Synopsis: A man’s body is found in an empty house. His heart has been cut out and delivered to his wife and children. He is the first victim, and Detective Inspector Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night?
The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives. Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is – or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase…
My Rating: 4/5
My Review: I only recently stumbled across M J Arlidge and after reading his debut for this series ‘Eeny Meeny’, I wanted to get cracking with book 2. DI Helen Grace is a bit of a force to be reckoned with. The first book gives you a real insight into her past, however only parts of her character at present are revealed leaving me with questions at the end of book 1. The story in book 2 is rather gruesome and when a man’s body is found in a house with its heart cut out, I knew this wasn’t a book to be read over my lunch!
We also see the return of Helen’s colleague Charlie although things are rather stilted following the events in Book 1. I really like Charlie and think she makes a great addition to the book and series. The storyline continues with more bodies, more gore and more problems for DI Grace. It’s really fast paced and I read this in just over a day.
I liked seeing more of the personal lives of the people involved, and am eagerly anticipating what book 3 will bring. There are a number of things in Helen’s life which are still unresolved and it will be interesting to see where the author takes them. There is a certain intensity to these books that makes me gripped and the writing flows wonderfully making it a very engaging and absorbing read. I’m hugely looking forward to Book 3 entitled The Dolls House which is due for release in February 2015.