Down to the Woods by M J Arlidge (Helen Grace #8)

51xACdIlkaL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_ Synopsis: If you go down to the woods today . . .

The last thing Tom Campbell remembers is camping in the New Forest with his girlfriend, Melissa. Now he is helpless, alone and consumed by fear, hunted through the woods by a sinister, masked figure…

When Tom’s body is found, displayed with grisly relish, Helen Grace takes the case. But before she can catch her breath, a second victim is taken – a serial killer is on the loose.

You better not go alone . . .

Something dark and deadly stalks the forest. Helen and her team must race against time to catch the perpetrator, before more blood is shed. But the hunt will take Helen back into the eerie twilit woods – and this time she might not make it out alive.

My Rating: 4/5

My Review: I really enjoy this series and realised I am so far behind  need to catch up. This latest release sees Helen called to a crime scene in the New Forest. It seems the killer displayed the body of Tom Campbell and its all pretty eerie and confusing at first glance. Helen is joined by Charlie (who readers of the series will know) along with the new boy DS Joseph Hudson.

The case soon becomes not just one murder but what looks like the work of a serial killer and the team have their work cut out for them as they peel back the various layers of the case. It certainly was reasonably paced but maybe not as engrossing as some of the previous ones in the series. I love the addition of DS Hudson and think it will make future books VERY interesting and as usual the return of the character Emilia Garantina, the woman I love to hate. 

This latest instalment felt a little different to the others in the series and I can’t quite put my finger on why. It was still a great read and plenty of action, but for some reason it felt a little off kilter to me. That said, it was still a great book and deserving of 4/5 for sure. 

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