Little Boy Blue by M J Arlidge reviewed

Little Boy Blue Book Cover Little Boy Blue
Helen Grace
M. J. Arlidge
Michael Joseph
March 10, 2016

THE FIFTH DI HELEN GRACE THRILLER BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M J ARLIDGE, for the first time in hardback 'Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years' JEFFERY DEAVER Helen's most personal case yet as she investigates the shocking and unexpected murder of a close friend found cocooned in plastic. It looks like it was a tragic accident - a sex game gone wrong. The investigation soon threatens to expose Helen's private life and she has to make some tough personal choices along the way, as she hunts a twisted and elusive killer, who is swiftly racking up more murders. As Helen closes in on her prey, a shocking truth is revealed - these murders are part of a calculated attempt to bring Helen down . . . PRAISE FOR M.J. ARLIDGE: 'The new Jo Nesbo' JUDY FINNIGAN 'Fast paced and nailbitingly tense ... gripping' SUN 'DI Helen Grace is a genuinely fresh heroine ... MJ Arlidge weaves together a tapestry that chills to the bone'Daily Mail 'Chilling stuff' Fabulist 'A chilling read' My Weekly 'A grisly, gripping thriller' Sunday Mirror '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 'A fast-paced, twisting police procedural and thriller that's sure to become another bestseller' Huffington Post

I’ve come to relish each new book in this Helen Grace series and couldn’t wait to start on this one. Little Boy Blue by M J Arlidge follows the nursery rhyme theme of previous books. A nasty case opens the book well – a man is found dead at a BDSM club. Worth noting that the case and other aspects of the book relate to and have descriptions of BDSM however if you are already a fan of the series this is unlikely to bother you. Helen Grace leads the investigation however will her inside knowledge of such things be a help or a hindrance? There are also tensions within the police and the press as readers will have become accustomed to in these books. All of this led to a very satisfying read to me.

The bare stripped down writing makes for an excellent pace as usual as well as a powerful tension. I found this one a real page turner. It is for me a little darker even than the previous books. Those of us who are fans of Helen Grace will have a rough ride in this as the story and plot lines twist and turn. Helen faces some of the most difficult and personal decisions that she has faced so far in this. Once again the writing was wonderfully, & darkly at times, atmospheric. I’ve been slight critical of one or two of the previous books however I’d be hard pushed to find anything to complain about in this tense thriller. While reading it I came up with one or two “solutions” to the story which I felt would not have been good. Fortunately the author is a far better writer than I am. I loved the ending. I think I’d have to say that this may well have been my favourite in the series so far – if not then only book one beats it.

Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review