Little Boy Blue is the fifth book in the DI Helen Grace series by M J Arlidge. This can be read as a standalone story but you will get much more out of it if you have read the earlier novels. It will come as no surprise to fans of the series that the author has been a contributor on prime time crime serial Silent Witness.
Helen is a dark and complicated character with a significant back story. She is a really fresh and interesting female lead in a crime series.
The book opens with a gruesome murder in a BDSM club in Southampton. Right from the start you get drawn into the darkness of the scene and the seediness of some of the people involved. The world of the sexual fetishist is suddenly open to scrutiny.
As the investigation progresses it becomes obvious that Helen’s secret and her own BDSM past will be impossible to keep under wraps.
Frustratingly the book ends with a real cliff hanger that will leave you scrabbling for more pages to try and find out what happened. Luckily the next book is due later this year. Not too long to wait!
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