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Little Boy Blue

(Helen Grace #5)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  8,214 ratings  ·  960 reviews
Detective Helen Grace faces her own dark compulsions in the twisty new thriller from the author of Pop Goes the Weasel and Eeny Meeny.

In the darkest corners of the city, there is a thriving nightlife where people can let loose and cross the lines of work and play, of pleasure and pain. But now that sanctuary has been breached. A killer has struck and a man is dead.

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Kindle Edition, 380 pages
Published March 10th 2016 by Penguin
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Sameera77 Taking into account who the first murder victim is, I would definitely recommend reading the previous books before reading this one. It's a good crime…moreTaking into account who the first murder victim is, I would definitely recommend reading the previous books before reading this one. It's a good crime series, with suspense and mystery, creepy crimes and a strong female protagonist.(less)

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Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book five in the very popular Helen Grace series, by M.J. Arlidge.
Helen Grace is called to the scene of a murder inside a club ironically called the Torture Room. A cozy, little hide-away catering to clientele who, surprise…enjoy S&M. Could this just be an “adult game” taken too far? Or is this indeed a malicious murder?

Helen and her ever-changing squad of detectives have their hands full as they dive deep into this subculture looking for answers. Meanwhile, as in previous books, Helen finds he
Susanne  Strong
5 Powerful Stars.

Everyone has secrets. Things they want to hide. Even from their closest friends and their family. These secrets, if found out, could destroy a person’s career, their family and their entire existence.

Men and women go out alone at night. To a place they have been several times before. Looking, searching, hopeful, excited. For one man, the night does not end the way he hoped. In fact, for him, it is his last.

Helen Grace knew this man. Knew him well, in fact. Her team is sent in
Little Boy Blue by MJ Arlidge is a 2016 Berkley publication.

Well, it was bound to happen. Helen’s personal life and professional life are about to have a head on crash and it’s not pretty.

When Helen is called to the scene of a crime, it becomes her absolute worst nightmare. Without saying too much, Helen is- shall we say- acquainted with the victim. Desperate to keep her dark secret from being exposed, Helen begins to lose her grip on the investigation and her behavior becomes erratic. Charlie,
Skyler Autumn
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

This book was AMAZING! Every time I pick up another book from the M.J Arlidge series I think how the hell is he going to top that awesomeness? And then he does and I'm like well that's as good as it gets, and then his next books even better!

Little Boy Blue takes Helen Grace on her toughest case yet as she investigates the murder of Jake, her dear friend and dominatrix. My favourite detective is put in a hard predicament of trying to hide her her relationship with the victim and her priv
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, Helen Grace always has a hard time in these books but in this one she really suffers. All the way through I kept thinking the author would suddenly discover a way out for her, but in the end he went to the wire and left us with the biggest cliff hanger ever.

It is an excellent story full of action and police work. I felt some annoyance towards Charley who really needs to get her act together and I really want to see the dreadful Emilia get her final comeuppance. You can tell that I have be
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read all four of the previous releases by MJ Arlidge in the DI Helen Grace series so when I was offered the chance to read the latest release I was looking forward to it.
Although it can be read as a stand alone novel I think it works better when you read each book in order so that you get a true feeling for the sub plots.
The lead character is DI Helen Grace, a no nonsense woman whose private life is littered with dark secrets. In this book Helen investigates the shocking and unexpected mu
Tracy Fenton
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
MJ Arlidge latest book in the Helen Grace series does not disappoint...actually it does I am really disappointed it ended! What a thrilling, fast paced edge of your seat story delving deep into the murky world of BDSM. If you haven't read this series yet... why not? Highly recommended and thoroughly worth my incessant nagging and stalking of the publisher to get an ARC. My thanks to Michael Joseph and Netgalley ...more
Angela DeSilva
What a great book, I started at the end of the series instead of the beginning, but am definitely going to have to go through the backlist. I have so many library books right now though it will have to wait a couple weeks but OOOOOH I can't wait. And she has two more books in this series upcoming !!! ...more
“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged”

