DI Helen Grace is back on the case in book nine of this series, if you haven’t read any of these books yet I highly recommend you grab a copy of book one Eeny Meeny where we first met Helen. The series is set in Southampton just down the road from me, which I enjoy as I can actually picture some of the places mentioned.

This book can easily be read as a stand alone novel, although you may miss some of the background of the Detectives. Yet another brilliant story in the series, a gripping read. Justin Lanning is just on his way home from work after a long day in the office, but as he descends in the lift it stops, he then gets a phone call telling him he has ‘one hour to live’ unsure if this is a prank, or who the caller is, Justin is unnerved. A car is waiting to drive him home as usual but as they get near it takes a wrong turning and Justin is murdered. But who would want him dead? Does it have anything to do with Daniel King a man who had abducted Five teenagers eight years earlier, because Justin had been one of those teenagers? King had never been caught.

DI Grace and her team are on the job, told over a period of six days, Justin will not be the only victim, as the team finds themselves in the hunt for a serial killer, who seems to be one step ahead of them all the way. With journalist Elena Garanita trying to muscle in as much as she can, trying to get the best scoops, using whatever tactics she can, most of the time not being helpful, just totally focused on what she can get to further her career, as well as trying to make the police look bad, or something to use as leverage. The story is told from several POV, and will keep the reader guessing, with non stop action, suspense, this is a tense read that I just couldn’t put down. I found myself reading through the night in the hope of finishing it in one sitting, but by 5 am I still had another 100 pages to read, I put it down and picked it up again as soon as I could.

Not only is Helen dealing with the case but she is also trying to handle the affair she is having with DS Joseph Hudson although things aren’t all wine and roses there. Helen gets to see a slightly different side to him. Leaving you with several questions about him. Her friend and colleague DS Charlie Brooks is now 8 months pregnant.

I love how some of the characters have become like friends over time, Helen is one tough lady, but she also has a softer side but just doesn’t want anyone to see it.

I highly recommend this read with a good ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and cant wait to see what happens in book 10.

Thank you to #Orion for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.



Those are the only words spoken on the phone call. Then, they hang up. A prank, surely? A mistake? Anything but the chilling truth… that someone is watching, waiting, working to take your life in one hour.


The job of finding out falls to DI Helen Grace a woman with a track record in hunting killers. However, this is a case where the killer seems to always be one step ahead of the police and the victims. With no motive, no leads, no clues – nothing but pure fear – an hour can last a lifetime….,,


Matthew (MJ) Arlidge has worked in television for the last twenty years, specialising in high-end drama production, including prime-time crime serials Silent Witness, Torn, The Little House and, most recently, the hit tv show Innocent. His debut thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014 and has been followed by eight more DI Helen Grace bestsellers. In 2015, his audiobook exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a number one best seller.

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