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, Detective 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

This book is the first I have read by this author and I suspect I may have missed out on several previous books covering DI Helen Grace who in this book finds herself imprisoned, awaiting a (re-)trial. Then a series of gruesome, careful murders start happening and while Grace is trying to solve the murders while trying to save her own life which is constantly being threatened as a former police officer behind bars. Overall, I enjoyed the book, although not entirely blown away by the story, I will, however, certainly check out other books by the author as it may bring some context to this book.

Aldridge does it again! Excellent book! Highly recommend!

Rating: 4 of 5 stars This time Grace in double trouble, framed for murder (with the police higher ups convinced of her guilt) and a series of murders within the prison that she in while awaiting trial. Very fast paced and the twist at the end is great. Will she figure out who the real killer is before one of her enemies finish her off?

Hide and Seek by M.J. Arlidge is the sixth book in D.I. Helen Grace series. Helen Grace is behind bars in Holloway Prison and she is in general population. Helen needs to find a way to stay alive until the trial or until Charlie Brooks can find the real killer—Robert Stonehill. Just when Helen thinks her situation cannot get any worse, a body turns up in the next cell. Grace (being Grace) cannot help but investigate the crime. Then the killer strikes again. Grace needs to work quickly to find the culprit before they kill again. Making things more difficult is Annie, a gang leader, bent on causing Helen harm. Charlie is working quickly to locate Robert Stonehill and prove Grace’s innocence. Charlie is risking her job to help her friend. Helen and Charlie are racing against the clock. Will Helen make it out of Holloway alive? Can Charlie find Robert Stonehill in time to save Helen? Who is killing the female prisoners in Holloway? Hide and Seek is masterful. M.J. Arlidge has done it again with Hide and Seek. I found it well-written with a complex mystery and a fast pace. There is plenty of action, suspense and twists. The author keeps a reader guessing in this one (it was delightful). I suggest that you read the books in the D.I. Helen Grace series in order. The books in the series build on one another. What happens in Hide and Seek is the result of what occurred in Little Boy Blue. Helen is a complex character (intelligent, resilient, good instincts) with many layers (we have only scratched the surface in the first six books). We get to see a different side of Helen in this story. I was glad to see Charlie get more play in Hide and Seek. She is also strong, smart, and feisty. The action ramps up toward the end of the story, and I was glued to my e-reader. I did not stop reading until I finished the book (I was riveted). M.J. Arlidge keeps readers on the edge of their seats. I am giving Hide and Seek 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). I have both the book and the audiobook (allowed me to listen to the story on the go). The narrator did a wonderful job. If you enjoy psychological thrillers/suspense novels, then Hide and Seek is for you. I am eager to read the next installment in the D.I. Helen Grace series.

Wow I really enjoyed this book. I had not read any of the other five in the Helen Grace Series but now I must. It is difficult for anyone in prison that's the point but for a detective it is deadly from the jump. Helen trying to stay alive while trying to prove her innocence is one thing but then a woman is found mutilated and dead in the cell next to hers and her detective instinct kicks in. Meanwhile on the outside her friend and colleague DS Charlie Brooks is the only one still trying to prove her innocence. I enjoyed this read it was a fast read and intriguing story. Although I have not read the other books I did not feel lost or that I was missing anything but now that I am finished with this book I want the back story. The characters where well developed and the storyline was easy to follow. As the plot went further it draws you in through both action and character development. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and would recommend it to anyone who like action or crime novels.

This is the first book I have read from this author, so I had never heard of Helen Grace. I absolutely loved the book, I couldn't put it down. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was thrown for a loop. There were a lot of shocks and surprises. The description of the book is accurate; I don't want to give anything away so I can't say too much. I definitely want to read other books from this author.

I received access to this galley from FirsttoRead. In this sixth installment in the compelling and addictive Helen Grace series, Helen is in prison awaiting trial for a crime she did not commit, a murder for which she has been framed. Her situation is made more dire by the fact that she is no ordinary inmate. Many of her fellow prisoners are there because of her. There is also a prison guard that takes great pleasure in making her life miserable. While she bides her time, spending her time with some friends she has made and trying to keep out of trouble, her colleague is risking her life and career to prove her innocence. When a series of horrifying murders happens within prison walls, anyone could be a suspect and unrest prevails. A team of investigators is called in, making the situation go from bad to worse. Helen's investigative and survival instincts kick in as she tries to track down the culprit and stay alive. Arlidge's books are always page-turners and this one was no exception. The writing style, short chapters, and multiple perspectives make for a unputdownable read. The guilty party was not obvious from the start, which made the ending all the more surprising and satisfying.

