Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace Series #1)

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace Series #1)

by M. J. Arlidge


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The “dark, twisted, thought-provoking”* international bestseller—first in the series featuring Detective Helen Grace.

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....

*#1 New York Times bestseller Tami Hoag

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451475497
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Series: Helen Grace Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 193,578
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

M. J. Arlidge is the international bestselling author of the Detective Helen Grace Thrillers, including Hide and SeekLittle Boy BlueLiar LiarThe Doll’s HousePop Goes the Weasel, and his debut, Eeny Meeny, which has been sold in twenty-nine countries. He has worked in television for the past fifteen years.

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Sam is asleep. I could kill him now. His face is turned from me—it wouldn’t be hard. Would he stir if I moved? Try to stop me? Or would he just be glad that this nightmare was over?

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“Dark, twisted, thought-provoking, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Take a ride on this roller coaster from hell—white knuckles guaranteed.”—Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Cold Cold Heart

"No doubt about it! Eeny Meeny debuts one of the best new series detectives, Helen Grace. Determined, tough, and damaged, she must unravel a terrifying riddle of a killer kidnapping victims in pairs to send a particularly personal message. Mesmerizing!”—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crash & Burn

"What a great premise! . . . Eeny Meeny is a fresh and brilliant departure from the stock serial killer tale. And Detective Inspector Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years.”—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Skin Collector and Solitude Creek

“There are so many things about this novel that are expertly pulled off. It has a devious premise. DI Helen Grace is fiendishly awesome. It's scary as all hell….Eeny Meeny is a dark, edgy thriller.”—Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Obedience

“[A] taut, fast-paced debut.”—The Sun (UK)

“A tapestry that chills to the bone.”—Daily Mail (UK)

“A fast-paced roller-coaster ride.”—Life Through Books

“A thrilling and enjoyable read…a shocking twist at the end.”—The Crime Scene

“[A] rip-roaring affair…pulls no punches with its opening lines and doesn’t let go until the very last.”—Boy, Let’s Talk About Books

