Book Review: Pop Goes the Weasel

POP GOES THE WEASEL (Helen Grace #2) | M.J. Arlidge
10.06.2015 | Penguin Books
Rating: 5/5 stars


The body of a man is found in an abandoned property known to be used by the area’s prostitutes. His body has been ripped open and his heart is missing. The police soon get word that the killer has sent his heart to the man’s wife and children. The dead man had by all accounts what looks to be a picturesque life. He was a man of faith with a devoted wife and children, so how did he end up in such a shady part of town? His wife insists he was doing the Lord’s work and trying to help the women working the streets, but the evidence is not adding up.

Whatever you’ve been through, you never get inured to violence.

As another victim appears with similar circumstances, Detective Helen Grace is placed on the case to find the city’s newest serial killer. It quickly becomes apparent that the killer is a prostitute herself and is hunting men who masquerade as family men during the day, but turn to the streets for satisfaction at night. With each new body it appears the killer’s rage is growing. Can Detective Helen Grace and her team find the killer before she completely spirals out of control? Who is this woman playing Jack the Ripper in reverse?

She had killed without qualm, had enjoyed exterminating those filthy little weasels who called themselves fathers and husbands. Pop, pop, pop.

M.J. Arlidge creates another vicious killer for Helen Grace to hunt down in POP GOES THE WEASEL. Wasting no time between books, this one picks up shortly after where EENY MEENY ended. The short lapse in time between books allows the effects of the first novel’s case to continue impacting the characters of Helen Grace and Charlie, without being the entire focus of this book. I appreciated that this brought a heartfelt set of emotions mixed with the thrilling hunt for a serial killer. Speaking of serial killers, this novel’s reverse Jack the Ripper style killings are brutal, gritty, and intense. The reasons behind them, once revealed are no less shocking. Arlidge kept me at the edge of my seat throughout the entire hunt and before I knew it I was face to face with the murderer. I could not put this book down and with the ease of short, fast-paced chapters I never felt like I had to. Yet another heart-stopping edition to a brilliant series!

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