When a young girl emerges from the woods, barely alive, her story is of abduction and murder and is unbelievable. When it happens again, the police start to take notice and a very crafty serial killer is being hunted – one who is playing a very deadly game of Eeny Meeny Miny Moe!
A serial killer is on the hunt and the victims are being taken in pairs and imprisoned. To escape, one must kill the other. It doesn’t matter which one kills but the choice is kill or be killed.
Detective Inspector Helen Grace is with Southampton Police and is tasked with finding the killer. She is a workaholic with baggage who is slightly damaged but she will stop at nothing to find the killer.
Overall, it took me a short while to get into this book but once it did I couldn’t put it down. If may have started off slow for me but after a few pages it continued at breakneck speed right to the end.
This is a story of where the killer plays cat and mouse with the police and seems to be able to always stay one step ahead of them. The killer plays a twisted game of Eeny Meeny with the victims. While there are a few surprises it has plenty of action that will keep you interested and engrossed.
While there is no real character development, you find small snippets of what drives the main characters, especially DI Grace, throughout the story. For me, this led to a great story being told without pages of filler. It was pure action and thrills all the way to the final pages.
With its short chapters, it is a quick read despite its 400+ pages (I always find books with short chapters (such as James Patterson) quicker to read – maybe because I have a habit of just wanting to read one more chapter).
Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge is the first book in the DI Helen Grace series and if this is the quality of the first book, then I can’t wait to continue with the rest of the series – they should be a real treat. If ever a book was written to binge read then this has to be it.
A really mesmerising, fast-paced and captivating read that is definitely worthy of 5 stars.
RRP: £8.99 (Paperback) / £4.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.