Monday, June 22, 2015

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge


Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge

Review by Lauren

Source: copy for review; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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....


Review: I am fascinated by stories such as these - the psychological thrillers that seem too insane to be true, yet you know that they could occur in real life. This isn't the book for everyone though. It's intense and full of horrible little details. At the same time, the pages move quick and you're left in suspense until the very end as to what is happening and how Detective Helen Grace will make it through.

Eeny Meeny is the first book in the Helen Grace series, and it was a huge hit in Europe before finally making its way to the U.S. this month. Helen Grace is a tough cop who everyone either looks up to, wants to be, or is a bit afraid of, but she knows how to get the job done. This new string of killings though has her baffled. Two people are kidnapped with the option of either them both starving to death or one person using the gun they are left with (only one bullet) to kill the other captive. If this is the route they take, they are set free, and yet, they will never really be free of what they were forced to do in order to survive.

Just this idea had me instantly fascinated and it was curious to see what the captives ended up doing and when. The book is told in third person point of view, so you are given insight into a variety of characters. You get both captives (during each kidnapping), Helen Grace, other cops on the case, and even some past memories and thoughts of the kidnapper (these are in italics in my advanced copy to differentiate from the rest of the book).

Overall, I loved this novel and it would be a great choice for people like me who like the psychology behind crime. I can't wait to read more from Helen Grace. The international editions of the next two, Pop Goes the Weasel and The Doll's House, are out now. The fourth title in the series, Liar Liar, is released this September.

14 comments:

Melliane said...

I agree with you this kind of books are always so intriguing and they can take us easily away. I didn't know about this one so I'm curious now.

Erika Sorocco said...

This truly sounds brilliant - I have to check it out!

xx

Tracy Terry said...

I do enjoy a good crime novel and especially one that is psychological or forensic in nature. This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy.

Brandi Kosiner said...

This is a fascinating premise and good to hear that it was well done

Kindlemom said...

So happy you loved this, it was kind of a crazy thrill ride wasn't it?

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I like the psychology and the thriller part, but I am not thrilled about all the nasty details. This is an either hit or miss read for readers, and I am not sure it's for me.

Sunny Smith said...

I love psychological thrillers! I have to work myself up to them, but I always enjoy them once I get there. This type of story reminds me of some of the stuff that Ted Dekkar has written.

Medeia Sharif said...

I added this to my wish list. It sounds intense. I enjoy twisted psychological thrillers.

Joyous Reads said...

Have you read Night Film by Marisa Presl? That book blew my mind. I don't read too many of these types of novels just because it's not my go-to genre. This book sounds like something worth checking out, though. Thanks for sharing, Lauren.

Lindy Gomez said...

I love psychological thrillers, and this one sounds intriguing! I love a book that's suspenseful and has you turning pages so quickly to see how everything plays out. I like how you get the killer's thoughts too! Great Review :)

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

Diva Booknerd said...

Oh wow Lauren, this sounds so incredibly intense, of course I have to read it now. I find reading thrillers in the third person always makes me more jittery, as though I'm witnessing the crime. I won't be reading late at night though, just from your review has me a little freaked out. Brilliant review Lauren, you've completely sold me <3

Cleo Bannister said...

This one has crossed my path a few times and for some reason I still don't have a copy! I should, I love the psychology of crime and your review has persuaded me that the next time I see it - it's mine!

Sharons Book Nook! said...

I don't read a lot of books like this but I'm always looking to change things up and this sounds interesting. Great review!

L-Diggitty said...

Ooh this looks good! I can only imagine what dark places this could go to... I might save this for some early fall reading, when I like to be a little more scared/freaked out by my literature. ;)