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.Pop Goes the Weasel Genres: Detective, Crime, British
Published by Penguin Pages: 416
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A man’s body is found in an empty house. A gruesome memento of his murder is sent to his wife and children.
He is the first victim, and Detective Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night?
The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives.
Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is—or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase...
The Fog crept in from the sea, suffocating the city.
What I thought of this book
The DI Helen Grace series is a bit darker than most British crime series I have read but it is interesting. The author weaves together the story threads so that by the end you know why that story line is there though at times it can be a bit confusing.
This story takes off a little after the events that unfolded in the first series. DI Graces is lucky to still have her job and DC Charlie is just now coming back for her leave of absence because of the things that happened. (Don’t want to mention them in case you haven’t read Eeny Meeny.) Charlies husband doesn’t want her to go back cause it’s such a danger job and it puts her at odds with her husband throughout the book.
Some one is targeting men who are married by seeking a little action from a prostitute. Some might think they got what they deserved for straying, but it’s a rather gruesome death. Who ever is doing the killing is taking out the heart of the victims and then leaving them for friends, family or coworkers to find. Just what DI Grace needs is another serial killer and with the new DCI things are not going her way.
Meanwhile Emilia Garanita is a ruthless reporter who wants to make it to the top and she doesn’t really seem to care how she gets there and she has it out for DI Grace. She has been following her around and threatening to print about one of Helen’s dark secrets. Then she goes and outs a young man who didn’t ask to have a monster for a mother just to get at Helen. I really can’t stand her and I hope someone stomps on her. 🙂
I was a bit surprised at who the actual culprit was and while you do feel a bit sorry for her for what had happened to her life she is still a killer. It was a sad turn of events that made her out to be like she was, starting with her family. If they would have shown her a little compassion it could have saved some men their lives.
DI Grace and her new boss bump head a lot and so it will be interesting to see how they survive the end events of this book and move on to a new chapter in their lives. I really can’t stand her new boss as she is sort of power hungry or maybe a glory hound. She goes out of her way to make DI Grace miserable in hopes of making her quit, I think.
DI Grace is a bit of a dark character, you get glimpses into her past but your not really sure what all happened to her. She has a bit of a fetish that makes her character different from other detectives I have read about. She is a very driven character and I like her.
The DI Helen Grace series is a dark and interesting ride and if you like British crime novels you might give it a try. Next up will be The Doll’s House as it comes out next year and I have it and can’t wait to give it a go. Though you might be able to jump in anywhere and read the series, I do think it’s best to start with Eeny Meeny as there are events that roll over into the story line of this one. You can sort of get the picture from the author laying a bit of a background but I always like to start at the beginning. 🙂