----Heinrich Heine

M.J. Arlidge, the bestselling English author, pens an exciting new thriller in his DI Helen Grace series, Little Boy Blue that is the fifth book in the series as it revolves around the life of DI Helen Grace getting sucked into yet another mind-boggling murder mystery and this time the killer preys on someone who is close to Helen Grace. But it is difficult for Helen to confess the fact that she knew the victim
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
A bad decision to start late at night btw since I had to force myself to stop listen quite early one since it was pretty late and I had to work today. Anyway, I'm really thankful that I have the next book as an audiobook was well since this one ended with a frustrating cliffhanger. I'm also glad I did not read the book and then had to wait until the next book was published!

In Little Boy Blue must Helene Grace tackle a very personal case. The murder victim is someone that she knew, but for reason
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, M.J. Arlidge, and Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

It has all led up to this, in Arlidge's sensational DI Helen Grace series. Four well-crafted novels, full of psychological intrigue and laced with character backstories, have built-up to this novel, one that pushes Grace into the spotlight and uses all the loose threads of past plots to create a masterpiece. When
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite, on-kindle
What a brilliant series and a brilliant read.DI Helen grace is on a case where someone dies in the torture rooms when she went to investigate the body she soon discovered it was someone she knew but lack of evidence as the killer was good at hiding all traces of soon becomes clear that the next person she knew, is the killer after her and why.the ending was superb now I'm wanting to read the next book to find out what happens.brilliant author can't get enough of this series.highly re ...more
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Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely devoured this book. Fans of the Helen Grace series will LOVE this book for its fast pace, devious killer, and all around addictive writing. I'm personally so relieved to have loved this book, because the last book in the series (LIAR LIAR) wasn't my favorite. Arlidge has definitely gotten his stride back with LITTLE BOY BLUE!
Ps. If you're interested in this series, make sure to check out the giveaway I'm hosting on my Instagram (@crimebythebook) for 5 sets of the series!!
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I've read all the previous books in the series and as we come to book 5 I was keen to see where DI Helen Grace's story was going to go. Closer to home it would seem.... much closer!

We start off with a body that Grace recognises and throws everything around her into disarray. Taking us in Grace's secret world; a sex act appears to have gone wrong launching the DI into an investigation that becomes emotionally difficult to say the least. Cut to some time later and another body turns up that Grace
Holy shit! I can’t even. That ending... I want soo many characters to die right now!
 Li'l Owl
Harrowing and Terrifying! Complete with a staggering
conclusion that left me stunned!

The panic shears lay on the floor, untouched. The heavy-duty scissors were specifically designed to cut through clothing, tape, even leather— but they wouldn’t be used. There would be no deliverance tonight. The chair had toppled over as the panicking victim attempted to wrestle himself free of his bonds. He made a strange sight now, bucking pointlessly on the floor as his fear grew and his breath shortened. He w
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Little Boy Blue is the fifth book in the Helen Grace series. I have to say I think the author gives enough background information in this book, so for any readers new to this series I think it does work well as a stand alone, though having read all the books in the series, believe me you will want to read them after reading this one.

I have loved all the books in the series and after finishing each book I think that, that particular book is the best one yet. Well let me tell you that Little Boy B
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb! Can it get any better?! Fast-paced from start to finish. Again! A highly entertaining read. Very original. Also again! Helen Grace is getting better and better. Even better than the previous book. With a very unsuspected ending.
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Forewarned is forearmed: Major cliffhanger here. Put another way, if you want to find out how (or whether) lead character detective inspector Helen Grace gets out of the tangled mess she's in at the end of this one, you'll have to wait till the next installment is published.

I must say that ending, or the lack thereof, rather annoyed the heck out of me. But other than that, this is a doggone kick-butt book. In fact, I had a hard time putting it down. Thankfully, the chapters are short so it's ea
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The fifth book in the Helen Grace series
This one takes a turn .... a left blinding turn on the highway to hell. The crimes are more personal than ever, the pace so fast, so fast it hurts, the pain .. the acid .. the speed is addictive.

