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Would you try another book from M. J. Arlidge and/or Elizabeth Bower and Scott Joseph ?
I was thrilled to find MJ Arlidge and the Detective Helen Grace series, and was entertained by #1 and #2. Unfortunately, the plot of #3 is too similar to #2, and there were some totally implausible stupid parts that were fabricated just to lengthen the plot/suspense.
What could M. J. Arlidge have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Devised a better plot
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Oh, come on, already!!! How many more books about serial killers who abduct young women and hold them prisoner? How many more supposedly edgy, maverick and, apparently, singularly talented detectives forced to work against the constraints placed upon them by mediocre bosses? How more paper cut-out characters about whom I just cannot give a poop?!
Helen Grace is utterly without dimension, as are all the other characters in this book. More than that, she is completely predictable and just ridiculous. I can't like her, but that's okay, because everyone in her world thinks that she is just this side of the holy trinity. Similarly, I do not care about the victims because they are also the victims of a writer who cannot make them come to life at all. And the writing? Meh.
I gave up on this and will not read another M.J Arlidge book.
Please, someone tell me of some good reads, like Arnaldur Indridason, Adrian McKinty, Peter Grainger, Camilla Grebe. I NEED a good book!!