DI Helen Grace returns in Pop Goes the Weasel, the electrifying new thriller from M. J. Arlidge.
The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton's red-light district - horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.
Hours later - and barely cold - the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.
A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.
The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there's a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs .
For those readers who have not read the first book, you can read this book but be warned as there are references to the events in the first book that will give it away if you have not read it. Yet, I am confident that you will still want to read the first book if you have not read it. M.J. Arlidge is my kind of author. Strong characters, a nice storyline, just as strong a killer, and a great ending.
Helen shows that she is an independent, strong female heroine. She can hang tough with the big boys. Then there is Charlie, who I thought was evenly matched to Helen. The dynamics between these two women was great. Due to their past history and the way that Helen felt towards Charlie just pushed Charlie to up her game that much more.
Also, I have to say that I did not feel sorry for any of the victims. They got what they deserved. There was nothing "heartless" about the murders. I read the first two chapters of the next book and I can not wait to read it.