Arlidge’s style has me determined to get my hands on each novel in the D. I. Helen Grace series of crime stories. His characters – both the police team members, and each title’s new cast members – are well and truly alive on the page – real, and human with their foibles and fancies.
In Hide And Seek our favourite police officer-no-more is in her worst possible place: the world behind the bars of Holloway. Both the guards and the inmates (some of whom are there because of Helen) have already adjudged her as a rotten copper – before her trial – and as just another crim.
When the inmate of the cell beside Helen’s is found dead in her bed, left by her killer in a bizarre and ghastly state, it is Helen who has to remind the inmates that none of them are safe. Helen is driven to watch both guards and inmates alike in her effort to identify the killer.
She faces suspicion and hostility from both sides. The second and third kill creates a frenzy among the inmates. An understandable error of thinking delays her eventual discovery of the murderer, which she learns the hard way. Seriously, the hard way.
The unwarranted (as in, not official) actions of loyal D. C. Charlie Brookes are what decides the sequel*.
Published 2016 by Michael Joseph, for Penguin/Random House
Hardbound: 978-0-718-18383-7 (NZ ISBN: 978-0-718-18383-7)
Paperback: 978-0-718-18384-4 (NZ ISBN: 978-1-405-92562-4)
Arlidge has posted about his research into Holloway prison, carried out almost while conceiving the story for Hide And Seek.
Pop Goes the Weasel
The Doll’s House
Little Boy Blue
Hide And Seek
* Follow My Leader, later in 2017
The New Zealand Cover differs from editions produced for northern hemisphere markets