Truth of Dare by M J Arlidge @MJarlidge @OrionPublishing @Leanne_Oliver1 @Tr4cyF3nt0n #TruthorDare #DIHelenGrace #TheClqrt #CrimeFiction #MJArlidge #BookReview #BookBlog CrimeFictionSeries

Orion Books 24th June 2021

Book Description

A crimewave sweeps through the city and no one is safe.

Crimes without motive, without suspects, and without any leads.

When the pieces all fall into place, Detective Inspector Helen Grace will understand just how devious this web of crime is – and that it may well be impossible to stop it…

My Thoughts

Firstly, thank you to Tracey at Compulsive Readers for inviting me to be involved with this blogtour and arranging for a proof copy of the book from the publishers – also thank you! I have been a fan of M J Arlidge since book one, Eeny Meeny which my husband bought for me, inadvertently introducing me and him to a new crime fiction series.

Truth or Dare packs a mighty punch, at over 460 pages it is longer than average I think, however the crime being investigated is baffling, violent crime is soaring in Southampton with a series of recent seemingly unconnected murders. D I Helen Grace is under pressure, with no leads and critical media coverage she is desperate, an insubordinate Sgt – Joseph Hudson doesn’t help matters and those familiar with this series will recall these two have history.

With short chapters throughout, the earlier part of the book covers a range of characters as well as tracking the investigations of the Southampton MIT. It is not always clear how all these characters link, however it is a measure of the skill of Arlidge that despite a lot of characters and storylines, the plot and the book was easy enough to follow.

This book was gripping, the crimes kept me guessing but as the story progressed things became clearer. For me when reading crime fiction it is essential for me that the storyline is authentic and the clues are followed – it has to make sense and these books are strong in this area. The aforementioned short chapters play well with my, ‘just one more chapter’ and despite its length this was a quick read.

Told in the third person, this was another thumbs up from me in the D I Helen Grace series and actually I think this book was significantly better than its recent predecessors which had me wondering if the series needed to conclude. Give this one a go if you shared my feelings, you won’t be disappointed! While these books could be read as standalone crime fiction, the development of the recurring characters adds depth to the story and no one will be surprised to hear me recommending starting a series at the beginning!

Check out my other M J Arlidge reviews here – All Fall Down and A Gift for Dying.

This is a blogtour so do checkout what others are saying about the latest book in the D I Helen Grace series, Truth or Dare.

About the Author

Matthew (MJ) Arlidge has worked in television for the last twenty years, specialising in high-end drama production, including prime-time crime series Silent Witness, Torn, The Little House and most recently, the hit TV show Innocent. His debut thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014 and has been followed by nine more DI Helen Grace bestsellers includig the latest, All Fall Down. In 2015, his audio book exclusive Six Degrees of Assasination was a number-one bestseller.

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