This is the first in the DI Helen Grace series and is set in present day Southampton.
Helen is leading a team to hunt a serial killer, who takes couples, locks them in a remote building and starves them. The only way to escape is for one of the captives to kill the other. Is Helen the link?
M J Arlidge has written a fraught, fast paced thriller. There is murder mystery, police procedural, police corruption, with great characters. Mark the emotional wreck, but a great policeman, Charlie who’s ambitious and strong and Helen the woman everyone wants to be, but has her own demons and scars.
I loved the way the book is set out alternating chapters between the crimes themselves and the police procedural part. It runs so well and is chilling, believable and unputdownable.
First published in 2014 by Penguin