Love Me Not

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 29 Mar 2018

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Best book yet in the series A woman's body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene it's clear she's looking at a coldblooded killing. But why would anyone target a much loved wife and mother? next a shop killer is killed and they helen find out there are 2 killers a girl and a boy she thinks its all down to the boy then there is a twist the boy is killed and then the clock is ticking away and helen has to solve the clues there are several more killings before helen and her team peace together that the killer has been wrong done by several people that she feels has let her down, they race across the town to try and capture the killer and when they think they are close one of her team are gun down and then helen feels guilty as she has been blaming the detective for non supporting her when she was framed.
Once you start this book you will not be able to put it down.
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DI Helen Grace is back in the latest explosive instalment of this series and again, the author does not disappoint.  The story is told over a 24 hour period starting with the death of a social worker on a quiet country lane, was it an accident or was it planned?

What follows appears to be random killings across Southampton, are they linked and how can Helen and her team make the connection before another one dies?

In MJ Arlidge's true inimitable style he drew me into this book and took me on a rollercoaster ride that shook me to the core and I can't wait to read the next in this amazing series.  

I would like to thank Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for the approval of this book, I will post my review on Goodreads now and on Amazon UK & US on publication day.
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Helen Grace has recently returned to work after being wrongly imprisoned, so  from the start this book is different to most detective novels!  She's an interesting character, in some respects very much a loner but at other times you feel that she craves company. The only person she has any sort of friendship with is her DS, Charlie and even that friendship seems at times to be strained.  DI Grace and the members of the team are catapulted into action by the murders of innocent people. Once they work out the reasons for the murders and realise who is behind them, it's a race against time to stop there being any more. It's a fast paced,  intriguing book which keeps you wanting more. I've read the other books by this author about DI Helen Grace and think this is probably the best one as she's mellowed,  and you feel that there's some interesting times ahead for her. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
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Wow M.J. Arlidge does it again, the latest DI Helen Grace book is amazing. Helen Grace is back at work after her ordeal at being imprisoned. When she comes across a dying woman in the road on her way to work she tries to save her but can't and when a call comes in for another shooting in a chemist where one person is killed but the customers are all left alive she realises there seems to be someone who picks specific people to kill.Helen must find out who is responsible and try and work out who is next but Helen is still cautious about some of her team as they didn't have her back when she needed them and that makes her feel isolated and finds it hard to delegate. Once again she puts herself into positions of danger without a second thought and we see more of her complicated feelings. The killing spree all happens in one day and with shorter chapters and 'real time' narrative makes for a very fast paced book. I am sure there will be more books with Helen Grace and her team and they definitely continue to thrill.
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of the book.
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This is another action packed, fast paced thriller. Set in over a 24 hour period. Di Helen Grace is running out of time trying to find out who is responsible for a  group of killings in Southampton.  With Helen throwing everything to find the killers. Helicopter armed forces  unit etc. This story is a rollercoaster of a ride. Well done M J Arlidge your work just gets better with each book.
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ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

One-Sentence Summary: Helen Grace versus angst-fuelled, trigger-happy killers

Review: How are we on the 7th book in this series already? It seems like only yesterday that I first received Eeny Meeny as an ARC and was introduced to this excellent crime series.

After the traumatic events of Hide And Seek, Arlidge gives Helen Grace a more impersonal case to tackle in this book. The killing spree of two amphetamine-fulled young adults takes place over a 24-hour period and this, as well as the swapping of POVs, certainly helps keep the book fast-paced and action-driven.

Inevitably the perp doesn’t get captured without Grace getting hurt and putting herself in danger again but she gets off lightly compared to one of the members of her team leading her to ask her confident Charlie why she is still alive and walking around when so many people close to her are not.

All I can is that I hope Arlidge doesn’t make Grace pay the ultimate sacrifice any time soon as it would be a big disappointment to have this series come to an end.
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Yet another breathtaking instalment from Di Helen Grace . Fresh out of prison and chasing criminals as only she can . A heart stopping rollercoaster of a book .
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This is the quickest I've read any book in years, electrically paced I just couldn't put it down. Fantastic story brilliantly written with flawed hero versus deranged and damaged villain. Can't wait f or the n ext book.
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Amazing book read all of your books and loved them all keep them coming please xxx
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Oh my life and fluffy ducks and fudgsicals. That, in case you are wondering, is my way of swearing without swearing, enthusiastic approval of the aforementioned tome. Fluff me, if this series doesn't just keep getting better and better. Yes. This is going to be a positive review. Sorry for that spoiler but best we get it out of the way now to save disappointment later ;) 

Now I happened upon this series quite by chance. I was looking for something to read. It was set in Southampton. I have a depot in Southampton which I was about to visit. It fetl like Kismet. Or something. It was pretty fluffing fortuitous if nothing else because by choosing books by depot locations I stumbled upon a cracker of a series, to which this latest book, Love Me Not, is a more than worthy addition.

Different in pacing than the previous Helen Grace books it is set over a period of twenty-four hours. Yes just twenty-four hours in which a killer or killers set out to cause maxium carnage to a range of victims who seem to have little in common and certainly no logical reason to be on anyone's hit list. So is it a case of random targeting or something more sinister. This is what Helen and her team have to find out.

Now it is hard to say too much about the plotting without dropping in spoilers for previous books which I don't want to do if you haven't read any of them. Yes, technically this can be read as a standalone as it is a one off case with no links, victim or perpetrator wise, to previous stories. However there are heavy spoilers regarding the previous two books so at least read Little Boy Blue and Hide and Seek before embarking on this one. But why stop there. Do yourself a favour and read them all. You won't regret it.
What I will say is that there is an element of tension and mistrust within the team at present which means that they are not as cohesive a unit as they could be. Helen is smarting and resentful towards certain members of the team and this does impact upon them all with very serious repercussions. As for the killers? Well they are not exactly merciless but they certainly have a mission which they will not deviate from but you need to read to understand what that is. It will probably surprise you as you start to realise the truth and you'll need to keep a very open mind if you think you can call this any earlier than probably 65-70% through the story.

