I am a huge fan of Arlidge's DI Helen Grace series. He has created a wonderful protagonist who the reader can't help loving, despite her self-induced troubles. I often shout at the pages when I know she is making the wrong decision and hope she will come to her senses. This is testament to Arlidge's writing. He has lovingly given us a character we can care about, we worry about and who we want to see succeed. To me, Helen Grace is very much alive and I can physically picture her more than any other fictional character.
'Hide and Seek' is the sixth novel in the series, and, in my opinion, is the best so far. The pace is electric, the action non-stop and the plot has more twists than a cork screw.
The scene is set straight away as Helen Grace finds herself locked up in Holloway for three murders she did not commit. Arlidge paints a disturbing picture of prison life. It is a dark and dangerous place and Arlidge uses the buildings reputation and past to throw everything at Grace and put her in mortal danger.
By the end of 'Hide and Seek', life, for Helen and her colleagues, has changed considerably and things will never be the same again. It will be interesting to see the direction the series will now go in. We won't have long to wait as book seven, 'Follow The Leader', is published early 2017.