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Love Me Not: DI Helen Grace 7 Paperback – 21 September 2017
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- Publisher : Penguin Books Ltd (21 September 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405925655
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405925655
- Dimensions : 12.88 x 2.21 x 19.81 cm
- Customer Reviews:
The new Jo Nesbo, Judy Finnidgan
Chills to the bone, DAILY MAIL
Meticulously researched, solidly constructed, IRISH TIMES
I'm kicking myself for missing Arlidge's first six books which all hit the bestseller lists. But this blizzard of fast-moving action made me an instant fan, PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH
[LOVE ME NOT] should seriously come with a safety harness, because it is one hell of a ride... An extremely fast-paced, page turning thriller, Tracy Fenton, COMPULSIVE READERS
An intense and heart thumping read... This maybe the seventh book in the series but it's still a series that has plenty to offer, the plots are surprising, the characters have evolved and M J Arlidge's writing shows no signs of getting stagnant or repetitive, BOOK REVIEW CAFE
Once again Arlidge produces a great little thriller, the majority of which takes place in the space of less than twenty-four hours... if you like an occasional read-it-in-one-sitting type novel than this is for you. Highly Entertaining, SHOTS
[LOVE ME NOT] combines M.J. Arlidge's prickly protagonist Grace and his skill at creating compelling action - acquired in a 15-year career working in prime time television - to produce this fast-paced thriller about a pair of serial killers, CRIME FICTION LOVER
The author has yet again delivered a gripping, fast paced read that I for one devoured in one sitting... Helen is the UK version of James Patterson's Alex Cross series, BY THE LETTER BOOK REVIEWS
About the Author
M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last twenty years, specializing in high-end drama production, including prime-time crime serials Silent Witness, Torn, The Little House and, most recently, the hit ITV show Innocent. In 2015 his audiobook exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a number-one bestseller.
His debut thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK's bestselling crime debut of 2014. It was followed by the bestselling Pop Goes the Weasel, The Doll's House, Liar Liar, Little Boy Blue, Hide and Seek and Love Me Not. Down to the Woods is the eighth DI Helen Grace thriller.
In 2019 he published a standalone thriller, A Gift for Dying.
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Detective Inspector Helen Grace has found life a little more difficult since she got out of prison, especially trying to trust everyone on her team again. It’s quite a shock for her when she’s out for a morning ride and she comes across a woman dying in the middle of the road. Going by the woman’s injuries, there a very violent individual out there. However it quickly becomes apparent there is two people the police are trying to capture. It’s hard for Helen and her team to work out if the perpetrators are killing randomly, or if they have a goal in mind. Trouble is the bodies are mounting up quite quickly. If you haven’t read one of M.J. Arlidge’s books, and you enjoy Crime Thrillers, then they are certainly worth adding to your reading list. Easily worth the 5/5 Star rating.
She Loves Me A woman's body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene it's clear she's looking at a coldblooded killing. But why would anyone target a much loved wife and mother? She Loves Me Not Across town, a shopkeeper is killed while his customers are left unharmed. But what lies behind the killer's choices? She Loves Me Who lives? Who dies? Who's next? The clock is ticking. She Loves Me Not If Helen can't solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own ...
I'm really enjoying mj books. I loved the story and the characters. Apart from the villians. They were evil. I really wanted Helen and her team to get them. I liked the ending too. I hope there is more to come from Helen and her team. 5*. Highly recommended. Thanks netgalley and penguin books.
I have always liked the way that Helen Grace is a kick-ass police officer but she is a very flawed human being. This book, more than any of the previous ones, brings that aspect of things into sharp relief.
This is a tightly told tale of a couple of disenfranchised kids with nothing to lose, who go on a killing spree. What will the body count be before Helen can track them down? And which one of her colleagues can she really trust?
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Different in pacing than the previous Helen Grace books it is set over a period of twenty-four hours. Yes just twenty-four hours in which a killer or killers set out to cause maxium carnage to a range of victims who seem to have little in common and certainly no logical reason to be on anyone’s hit list. So is it a case of random targeting or something more sinister. This is what Helen and her team have to find out.
