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Published: 8 September 2016
Reviewed: 14 October 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Penguin UK – Michael  Joseph in return for an honest review



Detective Inspector Helen Grace has spent her whole life running.

From the past. From herself. From everyone who’s ever tried to get close to her.

She’s spent her whole life hiding.

Behind the badge. Behind her reputation as one of the country’s best detectives. Until – framed for murder – she became one of its most high-profile prisoners.

Now there is nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.

Because HMP Holloway is a place of dark days and long nights with dangers at every turn. Despised by the inmates and reviled by the guards, Helen must face her nightmare alone.

And then a carefully mutilated body is found in a locked cell.

Now Helen must find a ruthless serial killer. Before the killer finds her.

My Thoughts & Review:

M J Arlidge was an author I discovered part way through the DI Helen Grace series, and having enjoyed Pop Goes the Weasel I immediately sought out book 1 of the series, Eeny Meeny to start on the journey with this character properly.  Since then I have eagerly bought each new addition to the series and devoured it.  I would highly recommend reading the series in order.

Hide and Seek finds our protagonist Helen Grace in HMP Holloway, innocent of the crime she has been imprisoned for – murder.  For Grace prison is a horrendously dangerous place, she sent several of the inmates there so there is a target on her back and the guards will do little to help her.  The feeling of unease the reader experiences at this alone is quite strong.  If you have followed this character through the series so far, the helplessness of the situation is hard to stomach, the great Helen Grace is now battling every day to stay alive in a place she really shouldn’t be.
The discovery of a body inside the prison means that Helen has to turn her mind to investigating the murder, and hoping she can solve the case before the murderer gets her.  The danger isn’t just inside the prison in this book, on the outside Charlie Brook is determined to re-evaluate Helen’s case and prove that she is innocent.  Neither the Force or Helen’s partner are particularly pleased about this.

Yet again, Arlidge has written an incredibly fast paced thriller that is fraught with danger.  There is a real sinister and claustrophobic feel when reading this book, and hats off to Arlidge for evoking such strong feelings of discomfort and fear.  As ever the plotting is first class, characterisation is superb, and ….well it’s an excellent continuation of the series and I cannot wait to see what comes next!

You can buy a copy of Hide and Seek here.

About the Author:

M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, specializing in high-end drama production, including the prime-time crime serials Torn, The Little House and 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 debut 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, Liar Liar, Little Boy Blue and Hide and Seek. Follow My Leader is the seventh DI Helen Grace thilller.

Follow M J Arlidge on Twitter @MJArlidge

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