Little Boy Blue by MJ Arlidge

About this book

Detective Inspector Helen Grace is no stranger to tragedy. But when a body is found in a Southampton nightclub, the death cuts too close to the bone.

Hiding her personal connection to the victim – and a double-life which must remain secret at all costs – Helen becomes a woman possessed, working her team around the clock to chase down every lead.

As the killer strikes again, the investigation takes its toll not only on Helen but also her senior officers. Tempers flare, friendships fray and Helen faces an impossible choice.

Confess her sins and lose control of the case? Or keep living a lie, protecting her darkest secrets, and risk getting trapped in this tangled web?

But whatever she does, this killer will not stop until the truth is revealed: there are some fates worse than death . . .

My review

There are very few series that I am totally addicted to but I have to admit that the Helen Grace series is right up there at the top. I absolutely love these books (some more than others admittedly!) and I had to fight hard to get an early review copy from netgalley. But, boy, it was well worth every begging email!!

DI Helen Grace is facing the most difficult case of her career so far. A murder has taken place at a fetish club in Southampton and Helen knows more than she is able to let on. Solving the case without confessing her own connections to the secretive BDSM scene is going to prove very difficult indeed. Her colleague Charlie has now been promoted but seems to still be struggling with her work life balance and it leads to some heated confrontations with her mentor and friend. Is this case too close to home for Helen or will she risk everything to find a perverted killer?

This was a fantastically jaw dropping addition to the DI Helen Grace series and I devoured it in one day. I love the way she is a very strong character but with a rather shocking secret life. The relationships she has with her friends and colleagues never really reveal the real Helen and I would definitely recommend that you read the other books first to get a true picture of why Helen acts the way she does. The tension was cranked up so high towards the final chapters that I felt my blood pressure rising by the minute and when I got to the end………OMG!!!! I hope to goodness that the author is writing the very next book as we speak!!!

I know I have said this before, but this would make a brilliant adaptation for tv. It’s a police procedural that’s got something a little bit different, an edge that is sometimes missing in a crime series. Helen is probably a bit of a “marmite” character but I personally love her and think she would work even better on the small screen.

Highly recommended 5* read for me and if you haven’t read the first 4 in the series then where have you been hiding? Read them NOW!!

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an honest review.

About the author

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 No. 1 bestseller.

His début thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014. It was followed by the bestselling Pop Goes the Weasel, The Doll’s House and Liar Liar. Little Boy Blue is the fifth DI Helen Grace thriller and will be followed by Hide and Seek later in 2016.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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