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Blog Tour: Cat and Mouse – M.J. Arlidge

When you think you’re safe,
When you think you’re all alone,
That’s when he’ll come for you…

A silent killer stalks the city, targeting those home alone at night – killing without pity or remorse.

As panic spreads, Detective Inspector Helen Grace leads the investigation, but is herself a hunted woman, her every step dogged by a ruthless killer bent on revenge.

As she tracks the murderer, Grace begins to suspect there is a truly shocking home truth that connects these brutal crimes…

Check the windows, lock the doors – this is a twisted page-turner that will prey on your darkest fears, in the way only M.J. Arlidge can.

Matthew (MJ) Arlidge has worked in television for the last twenty years, specialising in high-end drama production, including prime-time crime serials Silent Witness, Torn, The Little House and, most recently, the hit TV show Innocent. His debut thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014 and has been followed by nine more DI Helen Grace bestsellers including the latest, All Fall Down. In 2015, his audiobook exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a number-one bestseller.

My thoughts: this was very good, nice and suspenseful. The title implies one cat and one mouse, but there are really several. There’s DI Helen Grace and the various individuals after her – from annoying reported Emilia Garanita, to ex-colleague (and lover) Barton, as well as deranged psychopathic psychologist Alex Blythe and his proxy. Then there’s the murderer the police are hunting and DI Helen Grace and the MIT team looking for him. Also the murderer and his victims. Lots of cats, lots of mice, and some mice are also cats. I think my analogy may have lost the plot somewhere there …

However the plot in the book, thankfully, makes a lot more sense and hooked me right in. I have read previous books in this series so I knew it would be good, and pleasingly it was. There seems to be no connection between the victims – a recent mother, a teenage boy, then another woman dies. And the police start to look a bit closer – not just at the victims but also at their families.

Grace is in danger, both from Blythe and his machinations from a distance, but also in danger of losing her job as her boss is trying to find a way to get rid of her – and he just might get it.

Despite the distractions however, Grace and her team are putting the case together and chasing suspects – sometimes quite literally. A cracking read.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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