N said Woods actually freaked me out and the mystery elements were excellent Whilst it s obvious I ve missed a Chatsfields Ultimate Acquisition lot of back story for the main group it didn t detract at all from the joy of reading this one so I don t feel too bad about my terrible neglect after all now I have 6 books toove whilst the rest of you will be waitingDown to The Woods was deliciously intriguing fast paced and ever "fascinating Great writing really addictive plotting and worth a place on any crime overs shelfRecommended This one really surprised me Having "Great writing really addictive plotting and worth a place on any crime overs shelfRecommended This one really surprised me Having the premise I knew I d dig the story setting but I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did Down to the woods is a criminal thriller novel that has cop drama shady suspects crossbow murders annoying reporters derailing investigations and my god didn t I just Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward love itI usually struggle with criminal thrillers they typically follow a detective as they embark on a one sided investigation yet we get so many pov s and it was exciting to have all these different perspectives into an investigationThe characters feltike real police officers having known a few in my time their behaviours thought process and demeanors all felt natural and official The culprits and suspects were eually interesting to explore I feel ike some characters didn t uite get the full arc I expected not contributed fully to the story by the closing of the curtains however I can understand after a engthy story of delving
through several suspects I get why the writer might have wanted to rush the ending a ittle That said the reveal several suspects I get why the writer might have wanted to rush the ending a ittle That said the reveal satisfying All in all it was just a very good crime book I Act Like You Know ll definitely pick up in the series It was kinda nice to be able to just pick up one book from the middle of the series and not be completelyost75 out of 10 If you go down to the woods45 starsDown to the Woods should come with a warning highly addictive I couldn t stop reading it and it resulted in than a few very A Guide to Americas Sex Laws late nights and almost sleeping through my alarm the following morning This was only the second book I d read in the DI Helen Grace series the other being no 1 which I enjoyed immensely They can be read out of order as they definitely work as standalone novels but as with any series it tends to pay to read them in seuence to grow and know the backstory of the characters I knew I had to read this bo 35An engaging and suspenseful readA vicious murderer is targeting campers hunting them with arrows and hanging their bodies from the trees Is the killer a madman Is he killing at random Or is there a connection between the victims What is the motive And who is going to be the next victimIt is up to Helen Grace and her team to try to find the perpetrator and put a stop to his rampage I was reallyooking forward to reading this Having read all 7 previous books all 5 star 3 of them shortlisted for my book of the yearHowever the reality was a Agewise little disappointing Aittle bit slow to start the teams characters were not as well developed as before and they didn t seem to mix as much this timeHaving said that the story was a great idea well thought out and developed Although I guessed the killer fairly early I was going to give just 3 stars maybe 35 But in the end made it 4 partly due to the fantastic ending and partly due to it maybe I expected too much from this I will definitely read book 9 if one is writte. And what do their murders signify Is a psychopath stalking the forest Is there an occult element to the killings Could the murders even be an offering to the Forest itself Helen must walk into the darkness to discover the truth behind her most challenging most macabre case yet.
review Down to the WoodsMJ Arlidge is back with his eighth novel in the Helen Grace series adding a new ayer of thrills in this uniue piece While DI Helen Grace is still trying to piece her A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World life back together after a year of significant changes sheearns that there is a new addition to her Major Incident Team MIT DS Joseph Hudson has a great deal of police work under his belt all across England but has finally decided on a transfer to Southampton The team is soon called out to a campsite where a man has disappeared without a trace Scouring the surrounding forested area DI Grace and her team find him hanging from a tree his organs dangling and embedded with crossbow bolts Could the killer still be Anthropology as Cultural Critique lurking in the forest This begins a thorough exploration where one member falls victim to a man who chooses toive way off the grid It is only pure uck that has DI Grace stumble upon her teammate saving her from another tragic incident When a second victim goes missing and is found in the same state DI Grace knows that this killer has a message and will stop at nothing Now it s time to determine if these "Are Random Kills Or "random kills or there is a connection as yet unseen While the MIT works their magic journalist Emilia Garanita is back to find the scoop of her ife Her past run ins with DI Grace do not deter her from using her powers of persuasion to get the story to ensure the public is aware of what s going on As the c This is the 8th book in the Helen Grace series by author MJ ArlidgeI can t believe this is already the 8th book in this series starting with Eeny Meeny four years ago and I am still enjoying itWhen Melanie Walton wakes up in her tent in the New Forest she discovers that her boyfriend Tom Briefly Hum I seem to be the odd one out here but having read all the series this is definitely not the best for meIn full This book is the eighth in the Helen Grace series by M J Arlidge I ve always found DI Grace a good character of real depth In this book after a fairly traumatic previous story see here for the blog a body is found in the New Forest The person had been at a campsite the previous night and no one knows what made them eave their tent As a member of the team died in the course of the previous book there is a new DS who arrives as the case is
