Little Boy Blue is the fifth instalment in Arlidge's DI Helen Grace series. When Helen attends a murder in a local nightclub, she is horrified to see that the victim is someone she knows. As the investigation gathers pace, it is clear that her professional and private lives will collide. Helen is desperate for her secrets to remain that way, but can she catch the killer before her own world comes crumbling down?
I have previously reviewed The Dolls' House and Liar Liar, the predecessors to Little Boy Blue, and praised Arlidge for his fast-paced, suspenseful writing style. The fifth instalment in the series is no different, and once again, I found myself immersed in the plot and on the edge of my seat throughout. Arlidge's characters are always well developed and easy to relate to, but I found this aspect of his writing more prominent in this novel. Helen's connection to the victims exposes her vulnerable characteristics, and I really enjoyed discovering more about these and watching them at play as the investigation developed.
The plot of Little Boy Blue is centred around the sex industry, in particular the world of BDSM. In this respect, the fifth instalment of the series differs from its predecessors, as none of the other novels are based on such a specific setting. I found this change interesting, as it gave me insight into an environment with which I am not very familiar. I assume that Arlidge has researched the topic thoroughly, and this gives him the opportunity to explore with honesty what a real life investigation of this nature might be like. This helped me to become engaged in the world about which he is writing.
Regular readers of my book reviews will be aware that I enjoy a novel with a twist. There is a twist in Little Boy Blue, and it results in a cliffhanger - a technique which Arlidge has not previously used. As a result, I look forward to finding out how the ending of the fifth instalment is resolved in Hide And Seek, released in September.
You can purchase Little Boy Blue from Amazon.