The Doll's House is the third Arlidge book involving DI Helen Grace. When a family discover a dead body on the beach, and a young woman is reported missing by her parents, Helen Grace finds similarities between the two cases, but the deaths occurred years apart. Helen realises that this means she could be dealing with another serial killer, and there could be other bodies that have not yet been found. Can Helen and her team find the killer before he strikes again?
As The Doll's House is the third in the series, the reader is now familiar with Helen and some members of her team. This makes it easy for the reader to become involved with the plot, and therefore makes us compelled to continue reading. Although there have been changes to the team throughout the course of the series, Arlidge involves the less familiar characters in sub-plots, which gives us an insight into the way they operate and their personality traits. This increases the reader's ability to relate to the characters.
Like its predecessors, The Doll's House has as its premise an unusual crime. I found this compelling, as I was trying to piece together information as it was discovered by Helen and her team. I did not want to put the book down, and I wanted to find a resolution to the crime. There were also several red herrings, which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book.
Although the sub-plots are helpful in terms of building a picture of the different characters within the novel, I found that some of these plots, such as the breakdown of Harwood's marriage and Helen's relationship with Jake were at times superfluous and distracted from the main plot. As the chapters are very short, the quick changes of scenery made some aspects of the sub-plots confusing, and this caused the novel to lose momentum slightly in places.
Overall, I enjoyed The Doll's House - an exciting novel which was my favourite book in the series so far. I am looking forward to continuing the series later in the year.
The Doll's House is available from Amazon