The Doll’s House: A Detective Helen Grace Thriller. M. J. Arlidge. Penguin Group (USA). February 2016. 432 pp. ISBN#: 9780451475510.
Helen Grace is well-known to mystery and crime novel fans as the author of Pop Goes the Weasel” and now returns in her third thriller story. Her Southampton job is to find a psychopathic, serial killer who buries his victims on a nearby beach.
Now Ruth Sprackler had spent the night drinking and never imagined why her captor would kidnap her and hide her in his basement. She awakens, not knowing where she is or why she is there. The creepiness and pathologically sickening behavior of Ruth’s captor is so intense it elicits intense fear and horror at what is unfolding. For those who love the thrill of stories such as this one, you will be more than satisfied and frightened. Ruth believes she will be successful in finding this killer before he kills again, never imagining another victim is coming close to the end of her life.
Before the killer claims his victims in death, he sends cruel texts to family members of his victims. The torturous nature of this act is almost beyond imagination but is clearly an edge that makes the killer feel powerful beyond words which he expresses as amusement. Hallmarks of his identity appear and little by little Helen and her team will figure out the sick motivation behind this killer’s devastating acts.
While Ruth is attempting to solve this mystery before more victims are claimed, she has a problem at work. A change in personnel leaves Detective Ceri Harwood in charge and pulling rank. Her jealousy is revealed in the way she tries to block Ruth from pursuing this killer even to the point of bribery.
The Doll’s House… is the real deal in thriller fiction and sure to enthrall all lovers of the genre. Stay tuned for more truly frightening, spine-tingling and adrenalin-pumping thrillers from this highly skilled author, M. J. Arlidge!
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