Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge ~ Book Review

Book Description: 

The "dark, twisted, thought-provoking" (#1 New York Times bestseller Tami Hoag) international bestseller—first in the new series featuring Detective Helen Grace.

Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive.

It’s a game more twisted than any Detective Helen Grace has ever seen. If she hadn’t spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn’t believe them.

Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this case—with its seemingly random victims—has her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense....

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About the Author:

M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, specialising in high end drama production. In the last five years Arlidge has produced a number of prime-time crime serials for ITV, including Torn, The Little House and most recently Undeniable, broadcast in spring 2014. Currently writing for Silent Witness, Arlidge is also piloting original crime series for both UK and US networks. Debut thriller Eeny Meeny, which introduces Detective Inspector Helen Grace, has sold to publishers around the world. The follow up, Pop Goes the Weasel, is published by Penguin Books in September 2014. 
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Two people picked up, drugged and left to make a very hard decision, to live or die. If they want to live they need to use the gun and kill the other person they are with or they will be trapped until they both die from starvation. This novel is written in a sort of Saw the movie type storyline. It is really good! I love the characters in this story, Helen is the main character who is a strong, independent Detective Inspector but she has some very dark secrets in her past. Helen also has a very interesting way of therapy. This novel has a lot going on but I find that MJ Arlidge did a great job keeping the storyline going between times and characters. I did find a couple times I wasn't sure about the change in POV and I believe it is just how the book is laid out. Mark and Charlie I really enjoyed also for their very own reasons. Mark has such a hardship going on in his life and he is about to lose it all. So many twists and turns. Does Helen have a serial killer on her hands? Is it someone who is targeting Helen?

The storyline ropes you in from the beginning and makes you wonder if the killer will be caught before too many are dead. I also really enjoyed that the author had a female in the killer role, a nice change of pace from the usual male on a killing spree. There were definitely some gross moments in this novel where it again reminded me of Saw but not as bad. I look forward to reading the rest of the Helen Grace series as I think it will be a fabulous series.

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars!

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


  1. Wow! This looks good. Grabbed a copy. Nice review!

    1. You need share buttons on posts so we can shout out for you :)

    2. Anonymous9:49 AM

      Thanks Claudette, I do have a share button but my designer put it on the top right side bar of the blog. I will have to figure out how to switch this!


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