Book Review: Little Boy Blue – M. J. Arlidge

I kindly received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewcover81662-medium

Published: 10th March 2016 (Penguin UK – Michael Joseph)

DI Helen Grace is back – and she does not disappoint!

I found the DI Helen Grace books following a recommendation on a Facebook group and I am so glad I did, have loved the first four books in the series; Eeny Meeny, Pop Goes the Weasel, The Doll’s House and Liar Liar. Up until this point, whilst I would have recommended it, I’d have said that the books don’t necessarily need to be read in order. However, to truly appreciate Little Boy Blue you need to really know Helen, both her professional and private life and her back-story. Trust me when I say that this is no hardship as all the books are gritty and compelling, frankly amazing!

Synopsis: The death of a young man, found cocooned in plastic, looks like it was a tragic accident – a sex game gone wrong. But when another lifeless victim is found days later, wrapped tight, DI Helen Grace knows that she’s on the hunt for a serial killer.

DI Grace returns with her usual team around her, including her confidant and friend, Charlie Brooks. Interestingly this time, Arlidge portrays a different side of the professional and personal relationship between Grace and Brooks which demonstrates the personal effect that this investigation has upon DI Grace.

Emilia Garanita is also back, the journalist you love to hate, whose relationship is still strained with DI Grace. Garanita is still as devious and focussed on her own professional gain, regardless of the detrimental effect it has on others, as usual!

Both the team and the reader are plunged into the dark world of S&M following the shocking initial death which is not clear whether it was a sex game gone wrong or, in fact, murder. Arlidge creates a fast paced narrative which is relentless. Given the opportunity I could have read this book in one sitting, sadly I couldn’t and I definitely found it hard to put down. I was disappointed that I’d finished, it was one of those books where you can’t wait to find out what happens but conversely you don’t want it to end! I cannot wait for the next instalment.



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