I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Little Boy Blue (Detective Helen Grace #5) Genres: Mystery
Published by Berkley on October 4th 2016
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.
He looked like a falling angel.
What I thought of this book
Little Boy Blue is riddled with drama and Helen is right in the thick of things.
This is book 5 so I hope I don’t spoil anything for anyone but it’s hard sometimes to talk about the character this far into a series without giving maybe a little something away.
DCI Helen Grace is a very complex character and I think the reason I enjoy this series is because she is not like any other female cop I have encountered in my reading. She has a way of coping with her life that is not normal for most people. It’s not a part of her life that she wants to share with anyone else, mostly because others just wouldn’t understand. Her private life is just about to come out in the open in a huge way.
They are called to a murder scene at a club called The Torture Room. It’s a BDSM club and the dead man is in one of the back rooms. When Helen and her crew gets there they find him bound up in wet sheets and his entire face is covered. Once they uncover him Helen is in shock because she knows the victim but she can’t tell anyone and that is when things start to get complicated.
Her behavior on this murder is a lot different because she had once considered this man a friend. Newly appointed DS Charlie Brooks is about Helen’s only friend and she can see that things are different. DS Brooks is also trying to one-up her rival DS Sanderson which causes a very hostile environment.
Helen doesn’t just have this to deal with but her new boss is sort of creepy stalking her without her knowing it and that blows up in a wild way.
After another body is found and she has connections to him she starts to get a bit worried, but it’s only going to get worse.
Little Boy Blue was a hotbed of police drama at its finest and I learned a lot more about BDSM than I probably cared too. From the very first book I was very surprised at finding out Helen’s little way of releasing stress, but then it just became a part of her. Most people who are into certain fetishes don’t like it being made public and when they have to call in some to ask questions she is a little more sympathetic than most would be. Helen is just such an interesting character, totally flawed and has had to deal with a lot of heavy stuff in her life.
Another character that I have always enjoyed has been DS Charlie Brooks though back when we first meet her she was a DC, I believe. She has gone through a lot of stuff right along with Helen, but she is so totally different. Charlie is married and now has a little baby. With that being said I was not happy with how she handled herself in this book. Her rivalry with the other DS, trying to catch the bad guy before she could so that she would look better, risking her life, being insubordinate. I was not her biggest fan this go around so I hope in the next one she learns some things.
My only gripe about the book has to do with how the author at times give you a whole scene without letting you in on who they are talking about. They are really short chapters most of the time and so you would get this short jaunt and all the author did was use she/he and never the person’s name leaving you to figure out who they were talking about. Drove me crazy.
Then ending of this one OMG, don’t even get me started on the ending!! I had a feeling things would end like they did but still, I could not believe how this ended and so now I am eagerly anticipating the next one, Hide and Seek!!
If you love British crime dramas then you really need to give this series a try! The first one is called Eeny Meeny.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Cloak and Dagger 2016
- Netgalley Reading Challenge 2016
- New Release Challenge 2016