Hide and Seek takes us forward on a story arc that began with Little Boy Blue (Helen Grace #5). Holloway is a place where danger was only a heartbeat away. Life in the prison, we can see, is horrible. We see this through the behavior of the prison officers, especially Cameron Campbell, who is brutal and sadistic, through the treatment meted out to the prisoners, the infestation of reptiles and insects in the cells, the constant physical and mental abuses that vulnerable inmates suffer. Prisoners also suffer abuses at the hands of fellow prisoners. The narrative of the violence, physical and otherwise, makes for painful reading. The story is written in the third person past tense omniscient point of view. The language is stark, crisp, pacy. The chapters are short, 3½ pages max, and move fast between the characters, ratcheting up the tension. The author’s skill in describing action helps us to feel a great sense of involvement. The scenes of the clash between Stonehill and Brooks are well described. As is the description of the riot in the prison. However, the description of the mutilation is gruesome and disturbing. The author has done a great job with the characterization. We get to know the different kinds of people who have the power to influence a prisoner’s life. We come to know the various characters that people the women’s jail, and the angst that each of them suffers, the sordid lives they have led. Through these characters we come to know of the lack of privacy, the hostility and the appalling conditions suffered by people inside. While these characters are important, the author should have limited the numbers of characters that deserved their own chapters. My only grouse was that while the first half of the book was good, the book seemed to race ahead once the identity of the killer was revealed. The pace became uncomfortably fast, as if the author were rushing through things, getting them over with. If only the author hadn’t rushed us through. Read the full and detailed review at https://cynthology.blogspot.com/2017/11/book-review-hide-and-seek.html

I tried my best, but just couldn't get into this one. I think I would have done better with the first book in this series.

When I selected this book, I didn't realize it was #6 in a series. Since I hadn't read any of the previous books, my feelings were rather ambivalent toward the characters at the beginning. The chapters were extremely short, resulting in a choppy flow that made it more difficult to sustain interest. I started to feel sympathetic for some of the characters, especially the inmates who missed their children. Also, imagine the horrible "revenge" that might be enacted on a police officer turned jail inmate. While I probably won't go back and read the other books in the series, this one ended up being a decent standalone.

I chose this book, not realizing it was part of a series. I liked the characters but believe that reading the prior book Little Boy Blue would be necessary since this one picked up where that one ended. So I stopped reading Hide and Seek, read Little Boy Blue, then came back to this one. I definitely think that was the right thing to do! With some backstory, I was able to fully appreciate where DI Grace had come from and how she went from being a respected member of law enforcement to being an accused murderer. Fast-paced, check, well written, check and twists and turns, check, yes my kind of book. I have added the author to my TBR list and plan to read the other Helen Grace books.

It was a thrilling ride and although I was sad I didn't have the time to finish it in the end, the writing was so fun to read. It felt like stepping through the screen of a crime show.

First off, this is not a standalone! I realized this during the first chapter, so I went back and read the previous book, Little Boy Blue. I'm pretty sure much of the book would have been incomprehensible without that background, and honestly it's pretty hard to talk in-depth about the book without spoiling either plot. There are two dueling plots - one involving Helen Grace, imprisoned after the events of Little Boy Blue, and a serial killer, and one involving her friend and former coworker Charlie Brooks trying to prove Helen's innocence. The author has a tendency to use very short chapters, with switching viewpoints (142 chapters in a 390 page book!). I found it jarring, but it did lend to the quick and intense pace of the novel. I enjoyed Helen's interactions with the other women in the prison, though I did miss her interactions from the team in the previous book. This is a gritty, twisty thriller that will keep you guessing until the end!

This is the 1st book I’ve read in the Helen Grace series. I’ve been interested in it for a while, so jumped at the chance to read an ARC of this book. The book was enjoyable and fast paced but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the books in order. The characters were interesting, I’m sure with backstories of which I was unaware. They may be better developed than they appeared to a 1st time reader to this series. However, I probably would never have read this book if I was reading them in order because it appears the previous book ended on a cliffhanger. I detest cliff hangers so doubt I would have picked this up. For that reason alone, I’m glad I read this book 1st. Now I need to go back and read the rest.

4.5 stars. Featuring concurrent story arcs, Hide and Seek by M.J. Arlidge is an electrifying, nail-biting addition to the DI Helen Grace series. Picking up where Little Boy Blue left off, Helen Grace is in HM Prison Holloway awaiting trial for three murders that she insists she is not guilty of committing. Incarcerated with criminals she put behind bars, she is still struggling to adjust to prison life when one of her fellow inmates is murdered in a particularly gruesome manner. Despite her circumstances, Helen is at heart, a homicide detective so she begins her own investigation into the death. When another inmate is murdered in the same exact way, Helen knows she must stop the killer strikes again. Outside the prison, Helen’s good friend and fellow copper, Detective Sergeant Charlie Brooks risks her career (and relationship) to clear Helen’s name. The only person on the force who believes Helen’s vehement assertion she was framed, Charlie refuses to stop searching for the man they know is responsible for the murders Helen is accused of committing. Coming very close to insubordination after defying her newly minted boss Detective Inspector Joanne Sanderson’s order to immediately cease working on the firmly closed case, Charlie manages to uncover an important lead that breaks the investigation wide open. Will Charlie manage to capture the wily and intelligent man who meticulously planned and carried out the diabolical plan to frame Helen for three brutal murders? Back at HM Prison Holloway, Helen is painstakingly attempting to investigate the murders that one of the most sadistic guards thinks she is responsible for committing. Relying on the post-mortem reports and her finely honed instincts, a shocking theory is beginning to emerge. Certain she knows the killer’s identity, Helen tries to uncover the evidence she needs to prove her theory whilst avoiding vicious inmates with an ax to grind and the depraved guards who abuse the inmates in their charge. Hide and Seek is an exhilarating police procedural with an exciting storyline and an brilliant cast of characters. M.J. Arlidge breathes fresh life into the series by putting the Helen into a completely foreign and extremely dangerous environment where she is forced to use every skill in her arsenal to stay alive. Both story arcs move at a blistering pace as the search for the serial killer inside HM Prison Holloway intensifies and Charlie desperately pursues the person responsible for framing Helen. With stunning twists and turns, the novel comes to an action-packed, adrenaline laced conclusion. While most of the mysteries in the DI Helen Grace series can be read as standalones, I highly recommend reading Little Boy Blue in order to fully appreciate the events that unfold in Hide and Seek.

