December in Southampton should be a time of festivities but there is a menace in the air. Three arson attacks in different areas of the city stretch the fire services to the brink, and its not a coincidence. Over the next couple of nights the killer continues the arson attacks and murder spree. Can DCI Helen Grace and her team discover who the killer is and why these particular houses before more lives are lost.
This is the fourth book in the DCI Helen Grace and had a lot to live up to as the previous three were brilliant. Pardon the pun, but this was an explosive novel, full of drama, and full of twists and turns; just when you think you know who the killer is the plot turns around to baffle you. This book continues to develop the main characters, Charlie Brooks is now a mum which gives her a different perspective on police work. Helen Grace is a fantastic heroine, with a troubled past and trust issues. We do see a slightly softer side to her in this book. She is godmother to Charlie’s daughter and has developed her relationship with Charlie and her partner Steve.
As with the other books this is well written, the short chapters keep your interest, you keep thinking just one more chapter and then realise two hours have passed. I can’t praise this book enough, I loved it. I would suggest that if you haven’t read the previous three books; Eeny Meeny, Pop Goes The Weasle and Doll’s House, I suggest you do so before reading this book as it gives a lot of background and understanding of the characters. I am really looking forward to reading the next instalments, Little Boy Blue, which is on one of my many book shelves, and Hide and Seek which I have on pre order due in December.