Eeny Meeny – M J Arlidge (Helen Grace 1)


Eeny Meeny was published by Penguin on 8 May 2014 and is available to purchase here

Eeny Meeny is the rocket-paced serial-killer thriller debut from M. J. Arlidge. Eeny Meeny was a Richard and Judy Book Club Summer 2014 pick.


The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it.

Days later, another desperate escapee is found – and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: kill or be killed.

Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind?

Detective Inspector Helen Grace has faced down her own demons on her rise to the top. As she leads the investigation to hunt down this unseen monster, she learns that it may be the survivors – living calling cards – who hold the key to the case.

And unless she succeeds, more innocents will die . . .

Introducing M. J. Arlidge’s Detective Inspector Helen Grace, Eeny Meeny is an electrifying début, with the nerve-shredding intensity of Saw and Along Came a Spider. Fans of James Patterson and Mo Hayder should pay attention.

My thoughts

We follow the hunt for a killer, who is rather cleverly getting his victims to kill themselves. The victims are trapped in an enclosed space. One will be released if they follow orders. They are left with a gun to choose who lives and who dies. The officer in charge of the investigation is Helen Grace, a rather complicated individual with a dark past.

The premise to this read is strangely familiar. I was sure I had seen it somewhere. I’ve been racking my brains and I cannot think where. I still thought it was ever so well done!!!

It is a very accessible dark crime read, with some fun twists and turns. I enjoyed it and was particularly fond of Helen!


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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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