Book Review - Hide And Seek

by M.J. Arlidge (Michael Joseph) ISBN: 9780718183837

Having never read a ‘DI Helen Grace Thriller’ before, I was a little anxious about not being able to follow the storyline. I was right. This book cannot be read as a general “pick-up-and go”. I initially struggled to figure out what was going on, and what had happened to land Helen Grace in prison. 

The writer’s style is captivating, and reading the book feels as if you are living the story because of the pace the writer creates. I am definitely going to read the rest of the series. 

That being said, it was what we would expect from a crime thriller-fast-paced, suspense-filled with loads of moments of anxiety for the main character, Helen Grace and some seriously unsettling moments. 

The story begins with Helen Grace in Holloway prison and … not one to reveal spoilers, you will just need to pick up the book and see what happens to Helen Grace yourself! 

Bernadette King


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Book Review - Liar Liar

A DI Helen Grace Thriller by M.J. Arlidge (Penguin) ISBN 9781405919210

Luke is terrified as he scrambles through the open window. Should he jump? What else can he do if he is to avoid being burned alive? Everything he has - the house, books, football kit is all utterly destroyed by the fire. 

DI Helen Grace encounters a case of arson worse than she has ever known. Three fires are raging in different areas simultaneously. This is surely no coincidence. 

A girl says she saw someone running behind a house; an off-duty fireman is seen taking pictures. Now another three fires have destroyed three more properties. What is the perpetrator trying to say? What is the motive? How and why are the victims chosen? These are all deliberate and calculated acts of murder. 

M.J. Arlidge keeps us guessing. Who is the perpetrator of these horrific fires? Towards the end the suspense is compelling. The author has also written for television. 

Dawn Blankfield


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