Today I’m sharing my review for “Hide and Seek” by MJ Arlidge, the 6th instalment of the DI Helen Grace series.
About the book:
Caught in a wicked game of cat and mouse, Helen Grace finds herself trapped among the hunted in the darkest thriller yet from the international bestselling author of Little Boy Blue and Eeny Meeny.
Framed for a murder she didn’t commit…
As one of HM Prison Holloway’s most high-profile new inmates, Helen Grace has a target on her back and nowhere to hide. She has made a long list of enemies over the course of her career–some are incarcerated within these very walls. When one of Helen’s fellow prisoners is found mutilated and murdered in her own locked cell, it’s clear that the killer is someone on the inside.
But time is running out for Helen as she races to expose the person who framed her, and the body count in the prison starts to climb. Helen will need to draw on all her investigative skills and instincts to catch the serial killer behind these murders and discover the truth–unless the killer finds her first.
I last read a Helen Grace novel (number 5, Little Boy Blue) in 2016. To be honest I’ve been putting it off because I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this one. This is a series that you need to start at the beginning, with Eeny Meeny.
As the synopsis states, Helen has been locked up for crimes she didn’t commit. Because of this, I didn’t fall in love immediately with the plot. It took a while to get going, as a lot of the start is about her new relationships with her fellow inmates. But once the first murder has been committed it does get better. I more enjoyed what was going on outside the prison as her partner and friend, Charlie Brooks, races against time to prove Helen’s innocence.
I still think the character of Helen Grace is a fabulous strong woman, but I do personally feel that this is the weakest of all the novels in the series. I gave it 3*.