Eeny Meeny

Author – M.J. Arlidge

Eeny Meeny is the first novel by M.J. Arlidge and it introduces us to DI Helen Grace, a DI like no other.  He has followed up this best selling crime debut of the year with another seven DI Grace novels.

He also works in television and co-wrote the recent ITV drama Innocent, which with over seven million viewers per episode, makes it the best viewed new drama in 2018.

You can find him on Twitter @mjarlidge.

Publisher – Penguin Books

Pages – 421

The Blurb – The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive.  Her story 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 of lose your mind?

I read this book as part of Glascote (Tamworth) Library’s book group.  We meet on the first Friday of every month 10.30 – 11.30.

My thoughts – What an absolutely brilliant book! I loved it.  The premise is so good, two people kidnapped, isolated and forced to make the biggest decision of their life.  What would you do?  This book caused a huge debate in our reading group, some people have a very fixed idea of what they would do in that situation, but how do you know?  Being starved and deprived of basic human necessities could lead to you to making decisions you don’t even know you are capable of.

The book introduces us to DI Helen Grace, strong, focussed and harbouring her own demons.  She deals with these in a very unique way.  She is assigned to find out what has happened to the girl in the woods, and whether she is telling the truth.

The book moves at a fast pace as DI Grace and her team, Mark and Charlie discover more about the culprit as more people end up in this life and death situation.  The survivors can reveal very little and are now themselves traumatised after their experiences.

As more clues come to light, DI Grace is forced to confront some of her own demons in an attempt to prevent another murder.

This book pulls no punches and the descriptions of the environment, the victims are forced to survive in are graphic.  Again it makes you ask questions, as you squirm reading it, would you do the same thing? What would you do to survive?  The author does a good job of making you empathetic to the victims and the murderer.

If you love thrillers, I highly recommend this.  A great premise and a different protagonist in DI Grace.  I really look forward to reading the next in the series Pop Goes The Weasel.

You can purchase the book here

This counts towards my British Books Challenge British Book Challenge



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