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...
British author Arlidge's twisted third Helen Grace thriller (after 2015's Pop Goes the Weasel) puts the Hampshire detective inspector on the trail of a serial killer who seized Ruby Sprackling, a troubled young woman, from her flat after she spent a night drinking and is now holding her in his cold, dark cellar. Helen has already caught two serial killers in her short career, but personnel changes among her subordinates and sabotage from her jealous superior, Det. Supt. Ceri Harwood, hamper her investigation. Scenes of Ruby's deteriorating condition at her captor's hands provide counterpoint to Helen's increasingly hectic efforts to save her. Arlidge adds nothing new to the captive woman plot and fails to drum up much suspense as Helen closes in on the killer. Still, Helen is a strong lead with plenty of smarts and intuition, and she succeeds in getting the most out of her team.
Third book in D.I. Helen Grace series
The Doll’s House by M. J. Arlidge is the third book in the D.I. Helen Grace Thrillers series (and you do not want to miss it). A woman wakes up in a dank, cold cellar. The last thing Ruby Sprackling remembers (and it is tough to remember because of the drugs and alcohol) is going to sleep in her own bed. How did she get in this creepy, cold room with a locked door? Her captor was clever, and he does not think anyone will come looking for Ruby. Especially since he keeps their phones and sends out texts/tweets (keeps them alive but away).
D.I. Helen Grace is called out to an isolated stretch of beach where a family found a body buried in the sand. Whomever disposed of her body did a very good job (the poor girl has been there for quite a while). The killer made sure not to leave any forensic clues (and the cold, wet sand did not help). Luckily for the police, the victim did have a pacemaker (which means there is a serial number). Helen is on the trail for the killer. Will she be able to find him (or her) in time to save Ruby’s life? Helen is also adjusting to two new staff members. Helen misses her old team and is not sure who she can trust. Are the new people loyal to Helen or to Detective Superintendent Ceri Harwood (her boss)? Harwood wants to get rid of Helen and she is very determined (but she underestimates Helen). Helen will have to work to stay ahead of Harwood while catching a killer.
The Doll’s House is a good suspense/thriller book. I enjoyed it, but I did not find it as god as the previous books in the series. It lags it a little in places and there are abrupt transitions (it switches quickly from scene to scene which can be confusing at first). The novel is well-written (as usual) but it just lacking a little something. I think part of it is the change in characters (I liked the original team). The pace of the novel significantly increases in the last 40% of the book (which meant I kept reading until I finished it). There is quite a bit going on in The Doll’s House (more than what I wrote above), and it can be difficult to keep it all straight (it is worth it though). I give The Doll’s House 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend reading the first two books in the D.I. Helen Grace series before diving into The Doll’s House (otherwise you would be very confused). I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of The Doll’s House from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Suspense Builds as You Read
Another exciting and engrossing adventure for Detective Inspector Helen Grace. The team is all represented, and many of the problems and conflict from the first story are included. The style of writing includes jumps from one character to another in the same paragraph. It is a little disconcerting at the beginning, but adds to the suspense as the story progresses. The slow-paced police procedure is set against the accelerating terror of the serial killer to continually raise the level of excitement for the reader. Helen Grace is a sociopath as much as the psychos she pursues. However, she channels her obsessions into her police work. Each of the main characters are unique, but I would hesitate to call them likeable. The suspense builds right up to the ending, and you can't stop reading until you get there.