The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton’s red-light district – horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed. Hours later – and barely cold – the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.
A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards. The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there’s a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs…
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This is the second novel in the Helen Grace series and for those that can remember, I raved about the first novel in the series a few weeks ago (Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace #1) by M.J. Arlidge).
Pop Goes the Weasel was still pretty good, but I didn’t like it as much as the first book in the series (hence the lower rating). It’s best to start the series from the start, since there is a lot of spoilers in the second novel, including the name of the killer from the first novel.
There was a lot of different character angles in this novel and I got pretty confused early on. It was hard to tell which person was who and how they connected with each other. It got a bit easier when the novel continued (and when some characters got killed off).
I find myself comparing the series to Angela Marson’s Kim Stone series and found that there are a ton of similarities between the two. I really like the Kim Stone series and like that series a little bit more than the Helen Grace series.
3 calculators out of a potential 5. A great mystery that may be a bit disturbing to some. I’m liking the series and excited to read more.