All Fall Down by M.J.Arlidge

fast-paced | gripping | tense

what it says on the cover …

“You have one hour to live.”

Those are the only words on the phone call. Then they hang up. Surely, a prank? A mistake? A wrong number? Anything but the chilling truth… That someone is watching, waiting, ready to take your life in one hour.

But why?

The job of finding out falls to DI Helen Grace: a woman with a track record in hunting killers. However, this is one case where the killer seems to always be one step ahead of the police and the victims. 

With no motive, no leads, no clues – nothing but pure fear – an hour can last a lifetime…

PUBLISHED: 11th June 2020
SHELF: Fiction | Crime | Thriller
AUTHOR: M.J.Arlidge
PUBLISHER: Orion Books
FORMATS: Paperback | Hardback | Kindle | AudioBook

my review

All Fall Down is the ninth instalment in M.J Arlidge’s hugely enjoyable crime thriller series.  It’s a series I’ve followed from the outset and I’m a massive fan of his protagonist; DI Helen Grace.  True to his signature style, the author quickly establishes a chilling sense of danger, placing one character in immediate danger, and then following up with rapid, concentrated chapters that alternate in their point-of-view between the main characters.

Eight years previously, five teenagers were held captive and tortured by Daniel King, during their Duke of Edinburgh Award on the South Downs. King was never captured, and remains on the police’s watch list despite rumours of his suicide. Only four of the teens made their escape, but now they’re being hunted down and brutally murdered, one by one.  Before their demise they get a phone call, a chilling voice telling them they have one hour to live.

The case unfolds over a tense, six-day period, and as usual nothing seems to be going smoothly.  There’s a press leak from one of DI Grace’s own team, and her most trusted colleague – Charlie Brooks – is heavily pregnant, meaning Helen has to rely more than she’d like on DS Joseph Hudson.  Whilst he’s a determined and loyal detective, he also happens to be Helen’s on-off lover, making for some extremely awkward situations.

If you’ve never read any of the previous novels you could pick up All Fall Down and enjoy it immensely, but you’re missing out on a treat and a whole lot of back story from books 1-8.  This is and incredibly moreish, compelling crime thriller series – well written and intricately plotted, with characters who don’t wait to be invited into your every waking thought.  I can’t overstate how much I think you should add all eight books to your reading list.

Child’s play they are not!

#1 Eeny Meeny
#2 Pop Goes The Weasel
#3 The Doll’s House
#4 Liar Liar
#5 Little Boy Blue
#6 Hide & Seek
#7 Love Me Not
#8 Down To The Woods

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author bio


Matthew Arlidge is the international bestselling author of the Detective Helen Grace Thrillers, including Hide and SeekLittle Boy BlueLiar LiarThe Doll’s HousePop Goes the Weasel, and his debut, Eeny Meeny, which has been sold in twenty-nine countries. He has worked in television for the past fifteen years.

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