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The Doll's House Di Helen Grace by M. J. Arlidge

The Doll's House Di Helen Grace

Part of the Detective Inspector Helen Grace Series
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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

If you like M. J. Arlidge you might also like to read books by John Harvey, Peter James and M. R. Hall.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A young woman wakes in a cold dark cellar, totally disoriented – she has no idea how she arrived or who kidnapped her. And nearby, the body of another young woman is found buried on a remote beach; but she was not considered to be missing – her family have been getting regular texts from her for years. Detective Inspector Helen Grace is soon on the track of a particularly unpleasant monster. With a manipulation of tension that is always fluid and cinematic, M J Arlidge’s novel grabs the reader by the throat – as does his single-minded, unconventional policewoman Helen Grace with her unorthodox sexual tastes.
~ Barry Forshaw


The Doll's House Di Helen Grace by M. J. Arlidge

The Doll's House is the new twisting and terrifying thriller in the Detective Inspector Helen Grace series from M.J. Arlidge. Arlidge is the author of Eeny Meeny and Pop Goes the Weasel, and has been dubbed 'the new Jo Nesbo'. No Game. No Escape. A woman wakes up and opens her eyes. And she knows immediately that she's not in the bed she went to sleep in. It's just the beginning of her nightmare. Across town, a child discovers a woman's body buried beneath the beach. Then another victim is found . Yet neither friends nor family had even reported either woman missing. How could their killer be getting away with murder? For Detective Inspector Helen Grace it is chilling evidence that she searching for a monster who's not just twisted, but also clever and careful. And as Helen struggles to understand the motivation behind the crimes, she begins to realise that time might be running out for someone still alive...Praise for M J Arlidge: DI Helen Grace is a genuinely fresh heroine ...MJ Arlidge weaves together a tapestry that chills to the bone . (Daily Mail). M.J. Arlidge is the new Jo Nesbo . (Judy Finnigan). Taut, fast-paced, truly excellent . (Sun). Chilling stuff . (Fabulist). A chilling read . (My Weekly). A grisly, gripping thriller . (Sunday Mirror). Dark, twisted, thought provoking, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Take a ride on this roller coaster from hell - white knuckles guaranteed. (Tami Hoag, number one New York Times bestselling author). Gruesomely realistic, intriguing and relentless. Arlidge's 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. It's 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). M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years. In the last five years Arlidge has produced a number of prime-time crime serials for ITV, including Torn, The Little House and Undeniable, broadcast in spring 2014. Currently writing for Silent Witness, Arlidge is also piloting original crime series for both UK and US networks. His debut Eeny Meeny, introducing DI Helen Grace, sold to publishers around the world, and Pop Goes the Weasel followed.


'This is going to be as big as Jo Nesbo' -- Judy Finnigan

'Taut, fast-paced, truly excellent Sun DI Helen Grace is a genuinely fresh heroine ... Arlidge weaves together a tapestry that chills to the bone' Daily Mail

About the Author

M. J. Arlidge

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

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12th February 2015


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448 pages


Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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