Today I am reviewing Little Boy Blue by M. J. Arlidge. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for the eGalley of this novel. As always, I am provided with a copy in exchange for my honest review.
About the book (from the publisher): In the darkest corners of the city, there is a thriving nightlife where people can let loose and cross the lines of work and play, of pleasure and pain. But now that sanctuary has been breeched. A killer has struck and a man is dead.
In a world where disguises and and discretion are the norm, one admission can unravel a life. No one wants to come forward and say what they saw or what they know – including the woman heading the investigation:Detective Helen Grace.
Helen knew the victim. And the victim knew her – better than anyone else. And when the murderer strikes again, Helen must decide how many more lines she’s willing to cross to bring in a devious and elusive serial killer.
My review: I have reviewed all of Arlidge’s previous Helen Grace Thrillers on this blog. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan. In Helen Grace, Arlidge has created a fascinating character who, frankly, gets more fascinating with each new installment. She’s a gifted investigator, totally dedicated to her work in the police department. At the same time, she has private life that she holds close to her vest, with secrets that she’s not willing to share with her colleagues. She also has a past that includes abuse and tragedy.
In this book, the past and that private life intersect with her investigative work as she works to solve a horrific crime that involves someone she knew and cared for. What does she keep secret? What does she finally have to reveal?
Arlidge doesn’t shrink from the darker side of life, from the shady corners and secret lives that many of us don’t know exist. At the same time, we see recurring characters wrestling with demons and trying to be better, do better. Throughout these novels (and I recommend you read them in chronological order) we have come to know a group of these recurring characters and watching their interactions with each other as they cope with enormous stress is compelling.
I won’t give away the plot, but I will say that Little Boy Blue is every bit as suspenseful and riveting as Arlidge’s previous books in this series. Extremely well plotted, with surprises at every turn, it is un-put-downable. And there is a shocking development at the end of the novel that will leave you reeling.
I recommend it highly.
About the author: M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, specializing in high-end drama production, including prime-time crime serials Torn, The Little House and most recently, Undeniable. Currently writing for the hit BBC series, Silent Witness, Arlidge is also piloting original crimes series for both UK and US networks. His debut thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014.
This novel will be published on October 4th.