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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 May 2014
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B00JKA1R7G
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I like the idea of having each chapter in just a few pages, some are just under five pages. Then leave it a cliffhanger. I'm left in a lurch as to the real feelings of the female protagonist, though. Good news is that I have a few more of this author's novels and I am sure she will appear more in the series and I'll get to know her better then.
Another confusing area is that the same crime pattern happened a tad too often and too many times. So, it left a sour after taste. I feel as if the crimes are committed again and again to fill up the pages.
I'm drawn to the words the author used, however. An immensely captivating and creative way of using a wide range of vocabulary. It made the scenes and emotional expressions of each character vividly engaging.
A book that will definitely keep you occupied on your solo trip to anyway, especially on a long haul flight. I like it.
Repeatedly, two people are abducted at the same time, then imprisoned together, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive.
Eeny Meeny introduces DI Helen Grace and the first case she is presented with is a cruel, strange, game more twisted than any Detective Helen Grace has ever seen. Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this case, with its seemingly random victims, has her baffled.
As more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense. This was one dark book. A couple who are hitchhiking are kidnapped and left for death - unless one of them kills the other. One is found and an investigation begins by DI Helen Grace, a hard-working woman who has her own issues.
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 is this author's debut novel, and it’s a good one. I highly recommend Eeny Meeny and certainly intend to read more by this author.
Although I could not relate to DI Helen Grace in any way, I loved her because she was an enigma; I still don't know a great deal about her so I will definitely be reading the next books in this series to learn about her past. The plot was fast-paced, tense and I was shocked at all revelations because I did not see them coming - a sensation I love when reading a book. Gruesome details were wonderful to read because of the images they evoked in my mind.
If you are looking for a clever, action-packed crime thriller, then Eeny Meeny is a must-read and I would not hesitate to recommend this novel.
Unfortunately, once you are past this bit the tale begins to wilt under a plethora of stale old tropes. We have the ambitious policewoman who has been fast tracked to Detective Inspector who hates herself and has no time for anything but her job. The "good copper" who is crippled by his broken marriage and subsequent turn to alcohol as an amelioration and crutch. Cue much mental eye-rolling when reading these sections.
The abductions also become much less intriguing and even verge on the downright silly in places. Believability is not the key here, in fact a healthy suspension of belief is required to get more than halfway through this book.
Some of the peripheral characters are just downright unlikeable and fall in to the pit of being completely unbelievable as people. The journalist and the psychotherapist are two such that have no redeeming characteristics whatsoever. Unfortunately, they are both supposed to be strong women, like our intrepid DI Grace, but just come across as bitter and callous.
The sidestep in to police corruption and mishandling of evidence and interview tapes is tedious and seems to have been thrown in to pad the book to a decent length. Whilst I understand the need to undermine the head of the team to juxtapose the "old force" and it's mainly old boy's club feeling and the bright dawn of the "new force" which is inclusive it is handled clumsily. Certainly if this is what you want to read then you would be far better picking up a book from Lynda La Plante's Jane Tennyson series.
Now you would think from the above that I would have only given this book 1 or 2 stars; yet I gave it 3. The simple reason for this is that there are sparks of brilliance in this book. You definitely don't know who could be possibly committing these atrocities and feel as clueless as the MIT investigating them. The information is drip fed in such a way that you are forced to jump to the same conclusions as the officers and the final reveal is a nasty little twist in the tale. It is the plot arc that makes the book, just a pity that the writing is very often not up to it.
I'm not entirely sure I would read any more of the Helen Grace series but I certainly won't write them, or their author, off yet.