I am addicted to this series! I believe it is one of the very best British Mystery series on the market right now.
Fires alight the night, and the cops are puzzled by the rash of arson. Is it a distraction used to commit a larger crime? It’s up to Helen Grace to solve the mystery and stop the scourge, while working under a new supervisor and still coping with the ghosts of her past, and the ever persistent press just waiting to pounce on any small mistake she might make.
This series got off to an incredible start, which is always good, but then there is the pressure to match its success and maintain that high level of quality from that point on. But, M.J. Arlidge has risen to the occasion and met that challenge head on! Not only has the series retained its solidity, it’s gotten better with each installment, which is no easy task.
Anytime a building or house is on fire it makes me cringe, but a fire that is deliberately set is the stuff nightmares are made of. While Helen always has her hands full in any investigation, this situation seems to be spiraling out of control as more fires are set and Helen and Charlie seem truly flummoxed, unable to pinpoint a definite suspect or motive. But, once the pieces finally started to click into place, the true horror really begins.
Tense, this book is just tense, from start to finish. It’s that race against the clock atmosphere, but it’s also the emotional aftermath the victims faced, and Helen’s own vulnerabilities, and attacks by the press, as well as Charlie’s close calls and her ever present self-doubt, and a niggling suspicion about Helen’s new boss, who seems way too benign and easy going, which left me feeling a little on edge.
I only have one small complaint, which is simply a personal pet peeve and may not annoy anyone else. I really dislike super short chapters. By short, I mean one or two pages in length. For some reason this distracts me and keeps me from truly immersing myself in the story, since the topics switch so often. But, that’s just me.
Other than that, the characters are still complex, which keeps things interesting, and keeps me invested in them, caring what happens to them.
The crime story here is as riveting as ever, but is especially disturbing this time around, because it has an air of authenticity to it, which makes it even more chilling and left me with a real sense of unease, making this a very compelling thriller.
Overall, this is a splendid addition to this outstanding series.
Detective Helen Grace gets caught in an inferno of death and destruction in the red-hot new thriller from the author of Eeny Meeny, Pop Goes the Weasel, and The Doll’s House…
Detective Helen Grace has never seen such destruction. Six fires in twenty-four hours. Two people dead. Several more injured. It’s as if someone wants to burn the city to the ground...
With the whole town on high alert, Helen and her team must sift through the rubble to find the arsonist, someone whose thirst for fire—and control—is reducing entire lives to ashes.
One misstep could mean Helen’s career—and more lives lost. And as the pressure mounts and more buildings burn, Helen’s own dark impulses threaten to consume her…