Little Boy Blue by M.J. Arlidge
(Michael Joseph (Penguin), 2016)

Little Boy Blue

by M.J. Arlidge

Detective Inspector Helen Grace is no stranger to tragedy. But when a body is found in a Southampton nightclub, the death cuts too close to the bone.

Hiding her personal connection to the victim - and a double-life which must remain secret at all costs - Helen becomes a woman possessed, working her team around the clock to chase down every lead.

As the killer strikes again, the investigation takes its toll not only on Helen but also her senior officers. Tempers flare, friendships fray and Helen faces an impossible choice.

Confess her sins and lose control of the case? Or keep living a lie, protecting her darkest secrets, and risk getting trapped in this tangled web?

But whatever she does, this killer will not stop until the truth is revealed: there are some fates worse than death . . .


Detective Inspector Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years”
- Jeffrey Deaver
Page-turningly chilling”
- The Times
Taut, fast-paced, truly excellent”
- The Sun
A grisly, gripping thriller”
- Sunday Mirror
Expertly pulled off. It has a devious premise. DI Helen Grace is fiendishly awesome. It's scary as all hell. And it has a full cast of realistically drawn, interesting characters that make the thing read like a bullet”
- Will Lavender
A fast-paced, twisting police procedural and thriller that's sure to become another bestseller”
- Huffington Post
One of the best new series detectives . . . Mesmerizing!”
- Lisa Gardner
Page-turningly chilling”
- The Times
DI Helen Grace is a genuinely fresh heroine ... Arlidge weaves together a tapestry that chills to the bone”
- Daily Mail