Hide and Seek: DI Helen Grace 6 by M J Arlidge


Book Description:

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My Thoughts:

Little Boy Blue, which is the fifth book in the series, ended on quite a cliff hanger. Hopefully anyone reading this review will have read the previous novel, if not please do not go any further.

To fully enjoy this novel you really must have read the previous novel first otherwise you will be at a bit of a loss as to why a DI is locked up in prison.

If this novel doesn’t put the fear of god into you about crime and ending up in prison then I don’t know what else will.

Helen finds herself wrongly locked up and having to adjust to her new prison life. Even though Helen is one strong and independent woman, she struggles settling in, especially with the ranks within the prisoners.

There really are some nasty characters in this novel who literally had me shaking in my shoes. Even though the women in there are all there for varying different crimes, some worse than others, you can’t help but have empathy for some of them. After one of the prisoners is found dead, Helen’s policing skills kick in to touch and she ends up putting herself in even more danger.

Unbeknown to Helen, Charlie Brook is fighting Helen’s corner in the outside world and trying to prove her innocence. This doesn’t go down well at all within the work force or with her partner. I think Helen has rubbed off slightly on Charlie and even though the evidence is strong against Helen, Charlie finds it hard to accept that her colleague is capable of the crimes and she decides to investigate it herself.  This proves to be a gripping and dangerous ride as certain people would rather the truth doesn’t get out.

The author for me does a great job in bringing to life what prison life must be like. It’s somewhere I have never been and it’s somewhere I hope I never have to either. Even trying to keep her head down doesn’t work for Helen. The fact that she is in the police force and has also probably sent some of the women to where she finds herself now, certainly does not work in her favour. There are a couple of rough diamonds though which I liked.

Hide And Seek is a gripping follow up to Little Boy Blue that did not disappoint. It was very much worth the wait. In a race against time for justice and to also catch a killer, this novel was a fast paced read that fans are sure to devour. Yet another explosive novel in the series.

My thanks to Netgalley and Penguin UK – Michael Joseph for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Hide And Seek is out on the 8th of September from Amazon.

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