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M.J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years specializing in high-end drama production, including prime-time crime serials Torn, The Little House and, most recently, Undeniable. Currently writing for the hit BBC series Silent Witness, Arlidge is also piloting original crime series for both UK and US networks. In 2015 his audio exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a number one bestseller.
His debut thriller, Eeny Meeny was the UK's bestselling crime debut of 2014. It was followed by the bestselling Pop Goes the Weasel and The Doll's House. Liar Liar is the fourth DI Helen Grace thriller.
Author photo © Bill Waters 2014
If you go down to the woods today, you better not go alone . . . The last thing Tom Campbell remembers is camping in the New Forest with his girlfriend, Melissa. Now he is helpless, alone and consumed by fear, hunted through the woods by a sinister, masked figure... When Tom's body is found, displayed with grisly relish, Helen Grace takes the case. But before she can catch her breath, a second victim is taken - there's a serial killer on the loose. Something dark and deadly stalks the forest. Helen and her team must race against time to catch the perpetrator, before more blood is shed. But the hunt will take Helen back into the eerie twilit woods - and this time she might not make it out alive.
Detective Inspector Helen Grace has spent her whole life running. From the past. From herself. From everyone who's ever tried to get close to her. She's spent her whole life hiding. Behind the badge. Behind her reputation as one of the country's best detectives. Until - framed for murder - she became one of its most high-profile prisoners. Now there is nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. Because HMP Holloway is a place of dark days and long nights with dangers at every turn. Despised by the inmates and reviled by the guards, Helen must face her nightmare alone. And then a carefully mutilated body is found in a locked cell. Now Helen must find a ruthless serial killer. Before the killer finds her.
Sit on the edge of your seat in this explosively brilliant fifth book in the DI Helen Grace series. The Southampton policing team deal with a murder at an S&M club called The Torture Rooms, this is an investigation that slices under the skin of Helen Grace. The series is sharp, fast moving and wonderfully readable, while you could read ‘Little Boy Blue’ as a standalone, I really do recommend starting with ‘Eeny Meeny’. M.J Arlidge writes fiercely short chapters, changing focus and diverting your attention, he knows exactly when to release information and keeps you firmly on your toes. This is so eloquent and gripping that I didn't want to miss a single word. I also didn’t realise how far I had read, or how much I knew, and the ending came as a shock. With such wonderfully clever writing on offer, I will be stalking the book isles impatiently, waiting to pounce on the next in the series.
September 2015 Book of the Month. The fourth DI Helen Grace crime thriller is a gritty, gutsy and gloriously enthralling read. This novel can be read without prior knowledge of the Southampton based team as there is only a small amount of background information included, however Eeny Meeny, would be the best introduction to the series. Fires are being started, people are dying and the police need to find the links, before they can even start to piece together a horrific set of crimes. DI Grace and her policing team have their vulnerabilities, Helen Grace in particular understands emotional and physical pain and so is perfectly placed to read the nuances and silences that otherwise may be missed. Each short sharp chapter changes focus, keeping you on your toes and thirsty for more. M.J. Arlidge continually spins this powerful story, leaving you teetering on the edge of knowledge and understanding. Liar Liar is fast moving, tenacious and assured, the last chapter also releases a tantalising piece of information concerning the complicated yet intriguing DI Helen Grace.
Helen Grace’s third case. She is an interesting character coming from an abused childhood but although that and her two earlier cases are referred to here you don’t really need the knowledge. What is far more intriguing is the relationships within her special unit team in Portsmouth, for these progresses at quite a pace in this book, but again, you can pick the back ground up as you progress. We have a young woman buried in a beach quite early on, probably a couple of years old. We have a kidnapping right at the beginning and it is how these events link that forms the thrust of this excellent police procedure tale. I am a big fan so suggest you enjoy the two earlier thrillers as well. Eeny Meany and Pop Goes the Weasel. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'When I first read Eeny Meeny, MJ Arlidge's incredible debut, I was struck by both the pace of the writing and the invention of the plot. Alongside that he was able to build a world inhabited by distinctive relatable characters, none more so than his incredible series detective, DI Helen Grace. The follow up, Pop Goes the Weasel, proved that it was no fluke, but in The Doll's House, the third Helen Grace thriller, MJ Arlidge has upped the ante again. While never going over old ground, it's still enjoys all the elements that saw the first two books strike such a chord with readers: a terrifying premise, a twisting, adrenaline-fuelled plot, strong, clever characterisation and, ultimately, an unputdownable will they/won't they race-against-time. It's brilliant.' - Roland White, Editor, Penguin Books
Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive. It's a game more twisted than any Detective Helen Grace has ever seen. If she hadn't spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn't believe them. Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this case-with its seemingly random victims-has her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense....
