Review: The Doll’s House by MJ Arlidge 

Amazon blurb:

Detective Helen Grace is on the trail of a twisted serial killer in this riveting thriller in the “gripping”* international bestselling series. 


Ruby wakes up in a strange room. Her captor calmly explains that no one is looking for her. No one wants her. Except him. 


When the body of a woman is found buried on a secluded beach, Detective Helen Grace is called to the scene. She knows right away that the killer is no amateur. The woman has been dead for years, and no one has even reported her missing. But why would they? She’s still sending text messages to her family.  


Helen is convinced that a criminal mastermind is at work: someone very smart, very careful, and worst of all, very patient. But as she struggles to piece together the killer’s motive, time is running out for a victim who is still alive…

I’m going to just cut to the chase and admit that this was the best of the three DI Grace series, so far 🙌🏼 What was it exactly? I can’t put my finger on any specific reason 🤔 Was it because it felt less ‘new’ being the third book? I mean, I’ve always said that the author has a great writing style, very easy to read, flows naturally, characters aren’t forced into any action or dialogue, the pace is good… No, it’s not that. 

Previously, I’ve commented on the nasty cliche’s but this one did well not to include any. I think I particularly liked that the author didn’t go a female serial killer again. Considering how over the top the first two were, it really grated my nerves. This time around though, it felt less like the author was trying to ‘show off’, but instead really made the reader want to know more about the antagonist. I was intrigued by him and his motivations, I sort of wanted more of him at the end of the book. I enjoyed the way he read so naturally and the little twists and reveals were superb. 

I very much dislike Harwood. She really wasn’t a character I enjoyed or felt any reader connection with at all. 

I still love the shorter chapters, however I’m not a fan of the ‘dramatics’ the author seems to be in the habit of leaving chapters in. Towards the last few sentences they yes to feel too theatrical or use too much wordage and I think would be snappier shorter. That could just be a personal preference, though. 

Overall, pretty impressed with this one and I’m looking forward to getting into the next book in the series, Liar Liar. 

I rated this: 4/5

You can purchase it here from Amazon. 

Happy reading

Nat 😬

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Review: Me and My Sisters by Sinead Moriarty

Blurb via Goodreads

A sister always knows you better than you know yourself

Julie would do anything for her family. She loves her four boys and her devoted husband, but is struggling to keep sane and finds herself turning to an online mum’s group for some much needed advice.

Louise is at the peak of her career, a successful lawyer in a male-dominated world. She’s always been there to offer support to her sisters. But when she falls pregnant and decides to raise the child on her own, for the first time ever, she needs a helping hand herself.

Sophie has it all: the luxury lifestyle, the millionaire husband and a perfect daughter. She never expected that she might one day lose everything. But will she let the new cracks in her perfect life show, and tell her sisters that she’s in trouble?

The three Devlin sisters haven’t always seen eye to eye. But now that they each face the hardest times in their lives, they might just have more in common than they think.

*******

I’ll be honest up until the halfway mark, I wasn’t a fan of this story. The characters felt very stereotypical and two dimensional and I had to will myself to finish it.  Although the writing is good, actually very good, I was not connecting to it at all.  However, once the characters went through their life changing moments, my feelings for them changed. They actually felt more real if that makes any sense.

To me, Julia was the worst of the three sisters. Was not a fan of her story at all, until she went through a situation that many of us women have been in. It was only then I was able to empathise with her.

Sophie was next. Her story very stereotypical and cringe worthy to me. However once she had her life altering moment, I grew to have a lot more respect for her. Her character transformed in a wonderful way and I’d imagine that a lot of the readers would grow to like her more as well.

And Louise, to me she was the most believable character. I felt like she was more of a real person and in fact found myself identifying with her. In fact, I think I was able to assign a character to myself and my two sisters, because they had characteristics of us as well (i have two sisters like the story).  Although I unfortunately don’t have a relationship with my sisters like that of Julie.

So although, i wasn’t a fan of the characters at first, in the end I did enjoy their transformations and struggles.  The writer had a wonderful way of executing the dialogue and writing, I think I’ve enjoyed it the most out of all the stories in that POV that I’ve read so far! I do look forward to reading the second book in this series, now that the characters have been developed with more reality to them I think I would enjoy them more. So if you haven’t read this one yet, then I recommend you do.

I give this: 3.5/5

You can purchase this as an ebook here

Happy reading!

Nat