If you are looking for a fast paced novel that will keep you enthralled, then look no further. This book is everything you could want in a crime novel. Intrigue and misdirection abound in this story of a woman who is trying to find a killer while her friends tries to prove that she isn't one. This is my first book by this author and I will definitely be going back to read more offerings. All of the characters were complex but I was most definitely rooting for Helen the whole way and surprisingly I walked away from this story with a new perspective on the world as well. It showed me that not all is as it seems.

At first, it was a little hard to catch up with the story. This is a book best enjoyed after reading all of the previous novels, as it will just make things easier to understand. However, I was still able to get the gist of things and it was still a really enjoyable read. I liked Helen's character a lot; even though she was a prison, she showed intelligence and grit at all times. I make note of this because a lot of times I find that authors don't maintain the personality of the protagonist as the story progresses, which is a pet peeve for me. But that didn't happen here so YAY! There were a lot of other characters that were integral to the story; at first that worried me because I am terrible at remembering people, but the author made each one unique and made sure to make many connections and reminders so I didn't have that problem. This novel basically has 2 stories going on: Helen trying to figure out who the killer is in the prison, and Charlie, Helen's friend, trying to prove that Helen is innocent by arresting the right person. I found myself more drawn to Helen's story than Charlie's; it was more organized while Charlie just seemed to run around a lot, grasping at straws. The fact that Charlie managed to sort things out was a little hard for me to believe, but perhaps the detective work for that was set up in a previous novel so I don't want to pass judgement on that. I also liked that the story was told from different perspectives as it gave the story more depth. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I think I may actually read the rest of the series!

This book was written in an extremely interesting way, but I do not think I am the best person to review it the way it deserves to be reviewed. I struggled to get through most of it, but I think that is because I do not normally read this genre, and therefore, I am ill-equipped to be a fair judge. M.J. Arlidge is in no way to blame for this because I really believe he wrote the book with great dedication and attention to detail. It definitely is an intense and thrilling ride and not for the meek or faint-hearted. Fans of the author and his Helen Grace Thriller Series will rejoice with this latest installment, but if you're new to the series, like I was, I would highly recommend starting with the first book, "Eeny Meeny," and then reading sequentially down the line before reading this one, in order to understand the main character's background and history better. The passages in this book that dealt with the lifestyle and traumas faced by prison inmates are especially exemplary and worthy of mention. I was horrified by the sheer brutality and suffering Helen Grace faced behind bars. Overall, I would give this book a rating of 3.5 stars for its dark insights into prison life and for its twisted creepiness.

W0W!!! I was blown away by this book. I found the story compelling, intense, heartbreaking, informative and frightening at times. M.J. Arlidge is a new author for me. I think there are nine books in this series. When I finished “Hide and Seek” I ordered “Eeny Meeny” and “Pop Goes The Weasel” and bought “The Doll’s House.” I will order the rest of this series after I read these books. I also asked our library to order the series. This is the first book I have read about a women’s prison. I found the writing exceptional and the flow of the story was excellent. I had never given any thought about what can happen to members of law enforcement when they are sent to prison. I learned a lot from reading this book. Helen Grace was a former Detective Inspector. She has been in Holloway Prison five years awaiting trial. She is lucky to still be alive. The prison population doesn’t look kindly on law Enforcement people and they are treated harshly both physically and mentally in prison. The writer goes into great detail about daily prison life. He also focuses on a few of the women prisoners; why they are in prison, how dangerous they are, the length of their sentences, etc. The author also includes how the families are impacted, especially the children. After reading this story I don’t know how women survive incarceration. In this story a few were killed in their cells. Some were almost beaten to death by other prisoners. A prisoner by the name of wheel chair Annie sells drugs to prisoners and is the head of a dangerous prison gang. Charlie Brooks is a Policewoman who worked with Helen and does not believe she is guilty. Charlie is confident a man named Robert Stonehill framed Helen and she is determined to find him. She is running her own investigation and could lose her own job. This book is fast paced, with several threads running through the story. There is violence, murder, humiliation and no privacy for any of the female prisoners. Note: I received this book in galley form from First To Reads and there was no

