All Fall Down – MJ Arlidge (Helen Grace Book 9)

“You have one hour to live.”

Those are the only words on the phone call. Then they hang up. Surely, a prank? A mistake? A wrong number? Anything but the chilling truth… That someone is watching, waiting, working to take your life in one hour.

But why?

The job of finding out falls to DI Helen Grace: a woman with a track record in hunting killers. However, this is a case where the killer seems to always be one step ahead of the police and the victims.

With no motive, no leads, no clues – nothing but pure fear – an hour can last a lifetime…

My Review:

The Helen Grace books are one of my favourite series, featuring a strong female Detective and a sick, twisted and depraved serial killer and whilst each book can be read as a standalone, I would strongly recommend reading the books in order (listed below) to fully to understand the complex personality and background of Helen Grace and her team.

Once again, this book is written in short, fast paced and tense chapters which means despite my best intentions of “just one more chapter” I ended up reading it for hours and hours – however this isn’t a complaint – as with everything going on in the crazy world right now All Fall Down was a welcome distraction and escape from reality.

Several years previously 5 teenagers were abducted and tortured, 4 escaped barely alive and their abductor was never found.  Today those 4 are now living their own individual lives, some are moving on, some are successful entrepreneurs and some are profiting from their experience by writing a memoir of that tragic event.

When one of the “survivors” receives a phone call telling him he has one hour to live and is then found brutally murdered DCI Grace finds herself tasked with hunting down and capturing the killer before he can kill any one else.

All Fall Down kept me guessing, second guessing and doubting myself throughout and I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book.  It was great to catch up with Helen and her team again and I look forward to book 10.

About The Author:  M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, specializing in high-end drama production, including the prime-time crime serials TornThe Little House and Silent Witness. Arlidge also pilots original crime series for both UK and US networks. In 2015 his audio exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a Number One bestseller.

His first thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014. It was followed by the bestselling Pop Goes the Weasel, The Doll’s House, Liar Liar and Little Boy Blue.

  1.  Eeny Meeny
  2. Pop Goes the Weasel
  3. The Dolls House
  4. Liar Liar
  5. Little Boy Blue
  6. Hide and Seek
  7. Love Me Not
  8. Down to the Woods

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