Hide and Seek by M.J. Arlidge

Hide and Seek

M.J. Arlidge

"Dark, twisted, thought provoking, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Take a ride on this roller coaster from hell--white knuckles guaranteed."--Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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Caught in a wicked game of cat and mouse, Helen Grace finds herself trapped among the hunted in the darkest thriller yet from the international bestselling author of Little Boy Blue and Eeny Meeny.
Framed for a murder she didn’t commit...
As one of HM Prison Holloway’s most high-profile new inmates, Helen Grace has a target on her back and nowhere to hide. She has made a long list of enemies over the course of her career—some are incarcerated within these very walls. When one of Helen’s fellow prisoners is found mutilated and murdered in her own locked cell, it’s clear that the killer is someone on the inside.
But time is running out for Helen as she races to expose the person who framed her, and the body count in the prison starts to climb. Helen will need to draw on all her investigative skills and instincts to catch the serial killer behind these murders and discover the truth—unless the killer finds her first.

Advance Galley Reviews

Abso-bloody-lutely fantastic! I didn't even know until a few chapters in that this was part of a series, but the author is so adept at blending in previous details that the book never left me questioning who someone was, or what past event they were referencing. The protagonist, a police officer, finds herself in a prison after being framed by her nephew for a series of murders. The nephew is getting his revenge for the death of his mother. During her stay at the prison, awaiting trial, women turn up dead in their cells, with no apparent marks of foul play, but with Vaseline put into different areas of their body, and other places sown up. It's a dark, brutally detailed novel, a glimpse into prison politics; leaving the reader frantically flipping pages til the end to determine whether good will win out, or whether forces operating within and outside the prison will keep Helen Grace forever imprisoned, or worse, dead at the hand of the killer within the jail. Great novel and am definitely going to pick up the rest of the series now!

Spellbinding suspense as DI Helen Grace is remanded to prison after the events in book #6, LITTLE BOY BLUE. This series must be read in order so don't wait -- start with EENY MEENY now! Framed for murders she did not commit, Helen is cast into maximum security in a hellhole where other prisoners are not so keen on having a police officer in their midst -- especially when she was the one responsible for putting some of them there! She's barely getting by since she has no protection, and when one of the other prisoners on her cell block is killed in a particularly gruesome way -- Helen is the first one they suspect. On the outside, her friend and fellow officer, Charlie Brooks, is searching for the man who really committed the crimes but he is in the wind. Without any support, Helen is on her own. Who is killing the women in Holloway? I love Helen Grace. Sure, she's a mess in a way, but she is a strong, complex character and a very interesting protagonist. Lots of red herrings and an interesting setting makes this book one that you will want to read in one sitting. Thank you to Penguin Random House First to Read for a copy of this ARC to review.

Spending time in prison, though a downer, might seem like it'd be a safe place since there are guards, locked cells, and constant supervision; however, in M. J. Arlidge's Hide and Seek, a life behind bars is just as dangerous, if not more so, than life on the outside.  Within the walls of Halloway, a women's prison, women are mysteriously found dead in their locked cells, their bodies adorned with a sadistic mutilation signature. Recently incarcerated Detective Helen Grace takes it upon herself to investigate, to the best of her abilities, what is happening to these women and who the perpetrator is. Meanwhile, beyond the walls of the prison, a dedicated former co-worker of Grace's is trying to prove that Grace's nephew framed her for the three murders that placed her inside Halloway.  Written in brief chapters that rove through the perspectives of the numerous key characters, the narrative moves quickly and maintains a sense of urgency and suspense throughout as Helen Grace investigates the crime of the insular prison community. There are a few candidates for the murderous culprit and reasonable doubt and suspicion is laid out for each of these, with a satisfying turn of events toward the end. While this is an installment in a larger series that features Helen Grace, there isn't any real need to have read any of the others as the story is rather well self-contained, although there is probably a greater payoff to any emotional investment or to the broader story arc if you have knowledge of the rest of the series. Overall, I'd give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Thrilling rollercoaster

This is the first DI Helen Grace book I read and now it won't be the last. Even though I entered the series with the current book enough background was given that I had no problem following and enjoying the story. In fact, it made me more interested in reading the previous books so I could see just how DI Helen Grace ended up in prison, the whole story behind her being arrested and sent to Holloway Prison. This story starts with DI Helen Grace in prison awaiting trial and trying to stay alive in prison. All the while her detective friend is trying to prove her innocence to get her out. But while in prison murders are happening and Helen Grace will always be a detective even while in prison. Can she solve the prison murders? Can she and how will she survive prison when everyone is out to get a former copper. Will her innocence be proven or will she have to remain in prison? Excellent story that does answer all these questions by the end. And I didn't figure out who was the prison murderer until Helen Grace figured it out. Now I have to go and read all the previous books.

**Thanks for First to Read for providing me with a complimentary copy of HIDE AND SEEK in exchange for my honest review** HIDE AND SEEK is the sixth in a series with main character detective Helen Grace. She's wrongfully in prison, framed for murder, possibly by one of the criminals she's had locked up, many who happen to be in the same jail. I think I would have enjoyed HIDE AND SEEK more if I had read the previous books, as I would have been more invested in the character and her journey. I had a hard time getting into the story.


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