Book review ‘Eeny Meeny’

  • Author: M.J. Arlidge
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publishing year: 2014
  • Number of pages: 421 (paperback)
  • Series: D.I. Helen Grace
  • ISBN: 978-1405914871
  • My rating: 5/5


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.


I needed this, the break from all that I read lately… I wanted something that brought me back to my roots of what I read years ago. Mind you, I love reading all kinds of stuff, but once in a while I just need this kind of book to be able to relax completely. And because I read so much so fast these days, I can finish a book in a day (or a day and a half) which means I’ll be able to read this series pretty quickly!

This is the kind of book that makes you think and look for the answer and when you think you know it, you are flabbergasted by the eventual outcome and left openmouthed… Arlidge has a way of making us jump from one conclusion to another and then back to the previous but ultimately none of those are the real ones…

D.I. Helen Grace is becoming one of my favourite police officers! I’m ready to go explore more of Southampton and the deprived minds of the killers she has to put away!

So far I only have two books in the series: book 1 Eeny Meeny and book 6 Hide and Seek… I urgently need to find the other books 😉

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