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The opening fiery scene of Liar Liar by M J Arlidge is dramatic, and it is soon discovered that there are two more fires in Southampton. Local police are desperate to find if there is a link between the fires, and a lead opens when suspicions arise about the owners of the first three properties.
Within a day, three more suspicious fires are set.
DI Helen Grace’s new Detective Superintendent is a micro-manager, to her discomfort. Her team instinctively trust Helen’s orders and follow instructions without pause. The Security Operations Centre team and officers sift through the remains of the razed homes and buildings, combing among ash and charred remnants for clues, around the dangerously-near to imminent collapse of structural parts of the buildings.
One family tragedy is the start of many, as the arsonist continues. Our old friend Emilia, newspaper investigator and reporter – and fame-seeker – is right on the scene, publishing ‘only the facts’ about the case. Which serves to add fuel to the fire of outrage among the community. Just when we think Helen’s got it sorted – there come more fires, more deaths, more fraying nerves and tempers – and more leads. DI Grace and her team have to put together bits and pieces of information of which they had not realised the significance.
We begin to suspect she’s on the wrong track, and then more pieces of the puzzle take on a new interpretation, leading to the final gripping chapters and unvoiced questions.
Liar Liar is the fourth in Arlidge’s DI Helen Grace thriller series. Liar Liar gives DI Grace’s fans’ the same fascination in her and the team’s progress through their investigations as we had in the authors’ previous books, Eeny Meeny, Pop Goes the Weasel and The Doll’s House.
Reviewed by Lynne McAnulty-Street
by M J Arlidge
Published by Michael Joseph Ltd
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-718-18082-9