Book Review: Truth or Dare (Helen Grace #10) by M.J. Arlidge

“A murderous arson attack at the docks. A brutal carjacking in a deserted car park. A fatal hammer attack in a lonely country park. Crimes without motive, without suspects, without leads.”

Set to be released on 24th June and the tenth book in M.J. Arlidge‘s Helen Grace series, Truth or Dare sees Detective Inspector Helen Grace faced with a series of crimes that seem to have no connection. But each crime is a piece of a puzzle – with many more pieces still to come. And as they gradually fall into place, Helen comes to realise just how twisted and devious this web of crime is – and how impossible it will be to stop it.


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have a few of M.J. Arlidge‘s Helen Grace books sitting on my shelf, so of course I decided to start with the tenth book in the series… I’ve just heard so many great things about his books that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read his latest. And now I can’t wait to go back to Book #1 and do this properly!

Truth or Dare is a sharp, suspenseful and gripping crime thriller that follows an intricate crime with a fascinating twist. Brilliantly written and nail-bitingly tense, it’s obvious that Arlidge is a talented crime writer.

Although I’ve started this series at the end, I got to know all of the characters well and didn’t feel like I had missed out on anything. I do think I would have had Helen’s back more if I had spent nine books getting to know her beforehand, but I still think that she’s a great character and I can’t wait to get to know her more in-depth. I’m looking forward to seeing the start of her relationship with Hudson, too, although my opinion on him has most definitely already been made.

If you’re a fan of police procedural fiction, then this is definitely a book worth checking out, although I do think that I would have loved it even more if I had read the other books in the series first.


Truth or Dare by M.J. Arlidge
Release Date: 24th June 2021
Print Length: 367 pages
Genre: Detective Thriller
Publisher: Orion

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