Detective Inspector Helen Grace has spent her whole life running.
From the past. From herself. From everyone who’s ever tried to get close to her.
She’s spent her whole life hiding.
Behind the badge. Behind her reputation as one of the country’s best detectives. Until – framed for murder – she became one of its most high-profile prisoners.
Now there is nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.
Because HMP Holloway is a place of dark days and long nights with dangers at every turn. Despised by the inmates and reviled by the guards, Helen must face her nightmare alone.
And then a carefully mutilated body is found in a locked cell.
Now Helen must find a ruthless serial killer. Before the killer finds her.
*****Before you read my review I will warn you it inevitably contains spoilers, and if you are planning to read the series or haven’t read Little Boy Blue yet I would hate to spoil it for you*****
This is the sixth book in the Helen Grace series and for me it was by far the best one yet, it’s a cracker and one I devoured in a day (yes it really was THAT good). In Hide And Seek the reader meets DI Helen Grace who is now an inmate of Holloway Prison, wrongly accused of murder, she finds herself behind bars along side women she has previously put away for their crimes. Despite Helen being on the wrong side of the law it doesn’t stop her investigating a series of gruesome murders that take place within the prison.
M. J. Arlidge does a very convincing job of portraying life in prison, dismal, dangerous and fraught with tension, it certainly sounded horrifyingly realistic. Hide And Seek shows a very different side to Helen’s character, she’s as vulnerable as the next person in an environment where there’s danger at every turn. A detective serving a prison sentence isn’t going to have an easy time of it as Helen soon learns, she has to fight to exist along side violent inmates who would like nothing better than to see Helen get her comeuppance. I had some real nail biting moments as Helen came up against some of the more hardened inmates, and seeing her at her most vulnerable made for a riveting read. Once the body count starts rising we see the determined and tenacious Helen at her best, one who isn’t afraid to kick ass to find the killer. I must admit I did miss Helen’s interaction with her colleagues when I first started reading Hide And Seek, but this soon passed.
There is one person left battling for Helen and that’s her work colleague Charlie Brooks, and she is like a dog with a bone trying to get her bosses name cleared, she’s stubborn and determined which results in her putting both her job and her personal relationship in jeopardy. There are a few red herrings thrown in to keep the reader guessing, which certainly added suspense to the plot.
This latest book is fast paced, gritty and just when you think you’ve worked out who the perpetrator is, the author throws in another suspect. I think the author has yet again added another fabulous read to this excellent series, and I would certainly recommend this book to crime lovers, and for readers who are looking for something new to read I would highly recommend the Helen Grace series.
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Penguin (8 Sept. 2016)