Review of “The Doll’s House” by MJ Arlidge



A young woman wakes up in a cold, dark cellar, with no idea how she got there or who her kidnapper is. So begins her terrible nightmare.

Nearby, the body of another young woman is discovered buried on a remote beach. But the dead girl was never reported missing – her estranged family having received regular texts from her over the years. Someone has been keeping her alive from beyond the grave.

For Detective Inspector Helen Grace it’s chilling evidence that she’s searching for a monster who is not just twisted but also clever and resourceful – a predator who’s killed before.

And as Helen struggles to understand the killer’s motivation, she begins to realize that she’s in a desperate race against time.


This is the third book in the Helen Grace series and I enjoyed it just as much as the previous two segments! Let’s break it down and, as always, my review will be spoiler-free.


  1. Helen Grace is a high ranking detective who has been involved in various high-profile cases in the past. This has brought on the attention of numerous strangers who idolize her. Unfortunately, it has also revealed the envy of others who are jealous of all of the attention and praise that she has received.
  2. We get to revisit some of the characters who have appeared in earlier books such as Jake, Charlie and Emilia (whom we love to hate).
  3. Hargrove, Helen’s boss, who tends to want to make Helen’s life harder than it needs to be every chance she gets also shows a side of her we have never seen before. Their mutual hostility finally reaches a boiling point!
  4. Ruby is the main victim in the novel. She is a young woman who is terrified to find herself locked up in a pitch black room where all of the furniture appears to be fake just like those you’d find in a doll’s house…
  5. Finally, we come to the most sought after person in this entire novel – the killer. He is an unpredictable individual who is methodical and cunning. It’ll take a lot more than your average police work to uncover his dark deeds.


The setting takes place in modern day Southampton, England. There are various locations that we get to visit in this novel. We get the usual police department where a lot of the investigation happens. It really did feel similar to a movie as the reader gets to see the process of what it’s like to be a criminal investigator. With that said, I never felt as if it dragged on. The entire process was very informative and entertaining. We also get to see the dump sites where other victims are found and the creepy room that Ruby is being kept in.


Time is of the essence as the bodies begin to pile up… The pressure builds to find the killer in hopes that they’ll get to Ruby before her body is dumped just like all of the others. The storyline was fast-paced and thoroughly intriguing! I read this entire book in one day! What I love about MJ Arlidge’s writing is that he is able to capture your attention in a vice grip and not let go. The plot line was executed was very well and the pacing was done to perfection!


The tension throughout the novel between Helen and Hargrove was palpable! It is a subplot that I was very much invested in and didn’t expect it to end the way that it did.


I thought the way the book ended was absolutely insane!! In a good way! I never anticipated the search for the killer to conclude with such a bang! It was shocking and my curiosity was definitely piqued the entire time. I almost died when my kindle decided to update itself in the last 50 pages. The few minutes wait to finish it up was torture!

Final Verdict:

Overall, I really enjoyed The Doll’s House! The Helen Grace series has quickly become one of my favorites and I always look forward to the next addition!


5 stars!!

*Special thanks to the publisher for approving my request to read this through Netgalley!!*

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