Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Doll's House by M. J. Arlidge

Summary on Goodreads.

The Doll's House (Helen Grace, #3)

This title will become available February 2, 2016

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"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..." [more +]

I almost didn't like this one. It didn't have the... novelty of the first one. This one is heavy on job jealousy and trying to get Helen out of the game. New characters around Helen are introduced and too much of the story is about these new people  bureaucracy (again) that it took away from the actual investigation.

Something rare in Helen's character happens here: she becomes friends with the father of one of the victims and confines in him. I just found this out of character and was wondering what the point was.

It was also odd that detective Helen Grace kept a diary. Hmmmm... As I said, very out of character.

Helen is still visiting Jake and that is that. She gets bit and the more it hurts the more she likes it (just like before). I suppose that eventually those two will develop a relationship although I don't know where Jake's love was coming from... I mean, they haven't even been on a date and he is already jealous and following her.

Once again, at the end Helen faces death but survives....I feel this series is becoming your standard crime novel so for me this was the last book of Helen Grace.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this title.