Hide and seek – M.J. Arlidge (Helen Grace #6)


Detective Inspector Helen Grace has spent her whole life running. From the past. From herself. From everyone who’s ever tried to get close to her. She’s spent her whole life hiding. Behind the badge. Behind her reputation as one of the country’s best detectives. Until – framed for murder – she became one of its most high-profile prisoners. Now there is nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.

Because HMP Holloway is a place of dark days and long nights with dangers at every turn. Despised by the inmates and reviled by the guards, Helen must face her nightmare alone. And then a carefully mutilated body is found in a locked cell. Now Helen must find a ruthless serial killer. Before the killer finds her.

My opinion

If you’ve followed my blog for a long time, you know I’m a fan of M.J. Arlidge and Helen Grace. I think ‘Hide and seek’ may be the best book in the series.

Helen Grace, the hero of the series, is locked up in prison. Innocent. She has to get used to the tough environment, but tries to make the best of it, in her own way. And then the murders start and Helen risks everything to find the killer. She is still a detective in her heart.

The rough and tough environment feels very realistic and fits the character Helen Grace perfectly. The atmosphere is so well put down in words and because you know most main characters so well, they start to come alive. Helen Grace now feels like a tough aunt, although she does have a small heart. Her passion for her work as a detective and the battle for all the right in the world is so fitting, that I’ve started to admire her.

And when you’ve finished ‘Hide and seek’, you know that M.J. Arlidge knew the whole Helen Grace story from the first book on and that may be the best part of this book. Some things really get their true meaning and that’s why I think this book is so insanely good.

Of course, M.J. Arlidges typical style of writing and characteristic style of short chapters, makes you go through the book easily. It almost goes too fast and that’s a shame, because I really want more every time I finish his books. I just hope M.J. Arlidge doesn’t stop writing about Helen Grace, because I think she still has enough to tell us.


‘Hide and seek’ may be M.J. Arlidges best book. The environment in which it’s set fits Helen Grace perfectly, the tension is so well build up and the story has been put together fantastically that it’s sad when you finish the book. I want more Helen Grace!


Hide and seek by M.J. Arlidge
Series: Helen Grace #6
Published by Penguin
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781405925624

You can order the book at Bookdepository.

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