Now it is hard to say too much about the plotting without dropping in spoilers for previous books which I don’t want to do if you haven’t read any of them. Yes, technically this can be read as a standalone as it is a one off case with no links, victim or perpetrator wise, to previous stories. However there are heavy spoilers regarding the previous two books so at least read Little Boy Blue and Hide and Seek before embarking on this one. But why stop there. Do yourself a favour and read them all. You won’t regret it.
What I will say is that there is an element of tension and mistrust within the team at present which means that they are not as cohesive a unit as they could be. Helen is smarting and resentful towards certain members of the team and this does impact upon them all with very serious repercussions. As for the killers? Well they are not exactly merciless but they certainly have a mission which they will not deviate from but you need to read to understand what that is. It will probably surprise you as you start to realise the truth and you’ll need to keep a very open mind if you think you can call this any earlier than probably 65-70% through the story.
Due to the timeline and structuring of the book, the pacing is fast, probably faster than in previous books even. This is driven on by Arlidge’s consistent use of short, punchy chapters and sparing and yet authentic dialogue. Physical descriptions of both people and setting are strong and really add to the book overall. People may be a little surprised or maybe even upset that many of the things that make Helen well, Helen, are not present in this story but given the timing and what she has been through, how she is portrayed and who she is this time is pitched perfectly in my humble opinion. Perhaps given time we will see more of the old Helen. She is still ably supported by Charlie Brooks, one of the few on her team she still trusts but even this pairing is feeling the strain a little. It adds a layer of conflict that Helen doesn’t really need and keeps things on a knife edge.
I really enjoyed this book. It got me hooked from the very first chapter and I galloped along with the story, eating up page after page until I had finished. Literally a one sitting kind of a book. Started at 19:00 finished at 01:00. There was no way I was walking away from it until I had reached the conclusion. I can’t believe this was book seven. I can’t believe we are going to have to wait forever (well it will feel like it) for the next book in the series. I’m missing Helen already.
Whenever I pick up a book by M.J. Arlidge, I know that I’m going to race through it. He writes with urgency, and you can feel the tension on every single page as Helen races to find the killers. The killers in this book are terrifying, when we first meet them, they gave me chills, and I had to keep reading. I was rooting for Helen to find out who they were and bring them to justice. I have to admit that they did remind me of Bonnie and Clyde and there are a few references to them in this book.
Helen feels a lot more detached from the rest of her team in this book. I think before you read this book, it will definitely help to read the previous book, Hide and Seek, but it still works well as a stand-alone. You can see that she feels very much on her own, and she struggles to reconnect with her old friends. It’s difficult to talk further about the plot here without giving too much away and I don’t want to spoil it for you.
I always find at the end of each chapter in any of the books in this series; I’m always eager to read the next making M.J. Arlidge’s books very difficult to put down. Short pacy chapters keep the pace flying forward. The writing grabs you without any effort and pulls you straight into an action-packed read.
After finishing this book, it does make me wonder how Helen will feel towards her team in the future books on the series. I can understand why she is feeling the way she is, but it is also clear that her old friends are desperate to win back her approval and friendship. I think this may take time, but I hope that they will be able to get along again.
Love Me Not is another brilliant addition to this series, and I am looking forward to catching up on the next book. If you start reading this book, or any books in this series, make sure you have a lot of free time on your hands because you will want to get to the end as soon as possible. Riveting stuff!
It's 9 months after D I Helen Grace is out of prison. The story starts when a woman is killed when she stops her car when she meets a woman on the road. Only to be gunned down, and her car is taken. Then a chemist owner at the local shopping centre is shot dead but the customer and her baby is left unharmed.
D I Helen Grace is set to investigate and find links to both murders. When she finds out who one of the killers are Jason Swift. Helen thinks that he is leading the killings. Until they find the car abandoned and his body is found in the boot of the car. Who is the other killer?
This is not as gritty as the other in the series. But this is an excellent tense, fast, paced thriller, with lots of action thrown in. I didn't want this to end. Excellent.