Maybe I should give up on reading series.
Liar Liar by M.J. Arlidge is the fourth book in the D.I Helen Grace series. The writing style and story development is similar to previous books in the series. I am not sure whether to be frustrated about the consistency or applaud the author for it.
Fourth book in and I really can’t bring myself to like Helen Grace. She is supposed to be the main character yet she seems to be a specter. Then there is her superior, which made me wonder if this going to be the theme for every book.
We also have DC Charlie Brooks breaking down at every instance in every book. Yes, I get it its a back-breaking, mind-breaking, tough job. I understand some officers may even go through this in reality. But to read about Charlie’s doubts in detail in every book is tiresome and doesn’t help the story in any way.
Let’s not forget the reporter, Emilia. I think she has the guts for the job but my god, she gets to me. She seems to be lacking in the humanity bit. Ambitious, proud and relentless, she could have been a badass character if not for her seemingly extreme lack of empathy (and sympathy).
The consistency in the writing style between the books allowed me to almost always foresee the story development. The ‘twists’ were so obvious they might as well have had red paint on them. So, why did I continue reading? I felt like it might haunt me if I stopped half-way.
Why do I always come out feeling frustrated after each D.I Helen Grace book? But you know what? I am going to continue reading this series until it ends. Sometimes you just can’t stop.
Goodreads Insert: Detective Helen Grace gets caught in an inferno of death and destruction in the red-hot new thriller from the author of Eeny Meeny, Pop Goes the Weasel, and The Doll’s House
Detective Helen Grace has never seen such destruction. Six fires in twenty-four hours. Two people dead. Several more injured. It’s as if someone wants to burn the city to the ground…
With the whole town on high alert, Helen and her team must sift through the rubble to find the arsonist, someone whose thirst for fire—and control—is reducing entire lives to ashes.
One misstep could mean Helen’s career—and more lives lost. And as the pressure mounts and more buildings burn, Helen’s own dark impulses threaten to consume her…