Book Beginnings On Fridays - The Doll's House by M.J. Arlidge
Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is
for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book
you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the
sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the
opener inspires. Please remember to include the title
of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on
the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.
My book beginning is The Doll's House by M.J. Arlidge, the third novel in the Helen Grace series.
Ruby tossed fitfully in her bed after a disturbed night's sleep. She seemed to have been in and out of consciousness for hours - not fully awake, but not truly asleep either. Wild anxiety dreams collided uneasily with the odd sensation of her mother carrying her to bed. That had felt nice but impossible of course. Ruby lived alone and it had been fifteen years or more since her parents had had to do that.
A young woman wakes up
in a cold, dark cellar, with no idea how she got there or who her
kidnapper is. So begins her terrible nightmare.
Nearby, the body
of another young woman is discovered buried on a remote beach. But the
dead girl was never reported missing - her estranged family having
received regular texts from her over the years. Someone has been keeping
her alive from beyond the grave.
For Detective Inspector Helen
Grace it's chilling evidence that she's searching for a monster who is
not just twisted but also clever and resourceful - a predator who's
And as Helen struggles to understand the killer's
motivation, she begins to realize that she's in a desperate race against
time . . .