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Eeny Meeny 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
This book really grabbed me at first - I mean, what a premise - two people imprisoned, no food, no water, a gun and one bullet. Killing the other person is the only way out. But as the book went on, I lost interest in the MC, Helen Grace. She's a flawed and complex character, but very difficult to connect with. I found her to be cold, brash, and generally just unlikable. I felt like the author did an excellent job at getting into the heads of the victims, relaying their thought processes and what they were feeling. I've seen some other reviews that mentioned confusion of changing POVs and short chapters, but that didn't bother me so much. What did bother me was the identity of the killer, but I can't really say why without giving away some spoilers, so I'll just say it was a disappointment. The ending seemed to come about rather abruptly, felt rushed, and just fell flat for me. Overall, I'd say this book started out with a bang, but went out with a whimper after losing its way somewhere around the middle.  This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
Wanda_M More than 1 year ago
. A twisted, suspense filled thriller that took me to an all time adrenaline high, trying to figure out who did what as yet another victim fell prey to the onslaught. The excitement kept building as I turned each page. Then, as I read on I wondered, who will be next?  And, what is just around the next corner? What will happen after? Each victim  was abducted against their will,  being held prisoner and tortured, both physically and mentally. By killing one will destroy the other. So in the mind, the one who survives will suffer more. But why always in twos? EENY MEENY is truly a compelling story, and the criminal acts are so horrifyingly realistic. But, how are these kidnappings being pulled off without anyone finding out? How are the cops being outsmarted? Why does this frightful human being want each person to undergo such pain, or to be tortured to death? My heart cried out for those poor victims, because of the choices they had to make. There is a killer out there! And we need a hero or heroine to come to the rescue. Helen Grace is there to see that justice is done, and to find out who is causing all of  the kidnappings. She is a tough cop, but is she tough enough, and strong enough to unravel this mind-boggling horrible situation?  A murderer that seems to think that everything is flowing in his/her direction. This executioner must be stopped, and now! But how, when this dangerous person always manages to stay one step ahead of Helen?  Could there be a connection between the killer and the kidnappings? Could there be something in all the victim’s past  that had made them deserving of the murderer’s mindfulness? If so, would Helen be one of the victims too, or will she find out who it is in time before another violent death occurs? Maybe the killer is playing some sort of game. Maybe there is a puzzle to solve. Maybe the killer is wanting to be apprehended. But why go to such extremes? Unless this person is sending Helen a message. That is a strange way to send a message, and what kind of message could be that heartless? A very scary read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, you'll want to buy this first book in the DI Helen Grace series. BUT DONT! Buy the 6 - pack instead and be able to read Books 1 through 6 in one volume. You'll thank me. Then you'll buy #7 and pre-order #8. Really. The DI Helen Grace series is that good,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet. Buy it, read it, love it.
misspider More than 1 year ago
This is the first volume in a new crime series. Helen Grace is a tough british cop with a dark history, carrying around her own personal demons, but this case is pushing even her to the limit. The killer uses an especially cruel and twisted MO, imprisoning two people without food, but with a one-bullet gun, offering one of them a way out by shooting the other. As more and more victims show up, the whole police unit is on the search, even within their own rows. The presented killer's method was not new, but fascinating nonetheless. The flaws and personal problems of Helen Grace and her team give the characters depth and reality, however some parts seemed too stagy for my taste. While I liked the short chapters, their meaning was rendered obsolete by the many jumps between POVs, switching characters and places too sudden. This was often  confusing and while it may have been meant too support the fast pace of the story, instead it slowed it down on many occasions. 'Eeny Meeny' is a very twisted thriller which offers great suspense and introduces an interesting new cop character readers will surely want to read more about. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an incredible read! I just couldn't put it down it just totally captivated me and I had to wad through it! The characters were great, the plot well written - and your mind just kept exploding with each new chapter ---- what a mess people make of their lives and how they treat each other. I immediately went and found other books by this author, great read!
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. When I saw the title and read the blurb I was like man this is right up my alley I have got to see if I could read this. Now when this book started off it made me think of the movie SAW. Just the way the victims were set up it came across that way which was not a bad thing. The author did a great job with the descriptions and keeping us readers on our toes as we navigate to find out who this killer was. Now to find out in the end who it was I was like what! Totally didn't see that coming at all. I have to say the one part that got me and I was throwing up in my mouth a bit was with the head wound and maggots that is all I am going to say about it, but I enjoyed it. It was pretty cool and I have to give the characters props as I don't know if in real life I could ever do something like that. DI Helen Grace is a top notch investigator and that is because she has no family, kids or husband it is just her so she is perfect for being able to throw her life right into her work. Though she does have her own demons she deals with on a daily basis which we learn what she does to ease them for just a bit.  When the first living victim is found it is up to Helen to figure out who the killer is and why is she targeting certain people, what is making her tick and she is racing against the clock. Some of the scenes are dark and gory which for me I love in books. Yes I am that sick person lol.  Now on a book like this I wouldn't hesitate to give this book a solid five wine glass rating, but being as I had some issues with the book it dropped it down. One of the issues being the changing of characters or scenes right in the middle of the chapter. I believe if you are changing characters or scenes then you need to either add some of these symbols *** or do another chapter even if it is small. Because when you are in the middle of a conversation with a character then next then you know you are with Jack it is like umm what did I miss?  The second thing was how did Helen find Hannah? I went back to re-read but either I missed or maybe I just missed it, so maybe another reader can clarify this for me.  Overall a really good story and I recommend this to anyone who likes crime, mystery, thrillers, suspense, action dark and gory. But be warn that there is reference to sexual child abuse within this story. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will be reading the next one
SherryF More than 1 year ago
