All Fall Down: The Gripping D.I. Helen Grace Thriller (Di Helen Grace)
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I love how the author inserts little snippets of the history and trials and tribulations of the main character Helen Grace who has had a far from perfect life so far. When the hedonistic Berry-Berry Williams deserts his pregnant lover, Echo O'Brien, his younger brother Clinton's blind faith in him shows signs of waning, while his parents are disgusted by Berry-Berry's actions. She initially does not recognise him but has a flashback of them playing together as young children. Its these chilling extracts that heighten the suspense, whilst urging the reader onwards to unravel the connections. The noisy happiness of her secure, if simple existence amongst her neighbours, friends and family is gradually replaced by silence, desolation, disease and death, as the Black Death makes its mark on human history and Isabel struggles to protect herself and those who are dear to her.
This case, as previously mentioned, harks back to an earlier one where 5 teens were kidnapped, held hostage and only 4 escaped. I was very lonely at the little school, but I made friends at the comprehensive and got on all right. While here, Grace discovers that the man she believes to have murdered her mother is here as well, and she sets about on a plan to bring him down.Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands. Ms Chancellor shows Grace a picture of Dominic with her mother taken three days before her death, noting that he does not have the scar.
A deadly contagion races through England…Isabel and her family have nowhere to run from a disease that has killed half of Europe. Women were allowed to take traditionally male professions for the first time, and many women thrived. They would also only drop off a case of books and leave us to run it – it was so lovely to have you on hand to chat to the children and recommend them books, as well as the small (but appreciated! Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. Helen is having an affair with one of her deputies, DS Joseph Hudson, and her friend DS Charlie Brooks is 8 months pregnant.
Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers and Orion for inviting me on the blogtour for ‘All Fall Down’ by MJ Arlidge, book 9 in his Helen Grace series of mysteries. Anything but the chilling truth… That someone is watching, waiting, ready to take your life in one hour.