things out before everyone else. I don't know what I would have d ...more
Angel Hatfield
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ngaire Blakes is an ex-cop trying to get her life together after battling PTSD. When she’s dragged into a murder investigation that points back to her, she prepares to stop the killer.
This was the first time I read this author. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book in this genre so it was a good change of pace. The book is set in New Zealand and the author was very good in the familiarity of the surrounding and customs, so that was a bit different for me, but not in a bad way. Being a st
Jada Ryker
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Story Set in New Zealand

This is the second book in the Ngaire Blakes crime series, which I got free by nominating it in the Kindle Scout program.

I haven't yet read the first book The Three Deaths Of Magdalene Lynton. Despite starting with the second book, I didn't feel lost. It read well as a standalone novel, but it was so good I'm going to snag the first book and read it.

Ngaire is Maori, which I learned about when I previously read a New Zealand author's book. The story is set in Chr
Gayle B
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the Ngaire Blakes series. In this second book in the series, we learn more about Ngaire's background, her parents and how she grew up. We also get to visit a different part of New Zealand, Te Kauwhata, where her father lives. Ngaire is trying to find out who is framing her for murder from this remote town with barely any technology, and not letting anyone from Christchurch know where she is. Will she succeed in hiding while the police force sort through suspects? As in previous books, rig ...more
This was a very good mystery! Hadn't read any of this series before and it was difficult with some of the names etc. since I'm from USA and don't know much about New Zealand. The locale made it interesting though and I enjoyed the main character, Ngaire. Will have to go back and read the first in this series to understand where she's coming from. I definitely recommend reading this series in order. All in all though a very good read and am looking forward to reading more by Ms. Hayton.

I received
Rosemary Lekman
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first experience with this author and i must say i was not disappointed. I liked the story and how it was written. "I received a copy of the book from the author or publisher in exchange for my honest opinion or review of the book
Magnolia Keith
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good good book

Thank you so much
Evelyn Launderville
Desperate Denial

This book is for anyone looking for a thriller with broken family ties and new friends to the rescue. Repairing those ties look like a possibility with work.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Absolutely enthralling...Kept me entranced through out the plot. I really liked the development of characters in this part. Good story.
G.J. Griffiths
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Second Stage of Grief is a murder mystery that will appeal to all fans of the genre. Although this book is the second in the Ngaire Blakes Mystery series it does stand alone very well. I had not read either the blurb or previous books by Katherine Hayton but it did not take me long to be intrigued by the plot and to wonder why Ngaire was in the living nightmare she found herself. However, it did take me a couple of chapters to realise events were taking place in New Zealand and to learn how ...more
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