Review: Running Blind by M.J. Arlidge (@mjarlidge)

So this is a little bookie that somehow I manged to miss. Don’t ask me how but I am just putting it down to the excitement about the upcoming release of full length Helen Grace novel, Love Me Not, which is out on Thursday and which I have been so looking forward to. Without further ado, here is what this super-short is all about.

Run BThe Official Book Blurb

New to the police force, WPC Helen Grace is assigned to her first clear-cut case. Sure there’s something sinister beneath the surface, Helen has a bad feeling . . . but who’s going to take the word of a rookie?

Running Blind is an exclusive eBook novella featuring DI Helen Grace, from bestselling author M. J. Arlidge.

Fresh out of Police College, 18-year-old WPC Helen Grace is the first to arrive on the scene of a fatal collision. Her colleagues see nothing amiss, convinced that the young man’s death was a tragic accident. But Helen is not so sure.

Who is their mystery victim? Why would he risk life and limb running across a busy highway? And what might he have been running from?

There’s a dark secret lurking amid the quiet fields of Hampshire, one that Helen is determined to uncover.

In this ebook novella, rookie Helen Grace discovers what it’s like to be a woman in a man’s world, facing impossible odds as she races against time to save vulnerable lives.

This may only be a novella but it packs one heck of a punch into its 101 pages. Set in and around a subject which is as pertinent today as it was back when this novella was set at the start of Helen’s career, M.J. Arlidge manages to give us another brilliant snippet at the things in Helen’s past which came to inform the woman we know and love today.

The case is set right at the start of Helen’s training, when she is still a young and inexperienced rookie police officer at the tender age of 18. But even in her youth she still has the same tenacity, resolve and fighting spirit which has come to define her. And in spite of the blatant sexism within the force, she holds true to what she believes in, pulling others along, most willingly, for the ride.

I can’t say too much about the plot of the story as you really need to read it for yourself. But it is every bit as gripping as a full length novel, every tiny ounce of emotion laid out for all to see. And it’s a cracking story, a brilliant mystery even. Definitely a great addition to the series and one which I’m sure glad I found an hour to sit and read, because that really is all it will take you.

5 stars


Running Blind is available to purchase as an e-book at the following retailers:

Amazon UK | | Kobo

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