Book Reviews

The Doll’s House (M.J. Arlidge)

Author: M.J. Arlidge
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.10)
Pages: 434
Published: February 12th, 2015

Goodreads Synopsis:

A young woman wakes up in a cold, dark cellar, with no idea how she got there or who her kidnapper is. So begins her terrible nightmare.

Nearby, the body of another young woman is discovered buried on a remote beach. But the dead girl was never reported missing – her estranged family having received regular texts from her over the years. Someone has been keeping her alive from beyond the grave.

For Detective Inspector Helen Grace it’s chilling evidence that she’s searching for a monster who is not just twisted but also clever and resourceful – a predator who’s killed before.

And as Helen struggles to understand the killer’s motivation, she begins to realize that she’s in a desperate race against time …

My Review
5/5 stars ★★★★

I came upon this series from a friend on Instagram Abby (@crimebythebook) which she referred me to. I cannot explain how glad I am that she picked this series. I read the first two (Eeny Meeny and Pop Goes the Weasel) back in the summertime and I’m not sure why I waited to so long to read this one!

I will praise this series to everyone I know who enjoys the crime/thrilling genre. So far this book (3rd in series) has been my most favorite. It was entertaining, suspenseful, gripping and sent me on a wild goose chase in my mind trying to figure out who the culprit was.

If you haven’t read any of the series, I truly believe it’s a book all readers would come to enjoy. The book provides short chapters, different points of view so you can get all angles on the case, a strong female lead with just as strong female partners inside the force, there are a lot of personal demons in all main characters, and there has yet to be a sadistic and twisted killer.

When reading this series, you go on a adventure that most people couldn’t even imagine doing in a real life setting. You sit in on interviews, you go in and raid houses, you track down suspects who turn out to be of no use, but most of all you catch killers. If you like crime scene television shows, I truly believe that these are your kind of books!

When reading M.J Arlidge’s DI Helen Grace series please keep in mind that they need to be read in order. I get asked so often if they can be read as standalones. You could read them that way if you really wanted to but I suggest you don’t so you can fully get to know the characters and their histories.

After reading the last page of this novel my heart has never been so full reading a book as it was last night. Hats of to you M.J. Arlidge. This book was truly a fantastic read.


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