Book Review: The Doll’s House by M. J. Arlidge

October 24, 2017 Book Reviews, Fall, Thriller 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Doll’s House by M. J. ArlidgeThe Doll's House (Helen Grace, #3) by M. J. Arlidge
Published by Penguin Books on February 12th 2015
Genres: Psychological, Thriller
Pages: 434
Source: NetGalley
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The Doll's House is the new twisting and terrifying thriller in the Detective Inspector Helen Grace series from M.J. Arlidge.

Arlidge is the author of Eeny Meeny and Pop Goes the Weasel, and has been dubbed 'the new Jo Nesbo'.

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 killer's motivation, she begins to realize that she's in a desperate race against time . . .

 

M. J. Arlidge is an amazing writer. I say that from a horror lover perspective that shrieks and squirms while reading Arlidge’s stuff. This guy can make you squeal, sadly not with delight but with disgust! As a horror fan, I must say, this is extraordinary, and deserves a place in my heart.

Also, I just recently opened up to Psychological Thrillers. They are scary in a way that some horror, especially the kind that is filled with zombies, does not and cannot reach. Which is also why they are abnormally scarier than many other stories. I open up one of his thrillers and I know I’m going to be taken for a ride.

I also have to admit for putting this fantastic series aside for a bit. It is that intense. I love it but you have to hate it in a way. I was so thrilled when The Doll’s House was announced on Netgalley, then I balked and squirmed some more, and put it off, until now two years late, I’m trying to catch up!

Fortunately, the story of Helen Grace is so entranced in my memory, I will never forget those first two books. If you haven’t read them, I highly suggest reading them prior to this one. It is not needed per say, but to understand Helen, where she’s been, where she came from, her trials, and what she deals with, mentally, every day, then you’ll need to read them.

That said, this starts right from where the last stopped. I am happy to see a few of the characters that I loved in the first two books as well. And then we have the faces that I didn’t like. There seem to be so many people against Helen. Massively against her. Not just the type of people that don’t want to talk to her on their evenings off, but people that want to destroy her. I don’t quite remember some of the politics of what happened in the first two books, but I do remember enough to be wary of these people.

Fortunately, Helen is intelligent and is almost always one step ahead of her rivalries. That said, she’s starting to be pulled into too many different directions. She’s getting a bit lax, and it may bite her in the end.

This story, like Arlidge’s first two, was amazingly horrific. The psychology behind this villain was amazingly well done. The suspense was so high that I found myself constantly on edge. From beginning to end this was a roller coaster ride. But instead of hills and valleys it was nearly non-stop between Helen trying to find the killer, to her dealing with her own ordeals in life. I didn’t have time to digest the information that was being thrown from every which way, and I didn’t care! I wanted to, and I was, swept away by an incredible story of a girl trying to save her own life, and Helen trying desperately to find her.

As usual, top notch. One good thing about waiting two years to read this series, the next books are out. I cannot wait to start book three now!

 

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

 

 

 

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