Little Boy Blue [SPOILER ALERT]

By lord, I swear I have never felt so frustrated with a book in my life, especially upon finishing it. Woah! I need some screaming therapy right now.

Little Boy Blue by M.J. Arlidge is the fifth installment in the D.I. Helen Grace series.

I feel like going on a rampage here but that would probably spoil the book for the would-be readers.

The story was as usual predictive. The characters, as usual unlikable. Actually, I hated them. Every single one of them.

From hence fourth, there will be SPOILERS and unless you crave them, I suggest a retreat right about now.


Firstly, how can a main character have so much opposition. Actually almost every character is against Helen Grace. Yet in the book, we’re told repeatedly that she is a great and respectable cop. I highly doubt the characters in the book think so. They were real fast to turn on her that if it were a race, Usain Bolt would have lost.

Secondly, Robert. What a misguided psycho. Vengeance for his life gone awry, sure why not. However, wasn’t there a better way to achieve that than to take away someone’s life? Maybe it runs in the blood. Then I find out it was actually vengeance for his birth mother. Wow, he barely knew the woman existed until what, two books back?

Next there is Jonathan Gardam. What on earth is up with the Helen’s superiors? Are these people being promoted for being a screw-up case in the mental department. Why is there not one normal Detective Superintendent in this series?

While I was really frustrated about the characters and the way the story turned out, I am intrigued about the way the tables have turned. It is definitely not a common development among the books I read. Now, I wonder how the rest of the series would play out.


Goodreads Insert: In the darkest corners of the city, there is a thriving nightlife where people can let loose and cross the lines of work and play, of pleasure and pain. But now that sanctuary has been breached. A killer has struck and a man is dead.

In a world where disguises and discretion are the norm, one admission could unravel a life. No one wants to come forward to say what they saw or what they know—including the woman heading the investigation: Detective Helen Grace.

Helen knew the victim. And the victim knew her—better than anyone else. And when the murderer strikes again, Helen must decide how many more lines she’s willing to cross to bring in a devious and elusive serial killer…


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