Emma is trying to break the cycle of fear at the hands of Julie but her fresh start is destroyed when Julie finds her and starts another campaign of cruelty. Desperate, Emma reaches out to DS Mike Brugge for help who uncovers a network of lies…
Arlington Terrace is the second book in the series but I have not read the first. The storyline continues so I think it would be beneficial to read the books in order. However, the author quickly catches us up on what has happened previously. There is plenty of potential for another instalment 🙂
The police team previously investigated a repugnant series of crimes which have serious repercussions for the victims and those who investigated. Mike and his wife Mel, another officer, are still haunted by events from the past even as they move on with their own lives and adapt to being parents.The police team are stronger than ever and I felt that the range of cases they are investigating at once was a realistic portrayal of police work.
Mel and Mike are a likeable couple and in this book they move house and Mel returns to work after having a baby. The little details in their lives made them feel more human and it was easy to relate to them which in turn made me want them to uncover the truth and solve the case.
The deterioration of Emma’s mental health as she is targeted by Julie’s selfishness is quite unpleasant and difficult to read. There is a strong emotional core to the book which helps us to identify with the characters and feel emotionally invested in their stories.
I thought I had the book figured out in my head but there were twists that I never imagined! I’m not sure how credible the plot was but it held my interest from first page to last and thoroughly entertained me.
Arlington Terrace is an enjoyable and tense psychological thriller.
The sequel to Gordon Square:
It was probably not the most obvious choice for a three month sabbatical but to Emma coming to Holden seemed totally idyllic. She had heard so much about it and could picture every single segment etched in her mind like braille. Now she wanted to fill in the dots and bring it to life so that she could see it for herself first hand.
It was April 2026 and she had secured a three month, off the record, sublet in a beautiful apartment called Arlington Terrace. The apartment with the black front door. It was totally perfect for her, required no references and no questions were being asked as to why she was there. In fact no one even knew she was heading that way, so she could slip in unnoticed and live incognito amongst the locals.
So how was it that Julie found her again, when she was so careful not to leave a trail and why was it that she didn’t feel alone, ever? Was she going mad or was she simply being paranoid. What could she do to stop these tormenting acts from happening and make people believe that she was the one being persecuted.
Detective Sergeant Mike Brugge, Detective Constable Mel Brugge and Detective Sergeant Paul Osman are back at the heart of yet another investigation deep in the heart of Holden City Central. Follow them as they try to unravel a crime that intertwines their lives taking them back to a gut wrenching case that has infected yet another generation and into the horrors that emerge from beyond the grave.
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Arlington Terrace will be 99p until 20th June.
And book 1 Gordon Square will be 99p also until 20th June.