Review published on April 26, 2016.
Detective Helen Grace is no stranger to tragedy but when a body is found in a Southampton nightclub, the death cuts too close to the bone. This book is number five in the series and, although I read it as a standalone novel, a lot of the events refer back to previous episodes in Helen’s life. To truly appreciate Little Boy Blue, you need to know Helen’s professional and private story.
I found the relationship between Grace and her colleagues DS Brooks and DS Sanderson a little odd. Grace allowed them to argue with her about strategies to solve the crime. This division contributes to the ending of the book.
I also found it strange that a senior police officer would put her reputation at risk should certain aspects of her private life be revealed- fair to say that some parts of the books stretch credibility.
However, I loved the writing and the characters. I will make sure I read the other novels which will mean I can totally appreciate this book. I understand there is another episode due in September, so need to be up to speed by then.
This is a new author for me and I loved the short chapters which enabled the story to move at a fast pace.
If you like a good fast paced crime/ thriller, a bit scary but exciting, then this could be for you.
Little Boy Blue by M.J.Arlidge
Michael Joseph 9781405919234 hbk Mar 2016