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Eeny Meeny: DI Helen Grace 1 (A DI Helen Grace Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

M. J. Arlidge
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Book Description

'This is going to be as big as Jo Nesbo' Judy Finnigan


'What a great premise!' Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Skin Collector and Solitude Creek


Eeny Meeny
is the rocket-paced serial-killer thriller debut from M. J. Arlidge. Eeny Meeny was a Richard and Judy Book Club Summer 2014 pick.


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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.


Praise for M.J. Arlidge and the DI Helen Grace series:


'M. J. Arlidge has created a genuinely fresh heroine in DI Helen Grace' Daily Mail


'Taut, fast-paced, truly excellent' Sun


'
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


'Gruesomely realistic, intriguing and relentless' Sunday Sport


'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. Mesmerizing!' Lisa Gardner


M.J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years specializing in high-end drama production. In the last five years Arlidge has produced a number of prime-time crime serials for ITV including Torn, The Little House and, most recently, Undeniable, broadcast in spring 2015. Currently writing for the hit BBC series Silent Witness, Arlidge is also piloting original crime series for both UK and US networks. In 2015 his audio exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a number one best-seller. His début thriller, Eeny Meeny, which introduces Detective Inspector Helen Grace, has sold to publishers around the world and was the UK's best-selling crime début of 2014. It was followed by the best-selling Pop Goes the Weasel. The Doll's House is the third DI Helen Grace thriller and the fourth novel, Liar Liar, publishes September 2015.


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    M. J. Arlidge has created a genuinely fresh heroine in DI Helen Grace . . . he spares us none of the dark details, weaving them together into a tapestry that chills to the bone (Daily Mail)

    With an orchestration of tension that is always sharp and cinematic, M. J. Arlidge's debut novel grabs the reader by the throat (Barry Forshaw Crimetime)

    Eeny Meeny is going to be as big as Jo Nesbo (Judy Finnigan)

    It's amazing (Richard Madeley)

    This taut, fast-paced debut is truly excellent (The Sun)

    A macabre, theatrical thriller that gripped me with every twist (Woman and Home)

    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. Mesmerizing! (Lisa Gardner)

    Expertly pulled off. It has a devious premise. DI Helen Grace is fiendishly awesome. It's scary as all hell. And it has a full cast of realistically drawn, interesting characters that make the thing read like a bullet (Will Lavender)

    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)

    About the Author

    M.J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years specializing in high-end drama production, including prime-time crime serials Torn, The Little House and, most recently, Undeniable. Currently writing for the hit BBC series Silent Witness, Arlidge is also piloting original crime series for both UK and US networks. In 2015 his audio exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a number one bestseller. His debut thriller, Eeny Meeny was the UK's bestselling crime debut of 2014. It was followed by the bestselling Pop Goes the Weasel and The Doll's House. Liar Liar is the fourth DI Helen Grace thriller.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 786 KB
    • Print Length: 421 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1405914874
    • Publisher: Penguin (8 May 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00GK8RV3A
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,039 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars EENY MEENY - Compulsive reading 16 Sept. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have a vicarious envy of readers who sit down and read a book in one sitting, something I've never had the time to do. Except this book has been an exception. I couldn't put it down.

    The character of Helen Grace was well constructed, a wounded DI is no stranger to crime fiction, but hers was deliciously different from other contenders in terms of her method of self-punishment and self-loathing. The supporting cast of Charlie and Mark were also exceptional, and the author did a good job of manoeuvring their passage throughout the book until the end. Great, strong characters throughout. Well Done.

    I can easily see this being snapped up by TV execs looking for a new angle on the police drama series.
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! 12 Sept. 2014
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    Thought this was a fantastic murder mystery - best I have read in a long while. This novel gripped me after the first few pages and could not put it down - the end of the book was a race to the finish, and what was great was I had no idea who the murderer was until the end which made the ending even better. The end was rushed slightly, however that might just be because I didnt want the book to end!!