By Tex Texas, Keller I received an ARC from First to Read in exchange for volunteering to provide my honest review of this book. I really struggled on how to review this book. Hide And Seek was a “Push” rather than a “Pull. You know the book that’s a pull it’s the page you just can’t put down, but I really had push myself through this book. The first part of the book was too much prison for me, and made it really difficult to get through. The second third started to become interesting as Helen became more confident and you begin to see Charlie enter the book. The last third was were all the action and adventure was situated. And the shocker, which I did not see coming was Helen getting sewed-up. The police visible in their search for Helen’s “perpetrator”. 3 Stars

I received this ARC of 'Hide ans Seek' by M. J. Arlidge from First to Reed for an honest review. This I a the second Helen Grace novel that I've read and I need to read the entire series. The characters of DI Helen Grace and DS Charlie Brooks are fascinating and three dimensional. Not to give away too much but Helen is encarcerated and fighting for her life just to make it to her trial but add an active murdered inside. DS Brooks fights for Helen against disbelief by the other staff but also Dectective Superintendent Gardam. The twists within the multiple subplots makes this book an excellent page turning thriller. I would give this five out of five stars.

I have read a couple of books in this series and have really enjoyed them. This one is no different, DI Grace and her current predicament were fascinating and I flipped the pages needing to see how she would solve the mystery of the prison murders and get herself out of her situation. Fabulous writing and a really great read.

I was intrigued by the plot of this book, however, halfway through had to give up. I think if I had read the other books in the series, this one might have been more enjoyable. First to read has introduced several new authors to me for which I am grateful.

Scheduled to post 9/30/17. I'm really rather cranky that I've effectively spoiled books five and six for myself by reading HIDE AND SEEK. I didn't realize I was so far behind in the series until it was basically too late. Not enough time in the day to catch up and I had a time limit on this book so I did what I could and hoped for the best. HIDE AND SEEK is the first book in the Helen Grace series where I questioned a plot device as being a little hinky. It involved suspects in the prison murders and once the guards started getting tagged they started getting all up in armsr about it. The thing is, the way this one prisoner died, common sense, especially for those investigating, would be first to the guards. So a tiny little element that seemed a bit too convenient for the sake of some added drama, but by no means was it detracting. And since it was the only element I took even close to an issue with it obviously wasn't that big of a problem for me. Again, pissed that I spoiled two books worth of plot reading this. No one's fault by my own and it certainly doesn't mean I'm not going to go back and read them. I want to know details! But I know what's coming and it does take some of the fun out of it. With this being the fourth book in the series I'm reviewing I'm running out of things to say about it. Arlidge is holding strong in his writing, drawing the reader in immediately and holding them by the collar until the book ends. Even at book six I haven't seen any deviation from quality of writing or plot. It's not getting outlandish or anything. Arlidge is holding strong, delivering a gripping story and likable yet incredibly flawed character for whom you can't help but root (well, maybe not all of them, some are just outright unlikable and that's okay, they're still fun). I can't get enough of this series and I haven't tired of it yet. Now just to fill in the gaps. 5

This is the first book I have read by this author. I found out it was the 6th book in this series. I did like the flow of the story, kept me intrigued not knowing who was committing the crimes. It was told in a first person way by each main character by chapter. I like it done that way. I will be reading more in the future by this author. The final outcome was a surprise as throughout the book things kept you guessing. 4 out of 5 for me.

4.5 stars Book #6 in the Helen Graces series Helen Grace, detective inspector, has found herself incarcerated in Holloway prison in the U.K. She is awaiting trial for the murder of three people. However, it was Robert Stonehill, who murdered those people in order to frame Helen. Robert Stonehill was after revenge. Helen had killed his mother, Marianne. Marianne was Helen's sister. He is Helen’s only living relative. She is his aunt. This novel moves back and forth between Helen's incarceration and her one remaining ally, DS Charlie Brooks, who is working to find Robert Stonehill and secure her release. Within the prison there has been 3 murders and Helen is trying to determine who the murderer is. M. J Arlidge is a good writer. His stories tend to have a number of plot twists and turns. You think you have solved the mystery only to be fooled. His work is gritty and unapologetic. Fast paced and riveting. An author to keep your eye on. Thank you First to Read and Berkley Books for this ARC. Publication expected on Oct 10, 2017.

