review: Liar Liar by M.J. Arlidge



DI Helen Grace is most definitely one of my favourite detectives of the moment. She reminds me sharply of Jane Tennyson – a huge compliment indeed – and her prickly nature, dark inner rivers and (usually) unwavering self control are wonderfully sketched by Alridge. Grace is so patently a labour of love for this author, and I appreciate every detail.

In Liar Liar, Grace is chasing an elusive killer. Stymied by the seemingly ghost-like actions of the arsonist, she makes a series of understandable mistakes in the investigation and puts more people in jeopardy. The entire tale is riveting and unputdownable. The mystery is strong, and I didn’t predict the ending in the slightest – I had zero clue of the perpetrators – good job to the author on that!

Helen is so intriguing, as is Gardam and I look forward to seeing all of the relationships develop.

My one quibble is that I believe a certain character should have been arrested and charged for attempting to murder a police officer – this is one of those plot black holes that I imagine authors and editors catching later and smacking their own foreheads in dismay.

As for the ending lines… saw those coming… and hope that it isn’t sinister, if that makes sense. I actually think it could be a fascinating foray into S&M if the author chooses to go that route. We’ll see. I am eagerly awaiting the next in the series, Little Boy Blue. I’ve definitely found a new obsession in Helen Grace.


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