Let me start off by saying this: when I requested Liar Liar by M.J. Arlidge, I didn’t realize it was the fourth in a series. Regardless, I was able to dive right in with pretty minimal questions. This book hit the ground running. From the first chapter, I was completely sucked in.
Liar Liar, the fourth book in the Helen Grace series, opens at the scene of a fire. One of three that was set that night. Over the next few chapters, we come to discover that there are fires being set all across Southampton, targeting both homes and businesses and leaving death and destructions in their wake. Detective Grace is put on the case to find the arsonist before the next attack is made.
Helen Grace is a really unique character. This being the first story of hers I’ve read, I think I was missing a large part of her character, but even so – I felt like I got to know her, and her darkness, quite well throughout this book. The story is told from the point of view of many of the characters, which constantly kept me on my toes!
The story itself was totally gripping. This book really kept me guessing through to the final reveal – I did not see it coming AT ALL. At one point, one of the characters muses that “the devil’s in the details,” and I think this is really something M.J. Arlidge displays in his writing.
After finishing this novel, I can’t wait to get to the first three Helen Grace books, so I can be ready for Little Boy Blue!
*Thank you to Penguin and First to Read for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for my honest review.*