Title: Cat & Mouse (Helen Grace #11)
Author: M.J. Arlidge
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 4.36
When you think you’re safe,
When you think you’re all alone,
That’s when he’ll come for you…
A silent killer stalks the city, targeting those home alone at night – killing without pity or remorse.
As panic spreads, Detective Inspector Helen Grace leads the investigation, but is herself a hunted woman, her every step dogged by a ruthless killer bent on revenge.
As she tracks the murderer, Grace begins to suspect there is a truly shocking home truth that connects these brutal crimes…
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Orion for approving me for an ARC of this book. I am a big fan of the Helen Grace series and couldn’t wait to dive into this one, especially after the cliff hanger ending of the last one! Whilst this book is part of a series they can be read as standalones. We are given enough background information to learn what has happened in previous books and each book investigates a separate case.
The book opens with a brutal murder that frankly made me question how comfortable I felt being in the house on my own! Southampton has a new killer on the loose and it seems that his attacks are random and none of the victims have a link. From a young mother to a teenager Helen and the team can’t fathom what connects them. As usual M.J. Arlidge throws a few red herrings our way and when the final murderer is revealed I was honestly shocked.
Running alongside this story we have Helen and the new threat she faces. I can’t imagine what it must be like to live constantly looking over your shoulder and whilst Helen is a formidable force this at times proves too much for her. Emilia Garanita does not help matters and lets just the say Helen makes her feelings pretty clear on that front. I did like seeing the slight change in Emilia but I do wonder if it will stick?
As always Charlie Brooks was there to support Helen through the case despite having her own battles to deal with at home. I have loved Charlie as a secondary character from the start of this series and she only proved herself more in the final part of the story. Everyone needs a friend like Charlie.
M.J. Arlidge has done it again and written a fast paced, action packed, gruesome story. I look forward to reading the next one and seeing what Helen and the team face next.