The Doll’s House by M.J. Arlidge || Review


Author: M.J. Arlidge
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Genre: Thriller, crime
Year of publication: 
Date read: 6 June 2017


A young woman wakes up in a cold, dark cellar, with no idea how she got there or who her kidnapper is. So begins her terrible nightmare.

Nearby, the body of another young woman is discovered buried on a remote beach. But the dead girl was never reported missing – her estranged family having received regular texts from her over the years. Someone has been keeping her alive from beyond the grave.

For Detective Inspector Helen Grace it’s chilling evidence that she’s searching for a monster who is not just twisted but also clever and resourceful – a predator who’s killed before.

And as Helen struggles to understand the killer’s motivation, she begins to realize that she’s in a desperate race against time . . .


I think the books in this series about DI Helen Grace are my all time favourite thrillers (so far). If you love reading thrillers and crime: this series is so great guys! I highly recommend you read it, even if you don’t like thrillers. The books are a must read imho. The cases in the books are very original (which is a good thing in thrillers and crime books haha) and make you think about what could’ve been the cause in someone’s life to be able to commit such crimes (most times horrific; not your average stabbing/shooting/kidnaping) .

What I love about this series, and actually about thrillers in general, is the short chapters. The very short chapters, most not longer than two pages, in these books all contain a mini-cliffhanger at the end, so you just want to read and read and read and read. And believe me, it was really hard to put this book down. Monday I even managed to read 200+ pages, and normally I’m not really able to haha! (I also even managed to write 850 words of a paper for uni and do a lot of research for that, so it was a VERY productive day).

Just like a lot of other thrillers, every chapter is from a different POV and where that can be a bit confusing every now and then, it wasn’t (at all) with this book. The different POVs made really feel for every single character. Yes, even the criminal gets his own POV and yes, I even felt a little sorry for him in the end. (I mean he’s still a douche, but he has his ‘reasons’) And where I normally don’t really like fictional, strong, independent women I absolutely LOVE Helen Grace. You not only get to see her fierce side, but also her vulnerable side, which makes her a lot more human. (and no, I can tell you a little secret, her vulnerability is not alcohol, like the average troubled DI).

I really love how Arlidge builds up his stories; it starts right off with the murder and action and you get sucked into the investigation. It all makes sense and it all fits. Perfect. I can’t wait to read the next one: Liar Liar! 

5/5 ★

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