Weekend Rec: M.J. Alridge’s Bingeable Thriller, The Doll’s House

Editor's Note:

Welcome to Weekend Rec, our new series in which we at Signature let you in on what we’ve been reading. Our recommendations will range from thrillers like this one to self-help books to literary fiction. Tell us what you’re reading this weekend in the comments!

We made it. Yet another hectic week out of the way and a (hopefully…) relaxing weekend is looming on the not-so-distant horizon. Like many of you, I look to the weekend as a time to unwind, relax, and recharge from the trials and tribulations of the five-day gauntlet I’ve just powered through. What better way to relax, unwind, and recharge than to settle in with a good book? There are few better ways that we can think of. Fortunately, it just so happens we have a great read in mind to get your weekend binge-read rolling: The Doll’s House by M.J. Arlidge.

What makes The Doll’s House an excellent weekend read? For starters it’s a tightly constructed, page-turning thriller. It’s part of the Helen Grace Thriller series and if you aren’t yet familiar with Helen Grace – Alridge’s no-nonsense and brilliant detective with her own dark and troubled past – this is the perfect time to become so. The Doll’s House is the third of Alridge’s novels to feature Detective Inspector Grace, but it’s a great jumping on point in the series. Alridge shifts perspectives throughout the novel taking readers inside not only the mind of Helen Grace and her supporting (and not so supportive) cast, but also the killer she’s tracking and his latest possible victim. It’s a well-done high wire act that keeps the tension at a near constant boil. More importantly, it has all the hallmarks of a great detective thriller – intricate plotting, taut pacing, and an absorbing mystery with enough red herrings to keep you guessing until the final reveal.  This is the sort of novel that will grip you from the first page and keep you on the edge of your seat until the final sentence.

Here’s more on The Doll’s House by M.J. Alridge:

Ruby wakes up in a strange room. Her captor calmly explains that no one is looking for her. No one wants her. Except him.

When the body of a woman is found buried on a secluded beach, Detective Helen Grace is called to the scene. She knows right away that the killer is no amateur. The woman has been dead for years, and no one has even reported her missing. But why would they? She’s still sending text messages to her family.

Helen is convinced that a criminal mastermind is at work: someone very smart, very careful, and worst of all, very patient. But as she struggles to piece together the killer’s motive, time is running out for a victim who is still alive…

And just think, once you’ve finished The Doll’s House, five more Helen Grace Thrillers are waiting in the wings.