Down to the Woods (Helen Grace #8) by M.J. Arlidge

Down to the Woods (Helen Grace #8)

THE EIGHT DI HELEN GRACE THRILLER BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M. J. ARLIDGEThere 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...DI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare. The arrow-ridden victims hang from the New ...


Details Down to the Woods (Helen Grace #8)

TitleDown to the Woods (Helen Grace #8)
ISBN9780718183875
Author
Release DateSep 20th, 2018
PublisherMichael Joseph
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Fiction
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Reviews Down to the Woods (Helen Grace #8)

  • Maureen
    2018-09-22
    I really love the natural beauty of lush green forests and woodland, and just this summer spent time walking in the New Forest where ‘Down To The Woods’ is located, but the thought of being lost deep in the forest with a serial killer on the loose, hunting his prey to their deaths gives me the chills!A young woman staying in a tent on a camp site in the New Forest awakes to find her boyfriend missing. His body is subsequently found deep in th...
  • Matt
    2018-10-06
    M.J. Arlidge is back with his eighth novel in the Helen Grace series, adding a new layer of thrills in this unique piece. While DI Helen Grace is still trying to piece her life back together after a year of significant changes, she learns that there is a new addition to her Major Incident Team (MIT). DS Joseph Hudson has a great deal of police work under his belt, all across England, but has finally decided on a transfer to Southampton. The team ...
  • Amanda
    2018-09-23
    Having already read a few books in the series of Helen Grace, I knew I was in for a treat with this book. I was so excited to get a copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review, that I failed to notice I am 2 books behind in this series, but desperate to start this book I will for once overlook this. I hate not reading books or watching films in their right order!!!Someone is murdering campers in the New Forrest. They are hunted down and killed, ...
  • Gary
    2018-09-25
    This is the 8th book in the Helen Grace series by author MJ Arlidge.I can't believe this is already the 8th book in this series, starting with 'Eeny Meeny' four years ago and I am still enjoying it.When Melanie Walton wakes up in her tent in the New Forest she discovers that her boyfriend Tom has disappeared and after failing to find him she calls the police. Very soon Tom Campbell’s body is discovered hanging from a tree, his face has a look o...
  • Liz Barnsley
    2018-09-12
    I'll be honest and say the last book I read in this series was the first one. Since then it seems that time has escaped me so despite muttering to myself about reading in order, when this arrived on my doorstep the cover just drew me right in..I'm going to have to get to the backlist because Down To The Woods was darkly entertaining, a classically good crime drama with an engaging and clever lead in Helen Grace. I devoured it, some of it, set in ...
  • Chanel Lindsay
    2018-09-19
    Firstly I would like to thank Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this read in exchange for a honest review. "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.... DI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare....
  • Nigel
    2018-09-17
    Briefly - Hum - I seem to be the odd one out here but having read all the series this is definitely not the best for me.In full This book is the eighth in the Helen Grace series by M J Arlidge. I've always found DI Grace a good character of real depth. In this book, after a fairly traumatic previous story - see here for the blog, a body is found in the New Forest. The person had been at a campsite the previous night and no one knows what made the...
  • Lou
    2018-09-19
    Arlidge gained me as a fan of this explosive serial killer thrillers right from the outset, and his Detective Inspector Helen Grace series, set in Southampton, is one of my favourite ever series'. 'Down To The Woods' is another excellent addition, and being book eight, I just hope now it's getting to where some authors put the kaibosh on a successful series, Arlidge will continue it!Well, you can always rely on Matthew Arlidge to bring you a utte...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    2018-09-17
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for an advance copy of Down to the Woods, the 8th novel to feature Southampton based DI Helen Grace.Helen and the team are called out to a vicious murder in the New Forest, Tom Campbell has been shot by an arrow and hung upside down from a tree. An all round good guy the team have no idea why he was killed, whether he was selected or a random victim or what the motive could be. Then ...
  • The Book Review Café
    2018-09-13
    Review to follow
  • michelle
    2018-09-17
    I have read and enjoyed all the others books in the DI Helen Grace series that, when I saw this on NetGalley I was so excited that, I had to request it. I had originally pre ordered it.Melanie Walton wakes up in her tent in the New Forest with a banging headache, finding her partner Tom has disappeared. The last thing she remembers is going to sleep with him the night before. She searches for him to no avail. She calls the Police and DI Helen Gra...
  • peggy
    2018-09-18
    First of all I am never going camping again and I live in the New Forest.What can I say about this book. This is an amazing read. I just had to keep on turning the pages. There are so many twists and turns and it took me until the end to find out who the killer was. This is great storytelling, a rollercoaster of a crime thriller full of red herrings and fast paced.I devoured this book. Strap yourself in for a really good crime thriller.I would li...
  • Julie Lacey
    2018-09-19
    Oh I love this series. Helen and Charlie are back with another gruesome case to work on and there’s a new member of the team, Hudson. The body of a man is found hanging from a tree in the New Forest and it looks like the killer has tried to make a point with the way the body is displayed. The bodies of dead ponies are then found shot by a crossbow and then another body is found. Helen and her team face a race against time to find the killer but...
  • Rachel Hall
    2018-10-13
    DI Helen Grace is back in business, albeit a little less explosive, proving there is life in this series yet!After being on the verge of giving up with this series after two less than stellar instalments, M.J. Arlidge has resurrected Southampton Central’s Major Incident Team from death’s door! Down to the Woods is back to something like the form of the early books in the series and whilst this eighth outing did not quite thrill me in the mann...
  • Kay
    2018-09-13
