Love Me Not by M.J. Arlidge #bookreview

The Helen Grace series is another series I’ve fallen behind on. I’ve just caught up on the seventh book in the series, Love Me Not and I’m kicking myself that I haven’t got round to reading it sooner.

Love Me Not: DI Helen Grace 7 (Detective Inspector Helen Grace) by [M. J. Arlidge]


A blood-red sunrise
Just after 7 AM DI Helen Grace stumbles on a dead woman lying in a country road. She has been brutally shot for no apparent reason.

Two hours later
At gunpoint a shopkeeper is forced to close up by two assailants. Before the police can get inside a single gunshot rings out.

A rampage of revenge?
Over one long day the town of Southampton is terrorized by two young killers who appear to be killing at random.

For DI Helen Grace, it’s a race against time. Uncover why they’re doing this and who’s next or always be a step behind – until the sun sets on this bloody killing spree.


Love Me Not by M.J. Arlidge takes place over a single day. A shocking series of crimes are about to take place in Southampton, and Helen Grace is on the hunt for a pair of terrifying killers. They kill without mercy and to them, it seems almost like a game. Helen and her team don’t have any idea how long this killing spree will last and how it’ll end. It becomes a race against time to track their suspects down before it is too late.

Whenever I pick up a book by M.J. Arlidge, I know that I’m going to race through it. He writes with urgency, and you can feel the tension on every single page as Helen races to find the killers. The killers in this book are terrifying, when we first meet them, they gave me chills, and I had to keep reading. I was rooting for Helen to find out who they were and bring them to justice. I have to admit that they did remind me of Bonnie and Clyde and there are a few references to them in this book.

Helen feels a lot more detached from the rest of her team in this book. I think before you read this book, it will definitely help to read the previous book, Hide and Seek, but it still works well as a stand-alone. You can see that she feels very much on her own, and she struggles to reconnect with her old friends. It’s difficult to talk further about the plot here without giving too much away and I don’t want to spoil it for you.

I always find at the end of each chapter in any of the books in this series; I’m always eager to read the next making M.J. Arlidge’s books very difficult to put down. Short pacy chapters keep the pace flying forward. The writing grabs you without any effort and pulls you straight into an action-packed read.

After finishing this book, it does make me wonder how Helen will feel towards her team in the future books on the series. I can understand why she is feeling the way she is, but it is also clear that her old friends are desperate to win back her approval and friendship. I think this may take time, but I hope that they will be able to get along again.

Love Me Not is another brilliant addition to this series, and I am looking forward to catching up on the next book. If you start reading this book, or any books in this series, make sure you have a lot of free time on your hands because you will want to get to the end as soon as possible. Riveting stuff!

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 21st September 2017

Print length: 352 pages

Love Me Not is available to buy:

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