Due to the timeline and structuring of the book, the pacing is fast, probably faster than in previous books even. This is driven on by Arlidge's consistent use of short, punchy chapters and sparing and yet authentic dialogue. Physical descriptions of both people and setting are strong and really add to the book overall. People may be a little surprised or maybe even upset that many of the things that make Helen well, Helen, are not present in this story but given the timing and what she has been through, how she is portrayed and who she is this time is pitched perfectly in my humble opinion. Perhaps given time we will see more of the old Helen. She is still ably supported by Charlie Brooks, one of the few on her team she still trusts but even this pairing is feeling the strain a little. It adds a layer of conflict that Helen doesn't really need and keeps things on a knife edge.

I really enjoyed this book. It got me hooked from the very first chapter and I galloped along with the story, eating up page after page until I had finished. Literally a one sitting kind of a book. Started at 19:00 finished at 01:00. There was no way I was walking away from it until I had reached the conclusion. I can't believe this was book seven. I can;t believe we are going to have to wait forever (well it will feel like it) for the next book in the series. I'm missing Helen already.

A tense, twisted and adrenalin pumping 5 stars from me.
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Fantastic follow up to the last Helen Grace novel!  Helen is all you could want in a slightly damaged heroine!  The thriller is well thought out and excellently written, the plot will have you on the edge of your seat! Thrilling, gripping, and emotional.  If you read one book this month, make it this one!
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This book is not as dark as previous ones in the series, it seems to be about reconciliation and forgiveness. There is more involvement with team building and personalities, exploration of troubled pasts,abusive and neglectful childhoods and the sociologist in me asks is nature or nurture being debated here,when two people with similar backgrounds turn out so dissimilar in that one joins the police and the other kills all those she blames for her miserable and lonely life.
Daisy shares a similar background with Helen and this helps Helen fight her inner demons,which are her fear of betrayal and lack of trust. 
I liked the idea of the chapters being timed,this added a sense of pace and the immediacy of police work,it increased the tension of the chase. My biggest surprise was Emilia Garanita , the journalist who believed that Helen was guilty,so when Helen was released and exonerated,she saw her reputation suffer. After suffering extreme fear at the hand of the killer,she almost underwent a personality change and didn't seem so hostile towards Helen and her team. Whether she will suffer a relapse in normal character by the next book remains to be seen. 
I thought this book was almost like an emotional farewell,in that past wrongs and resentments were acknowledged and strong friendships were to be treasured.
There are more deaths than usual,but all had their role and reasons. The book is full of strong female characters,but that is not to say that the sisterhood all get on well together. I enjoyed this read and couldn't fault it on police procedures. I know that this series gets stronger and stronger and the next book is always eagerly anticipated.  I have left this review on NetGalley today and thank you so much for my advance copy, my daughter is number 25 on her local library waiting list, such a shame!!
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Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the latest in the Detective Helen Grace series and slightly different to the rest of the books in the fact that this is told over a 24 hour period.  A pair of brutal killers with no apparent motive are causing havoc on the streets of Southampton.

Another superb fast-paced page turner from M J Arlidge that fans will love.  I am only going to give this book 4 stars as the last two in the series have been by far the best (Little Boy Blue and Hide and Seek).
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“Love Me Not” by M. J. Arlidge is the seventh instalment in the Helen Grace series. I must admit that this is the first book in this series that I have read but I did not find it at all confusing. It read as well as a stand-alone, though I'm sure it would've been great to have some more background on the characters. Having said that, I did like the characters and did not find it difficult to connect with them.
The story was interesting enough, though it wasn't the type of novel that I would normally choose to read. Even though the novel was fast-paced and gripping, there were no surprises there, no guessing. And if I'm being honest I missed that.
Still, it was an enjoyable read for fans of action packed novels.
Thank you to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this book.
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Fantastic read.  Fast paced from the very beginning.  So exciting I couldn't put it down and read it in a day.

Love this author, and get all the books as soon as they are published.
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I was so excited to be given the opportunity to read one of my favourite authors, new book before it's release date. 

And once again M J Arlidge you and DI Helen Grace have kept me reading through to the earlier hours, with all the twists and turns it is another gripping storyline. This book like the previous six is fast paced and finds Helen along with her colleagues not only tracking down a killer, while dealing with the repercussions from Helen's incarceration. 

Thank you NetGalley, the Publisher and M J Arlidge for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
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I was so excited to get a chance to read this before release. Thanks netGalley! 
I love the series and love Helen Grace! This instalment didn't disappoint, I'm excited to see what happens next with helen after this book. Don't want to spoil it for anyone.  Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an exciting and fast paced story!
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Well, at the moment Arlidge can do no wrong.  I've enjoyed every Helen Grace novel so far, and the thrills just keep coming.  Fast-paced, suspenseful; everything I've come to know and expect from Arlidge.  The plot and pacing were brilliant and I just flew through Love Me Not.  I also found it pretty relevant in soon-to-be Brexit Britain.
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I will read anything by M J Arlidge and this book did not disappoint. Another instalment in the DI Helen Grace novels and I was hooked from the first pages. I can't get enough of this series!
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I have read all the previous Helen Grace novels and loved them. This one did not disappoint. A fast paced thriller that keeps you gripped from page one and just does not let up til the very end. Set over twenty four hours it's a storyline that keeps you hooked, turning those pages and disappointed that it has to end. Loved it ....
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this ARC.
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