Review: The Doll’s House

The doll's house


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…

Length: 432 Pages

Publisher: NAL

Release Date: February 2, 2016

About the Author

M. J. Arlidge is the international bestselling author of the Detective Helen Grace Thrillers, including Pop Goes the Weasel and his debut, Eeny Meeny, which has been sold in twenty-five countries. He lives in England and has worked in television for the past fifteen years.


I have not read the previous Helen Grace Thrillers written by M.J. Arlidge (this is the third), but that did not stop this from being a fascinating thriller. Although there are references to events that have happened in the past, it is done in a way to where it doesn’t take away from The Doll’s House.

One of the aspects in this book that kept me reading late into the night was that there is nothing obvious about this thriller. There are many faces, but as to which one is important, that is always just out of reach. Arldige is able to develop his characters just enough that you think they must hold the clue, and then yanks it back again and sends you on a roller coaster speeding in a completely different direction.

This also led to the one aspect that I didn’t like as much. And that was that, in my opinion, there were too many voices telling the story. There were so many points of view, and they changed so rapidly, that I wished Arlidge would have stayed with, at the most, four voices.

That being said, this was an intriguing read, and I am rating it 4 out of 5 Stars.

Content (0 being none and 5 being A LOT)

Language: 3

Language littered throughout, including some uses of the F-word

Violence: 2

Some violence, but nothing graphic

Sexual: 1

A couple references to sexual situations, but nothing graphic


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Happy Reading!