On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new novel by M.J. Arlidge, Cat and Mouse. With thanks to Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers for inviting me to take part.
When you think you’re safe,
When you think you’re all alone,
That’s when he’ll come for you…
A silent killer stalks the city, targeting those home alone at night, playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with the victims.
As panic spreads, Detective Inspector Helen Grace leads the investigation, but is herself a hunted woman, her every step shadowed by a ruthless psychopath bent on revenge.
As she tracks the murderer, Grace begins to suspect there is a truly shocking home truth that connects these brutal crimes. But what she will find is something more twisted than she could ever suspect…
Check the windows, lock the doors – this is a twisted page-turner that will prey on your darkest fears, in the way only M.J. Arlidge can.
Whenever M.J. Arlidge releases a new novel, you know you are going to be in for a highly entertaining and an utterly gripping read. I was thrilled to see that his character, Detective Inspector Helen Grace would be returning in his latest book, Cat and Mouse. Helen is never given an easy ride. She has faced a tough few years and the tension around her has only built since the first book.
The novel opens with a shocking opening with a brutal murder, and we know that this is going to be another tough case for Helen. M.J. Arlidge knows how to write novels filled with suspense and he creates such a dark atmosphere that pulls you into the book. As has always been the case in this book, he draws on the setting of Southampton so well and you feel as though you are there, chasing the suspects with Helen, or speaking to witnesses. As always, journalist Emilia Garanita is up to her old tricks again and tensions between her and Helen really begin to spill over.
Helen Grace has faced several challenges in her career in this series and she is up against another difficult one that will push her to the limits. It’s what really adds to the tension in this book, and I could sense the fight she was going to have on her hand, on top of the investigation. It feels as though Helen is on her on her own in this book, although she always has DS Charlie Brooks there by her side.
M.J. Arlidge is a master at creating suspense and I thought the twists and turns in this book were very well done. I was also kept engaged by the lives of the people who are on Helen’s team
M.J. Arlidge’s books are always the types of reads that can be read in one sitting. I flew through Cat and Mouse, if you’re a fan of this series, then you definitely need to bump this book right to the top of your TBR pile.
Publication date: 9th June 2022
Print length: 500 pages
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