DI Helen Grace returns in Pop Goes the Weasel, the electrifying new thriller from M. J. Arlidge.
The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton’s red-light district – horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.
Hours later – and barely cold – the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.
A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.
The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there’s a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs .
This is the second of the series with DI Helen Grace, after the fantastic debut novel Eeny Meeny this is almost as good, the same writing, the same characters, and Eeny Meeny was one of my favourite books so far this year. This also has some gruesome parts and descriptions. We learn more about Helen Grace (she is a little more human in this book) and her past, along with other main characters.
The short chapters are great but I did get confused with so many new names and some of them were only in the book for short time. This is a great book for one more chapter, it will pull you in and you won´t want to put it down.
“The fog crept in from the sea, suffocating the city. It descended like an invading army, consuming landmarks, choking out the moonlight, rendering Southampton a strange and unnerving place.”
Overall this is a great second book, but it is not as good as the first, and more important is that you need to read Eeny Meeny first as the second does talk loads about stuff that happened in the first one.
M.J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last 15 years, specialising in high end drama production. Arlidge has produced a number of prime-time crime serials for ITV In the last five years, and is currently working on a major adaptation of The Last of the Mohicans for the BBC.
Read an interview here.
Genre: suspense, thriller, crime, murder