Pop goes the weasel – M.J. Arlidge


A man’s body is found in an empty house. His heart has been cut out and delivered to his wife and children. He is the first victim, and Detective Inspector Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night? The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives. Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is – or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase…

My opinion

Last month, I read ‘Eeny meeny‘ by M.J. Arlidge and that book was stuck in my head for such a long time that I really wanted to read ‘Pop goes the weasel’. When I had a gift voucher, I knew I had to buy this book. When I received it in the mail, I immediately wanted to start it.

‘Pop goes the weasel’ is somewhat less sensational and gripping compared to ‘Eeny meeny’. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad book, because it’s an amazing book. The characters are more developed, not just Helen’s, but also the other people involved in the book, and it intrigues more.

Just like ‘Eeny meeny’, in ‘Pop goes the weasel’, you figure out the case together with Helen, which makes it more personal. It’s still gripping, but not as much as the first book. You’ll love Helen more because you know more about her.

M.J. Arlidge has grown a lot in this book and to be honest, I think ‘Pop goes the weasel’ is way better than ‘Eeny meeny’.


‘Pop goes the weasel’ may be less sensational than the previous book, it’s still an amazingly gripping thriller. The characters have developed and because you get to know them better, the story gets way better. Again, M.J. Arlidge has written a fantastic thriller and I can’t wait to read the next one.


Pop goes the weasel by M.J. Arlidge
Series: Helen Grace #2
Published by Penguin
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781405914956

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