“Prison is no place for a detective
Helen Grace was one of the country’s best police investigators.
Now she’s behind bars with the killers she caught.
Framed for murder
She knows there is only way out:
stay alive until her trial and somehow prove her innocence.
Locked up with a killer
But when a mutilated body is found in the cell next door,
Helen fears her days are numbered.
A murderer is on the loose.
And she must find them.
Before she’s next . . .”
I’ve loved all of the previous books in the Helen Grace series by M J Arlidge – and have always pre ordered the next so it just magically drops onto my Kindle on publication date. But I realised it was ages since I’d read Little Boy Blue and thought there must be a new one. Seemingly my ordering in advance had failed massively and I’d missed 2 new instalments (along with some short stories I’d not noticed before) so I did a big Kindle purchase and stocked up! And my next read was ‘Hide and Seek’.
I think this would stand alone – but you’d be missing out, so I would definitely recommend reading all of the 5 preceding books in the series if you can. The back stories of various characters are filled in as required – but clearly not in as much detail as if you’ve read the other books.
My initial worry was that it wouldn’t be as good as the previous books – with Ms Grace behind bars – and it would all be a bit ‘Bad Girls’ – but I need not have worried at all, it was as fabulous as the previous books in the series.
There are basically 2 stories running concurrently. Helen in prison and the trials and tribulations that brings firstly with ‘normal’ prison life, but then with a serial killer loose in the prison! At the same time, outside Holloway, Helen’s friend and colleague Charlie is investigating the man who framed Helen to put her away in the first place, in a bid to clear Helen’s name.
Both plot lines build to a simultaneous climax and really keep you on the edge of your seat. It felt a bit different to the previous books – I guess due to the settings – but still just as much fun.
I am intrigued as to how the series will now develop – but it’s ok, I already have the next one to read! It’s like binge watching TV box sets already having the subsequent instalment ready to go.
I think this will slot into ‘the next book in a series you’ve started’ in my 2018 Reading Challenge.