From the international bestselling author of Eeny Meeny comes the second thriller in the ';truly excellent series'* featuring Detective Helen Grace.A man's body is found in an empty house.A gruesome memento of his murder is sent to his wife and children.He is the first victim, and Detective Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night?The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives.Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer isor what is waiting for her at the end of the chase....From the Trade Paperback edition.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Love Me Not by M. J. Arlidge, read by Elizabeth Bower. She Loves Me A womans body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene its clear shes looking at a coldblooded killing. But why would anyone target a much-loved wife and mother? She Loves Me Not Across town, a shopkeeper is killed while his customers are left unharmed. But what lies behind the killers choices? She Loves Me Who lives? Who dies? Whos next? The clock is ticking. She Loves Me Not If Helen cant solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own ... Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years JEFFERY DEAVER The new Jo Nesbo JUDY FINNIGAN Fast paced and nailbitingly tense ... gripping SUN
DO YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GAME? THE BRAND NEW THRILLER FROM THE MIND OF MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER M. J. ARLIDGE A crimewave sweeps through the city and no-one is safe. An arson at the docks. A carjacking gone wrong. A murder in a country park. What connects all these crimes without causes, which leave no clues? Detective Inspector Helen Grace faces the rising tide of cases which threatens to drown the city. But each crime is just a piece of a puzzle which is falling into place. And when it becomes clear just how twisted and ingenious this web of crime is, D.I. Grace will realise that it may be impossible to stop it . . . THE BEST BOOK YET FROM THE MASTER OF THE KILLER THRILLER. * * * * * PRAISE FOR M. J. ARLIDGE AND THE HELEN GRACE THRILLERS 'Chilling' THE TIMES 'Gripping' SUNDAY MIRROR 'Addictive' EXPRESS 'Truly excellent' THE SUN 'Amazing' RICHARD MADELEY 'Mesmerizing' LISA GARDNER 'Chills to the bone' DAILY MAIL 'This is going to be as big as Jo Nesbo' JUDY FINNIGAN 'Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years' JEFFERY DEAVER
FROM THE MIND OF THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER M.J. ARLIDGE COMES THE BRAND NEW SERIAL KILLER THRILLER STARRING DETECTIVE INSPECTOR HELEN GRACE. * * * * * You have one hour to live. Those are the only words on the phone call. Then they hang up. Surely, a prank? A mistake? A wrong number? Anything but the chilling truth... That someone is watching, waiting, ready to take your life in one hour. But why? The job of finding out falls to DI Helen Grace: a woman with a track record in hunting killers. However, this is one case where the killer seems to always be one step ahead of the police and the victims. With no motive, no leads, no clues - nothing but pure fear - an hour can last a lifetime... * * * * * PRAISE FOR THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER: 'Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years' JEFFERY DEAVER 'Chilling' THE TIMES 'Addictive' EXPRESS 'Truly excellent' THE SUN 'Amazing' RICHARD MADELEY 'This is going to be as big as Jo Nesbo' JUDY FINNIGAN 'Chills to the bone' DAILY MAIL 'Mesmerizing' LISA GARDNER 'Gripping' SUNDAY MIRROR
WITH JUST ONE LOOK, SHE KNOWS HOW AND WHEN YOU WILL DIE . . . 'Strikingly well-told, and with a compelling central character' Daily Mail _______ Nothing surprises Adam Brandt anymore. As a forensic psychologist, he's seen and heard everything. That is, until he meets Kassie. Because she claims to have a terrible gift - with one look into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die. Adam doesn't believe her, obviously. But then a serial killer starts wreaking havoc across the city, and only Kassie seems to know where he'll strike next. Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her. He just doesn't realise how dangerous this trust might be . . . Don't miss this gripping new thriller from The Sunday Times bestselling author of the Helen Grace series - perfect for fans of James Patterson, Angela Marsons and Karin Slaughter. Praise for M. J. Arlidge: 'Page-turningly chilling' The Times 'Taut, fast-paced, truly excellent' Sun 'A fast-paced, twisting thriller' Huffington Post 'Amazing' Richard Madeley
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Running Blind by M.J. Arlidge, read by Grace Saif. New to the police force, WPC Helen Grace is assigned to her first clear-cut case. Sure theres something sinister beneath the surface, Helen has a bad feeling . . . but whos going to take the word of a rookie? Fresh out of Police College, 18-year-old WPC Helen Grace is the first to arrive on the scene of a fatal collision. Her colleagues see nothing amiss, convinced that the young mans death was a tragic accident. But Helen is not so sure. Who is their mystery victim? Why would he risk life and limb running across a busy highway? And what might he have been running from? Theres a dark secret lurking amid the quiet fields of Hampshire, one that Helen is determined to uncover. In this ebook novella, rookie Helen Grace discovers what its like to be a woman in a mans world, facing impossible odds as she races against time to save vulnerable lives.