Arlidge did it again. Pulled us into the dark world of Southampton and its underbelly. We meet preys and predators... and the Janus of men and women who got a feet in each world and what a ride does the reader get.

The sixth book in the series is beckoning... Let
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Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading the Helen Grace Series from the beginning and was so looking forward to the next instalment. As soon as I started I was straight back into Helen’s world and was absorbed within a matter of a few chapters. One thing I will point out is that although you may well be able to read this as a standalone book, it is made so much better by the fact that I have been following the series. You have a real sense of the characters and their history and how each path has been crossed with ...more
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of the Helen Grace stories and I have to say this is the best so far. People form Helen's past are turning up dead and she is not sure if it is because of her or their chosen profession. As she gets closer to discovering who may be responsible for these deaths her world explodes. I cannot wait for the next story. Great read. I would like to thank the Publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this ARC. ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved the lightening fast pacing of this book, the chapters are brief but they beg the reader to just keep going for a few more chapters. Helen Grace finds herself struggling to solve her toughest case to date. Someone is targeting people from the BDSM community and killing them in a brutal fashion. Things are linked to her very private and personal life, but will she be able to solve the case while keeping her own secrets? Or will she have to reveal her perso
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What a gripping book. DI Helen Grace's former S&M buddy, Jake, is found murdered at an S&M club during a party. Helen is shocked when she realises who the victim is but vows to find his killer. Before she can draw breath another player is murdered. This time its Max Paine, the dominator she turned to after she stopped using Jake's services because he was getting too attached to her.

I'm just realising that none of this will make any sense if you haven't read any of the earlier books. Oh well, pre
May 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
To say I was disappointed with this, the 5th in the series, of the D.I. Helen Grace saga - and it is a saga - would be an understatement. I was so annoyed with the obvious "killer" reveal and the ending, I actually threw the book on the floor. Way, way, over the top, unrealistic and downright, daft. The series is going downhill and losing direction. I don't understand the massive amount of 5* ratings for it, but I have an idea why they are being given so freely. I cannot even bring myself to go ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked it. But I kept guessing to the very end. I finally realized who the murderer was.
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
***4.5 stars***

People from Helen Grace's personal life are turning up dead. But this is a part of her life that she never wanted anyone to see. Will they make a connection between her and they victims? Will she be able to find the killer before her secrets are exposed? Hang on to your hats because this book takes you on quite a journey and leaves you hanging off a cliff at the end.

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read and review this book.

This is the 5th b
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Little Boy Blue is the fifth book in the Helen Grace series and is a dark tense read .Helen tries to keep her personal and professional life separate but when her friend is killed in a popular S&M club called the Torture room all her secrets are in real danger of being exposed.Trying to hide this from her team is taking a toll on Helen and when another member of the club with connection to Helen is found dead she knows the killer is sending her a private deadly message which might end up destroy ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series definitely gets better with the books to come. This book is so different from the other books, especially the ending... Won't spoil anything, but I highly recommend reading this series! I also have to mention that BDSM is involved in this book, so you know what you're getting into. Also; DON'T read the synopsis for book 6, totally contains spoilers.

A longer review can be found at Bite Into books

This is a great series that makes you care for Helen Grace, her friends and her co-workers
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-star
What can I say about the latest instalment in this brilliant series that I haven’t done so already? Although this can be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend following the series in the intended order to be able to understand the complex protagonist.

Detective inspector Helen Grace’s two very different worlds are about to collide when her professional life comes dangerously close to her personal life. Although the books are written in third person, I feel the author develops Helen’s characte
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M.J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last 15 years, specialising in high end drama production. Arlidge has produced a number of prime-time crime serials for ITV In the last five years, and is currently working on a major adaptation of The Last of the Mohicans for the BBC.

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