    First of all thank you to Michael Joseph Penguin Books UK and Net Galley for the privilege of reading this book. I have loved the Helen Grace series from book 1 and this latest one certainly does not disappoint. So climb on, take a seat and strap yourself in for a ride of a lifetime. You literally hit the ground running with this book and you are hurtling along at full speed only slowing down near the end. This is crime fiction at its best. You a...
  • Sheila
    2018-09-20
    The link from NetGalley to GoodReads and Facebook are not working so I'm submitting my reviews manually until it's fixed.I was delighted at the opportunity to read this novel as I’ve followed the series all the way through. It was good to catch up with DI Helen Grace, her side-kick, Charlie and the irrepressible Emilia, the journalist. This book introduces the handsome DS Joseph Hudson to the team. Helen Grace is damaged by childhood experience...
  • Thebooktrail
    2018-09-23
    Visit the locations in the novelThis is macabre even by MJ Arlidge standards. He really is one of the top authors for taking an innocent place, The New Forest for goodness sake, with its trees and areas of recreation – and then turning it into something really dark and creepy. The book continues the saga of DI Helen and her Southampton team but this can be read as a standalone. Having said that, as with most books in series, you do get more out...
  • Lisa
    2018-10-12
    Another good solid read in the Detective Helen Grace series. I like the characters and the mystery.It's like catching up with old friends!I recommend the series and reading in order although I'm sure you could read this stand alone, there are a few brief references to past events but nothing to interfere with the mystery.Oooo I love a good mystery and there's plenty of action as always - it's set in the New Forest which is a bonus as I have been ...
  • River Scott Tyler
    2018-09-19
    The Legend that is DI Helen Grace is back!! If you go down to the woods today you may never come out alive! There is a shocking sickness in the forest. First, it was the horses. Now it's innocent men and women, hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure. Lost in the darkness, they can run run as fast as they can they can try and hide but he will find you he will hunt you and will kill you stone Dead!DI Helen Grace is facing a fresh nightmare, ...
  • Joy Isabella
    2018-09-23
    A relief that Book Eight in the Helen Grace series is much better than its predecessor, which I was thoroughly disappointed in. We have the usual set-up of a grisly find that is investigated by Southampton’s finest investigators, with a new DS who’s joined the team. There is mystery, intriguing back-story and heartbreak, along with just a little smattering of romance. The familiar short chapters make for the perfect thriller, as you keep read...
  • Amanda Sayer
    2018-09-20
    In the forest people are being hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure. In the dark they try to flee but no one is around to hear their cries for help.DI Helen Grace is on the case with her team. They need to work out why holiday makers are being targeted and what do their murders signify? I have read and enjoyed all the Helen Grace books and this was as good as the others. It was a good plot with lots of false leads along the way to a real...
  • Liz
    2018-10-04
    I’ve loved all of the previous books in this series - have rated them all 4 or 5 stars - but this one just didn’t grip me in the same way. I thought the plot was very good but the delivery was a bit dull. This novel was far more police procedure with a lot less storyline about Helen’s personal life than in the earlier books. Still a good read though!
  • Mike Sumner
    2018-10-07
    If you go Down to the Woods today... you'd better go in disguise... beneath the trees where nobody sees... is a devilish killer. Ponies slaughtered and victims hunted down and dispatched with such evil and menace. But it's no picnic, certainly not for DI Helen Grace, who once again is pitched against a ruthless killer who hides at ease amongst the dense surroundings of the New Forest. No apparent motive, no apparent link between the victims.Helen...
  • Margaret
    2018-09-29
    Down to the Woods is the 8th DI Helen Grace thriller by M J Arlidge. I haven’t read any of the earlier books and it's obvious that Helen has a particularly dramatic and traumatic backstory, but enough explanation is given for me to read this book as a stand-alone. It's tense and dark with several twists and turns and red herrings, that seemed obviously so to me. It's on the grisly side of gruesome with graphic descriptions of violence and d...
  • Kath
    2018-09-10
    Please, do yourself a favour if you haven't already done so and start this series from book one and read in order. To say that Helen Grace is a bit complex would be a bit of an understatement so to get the best from her, what she does, and how she does it you do need that backstory. Oh and they are all brilliant reads in their own rights so, why wouldn't you?!So, someone is killing people with arrows and stringing them up in the New Forest. Sound...
  • michelle
    2018-09-20
    I have read and enjoyed all the others books in the DI Helen Grace series that, when I saw this on NetGalley I was so excited that, I had to request it. I had originally pre ordered it.Melanie Walton wakes up in her tent in the New Forest with a banging headache, finding her partner Tom has disappeared. The last thing she remembers is going to sleep with him the night before. She searches for him to no avail. She calls the Police and DI Helen Gra...
  • Linda
    2018-10-13
    Number 8 in the Helen Grace has an interesting, dark plot, including the usual twists and turns. The crimes are gruesome and violent. It's written in short chapters, many of them ending with a cliff-hanger, making it hard to put the book down. The arrogant journalist, Emilia Garanita, unlikable as she may be, is - as usual - spicing the story with her manipulations and unorthodox ways to retrieve information to be published in her newspaper.Helen...
  • Natasha
    2018-09-19
    Yet another banger from M J Arlidge.Fast paced, action packed, full of enough twists, turns and red herrings to keep you on your toes - what's not to love? I adore the character of Helen Grace - flawed, damaged and yet still in charge - a very well written, whole character (Does it make me a bit sexist to say how surprised I was to see that MJ Arlidge is a man? Genuinely thought this was written by a female author.). It's great to see some light ...
  • Joann
    2018-09-24
    This is one of my favorite English police procedure series with the fabulous D.I. Helen Grace. The author never spares poor Helen, regularly putting her life in danger and she never makes it through a case unscathed either physically or emotionally. However, I do see a glimmer of hope in this book that maybe Helen is about to change her ways. This series is excellent with wonderful characters. This latest is another terrific heart-thumping page t...