Detective Helen Grace faces her own dark compulsions in the twisty new thriller from the author of Pop Goes the Weasel and Eeny Meeny.
In the darkest corners of the city, there is a thriving nightlife where people can let loose and cross the lines of work and play, of pleasure and pain. But now that sanctuary has been breached. A killer has struck and a man is dead.
In a world where disguises and discretion are the norm, one admission could unravel a life. No one wants to come forward to say what they saw or what they know—including the woman heading the investigation: Detective Helen Grace.
Helen knew the victim. And the victim knew her—better than anyone else. And when the murderer strikes again, Helen must decide how many more lines she’s willing to cross to bring in a devious and elusive serial killer...
Helen Grace's private and professional lives are threatened in British author Arlidge's exciting fifth outing for the highly unusual, highly competent Southampton detective inspector (after 2015's Liar Liar). Grace carefully keeps quiet her visits to dominators, whose punishments help relieve her tensions and guilt, but the sex-club torture murder of one of them, Jake Elder, shocks her. Grace reveals nothing of her connection to Jake as she organizes her team, including Det. Sgt. Charlie Brooks and Det. Sgt. Joanne Sanderson. A second, similar murder, also with a link to Grace, increases the stakes. A number of factors the snooping of reporter Emilia Garanita, the professional jealousy of Brooks and Sanderson, Grace's fear that her personal secrets may be revealed force her to make tough decisions. A third homicide puts Grace in the crosshairs of a killer bent on vengeance. Readers should be prepared for an ending that merely sets up the next installment, resolving nothing.
Magnifcent novel! A Must Read!
Little Boy Blue by M.J. Arlidge is the fifth D.I. Helen Grace Thriller novel. Helen Grace and her team are called to a murder at the Torture Rooms (you can guess what type of club it is). They find the victim wrapped up and his head covered in duct tape. When the duct tape is removed, Helen recognizes the victim as Jake. Helen used to visit Jake and partake in his services. Helen knows she cannot say a word. She does not want her team to know about her private life. But then a second victim turns up, and he has a connection to Helen as well. This is not looking good for Helen, and she should proceed carefully (we know Helen will not). Then Helen ends up finding another victim with a close connection to her. Someone has been watching Helen. Can Helen find this crafty killer?
I had to be very careful with the wording of my review so I do not give away any spoilers. Little Boy Blue will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning. I was shocked at the ending (and it has a cliffhanger ending). As I was reading the novel I could see where things were heading, but I kept hoping for a different outcome. The hardest thing is I now have to wait for Hide and Seek to come out in the United States. Little Boy Blue is a well-crafted novel with an engaging main character. M.J. Arlidge did it again with Little Boy Blue. I give Little Boy Blue 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). Little Boy Blue is not a stand-alone novel. You really need to read the other books in the series in order to enjoy Little Boy Blue. If you enjoy novels of suspense, then I recommend reading Little Boy Blue.
If I could give 0 stars I would
The real thrill of this "thriller" was finishing it.
Disappointing storyline and ending.