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Little Boy Blue

DI Helen Grace 5
Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower
Series: Helen Grace, Book 5
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Little Boy Blue by MJ Arlidge, read by Elizabeth Bower.

Hiding her personal connection to the victim - and a double-life which must remain secret at all costs - Helen becomes a woman possessed, working her team around the clock to chase down every lead.

As the killer strikes again, the investigation takes its toll not only on Helen but also her senior officers. Tempers flare, friendships fray and Helen faces an impossible choice.

Confess her sins and lose control of the case? Or keep living a lie, protecting her darkest secrets, and risk getting trapped in this tangled web?

But whatever she does, this killer will not stop until the truth is revealed: there are some fates worse than death....

Audio updated as of May 2018.

©2016 M. J. Arlidge (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

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Cliffhanger

Enjoyed this latest in the series but disappointed that it's a cliffhanger with no sense of whether the story continues in s new book.

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Warning! It's a cliffhanger!

I enjoyed the book, but was so disappointed in the ending. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers, I did a little digging and "Hide & Seek" will be released September 8, 2016 in the UK, so hopefully it'll be available in the US shortly afterwards. You may want to wait till then and read them in quick succession.
Onto the book, I continue to enjoy Helen Grace, but am tiring of Anita G. She's become predictable and uninteresting.
I don't want to spoil the story, but found the villain to be both predictable and not believable. With that being said, I will purchase the next one.

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Little Boy Blue

Enjoyed the story and the narration. The ending was a little bit disappointing, not the normal surprise ending.

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Wow...what a wonderful first audio book!

Great book! Wonderful reading. Killer ending! Another great book. This one takes Aldridge onto another playing field. I didn't see any of this coming. Seriously fantastic book!

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Noooooooo!!

The only had thing about this book is waiting for the next one to be released. Outstanding! !

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I really like the DI Helen Grace series. This book continues the intelligent police procedurals. I'm trying to read these in order of publication, though each stands alone just fine. The early books are my preferred reading with subjects about which I know nothing and the characters are introduced and fleshed out. This book gets really, really long and tedious with every cop needing nice long vacations but, darn, there are too many murders.

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  • Susan
  • 04-01-16

Rubbish

It's time that Aldlidge changed the storyline. The first three books were great but now it's complete repetition. Can there not be a crime that Helen Grace investigates that isn't about her . This is the last Helen Grace book I will read .

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  • Amy
  • 07-28-16

Surprising!!

I've read all the Helen Grace books now and was just thinking that this would probably be my last - the stories are all good, but I was able to predict the endings.

However, there is a great twist to this tale, so I'll be looking out for the next episode. (No spoilers!)

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  • scousermike
  • 05-20-16

Best of the bunch !

Listened to all the Helen Grace audiobooks and overall they've been 3.5-4.0 out of 5. Given this a 5 as this is the best one yet.
Kept me guessing, fast paced and a different ending...can't wait until the next one.

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  • Steena
  • 03-21-16

A totally implausible storyline.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I am amazed that anyone thought this was good. The story line is totally implausible and fatuous. It was more like a grizzly fairy tale than anything that would happen in real life. It is quite literally a 'story' and not a very good one at that. I was so pleased when it came to an end.

Would you ever listen to anything by M. J. Arlidge again?

No

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Still trying to think of something...

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  • Steve Bush
  • 05-03-16

Whaat??

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

C'mon - You can't leave us hanging like this!!

If you’ve listened to books by M. J. Arlidge before, how does this one compare?

Short Sharp Shock!

Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Bower’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Erudite and composite!

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Grace needs a Hug

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  • Mrs. J. M. Benjamin-potts
  • 03-29-16

cracking read!

absolutely brilliant book! great story, totally believable, well narrated, thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't want it to end and can't wait for the next instalment.

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  • Christine
  • 03-23-16

Disappointing!!!

I was looking forward to this next Helen Grace book, but I feel let down in some way. The story was weak it just got going at the end!! I'm assuming there is another book to Finnish this story,

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  • deborah gonzalez knight
  • 07-18-16

awful

very good narrator. boring story. dont bother with it. a waste of time and money

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  • Sharon
  • 04-25-16

fantastic

Brilliant once again, gripping, well balanced, so good, but...Can't believe you left it there surely?!

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  • miss
  • 04-11-16

Loved it

Love Love this series!

I can't recommend them enough, the stories are well thought out, there suspense, joy, shock, panic brilliant!
You really get into the story, you empathise with all the characters and just when you think 'nah don't like him or her' Arlidge changes or makes you question your first option, even the criminals!
Needless to say I will stay glued to this series of D.I Grace, next one please!!!!!

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  • Joe
  • 04-22-16

Steady pace.

Slow at times. Suited to a ABC movie. Nice set up to a sequel. Good listen. Somewhat predictable, but leaves the end open for another 4or 5 scenarios.

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  • Margaret Fahy
  • 04-03-16

Worst book in series

Very disappointing. It's a cut and paste job from other books in series without an ending. A trick to buy next book. This was boring.