MJ Arlidge: Down To The Woods

This review is written with thanks to the publisher for my copy of Down To The Woods via Netgalley.


If you go down to the woods today, you better not go alone . . .

The last thing Tom Campbell remembers is camping in the New Forest with his girlfriend, Melissa. Helpless, alone and consumed by fear, he is hunted through the woods by a sinister, masked figure…

When Tom’s body is found, displayed with grisly relish, Helen Grace takes the case. But before she can catch her breath, a second victim is taken – it seems there’s a serial killer on the loose.

Something dark and deadly stalks the forest. Helen and her team must race against time to catch the perpetrator, before more blood is shed.

But the hunt will take Helen back into the eerie twilit woods – and this time she might not make it out alive.


It has been a long time since I last caught up with Detective Inspector Helen Grace and her team and I was delighted to do so. It was like being back amongst old friends and I loved the way they work together so well to catch the perpetrator. It is not just the police team, but the victims and their families and Emilia Garanita and her journalist colleagues, who are also well developed and allowed me to be drawn into this gripping story.

As the victims are found in the woods, Arlidge takes the reader to some very dark and creepy locations throughout this novel. This helped to build the atmosphere which kept me engaged as I was reading.

All of the books in this series are fast paced and tense affairs, and Down To The Woods is no different. The chapters are very short, which meant it was very easy to keep reading and emerge hours later! There is a high intensity chase at the end of the novel which made for an ending which left me on the edge of my seat!

Down To The Woods is available from Amazon.

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