Publisher: Penguin Books (UK)

Hide & Seek by MJ Arlidge

Posted August 18, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Hide & Seek by MJ ArlidgeHide and Seek (DI Helen Grace #6) by M.J. Arlidge
Published by Penguin Books (UK) on 8th September 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Crime, Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 368
Format: ARC, Kindle
Source: NetGalley
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I was absolutely over the moon when I received the notification from NetGalley that I had been selected to receive an ARC of Arlidge’s latest book in the Helen Grace series. Little Boy Blue finished on a cliffhanger and this book picks up from where LBB left off.

Obviously I can’t say too much about the story as the book isn’t released until next month, but what I will say is that it is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!! It picks up the storyline really well, and the events which unfold once again leave the reader on the edge of their seats wanting to know what will happen next.

Thankfully, Hide & Seek wraps up the story started in LBB, but the ending will still have you racing to know what happens next.

Another fantastic book from MJ Arlidge who is fast becoming one of my all-time favourite authors!!

Pop Goes the Weasel by M.J. Arlidge (DNF)

Posted February 2, 2016 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Pop Goes the Weasel by M.J. Arlidge (DNF)Pop Goes the Weasel (Helen Grace, #2) by M.J. Arlidge
Published by Penguin Books (UK) on September 11th 2014
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 426
Format: Paperback
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DI Helen Grace returns in Pop Goes the Weasel, the electrifying new thriller from M. J. Arlidge.
The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton's red-light district - horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.
Hours later - and barely cold - the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.
A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.
The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there's a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs . . .

Last year I read Eeny Meeny by M.J Arlidge and absolutely loved it! I rated it 4½ stars and rushed out to buy the next 3 books in the series, ready to be all up-to-date for the fifth in the series which is released later this year. After a disappointing January, I decided to pick up this fail-safe to get me back on the reading track.

WHAT. A. DISAPPOINTMENT!

Whereas the first book had involved a clever storyline, with innocent victims, a moral conundrum and a pace of writing that really caught you up in the story; this second book is a lot slower. Coupled with the fact the victims are men who visit prostitutes (usually with a wife and kids at home), and the perpetrator is a prostitute herself, it’s hard to muster up any kind of sympathy for the victims. The whole thing is seedy and dark, and as such I found it very slow going. I eventually abandoned the book in deep disappointment.

Here’s hoping the next read it the one to bring me out of this slump!