breakingInitially I found this a very typical Helen Grace story Well paced and tense as usual making forI found this a very typical Helen Grace story Well paced and tense as usual making for reading It was and continued to be a book that was far easier to keep reading than put down The investigation continues to reveal aspects of the story as time goes by There are the usual twists and turns with misdirection and red herrings to be consideredSo far so good I guess However this time I was not really gripped by the story I ve found it hard to pin down just why that is I think a few factors are involved The red herrings seemed uite obviously to be just that to me The new DS didn t become a character in any meaningful way Emilia is someone I dislike and I do realise that is supposed to be the case However after the events of the ast book she seems to have Boggs learntittle and be determined to be even Battleground Chicago less pleasant In the end though I think it was the fact that Helen seemed to almost be a minor role compared with the previous books thateft me rather dissatisfied This certainly was not the best of the series for me I m sure followers of Helen Grace will probably THE EIGHT DI HELEN GRACE THRILLER BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M J ARLIDGEThere is a sickness in the forest First it was the wild horses Now it's innocent men and women hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure Lost in the darkness they try to flee they try to hide In desperation. ,
Ind it very readable I did I can only hope that the next book will be able to grip me once again and that I can once again say this series is one of my favourites 355Note I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair reviewhttpviewsonorgukthrillerdown t I really Albert Camus love the natural beauty ofush green forests and woodland and just this summer spent time walking in the New Forest where "Down To The Woods is Bitter Choices located but the thought of beingost deep in the forest with a serial killer on "To The Woods is Bill Veecks Crosstown Classic located but the thought of beingost deep in the forest with a serial killer on Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold loose hunting his prey to their deaths gives me the chillsA young woman staying in a tent on a camp site in the New Forest awakes to find her boyfriend missing His body is subseuently found deep in the forest hanging from a tree but he s also suffered devastating injuries prior to this Following on from this murder two of the beautiful New Forest ponies are found dead and the manner in which they died appears to have the same MO as the young man s murder However the killer isn t finished yet and beforeong the body of a young woman is found in exactly the same way as the first displayed hanging from a tree almost as if the killer is proud of his handiworkDI Helen Grace is SIO and together with her regular hard working and dedicated team she also has the services of newly transferred DS Joe Hudson this is a guy who won t readily disappear into the background he s determined to shine in his chosen career and in addition he finds himself attracted to his bossThe team certainly have their work cut out trying to find the perpetrator of these gruesome murders It s clear that the killer is at home in the forest he s cunning and appears to be an experienced hunter but don t jump to conclusions with this one as the author has made expert use of misdirection smoke and mirrors to ead us down the wrong path The characters are certainly plausible and help drive the novel towards a heart pounding and satisfying conclusion This is one that I would definitely recommend My thanks to Netgalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph for my Arc I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange Having already read a few books in the series of Helen Grace I knew I was in for a treat with this book I was so excited to get a copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review that I failed to notice I am 2 books behind in this series but desperate to start this book I will for once overlook this I hate not reading books or watching films in their right orderSomeone is murdering campers in the New Forrest They are hunted down and killed LEAVING THEIR BODIES HANGING FROM A their bodies hanging from a the first page you are drawn in and it s a fast paced book that will keep you turning the pages without you realising itA rollercoaster of a ride that does not slow down until the final chapter it is as scary and exhilaratingOh M J Arlidge you never disappoint and I am eagerly awaiting for you re next book I l be honest and say the ast book I read in this series was the first one Since then it seems that time has escaped me so
Despite Muttering To Myself Aboutmuttering to myself about in order when this arrived on my doorstep the cover just drew me right inI m going to have to get to the backlist because Down To The Woods was darkly entertaining a classically good crime drama with an engaging and clever ead in Helen Grace I devoured it some of it set They call out for help But there is no one to hear their cries hereDI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare The arrow ridden victims hang from the New Forest's ancient oaks ike pieces of strange fruit Why are helpless holidaymakers being targeted in peak camping season. ,