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Down to the Woods

DI Helen Grace, Book 8
Narrated by: Sally Scott
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Down to the Woods by M. J. Arlidge. 

There is a sickness in the forest. First, it was the wild horses. Now it's innocent men and women, hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure. Lost in the darkness, they try to flee, they try to hide. In desperation, they call out for help. But there is no-one to hear their cries here....

DI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare. The arrow-ridden victims hang from the New Forest's ancient oaks, like pieces of strange fruit. Why are helpless holidaymakers being targeted in peak camping season? And what do their murders signify? Is a psychopath stalking the forest? Is there an occult element to the killings? Could the murders even be an offering to the forest itself? Helen must walk into the darkness to discover the truth behind her most challenging, most macabre case yet.

©2018 M. J. Arlidge (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years." (Jeffery Deaver)

"The new Jo Nesbo." (Judy Finnigan)

"Fast paced and nailbitingly tense...gripping." (Sun)

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Disappointing narration, average story

I've really enjoyed previous books but this book seemed a bit superficial and rushed. Very little character development and insight into Helens life as there has been in previous books,she appears to have completely forgotten her troubles, her time in jail, the BDSM part of her life. Instead there's this odd thing with Charlie's child not sleeping which I don't really get. The story was ok but a bit lacklustre.

The worst part is the narration, changing narrator after 8 books completely throws the characters out and they don't sound how they should. Added to that the performance seems hammed up and OTT and people sound like they are on the verge of crying. Helen in particular sounds weak and like she has no idea what she's doing and lacking any confidence. There are also errors such as Amelia being called Emily and referring to the wrong number of people. Overall quite disappointing and I returned it

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Disappointing

I found this Helen Grace story rather farfetched in places and not nearly as good as the others. The narrator's voice began to grate with her approach to the different voices, especially Charlie's.

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weaker than the previous books in the series

this DI Helen dies not have as strong a story line as the last few she was a bit predictable in place. not the best I've read but ok

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Brilliant Book

Absolutely brilliant book, this book kept me gripped to the very end. it's been a long time since I had to stay awake til 4am to see what happened. Can't wait for the next instalment.

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  • Louse
  • Edinburgh
  • 21-03-19

best DI Grace book yet

absolutely loved this book would highly recommend it to anyone. best D I grace book so far

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What happened to MJ Arlidge?

Don't get me wrong, I love this author. Eeny Meeny, The Doll's House and Hide and Seek were fabulous can't-turn-it-off-yet listens in my opinion. Down to the Woods was well thought out and still had me guessing but in comparison to the earlier books it was a bit... dry.
Perhaps there is a lack of mystery now surrounding Helen Grace - the earlier books were excellent at slowly revealing facets of her character and background that were like breadcrumbs to the listener. I couldn't help but feel that Helen Grace has become a cliche female character; massively sexualised, unobtainable, dark & brooding. Frankly, it's getting boring.
Still worth a listen though; the newer plots are starting to develop other characters which is interesting and gives me hope for future books. I hope that MJ Arlidge finds the spark again.

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A good read but not as surprising as the others!

This one was easier to guess than the others so I felt the last few chapters were a bit slow for me. Nevertheless a good and interesting story.

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Narrator was not good

I really struggled to get into this one, the narrator just didn’t sound right! It really ruined the story for me! I really hope they sort this for the next book!

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A good listen

good story ..great twist. good characters . beautifully read would recommend set in New Forest

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Predictable

I found the storyline a bit unbelievable bordering on boring towards the end. Although well written could have been condensed by half. Not for me although I normally highly rate this author and a fan of Helen Grace series. Hopefully better next time.

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  • Donna
  • 07-11-18

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This book is a bit "out there." It started with murder then devolved into what seemed an endless trek through a forest. It's really, really dark then people are falling over roots and stepping barefoot on nasty thorns until I thought about just stopping. I did stay with but even the end was not worth, for me, slogging thru this book.

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  • Tanya
  • 01-10-18

wrong narrator. It's not Helen Grace.

I've listened to all the Helen Grace books, and this narrator is simply all wrong for the character. I forced myself to listen to it but could not get used to her voice for Helen Grace. not that she's a bad narrator, it's just a bummer to have a new voice to the character after so many books with the previous narrator. The two narrators are nothing alike. and story was terrible.