Monday, 16 February 2015

The Dolls House by M.J. Arlidge

The Dolls House
By M.J. Arlidge
Published by Penguin UK
ISBN: 978-1405919197

Publisher's description
A young woman wakes in a cold, dark cellar, with no idea how she got there or who kidnapped her. So begins her terrible nightmare.

The body of another young woman is discovered buried on a remote beach. But the dead girl was never reported missing - her estranged family having received regular texts from her over the years.

For DI Helen Grace it's chilling evidence that she's chasing a twisted monster who is clever and resourceful - a predator who's killed before.

As Helen struggles to understand the killer's motivation, she realises she's in a desperate race against time...

My verdict
I really enjoyed the first two DI Helen Grace books, which is why I was looking forward to reading this third instalment in M.J. Arlidge's series. I know that this third book has been enjoyed by many other readers and reviewers, so I was surprised to feel disappointed at the end.

The underlying storyline - the kidnapped woman and the bodies discovered on the remote beach - had the makings of a great plot. However, having read some similar books recently, I found The Doll's House to be a bit too formulaic. There was no 'wow' moment or any particular twists and turns.

The book covers a lot of background with office politics and the personal struggles of three female characters. This was interesting to read, but I felt that this detracted away from the murders and slowed down the pace too much for me.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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