CAT AND MOUSE By M.J.Arlidge (book 11 DI Helen Grace series) @orionbooks @mjarlidge @Tr4cyF3nt0n #CatAndMouse #Blogtour.

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SYNOPSIS

When you think you’re safe,
When you think you’re all alone,
That’s when he’ll come for you…


A silent killer stalks the city, targeting those home alone at night – killing without pity or remorse.

As panic spreads, Detective Inspector Helen Grace leads the investigation, but is herself a hunted woman, her every step dogged by a ruthless killer bent on revenge.

As she tracks the murderer, Grace begins to suspect there is a truly shocking home truth that connects these brutal crimes…

MY REVIEW

WOW, WOW, WOW. I have followed this series from the beginning so was really excited to be on the blog tour and to get to read a proof copy of this book. Normally in a series I will say you can read this as a stand-alone read, but this time I think you would have at least read book 10. The main story can be followed but Helen Grace is really being attacked from all angles in this one which is why the previous book is important.

This was a buckle yourself in, hold on tight rollercoaster of a read. The action is absolutely non stop from start to finish. And DI Helen Grace is in the middle of the majority of it. I think she may have used up several of her lives in this as it is certainly a cat and mouse game in more ways than one.

Set in Southampton Central police station DI Helen Grace heads up MIT, along with her friend and colleague DS Charlie Brooks and the rest of a great team of characters who all respect and admire Grace. That is except for her boss Chief Superintendent Alan Peters who wants Grace gone. Throughout this story he does everything he can to try and find a way of sacking Grace.

The story opens full on as Martha white is drifting off to sleep, she hears a noise but assumes it’s her husband just come home. Unfortunately for her it’s not, the next thing her hands are tied, a gag is in her mouth and she is brutally attacked and murdered. This is just the first of a killing spree. But the team have no leads, no motive, the woman’s husband is distraught as they have recently had a baby, my heart was in my mouth when the killer entered that room. Why is this woman killed?

In the meantime Helen is still having to take steps to make sure she is not being followed it’s now 4 months since the Psychiatrist Alex Blythe had said he would send an anonymous killer to get her, he had escaped capture after a killing spree. Helen was finding herself on edge all the time, not sleeping well. But then who would if you thought someone was out to kill you. But you didn’t know who.

Then you have the reporter Emilia Garanita a journalist who had it in for Helen as well, but not just that her reporting is relentless she has no compassion for the victims there were so many times I really wanted to slap her.

This story is jam packed full of adrenalin fuelled action, Helen Grace is like superwoman bouncing back from every kind of beating or chase. She is determined to do her job, to catch the killer as well as try to stay alive. The story is told mostly in the third person narrative, although occasionally from the killer’s perspective. The chapters are all short and sharp keeping you engrossed not knowing what was coming next. Told over seven days. With some terrific red herrings thrown in leading you in the completely wrong direction, believing they had the right person for something to then change and send you in another direction. There was no way I was going to fathom out who the killer was, that’s what I like about M.J Arlidge’s writing it’s not easy to solve who the culprit is, but there are lots of red herrings thrown in to send you off the scent of what is going on. In this book we see Helen stripped of her badge, put on leave pending investigation, unable to talk to her only friend Charlie who has her own issues. This leaves Helen alone although it obviously doesn’t really stop her trying to catch the killer. But it would be nice to see something good come to her in the future, because her work is her life. It’s time she had maybe a little more.

This is a terrific read that will have you gripped from the first page, fast paced throughout, the crimes are gruesome and gritty. A book I would definitely highly recommend without a doubt but if you don’t want to start with book one then ideally read at least book 10 to understand some of the things going on separate to the main story.

A worthy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💥💥💥💥💥 thank you to @Orionbooks for a proof copy of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M.J. 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 ITV show Innocent. In 2015 his audiobook exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a number-one bestseller. His debut thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014 and has been followed by ten more DI Helen Grace thrillers – all Sunday Times bestsellers.

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