The cover and title for Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge made this an easy reading choice for me. It gave me a feeling of danger and kept me reading to the end. It’s his debut novel…and it’s a good one. Adult Reading. S&M, bondage. Hitchhiking, I think not. It will be very hazardous to someone’s health. Sam and Amy had been taken and Amy wondered if she was capable of doing what was necessary to survive. The psychological horror for Amy starts on the very first page. Will it destroy her? Helen was born to be a cop. She is a wicked good cop, with a flawed, yet soft heart, dedicated to her job. With a sadist serial killer, Eeny Meeny reads like a Criminal Minds episode. Some characters are flawed, but for me, that makes them more interesting. What is normal? Others are innocent, yet doomed. Who and why? Have I met the killer? Mystery and betrayal. Confrontation and choice? Love and sacrifice. Someone was playing a devious and cruel game. It took me a while to figure out the connection. Be careful. The author is not afraid to kill off anyone if it suits his purpose. I love dark and evil, with mystery and suspense to die for, and we have plenty of it here. I will be on the lookout for the next story in the Detective Inspector Helen Grace series. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Detective Helen Grace has a terrible situation to deal with. When a young woman kills her boyfriend, the story she tells is hard to believe. They were kidnapped and dumped into an abandoned dive pool with nothing but a gun with one bullet. To survive, one of them must kill the other, then they will be set free. The evidence proves the story true, now what. When more pairs turn up, Helen and her team are racing against the clock. The press are not helping any. The title "Eeny Meeny" is so appropriate. How and why are the victims being selected. Once they are in captivity, one of them will live, one will not. The one who lives, is haunted by what they did and unable to function back in "normal" life. This book had me hooked quickly and I enjoyed the way the plot moved. The crimes were unique and not the normal run of the mill that I had read before. Helen Grace is a complex character. As the story unfolds, we learn more about her past and what has made her into the woman she is. There are chapters throughout the book told about past situations and the narrator of these seems to be the murderer, but is it? A good thriller that introduces us to Helen Grace and her team and I will definitely look for more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved reading this from the start with the "choice" premise, but the rushed ending, lack of real character development in the final chapters and frustrating wrap up overshadowed the good. Should have stopped 30 pages from the end and come up with a more satisfying conclusion.
shannonteea More than 1 year ago
a real page turner that will keep you enthralled
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The first in a series that centers around Detective Inspector Helen Grace. Through this first book, the reader gets to know DI Helen Grace and her team while the go through their first major case. A serial killer is kidnapping people in sets of two and giving them an ultimatum they live when someone between the two dies. A little confusing, but trust me it was good. I loved starting this series at the beginning and getting to know the DI and her team while they are in action trying to track down a serial killer. With the chapters being short and sweet, I thought before starting that this book would lack flow - I was wrong, it did not. Instead I kept reading and reading well past my bedtime when I picked it up and almost got halfway done. I just wanted to keep reading and reading and the pace didn't slow from page one to the very end.
acorley84 More than 1 year ago
I do want to clarify that contrary to my rating system, I would give Eeny Meeny a solid 3.5 rating, however, I don't have the clip art to depict that! So, with that being said, I also must admit that some of the lack of rating is due to the fact that this story is a British Detective Mystery, which isn't always my favorite, especially when I'm listening to them. It takes me a bit to get used to the accent, and by the time I do, sometimes I find myself having a hard time getting into the story! With that being said, I honestly don't know that I could have told you that this title had four different narrators. Two, yes...but I never would have guessed four! Maybe I just wasn't paying a great deal of attention to the detail in the voices, I don't know! I think that the premise of the story isn't particularly unique, but interesting, nonetheless. It makes you wonder what you would do in that situation. It also is proof that the human race is that of sick and deranged people, and sometimes those people are the people that you'd least expect, as we find with DI Helen Grace! I have mixed feelings about Helen Grace! I do intent to read the next book in the series, as it is a read provided to me by Netgalley, so hopefully after that I will have more of an informed opinion of her! I had a difficult time in trying to come up with a rating for this title, and still struggle with it a bit! I am impressed with the surprise ending, but the story just didn't seem to capture me like others do! I found myself not really feeling much emotion toward it at all! Perhaps it was my mood at the time of reading...who knows! I should have a better picture of my feelings and thoughts after reading Pop Goes the Weasel!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Eeny Meeny by M.J. Aldridge is a British suspense/thriller novel. It is the first book in DI Helen Grace Thriller series. Detective Inspector Helen Grace is devoted to her job as the head of the Major Incident Team at the Southampton Central Police Station. She had a rough childhood and does not let anyone get close to her. Helen’s latest case, though, is going to push her to the limits. Amy Anderson and Sam Fisher were kidnapped and held hostage. They were unable to escape. They were given a cell phone and a gun (no food, no water, and no facilities). The only way they could leave was if one of them died. Amy is the only one to come out alive. Helen is not sure if she can believe the story or not until two other people are kidnapped. Helen and her team are going to have to be quick to get ahead of this killer. Eeny Meeny is a wonderful novel. It keeps you riveted until the very end. It is a well-written book that I could not put down. I give Eeny Meeny 5 out of 5 stars. There is violence, sex, and foul language in this book. Also, it is a British novel so some of the phrases and word spellings are unfamiliar but can be figured out from the context. This book will keep you guessing with all the wonderful twists and turns. I cannot wait until the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of Eeny Meeny from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
debwill74 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Eeny Meeny is a wild dark ride with many twists and turns. It left me guessing till the bitter end as to who the perpetrator is.
VioletL More than 1 year ago
A dark, insidious thriller, that will keep you interested till the end. The ending will surprise you! Don't miss reading this book if you enjoy thrillers.
RaquelGabrielle More than 1 year ago
I needed a good mystery and this hit the spot for me. I read some other reviews before looking to much farther into this book and many said if you liked the Saw movies then you would like this. I liked the first couple of Saw movies when it actually but I think after the third one it went down from there. This book lived up to those first couple of Saw movies.
Aiwe More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this from Netgalley. A great start to this mystery series! The story was well written and I enjoyed the twists and turns. It was a bit gruesome for my tastes, so I would not recommend it to those with weak stomachs. If you enjoy thrillers, you are probably used to that already though. The characters are well written. They have flaws, even the main character is wrong at times. So often you read a mystery and the main detective come off as all knowing and it takes you out of the story. Allowing for a character to be wrong at times makes them much more believable. Overall, I enjoyed reading it and would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of thrillers.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
WOW!   This book had me on the edge of my seat.  I was unable to put it down.    I was invested in the outcome and totally shocked at the entire story.     Crime novels are a favorite of mine.   I love a good murder mystery.      M.J. Arlidge is an amazing author.   This is the first one by her that I have read and cannot wait for more of the Helen Grace series.    Eeny Meeny kept me guessing who the killer was.  I really had no clue who it was until the end.    I was intrigued, guessing, and kept changing my mind as to the actual motive and murderer.   I love that there was no cliffhanger, even though there is more to this series.    Yet, there is definitely more to Helen and how she will handle what has happen.    The chapters were interesting.    I liked that they were short, but sometimes I was confused as to who was telling the story.    There was no signal for a point of view change.    There were other times I felt like a chapter ended and another started continuing the same information of the story.    It caused me to have to re-read some parts of the chapters and re think what I was reading.    I enjoyed the storyline, the characters, and cannot wait for more.    Check out this series.