The sun was shining down on M. J. Arlidge in the coulee while I binge read the first three books in the Helen Grace series and I am now featuring them together in this one post. I read the first one in the series Eeny Meeny from a recommendation from one of my Traveling Sisters, Susanne who read this one and the second one Pop Goes The Weasel. I read the first two with Kaceey and after reading them Susanne joined us for the third one Dollhouse. We instantly loved how strong of a character Detective Inspector Helen Grace is and she became our friend and then she became our sister. Helen is one of the most flawed and damaged female Detective characters we have ever come across and she really stood out for us. We felt a connection right away to her and a few of the characters. DC Charlie Brooks is a very strong one as well. M. J. Arlidge does such a great job creating these interesting and so likable characters.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was lost in the dark cloudy disturbing craggy coulee with Kaceey reading Eeeny Meeny. We started off pretty comfy in the sunshine however soon after starting this one the dark clouds covered up the sunshine and Kaceey and I fight a little squeamish and were looking for cover from the shower of intense dread that overtook us and some characters to the twisted game inflicted by the killer.
Eeny Meeny is an action-packed, dark and twisted story with a game so disturbing and more twisted than our main character, flawed and strong Detective Helen Grace and that we have ever seen before. We raced against time along with Helen as she searched for the killer behind these games. We ignored life around us and turned the pages as fast as we could right to the end. Not stopping with this story we quickly grabbed the second book Pop Goes the Weasel and dived into as fast as we could. We highly recommend.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Barely putting down the first book to the Helen Grace Series, Eeny Meeny, Kaceey and I started reading this one and were soon lost in the overgrown grassy and murky Coulee. There is plenty of action to this cat and mouse game that Helen and her colleagues were on with this sadistic killer in this game.
Pop goes the Weasel is a gripping, and disturbing entertaining story that soon became the favorite for the two for us. Even though this one was more gruesome and disturbing than the first in the series things just got better here for us with Helen and her colleagues. We loved how much more fascinating Helen became but still so much of her held back and we quickly became so engaged with these characters. We were very excited to see another of our favorite characters DC Charlie Brooks back in for this story. We loved the relationship that started building between Helen and Charlie and felt ourselves wanting to leap out of the coulee cheering them on right to the end. We highly recommend.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Kaceey and I were lost in the dark, cold and damp musty coulee along with Susanne joining us in reading The Dolls House.
The Dolls House is a disturbing, terrifying and chilling story that takes us into the mind of an abducted woman as she struggles with what she had to endure while being held captive. We found ourselves at the edge of the coulee cheering Helen on as she follows the trail to understanding the killer’s motivation here in this story.
Somethings have shifted here within the team we love and we don’t see as much from Helen in this one. There is a bit of difference in the dynamics here with the team and our guard went up when we start to see Helen butting heads with DI Harwood. We do see a new side to Helen that had us loving Helen even more as she struggles to find the balance between her job and her personal life. We also grew to love another character even more in this story.
Not the favorite of the three, however, we still raced through this one as fast as we could. We highly recommend.