Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bridge the Gap: The Doll's House by M.J. Arlidge

The Doll's House by M.J. Arlidge

Review by Lauren

source: personal copy; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryA 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 . . .

Review: I don't read a lot of series because I find I don't keep up with them, but I'm trying to do my best to read these as soon as I can as it's seriously one of my favorites series. These novels are just so good if you love a great mystery/thriller. The Doll's House is the third book in the Helen Grace series, and each title is based off a nursery rhyme of sorts (the first was Eeny Meeny, the second Pop Goes the Weasel, and the fourth one out now is called Liar Liar). This is a series based in the UK, so they get the book's releases earlier than the U.S. Regardless, I'm doing my best to keep up!

When it comes to these series, I love how it follows not just Helen Grace but other important people in the book so you get a wider view of things. You follow other police officers, you get the victims (especially the girl being kept in the 'doll's house' in this one) and even the criminal! The latter's point of view is usually creepy, yet really fascinating. It's nice to get a look into their mind on why they do the things they do. For this criminal, why is kidnapping women and keeping them locked in a underground basement of sorts? Why is keeping them "alive" by using their phones to randomly tweet or text a family member? What does he gain from this and how can he keep his identity secret after all these years?

The Doll's House is just another exciting mystery in the series. I never quite know what's happening and it's intriguing to go along on the case with the police officers. I also love getting to know more and more about our detective, Helen Grace, and what motivates her, as well as how she does her job after experiencing so many serial killers and other 'bad guys' in her career!

Since I live in the U.S, a Bridge the Gap book for me would be one where the author is NOT from my own country. This counts as Arlidge is a British author and sets his series in the U.K.


Melliane said...

I get you for the series but it's great to see you had another good time there!

Diva Booknerd said...

I'm really craving more mystery thrillers lately Lauren and this sounds eerie and incredible! Do you need to have read the previous books in the series, or can they each be read as a standalone. I love seeing women in male dominated roles, I think that's why I shy away from adult murder mystery type novels, as they always tend to be narrated by men. Fabulous review Lauren, really enjoyed it <3

Kindlemom said...

I read the first one forever ago and really liked so I'm glad it is still going strong.

Jennifer Humphries said...

Holy cow a whole series this good that I have not read yet? That is exciting! Thank you for sharing this new book and series with all of us!

Christy LoveOfBooks said...

This sounds wonderful! I love when we get different POVs like that. I'll check out the 1st book.

Tracy Terry said...

Loving that the titles are based on nursery rhymes.

Sounds like a book I'd quite enjoy but probably not enough to break my promise not to begin any more novels that are part of a series.

Great review, thanks.

Medeia Sharif said...

Mysterious and chilling. I would read this.

Brandi Kosiner said...

Great to hear it was a good addition to the mystery and series overall

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I'm in the middle of way too many series, but this sounds really good!

Lexxie Lin said...

You completely sold me on this series, Lauren. It sounds creepily fantastic, and I love that every now and then... plus - there are already three books to binge on ;)
Great review!

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Joyous Reads said...

Sadly, I'm not familiar with this series. But I'm glad you've been enjoying them. I must admit that I've not been into mysteries lately, but this is something I can definitely get back to when I'm in the mood.