Eeeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

Eeny Meeny

It is not……Me

We review one of the best crime reads we have read all year – Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge.

Eeny Meeny – the blurb

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 . . .


I was hooked from the moment my friend described the latest book she was reading:

“two people wake up in an empty pool with a gun and one bullet. The murderer tells them only one can make it out alive”

I mean come on, gripping right? I imagined a book similar to Saw and whilst it wasn’t, it didn’t disappoint in the slightest.

Throw the rule book out the window

It was so refreshing to read a really original crime/detective book. DI Helen Grace is a speed loving woman ahead in her field. Her number two is a male divorcee verging upon alcoholism and whilst the alcohol is a cliche, it was actually acknowledged in the book and dealt with!

I don’t want to give the game away but the reveals and plot twists are startling. There is no ‘will they wont they’ get together spread out over the next three books and no hidden past that keeps being dangled in front of our eyes only for it to still be a secret two books in. It really felt like Arlidge threw the rule book out of the window when writing and I love him for it.

Behind the times

Grace is a stella protagonist, I cant wait to read more about her. The writing is pacey and the plot never lets up. Thank you Mr Arlidge, it’s my crime novel of the year, albeit one that was first released in 2014! Book number two, Pop Goes The Weasel, is now on my hit list. I might get it read by 2025!

If you love your crime, have a read of The Lost Man our (until recently) crime book of the year. It wasn’t released this year of course, it’s a 2018 one but hey, we’re getting quicker!

Eeny Meeny