Down to the Woods: DI Helen Grace 8 by M.J. Arlidge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There 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, they call
out for help. But there is no-one to hear their cries here...
Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare. The arrow-ridden victims
hang from the New Forest's ancient oaks, like pieces of strange fruit.
Why are helpless holidaymakers being targeted in peak camping season?
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.
I'm up to date now in the DI Helen Grace series and I enjoyed this one more than the last couple. The book focuses less on Helen Grace's personal life and more on the murder case she's trying to solve. It's a more straightforward crime thriller although there are a few twists and turns and it's not immediately clear who the perpetrator is.
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