This is the sixth book in the Helen Grace series, but it is the first one that I have read. Former detective inspector Helen Grace is in prison awaiting trial for three murders that she did not commit. She was framed by her nephew Robert Stonehill. The book follows two plot lines, the first is a serial killer murdering inmates in the women's prison and the second is the investigation by Helen's friend Charlie to track down Stonehill and exonerate Helen. I preferred the prison plot. I had three major problems with this book. First, the Stonehill story doesn't really make sense unless you have read the 5th book in the series "Little Boy Blue". The blurb needs to warn people that this book is not a standalone. My second problem is unique to me, I hate serial killer stories. My third problem with the book was the writing style. The author uses very short chapters, sometimes only two pages. This makes the book very choppy. After I reached the 50% point of the book I started to skim because I wanted to find out what the conclusion was but I wasn't really engaged by the writing. Frankly, if you read only the first two and last two paragraphs of each chapter you'll pretty much find out everything you need to know about this book. I have two of the early books of this series but I don't know whether I will be reading them. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

I have really enjoyed the Helen Grace series so far. I devoured the first 3 books in 6 days and then continued ploughing through as they were released. I did end up a little behind by the time of this release and so have forgotten some of the past storylines, which I think it would have been helpful to remember when reading this book. I enjoyed it, but didn't find it quite the pacey thriller I found the previous books to be. I do like Helen's character and the complexities of her relationships with people and herself, and I think there was still an element of this throughout this 6th instalment. But I just didn't quite get the 'unputdownable' feeling I had with most of the previous books. I do feel that you benefit from having read the previous books in the series, it would give a lot more back story. Personally, I would not want to have read this as a one off. That said, I did enjoy the different perspective of Helen being in prison and being at the hands of those she had imprisoned. I will carry on with this series, as I find them very easy reading and look forward to seeing what will happen to Helen Grace next.

This was my first experience with this author and series, so I might not be the target audience for this book. I was intrigued by the description of the book, so I was happy to be selected to read an advance copy in Penguin's First to Read program. However, the experience of the book did not come close to living up to my expectations. This feels like a book in desperate need of one more rewrite. I wanted to give up on the book within the first few pages, because I found the problems to be almost insurmountable. The author relies too heavily on cliché and spends too much time "telling" me what is happening, rather than "showing" me. I found myself rolling my eyes at overly-contrived, unbelievable facets of the story (there are just way too many serial killers in our protagonist's life). Some characters seemed to exist without any purpose. The short chapters (most are only two or three pages) were probably written in an attempt to create fast-paced action, but came off just feeling jumpy to me. Despite this, the pacing felt very uneven to me, with long stretches dragging, to be followed by sudden bursts that nearly lost me. Our final "reveal" came with no warning, no buildup, no explanation as to how our protagonist arrived at that conclusion. And this is all very unfortunate, because there IS a compelling story buried underneath all of these problems. Despite wanting to give up on the book, I found myself going back to it, because I wanted to know how the story ended. It is very likely that many of the problems I had with the book are my fault, as someone who began a series with the sixth book. Still, from my experience with this book, I cannot see myself reading more of the series or any other works from this author. I think I can find compelling stories elsewhere, which will not leave me either scratching or shaking my head.

I had started losing interest in the Helen Grace series over the last few books. This book brought me back to the series. I mostly read it because I wanted to see what happened to former DI Grace when she ended up in prison with some of the criminals she helped put there. Hide and Seek brought the intrigue and interest back into the series for me. Prior to this, I was going to give up on the series. After this book, I’d consider continuing on.

Hide and Seek was back to form for this series, after the last volume was a little disappointing. However, this story was also very different from the prior books, as most of the story takes place within a women's prison. Great reinforcement for why one would never ever ever want to go to prison. Helen Grace is more alone than ever, disgraced and cut off from her unit. When other inmates turn up dead, it looks like a serial killer at work, and Helen becomes the main suspect. As true for this series, there are many, many red herrings along the way. I thought I had the killer figured out early on, but was wrong. I enjoyed that it surprised me.

I was fortunate to receive a copy of Hide and Seek from Penguin's First to Read program, and while the story began with an intriguing premise and was fairly fast paced, I think that I would have been more engaged with the story if I had read the previous installments in the series. Hide and Seek is the sixth book in the Helen Grace saga, and I found myself disconnected at certain points in the storyline. However, overall, I did enjoy the novel, and thank you for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

I love the Helen Grace series by M. J. Arlidge, and Hide and Seek, number 6 in the series, certainly does not disappoint. Picking up where 'Little Boy Blue' left off, Helen is in Holloway Prison, framed for murder. Adjusting to prison life is hard for anyone, but more so for former police investigators. Helen, as expected, quickly becomes a target of the other inmates. Trying to stay alive and clear her name would be enough, but Helen soon finds she is also the prime suspect for a series of murders that begin after her arrival. Corrupt prison guards, slipping pictures and evidence to the gleeful press aren't helping Helen's case. Meanwhile, back at the office, her fellow investigators try to adapt to the shock and loss of Helen as a teammate. With usual office politics at play, the investigators and bosses are split in their thinking about Helen's situation - some are trying to seek evidence to prove Helen innocent while others seem content to move on. Higher powers enter the picture, push comes to shove, and suddenly jobs are on the line, based on whether or not they are loyal to Helen. A very interesting sideline! Can Helen stay alive, solve the prison murders, AND get someone to listen to her before it's too late? Helen, and her colleagues, are nothing if not smart and resourceful. But time is definitely a factor.... The pages just fly in this book. As with others in the series, it is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Four stars from me! Many thanks to FirstToRead for providing me with an ARC of this book.