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of No Way Back - A DI Helen Grace short by M. J. Arlidge, read by Rosie Jones. A treat for fans of DI Helen Grace: an ebook short story from Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author M. J. Arlidge. Jodies arriving at her third childrens home. Shes only fifteen. Maybe this time will be different. Shell be safe. Looked after. But the truth is Jodie has no one left to protect her. She must defend herself. She must change. PRAISE FOR M.J. ARLIDGE: Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years JEFFERY DEAVER The new Jo Nesbo JUDY FINNIGAN Fast paced and nailbitingly tense ... gripping SUN DI Helen Grace is a genuinely fresh heroine ... MJ Arlidge weaves together a tapestry that chills to the bone Daily Mail Chilling stuff Fabulist A chilling read My Weekly A grisly, gripping thriller Sunday Mirror Gruesomely realistic, intriguing and relentless. Arlidges fledgling army of fans is about to grow Sunday Sport Eeny Meeny debuts one of the best new series detectives, Helen Grace. Determined, tough and damaged, she must unravel a terrifying riddle of a killer kidnapping victims in pairs. Mesmerizing! Lisa Gardner Expertly pulled off. It has a devious premise. DI Helen Grace is fiendishly awesome. Its scary as all hell. And it has a full cast of realistically drawn, interesting characters that make the thing read like a bullet Will Lavender A fast-paced, twisting police procedural and thriller thats sure to become another bestseller Huffington Post
Detective Helen Grace is on the trail of a twisted serial killer in this riveting thriller in the ';gripping' (USA Today) international bestselling series.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...
The "e;dark, twisted, thought-provoking"e; (#1New York TimesbestsellerTami Hoag)international bestsellerfirst in the new series featuring Detective Helen Grace.Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive.It's a game more twisted than any Detective Helen Grace has ever seen. If she hadn't spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn't believe them.Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this casewith its seemingly random victimshas her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense....
A man's body is found in an empty house. His heart has been cut out and delivered to his wife and children. He is the first victim, and Detective Inspector Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night? The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives. Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is - or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase...
Introducing DI Helen Grace of the Southampton Constabulary, a woman with a past and a strange fetish which is interesting. The cases presented to her are psychologically terrifying. Couples romantically involved, related or work colleagues, it seems to matter not which, are kidnapped, dumped in an isolated place, given a mobile phone with a message on it, no credit and a gun. To escape one must kill the other. This is ingenious stuff, truly frightening, compulsive and very good indeed. Highly recommended. My only criticism is that this impressive DI bears the same surname as another famous detective, Roy Grace of the Brighton Police and a brilliant creation of Peter James. I think the publishers should have alerted Mr Arlidge to this fact. Books in The Detective Inspector Helen Grace Series: 1. Eeny Meeny 2. Pop Goes the Weasel 3. The Doll's House 4. Liar Liar 5. Little Boy Blue 6. Hide and Seek 7. Love Me Not 8. Down to the Woods Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.