    Reading the second in the series already and sad to know the third book will not be out until Feb 2015!!
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars You Will NOT Be Bored ! 24 Sept. 2014
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    LOVED this book. It was a terrific story and totally gripped me AND it was set locally to places I've lived or live now which also makes it more interesting as you can picture the distances and the places mentioned so invest more in it. I can't wait to read her follow-up which I've heard on Goodreads is even better !! Blimey.....
    I'd wondered at how the author thought up some of this stuff as I'd assumed it was a lady author but then found on here it's a guy. Sexist, I know, but I wasn't so shocked then !! I suppose you assume blokes are more likely to think up torturous tales !!
    There WAS an irritation-the Americanised spelling throughout. This is a book set over here by a British author so spell in English !! At one point I don't believe Anna would have been thinking the thoughts she did either, knowing what we did about her. He also mentioned Ian Brady kidnapping truant children which isn't something I ever heard. Aileen Wournos isn't spelled as Eileen, either.(I know my serial killers) !! At one juncture a red coat that had been discarded in a litter bin resurfaced somehow, too...I know, minor stuff but I notice these things.
    I did titter at the odd lines in it, I have to say, despite some of the more dramatic stuff occurring. I am a little unsure whether I "like" Helen or not. She aggravated me the way she behaved at times. I'm pretty sure I'd not want to work with or for her. She just goes off and seems to do just what she pleases. Some of her personal habits I found a little unsavoury as well but that made for an intriguing character with a uniqueness as well so I can't be too.......prudish !! One of the murder locations was a stroke of genius, I thought, too. I liked both Charlie and Mark as well.
    I kept thinking I knew JUST what was going on and who the bad/good guys were and I was satisfyingly wrong on each count. Read this-you will not be bored !!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars I will be starting book 2 real soon. 6 Mar. 2015
    By I Love Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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    I have to say, having had this on my kindle for some time, I kept meaning to get around to reading it. I'm glad i finally did, as I really enjoyed it.

    Eeny Meeny Introduces us to DI Helen Grace. I love getting to know new characters, and feel in this book we get to see a fair amount of Helen and what drives her, what she has gone through and how she copes. She's certainly different in the sense she doesn't cope by drowning her self in drugs or alcohol. he has her own way of venting, and releasing her stresses.

    Helen and her team are out to try and solve a Murder, but how many Murders will be committed before they figure out the how's and why's. And what will Helen do, or feel when she discovers they may be personal and aimed at her.
    Can she figure out the link, and find out who the killer is before anymore innocent people are killed?

    I thought this book was very well put together and very cleverly written, It also seemed slightly different from the normal crime/detective style of books I enjoy reading. There was just something a little bit different about it, that helped make it into a very good read. The characters are good, and a couple I couldn't decide if I liked or not. And kept changing my mind on them as I got further into the book.

    I have book 2 ready to read on my kindle and think it is going to be another great read, and something I will be reading in the very near future.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Average 15 April 2015
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is not a well-written book. Arlidge writes this like a TV drama, with James Patterson-esque two or three page chapters, just in case your attention wanders after reading that much. Perhaps though it's simply to paper over the holes in the plot or to hide the lack of depth in the characters, who are mostly pretty hard to care about.

    The protagonist, Grace, is not likeable at all and at times downright annoying and unbelievable. Her penchant for getting whipped by a male escort is rather cringing and sadly cliched, hanging on to the back of the "50 Shades" bandwagon. Worse though is the way she leaps to the conclusion that one of her trusted staff have leaked some information and her subsequent treatment of them. Utterly unrealistic and laughable.

    The whole premise of the book, the abduction of various pairs of people, giving them a gun with one bullet and offering freedom to the one who pulls the trigger, is also a bit absurd. Not once does it occur to anyone just to fire the bullet at a door or somewhere to remove the temptation of killing the other person.

    The timeline is also all over the place. Events are referred to as having happened days later when it's just the next day at some points. There is also a reference to a incident which never took place - a connection to the first victim is first of all that she was an unborn child at the time of a pile up on a motorway and later she's supposed to have been a schoolchild on a coach in the same pile up - that's sloppy and gives an insight into how this book was "constructed".

    So while the plot was interesting enough to keep me reading to the bitter end, I couldn't have cared less what happened to anyone except one of the minor characters.
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    Creepy, gripping debut - what a premise.
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    Wow, loved this and went straight to Pop goes the Weasel which I enjoyed just as much. Fortunately The Doll's House arrived today so looks like I'm in for another wonderful fix.
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    This was recommended to me by a friend and it was an excellent read. Good characterisation that didn't affect the pace of the murder investigation. Read more
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