Another great Helen Grace novel (make sure you read the others first or this book might not make sense). We see that Helen is now in prison, serving time for her "murders", even though she was set up by her nephew. A great story within a story as we see her BFF try to help Helen prove her innocence and a serial killer is inside the prison, so Helen is going to be her regular BA self and try to solve it. Thank you to First to Read for the ARC!

This book pulled in me as soon as I started it. While I had read Eeny Meeny, I had not kept up with any of the other books in the series, which made some parts of this book confusing. For one, I'm sure there is more to the backstory of how Helen ended up in jail in the first place, but you only receive pieces here and there in this story. However, I did enjoy this book and was surprised when they revealed who the person was that was killing the women in the prison. I look forward to the next book in the Helen Grace series.

Helen Grace is now sitting in jail waiting for her trial. She didn't commit the crime but she was framed for it. The worst part is that it's her dead sister's son who framed her. She can't do anything while incarcerated except try to stay alive... First to Read allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It has been published so you can grab a copy now. I've been reading this whole series and knew I had to read this one to see if she was able to prove her innocence. She has a real problem with that because she had lied to the cops in the past. Now no one wants to believe her except one person. What can one person do? Not only that: there's a killer in the prison. There's a sadist prison guard, gang members, and more to deal with while you live in a cell. The food is bad and might have a cockroach in it (or worse). There's a disabled person in a wheelchair who sells drugs. And now, there's someone in the cells who is a killer. Of course, Grace is the first one they think might have done it. Her cop friend is searching for the nephew and skirting a line between losing only her job but her husband. She's spending too much time on it and it has now been declared a closed case. She's not willing to give up. When the first dead body turns up pregnant, that adds another flavor to the murder. Who is sleeping with the prisoners and why? As is usual, there's plenty going on and the action doesn't slow down until the end. There are unpleasant subjects covered but it's reality. One thing about it, you can't second guess this author.

Incredibly fast-paced, not quite as impactful as Little Boy Blue (must be read in order), parts of it became a bit unbelievable, but still highly entertaining.

I LOVE HELEN GRACE!!! I was so excited to learn I was picked for this novel. I love this series and MJ Arlidge does not disappoint! This series really needs to be on everyone's must read list. This novel has it all -- a little mystery, intrigue, thrills, and chills -- LOVE IT! Helen Grace is my favorite heroine. Will definitely recommend to all my friends!

Detective Helen Grace is in trouble. She's in prison for a crime she didn't commit, awaiting trial. Most of her fellow squad members have turned their backs on her, or worse yet, used her fall from grace as calculated career moves. The other inmates despise the police, especially the ones she's personally helped put behind bars. But circumstances become even more dire when prisoners begin dying of unnatural causes. This is my first introduction to the Helen Grace series, so while I have some catching up to do, I found it easy to slide into her world and feel terrified on her behalf! But Helen Grace is tough, and even the dangers of prison life doesn't stop her from investigating the murders. Outside the prison, we see snippets of other characters' perspectives, notably the junior detective trying to clear Helen's name. We also see the horror facing the family members as they're notified of their loved ones' brutal deaths while in prison. There is a lot of interesting back story for Helen, concerning her sister and nephew. I'm definitely going to get a copy of the first book, to catch up! Thank you to First to Read for an ARC.

I enjoyed reading this book. My attention was captured from the very beginning wondering how and why the main character got where she was and worrying for her safety. I too was not aware it was a part of a series. While I understood what was going on (much of which you can surmise from the text of the book), I believe I would have been much more connected to the book had I read the series from the beginning. I will add it to my to be read list again-this time starting with book one to see if the book has a different impact with the history of the rest of the series attached to it. The fact that I truly enjoyed the book in spite of it is a testament to the author's skills and I look forward to reading more of her work.

Thanks to the First to Read program for a chance to read this advanced copy! Unfortunately I couldn't get into this book. I think the idea of the plot sounded interesting, but the writing was too simple and did not keep my interest.

I would not reccommend Hide and Seek as a stand alone book. I have not read the previous Helen Grace books so I found it difficult to completely understand what was going on and the relationships between the characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. When I realized it was part 6 of a series I was worried I'd be a little lost. However the author did a great job of keeping me in line. This book has so much action and suspense. I will definitely look for the rest of the author's books. Great book.

So, with this being the 6th book in the Helen Grace series, I found myself a bit lost with characters and so forth. That said, I thought the book was well-written, though parts of the plot are somewhat implausible. It was suspenseful and had plenty of twists. I will definitely read more from this author. I recommend this title, but I'd start at the beginning for clarity.

I wish I'd read the other books in the series, I found it difficult to get to grips with all the characters and didn't think it was great as a stand alone book.

