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review 2016-09-02 17:14
The Doll's House by M.J. Arlidge
The Doll's House: DI Helen Grace 3 (Detective Inspector Helen Grace) by M. J. Arlidge (12-Feb-2015) Paperback - M. J. Arlidge

A young woman wakes up in a cold, dark cellar, with no idea how she got there or who her kidnapper is. So begins her terrible nightmare.

Nearby, the body of another young woman is discovered buried on a remote beach. But the dead girl was never reported missing - her estranged family having received regular texts from her over the years. Someone has been keeping her alive from beyond the grave.

For Detective Inspector Helen Grace it's chilling evidence that she's searching for a monster who is not just twisted but also clever and resourceful - a predator who's killed before.

And as Helen struggles to understand the killer's motivation, she begins to realize that she's in a desperate race against time . . .

 
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I've discovered a passion for audiobooks this summer thanks to long working hours. The Doll's House was one that made the hours a bit more bearable.

The Doll's House is book 3 in the Helen Grace series and this time, Helen has to find a kidnapped girl and fight a battle with her boss that has taken a dislike to her and will try to get her off the team no matter what. What so special this case is that the kidnapper has done this before, taken a girl and then pretended through tweets and text messages that she is still alive and well and that she just doesn't want to have any contact with her family. And, it works like a charm until a dead body is discovered and an observant police think that there is something rotten with a missing girl, despite the text messengers that her family gets.

I loved listening to this book, and I found myself enthralled with the story. I was worried that Helen would get into trouble because of her, let's say, not that legal way of trying to find her nephew. And, it doesn't help that her boss is hell-bent on bringing her down. I did love the big confrontation between them both. 

 
As for the case itself. It's scary to think of how easy it is to fake that someone is alive and well by having someone's phone. The kidnapper is a real psycho and the last part was very thrilling to listen to. If you have read the previous books will you love this book, and it works well as a standalone as well, even though some events from the past is mentioned. </div
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review 2016-05-14 00:29
Finished The Doll's House by M. J. Arlidge
The Doll's House: A Detective Helen Grace Thriller (DI Helen Grace Thriller Book 3) - M. J. Arlidge

 

Ruby wakes up in a strange room. Her captor calmly explains that no one is looking for her. No one wants her. Except him.

When the body of a woman is found buried on a secluded beach, Detective Helen Grace is called to the scene. She knows right away that the killer is no amateur. The woman has been dead for years, and no one has even reported her missing. But why would they? She’s still sending text messages to her family. 

Helen is convinced that a criminal mastermind is at work: someone very smart, very careful, and worst of all, very patient. But as she struggles to piece together the killer’s motive, time is running out for a victim who is still alive...


From the Trade Paperback edition.

 

Loved it!

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review 2016-03-21 18:27
Police procedural set around Southampton in the UK, set in the BDSM circles
Little Boy Blue: A Detective Helen Grace Thriller (A Helen Grace Thriller) - M.J. Arlidge

 

 

By pure coincidence, I started reading this mystery novel about murders in the BDSM community in Southampton at the same time as I started the Sunstone graphic novels, also set in that world. Admittedly they deal with totally different aspects of this environment, one I know nothing about. I presume that they are both quite faithful to this community.

 

This novel deals with Helen Grace, a Detective Inspector, investigating the murder of a Dom in a BDSM club. Unfortunately for her, he also was her Dom in the past. The murders escalate and she leads the investigation with devastating results. It also helps if you’ve read some of the previous Helen Grace books – which I hadn’t.

 

Quite engaging and well-written, it is worth a look but my Kindle preview edition is hard to follow as the scene changes from one line to the next without a paragraph break.

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review 2015-11-21 21:11
Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
Eeny Meeny - M.J. Arlidge

Title: Eeny Meeny
Author:
M.J. Arlidge
Genre:
Mystery/Thriller
Publisher:
New American Library (NAL)
Publication Date:
June 2, 2015
Format:
Paperback (purchased used)

 

Synopsis

 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

My Review (originally posted at Read, Run, Ramble):

 

If you’re looking for a creepy mystery, here it is. Eeny Meeny will keep you up at night, both reading and then later thinking about the massive craziness you’ve read.

 

Helen Grace is after a serial killer who is giving victims one Hell of a crappy choice. While investigating the case, she’s balancing some personal and career demons as well. Alternating POVs provide background to the story as well as Grace’s past, which is littered with unhappiness.

 

Helen is a strong, tough investigator, but she’s also troubled. Though I didn’t really like the Jake scenes, I do understand the author’s choice. Helen wants to punish herself, that is clear, I just am not a fan of how she chose to do so (I’ve never understood the behavior or the draw to the scene). I’m glad the scenes were at least minimal. Readers can get a sense of why Helen is doing what she is doing without being overwhelmed with scene after crummy scene.

 

There were many outlying characters in this novel and I did get lost a few times – I simply couldn’t keep up with everyone. However, I think Arlidge did a good job of offering up a quick reminder when needed so that readers could quickly regain details of any characters re-entering central stage.

 

As the first in a series, Eeny Meeny, offered a good introduction to Helen Grace and the horrible world she’ll be investigating and fighting. I plan to continue and read along as the series continues.

 

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review 2015-10-03 19:22
Netgalley Review: Pop Goes The Weasel
Pop Goes the Weasel: DI Helen Grace 2 by M. J. Arlidge (11-Sep-2014) Paperback - M.J. Arlidge

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

 

I enjoyed book one where we the readers were introduced to Helen Grace. I would say you could read each book by their own but you may not understand why Helen is the way she is. So I would recommend reading book one Eeny Meeny

In book two there is another gruesome crime that has hit and Helen is having to get back into the swing of things after what happened with her sister and the crimes that happened within the story of Eeny Meeny. 

Helen enters her first crime scene since she has been back and it is not good. The victim's heart has been carved out of his chest but why? When the package gets delivered to the home of his wife and children Helen knows there is something more than meets the eye with this one. It is a race against time as it seems the bodies are piling up quickly and it doesn't help when Helen is fighting against her new boss who seems to have it out for her. 

Now when we find out who the killer is and why this person is doing it, you can't help but feel something. The background we are given when the answers come to light just break your heart or at least it did to mine. Do you justify the killings or do you know that wrong is wrong no matter what has caused it?

While trying to capture a killer Helen is also trying to keep an eye on a young man. It seems that this young man is someone special to her but then things start to go down hill when the nosy reporter starts posting things in the newspaper. 

We even get to see a bit of Charlie in this one and what she plans to do with her life. 

There is some talk of rape, prostitution and of course death. It is a great thriller and I am liking who Helen is. She has her own demons she is trying to work through and makes a damn good copper. Can't wait to see what happens in book three. 

The only issue I had and it was the same with book one is the page breaks. If you are changing scenes or different characters please please use a page break or these symbols *** it makes it so much easier to know what is going on.

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