Good morning readers! 🙂
“Framed police woman D I Helen Grace must survive prison and prove her innocence in M J Alridge’s sixth bestselling thriller”. That is the Publisher’s description of Hide and Seek.
This is the first of M.J. Arlidge’s books that I have read. I picked it up randomly in a bookshop along with Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner (see my recent post about that book). The two protagonists are similar in that they are both female police officers who have had to cope with the loss of their mothers. However, the styles and settings of the two novels are entirely in contrast with each other.
Hide and Seek is set in a prison and its style is very dark and gritty. The novel is fast paced with short and punchy sentences, paragraphs and chapters which create the impression of an onslaught of stabs or gunshots. I really liked the way the novel is two murder mysteries rolled into one. Helen Grace’s colleague and friend is on the outside investigating the murder that Grace was framed for and is determined to prove her innocence before her trial. Meanwhile, Grace is incarcerated and is trying desperately to find out who is responsible for a spate of grisly murders in the prison. I loved the twist at the end. If you like dark and gritty crime novels then I can highly recommend this one to you. The characters in this novel are less well developed than Steiner’s characters but then that adds to the pace of the novel.
I have a few crime novels on my reading list but can you recommend any to me?
Bye for now 🙂