Maybe my favorite Helen Grace book to date! After being set-up and arrested as a serial killer, only Grace could find herself imprisoned with an actual serial killer, who is still killing! So while protecting herself from criminals she had previously arrested, Grace tries to track down someone taking advantage of women with no way to fight. Meanwhile Charlie Brookes, Grace's former DS, is trying to clear Grace's name by tracking down the real serial killer, Grace's own nephew. For both it is a race against time and once again Arlidge has put plenty of obstacles and twists in their way. This is a great addition to a well written series but please make sure you read the series, in order! You will be thankful you did!

I received this ARC from Penguin Books and First to Read for my honest review. This book was incredible. MJ Arlidge did a fantastic job building the plot, growing the characters and keeping the reader in suspense. I didn't realize before reading this book that there is another Helen Grace novel already, but this book is definitely capable of being a stand alone novel. I was truly surprised by the ending. I look forward to reading more books by MJ Aldridge and I would recommend this to others.

I liked this book. Like many other reviewers, I did not realize that this was part of a series. This book was a quick read and I really liked the story & characters. I think it would've been beneficial to have read the others in the series to fully understand the relationships between the characters but it was good as a stand alone book as well. Thanks to First to Read for the ARC.

I didn't realize that this was part of a series (I thought I checked, but apparently not carefully enough!) and while I wish I'd known more about Grace going into this, it functioned fine as a stand alone story. The pace was great and it drew you in.

“I can’t think like that. I must try to remember what is real, what is good. But when you’re a prisoner, the days seem endless and hope is the first thing to die.” The sixth book in the DI Helen Grace Thriller novel series by M.J. Arlidge is an excellent read for all who enjoy a thrilling adventure. Helen Grace is a former detective who has been incarcerated and framed for a crime she did not commit. While dealing with the stress of hostile inmates, and the pest-ridden rooms, she attempts to find information on the individual responsible for the brutal murder of three inmates. Arlidge does an amazing job giving enough detail about past events (from previous books) that this could be a standalone novel. If I had not googled Arlidge, I would have never known there were five books before Hide and Seek. I loved how Arlidge switched narrators between each chapter. The chapters were short but extremely action-packed that it left you wanting more. I do wish the author took a little more time with personal relationships between characters. This may have been covered in the previous books. Overall, this is a very well written book with an unexpected twist. I will definitely be reading the previous 5 books. Thank you to First to Read for a copy of this ARC to review.

I should start by saying that this type of crime mystery is not my normal fare of everyday reading. I enjoyed this story as a whole, it was a little more stressful than I am used to and instead of helping me relax it made me a bit more agitated than reading usually does. I found that Arlidge's style of extremely short, choppy chapters didn't add much to the narrative. Each chapter jumped to a different character, in no recognizable order which made it difficult for me to become immersed in the story or to deeply identify with any of the main characters. I felt like this book had a lot of pros and cons. The story did take some twists and turns that were unexpected. Maybe it’s because I watch a lot of crime television but I felt like many of the “revelations” that happened with the story were predictable. Helen Grace was a likable character but she seemed a bit careless with her own future. For me there was a graphic note to this novel that I found disruptive to the flow of the story. I’m sure that is par for the course in the genre but it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.

Hide and Seek is the sixth book, published in the United States, in the Detective Inspector Helen Grace series by British author M.J. Arlidge. Any British English used translates well and American readers shouldn't have difficulty understanding the context. Having personally started the series in the beginning with Eeny Meeny, it was satisfying to see resolution to previous storyline danglers. While Hide and Seek can stand alone to some degree, there is considerable character depth and overall complexity missing without reading previous books in the series. Arlidge doesn't write a "formula" serial killer novel, so if you like your thrillers comfortably predictable, this is not for you. If you like gritty, flawed protagonists, and no holds barred action with uniquely clever plot twists, check out this series.

Thanks to First To Read for the opportunity to review Hide and Seek. I did not know this was part of an on-going series. However, the book is fine as a stand-alone story. Good story line.

I loved this book. Very entertaining and fast paced. I would definitely recommend this series.

Hide and Seek by M.J. Arlidge is the 6th book in the DI Helen Grace series. This book finds Helen, one of the country's best detectives, behind bars in Holloway prison, framed for murder. Still adjusting to incarceration and basically alone, Helen must find a killer within the prison, which is not an easy feat. Someone is killing and mutilating inmates in their cells over night, and the prisoners and guards are all on edge. Will Helen be able to identify the killer before the killer comes for her? This was my first Helen Grace novel, and I really enjoyed it. It was gripping, fast paced and easy to read. I did not want to put it down, it kept me guessing as to who the killer was, and I was rooting for Helen the whole time. It can definitely stand alone, but I did feel as if I was missing a little bit about Helen's current situation. Each chapter is only a few pages long and focuses on one character or aspect of the plot, which makes it quick and easy to get through. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes crime dramas or suspenseful thrillers.

