The Doll’s House

I did read The Doll’s House, third book in the DI Helen Grace series by M.L. Arlidge since I did have it.

‘Chills to the bone’ (Daily Mail) Indeed. That is how boring it was.

Let me try to pick this one apart.

Firstly, the characters. There is no one to like; one in every three person is a bad apple. It was hard to get a proper hold on our protagonist, Helen Grace. She just ghosted in and out, all the time wallowing in guilt and self-hatred. The killer? It was the most bland profiling I have read so far. It was like biting into pizza with no toppings, cheese or sauce. The superior? A cliche in the whole. The subordinates, did they even exist? Like a phantom. It is hard to empathize with any characters even Helen (she feels too 2-D).

Then, there is the story development. The book was saturated with more office politics than cop work. It felt like that was the main point of the story and the crime was just the subplot. It could have been much better.

As usual the chapters were short and had a multitude point of views. I was able to read it with much ease. Kudos to that.

To be brutally honest, this book had a bland plot with a boring story development. If you have ever eaten a cake with no sugar, I believe the taste would be similar to how I felt when I completed this book.


Goodreads Insert: 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 . . .  

The Doll’s House
M.J. Arlidge
Published 12 Feb 2015


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