Synopsis: A young woman wakes up in a cold, dark cellar, with no idea how she got there or who her kidnapper is. So begins her terrible nightmare. Nearby, the body of another young woman is discovered buried on a remote beach. But the dead girl was never reported missing – her estranged family having received regular texts from her over the years. Someone has been keeping her alive from beyond the grave. For Detective Inspector Helen Grace it’s chilling evidence that she’s searching for a monster who is not just twisted but also clever and resourceful – a predator who’s killed before. And as Helen struggles to understand the hiller’s motivation, she begins to realize that she’s in a desperate race against time . . .
Kat’s Rating: 4/5
My Review: I’ve only recently discovered M J Arlidge and Helen Grace and must say I am certainly a fan now that’s for sure. Helen Grace is a fabulous character and one that you root for because you know she doesn’t care about superiors or the rules, she works on gut instinct. However, I had some reservations with this latest release as I knew that following the last book it appeared her colleague Charlie was no longer working with her. Thankfully though, Charlie appears and I am hoping it’s not the last we see of her. We also see her new boss Ceri Harwood who I instantly disliked and just knew she was there to cause trouble.
The case for Helen involves missing girls, and it seems another girl has now become a victim. The victim gets to tell her story too and we see her go though some harrowing times as she faces her killer on a regular basis. In a weird way, I liked the killer and how he was portrayed. It seemed much more realistic for some reason and I really believed that the guy was a complete nut job. It seems like Helen has her hands full and we see the full extent of the problems she faces with both work and her personal life,
The writing flows well and as with the other MJA books I read they are so easy to get absorbed into that before you know it you are nearly done. There was plenty to keep me entertained in this book and I am so pleased that Charlie appears alongside Helen at times, maybe we get to see her in future books? Who knows? I couldn’t get along with some of the newer characters that now work with Helen but I’m hoping that won’t matter by book 4!
This was certainly another cracking read and it makes me look forward to reading book 4 in the series which is due out in a matter of months (September 2015).