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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-moving, intense build-up - will be huge, I predict, 8 May 2014
This review is from: Eeny Meeny: DI Helen Grace 1 (Paperback)
Phew. Finished in a day. This was one of those books where I couldn't stop my eyes racing across the pages, desperate to see what would happen next.

And I'm not a thriller reader! I was pleased to win a Goodreads giveaway copy, though it's not my favourite genre, I like the odd thriller/crime if it sounds a little different.

This sounded a little like Saw - two people wake up not knowing where they are, with no food or water, only a gun and a mobile phone message explaining that the one bullet they have is to kill the other person. Only the survivor will leave alive. Who is doing this? And why?

Simple idea, effectively done. It's a police thriller - DI Helen Grace leads the team charged with finding the killer. We see snippets into the killer's mind and history, less so into the elusive Helen's. I guessed a few suspects along the way, all wrong, although some twists I could see coming.

There were a few scenes where I thought Helen acted out of character, showing signs of naïveté and gullibility that weren't there before, but not for long. The ending was satisfying in some ways but also frustrating - it almost felt like it ended too soon, abruptly. I did feel that the psychological element to the story and characters was glossed over - it was there but more could have been made of it. The ultimate killer's motivation I didn't really think came across. And some motivations and storylines were not resolved satisfactorily for me.

Fast-paced and exciting though, I thoroughly enjoyed this detour from my usual avenues. Escapism, sometimes a little graphic but hard to resist.

With thanks to Goodreads for the giveaway copy.
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