This is the first of the Helen Grace series I've read. You can read it as a standalone, I understood what was going on, but I think some of the emotional impact may be lost. While I knew about the ties between the characters I think I would have enjoyed it more had I experienced them myself previously. That being said, this is definitely an action thriller. There's always something going on or some new bit of info being uncovered. The short chapters made each feel eventful and the multiple narrators gave the world a bigger, more realistic feel. I think there were a few narrators we could have done without in order to focus more on the major players. I feel like emotion and depth was sacrificed a bit for action and tension (which I didn't always buy into), but this may be due to me being new to the series.

This book was a real nail biter and I could not put it down once I really got into it. Helen is police officer that is imprisoned for murders that she did not commit and has to solve the case, or forfeit her life. I did not see the ending coming. The police are able to identify and capture the murderer and stop Helen from being the next victim. I will be looking into more books by this author. This was a showstopper!

Thank you for the opportunity to read this galley. I did not know that this book was the latest in a series about PI Helen Grace, but there is enough background to keep the reader from wondering what is going on. Brilliant book. I couldn't put it down and I was up far too late at night reading. Helen Grace does nothing by halves and her incarceration does not stop her from becoming involved in a string of murders in the prison. So well written I wondered for a moment if I was responsible for those deaths! I quibble with one thing only: would you really put an officer in a general population prison with others she had been instrumental in putting away? I am going back to read these books in order.

Although this is part of a bigger Helen Grace series (which I didn't read), it was a fun and fast thriller read, with lots of characters in which to lose yourself (which happened) and short chapters to leave you craving more (craved longer ones). The fictional women's prison mystery will catch your attention, especially if you're a fan of TV shows like "Orange is the new black" and I might say it makes me want to read the other 5 books before and what's to come next.

I had read the first book in this series last year....I didn't even remember the author or the book until I started reading this. Missing several books in the middle probably wasn't the best place to start this book. It's a decent read but not the best of the year.

Finished this book rather quickly. It was an easy and enjoyable read...however not something I would actively seek out on my own. This is the first time I've read this author and it didn't leave me wanting to go buy others of hers.

I requested this book not realizing it was the sixth in a series of Helen Grace books. Nevertheless the book did not disappoint! During the chapters of the book that talk about Helen's former life as a detective, I felt as though it would have been beneficial to have read the other books. The rest of the book, however, was still just as good without having read the previous five books. The format of the short chapters kept you on your toes and always wondering what was going to happen. Through multiple twists and turns, you are continuously wondering what's going to happen to Helen in the walls of a women's only prison, and who could possibly be committing the gruesome crimes going on in the walls of the prison. Highly recommend this book!

Loved this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller! I like the idea of the best cop being thrown in prison with those she's put away. Every time I thought I knew who the killer was I was proven wrong. I felt like Helen, the answer came to me at the very end. Overall, very well written and kept my attention!

This was my first Helen Grace novel and I gotta say I really liked it! I didn't feel lost or thought I was missing something by not reading the other books at all. The characters were well developed and really made me want to get to know more about their lives before they were in prison. I want to read more about Helen and am adding the other books in the series to my to be read pile! I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a quick, fast paced, page-turner of a suspense novel!

Helen Grace, a police detective, was locked up in prison among inmates she put there, framed for a crime she did not commit. After a fellow prisoner was discovered brutally murdered in her locked cell, Helen was determined to uncover the identity of this violent murderer. The person responsible for Helen's incarceration, planting false evidence that convicted her, was Helen's own nephew. The author kept the reader engaged as Helen sought to uncover the violent serial killer who was preying on the prison inmates, while trying to survive in order to prove her own innocence and convict the nephew who set her up.

Helen Grace has found herself on the other side of the judicial system. Five years ago she was a detective. Now she's locked in a violent prison, framed for a murder she didn't commit. Will she survive behind bars, with the same criminals she has spent her career fighting against? Things only get worse when there is a mutilated body found in the cell next to Helen's. Now she has to withstand brutality and desperation as she fights to gather dangerous information, with only one ally left on the outside. Hide and Seek's short chapters had me fervently turning its pages, hoping against all hope that Helen would accomplish her next objective unscathed. Readers will enjoy this hear pounding and emotionally gripping read.

Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to preview Hide and Seek by MJ Arlidge. I have been a fan of this series since Eeny Meeny - DI Helen Grace is a flawed and vulnerable police detective. She is a great character and this series gets better and better. Helen Grace is incarcerated for a crime that she did not committ, but she defintely made mistakes in this investigation. Someone has produced evidence that implicates her and she must find a way to prove her innocence. How does she do this while she is in prison and then the murders begin before her very eyes! This is fast paced and although it could be a stand alone book, I don't recommend it. Read the series - they are really solid police procedureal novels. Recommend.

This was my first Helen Grace thriller and now I feel I have a lot of catching up to do! Even though I have not read any others I never felt lost or confused with the character or storyline . I thought I had it figured out numerous different times but would be proved wrong by the next chapter . Definitely alot of twists and turns but everything was tied up nicely I will definitely recommend this book and the whole series !

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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