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Eeny Meeny

(Helen Grace #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  36,632 ratings  ·  3,610 reviews
The "dark, twisted, thought-provoking" (#1 New York Times bestseller Tami Hoag) international bestseller—first in the new 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
Paperback, 395 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by NAL (first published 2014)
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Tom Yes, it is normal. Dangerous situations call for good sense, wit, skill and attention to detail. British police officers are armed but not with guns. …moreYes, it is normal. Dangerous situations call for good sense, wit, skill and attention to detail. British police officers are armed but not with guns. Anyone can fire a gun but not everyone can be a copper (or should be).(less)
Helen Wilson no, each book is it's own story, if you were to pick up the next one, you will lose a little about Helen Grace and what makes her the way she is.…moreno, each book is it's own story, if you were to pick up the next one, you will lose a little about Helen Grace and what makes her the way she is.(less)

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Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book one in a very successful series, starts out with a bang!
We are introduced to Detective Inspector Helen Grace. Both fierce and fearless, she leads her pack of detective’s with a strong-arm and iron will. She keeps most everyone in her life at arm’s length not allowing herself to give or feel closeness or love. So when the inevitable darkness creeps in, she has her own unique way to “punish herself” keeping the demons at bay. Temporarily.

The team is called in to investigate a series of missi
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved this book starting out and then I just wanted to get to the end and find out who was the killer! I sort of fizzled out for some reason 🙁

I give DI Helen Grace 5 stars! She's totally awesome, tough and had a sh*t life growing up! Because of her I would gladly read other books in the series.

I think if you love thrillers, you would love this one!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
"On the floor by the phone you'll find a gun. It has one bullet in it. For Sam or for yourself. That is the price of your freedom. You must kill to live. Do you want to live, Amy?"

I've seen this concept done a few times already. Where the killer traps the people together with no food or water, gives them the only way out is though killing scenario. It's been done better with "Saw" and an episode of "Criminal Minds".
This book tries to move fast. Several characters get to be trapped in this he
Susanne  Strong
5 Stars.

A Nail Biter. In more ways than one.

“Eeny Meeny” is twisted and somewhat depraved. And for some crazy reason I absolutely loved it. DI Helen Grace is one tough copper. She has been through it all and she has seen the absolute worst of it, or so she thought.

Amy and Sam hitchhike home one dark, cold night, when they are picked up by a woman in a van. They are thrilled at first, and then they wake up somewhere else. In an old dive pool out in the middle of nowhere. They find a phone and a
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
i was approved for this book through netgalley at a time when i had a bunch of books i had to read for that program i read for, and right before i went home for easter. i brought three "littry" books with me, and this one on my NOOK, thinking vacation = lots of reading time, and i could plow through all of them no problem.

it didn't quite work out that way, as i had many personal-life traumas suddenly obstacling my path at the same time, and i wasn't able to concentrate on any of the books i was
Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge – A Helen Chase Novel- is a 2015 NAL publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is my kind of thriller! Dark, twisty, with nail biting suspense!

Helen Chase, detective Inspector, has her hands full when a diabolical serial killer begins abducting people in pairs, dumping them in a dive pool, with a cell phone, and gun provided. The hostages will receive one call informing them they have the opti
A decent, fast paced thriller. Love the short chapters! Not a whole lotta depth here, so if you enter expecting something deep and meaningful, you will leave disappointed.

Also, this books has some messed up characters doing some messed up stuff - may not be for the squeamish.

If you like a quick, throw away read with shocking scenes and shallow characters (I know there are some guilty pleasure seekers out there) add this book to your list!
Mary Beth
I think I am going to love this series. I have heard so many great things about this series. This first book was just average to me. It wasn't anything that really made me intrigued. The worst part in reading a series is you have to read every book to get the whole experience of the series. Even though this book was just average, I am going to read the rest of the series. I liked Helen Grace and her character was done very well.
The title, Eeny Meeny, indicates that some hard choices are going
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
In search of a new psychological thriller, MJ Arlidge came highly recommended. He did not disappoint with the ability to grab the reader and leave them gasping for air, even in this debut novel. Picture it, if you will: two people are confined in an area together with no way out, no food or water, and only a gun with a single bullet in its chamber. One must die so the other can live; the choice is theirs. When the first 'victim/perpetrator' is released, this story is presented to DI Helen Grace, ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Eeny Meeny by MJ Aldridge is a dark creepy yes i said CREEPY thriller that had me spell bound i could not put this one down.

The story starts in a town South hampton where two people at a time are kidnapped & told to choose which one of them will die, How could someone choose?

A girl emerged from the woods barely alive her story was beyond belief but it was TRUE every single word of it.

Days later another desperate escapee is found & a pattern starts to emerge , whoever is kidnapping the victims ha
Eeny Meeny by J. Arlidge is a serial killer thriller/crime thriller, set in and around the city of Southampton, a typical inner city. The story centers around a series of double kidnappings, where one captive is called upon to make a life or death decision. Eeny Meeny grabs you and doesn’t let go until you reach the end, when the killer is revealed.

The victims were drugged, abducted, starved and forced to commit murder.

“She made me do it.”

They receive a distorted phone call that said, “Do you wa
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“When you’re a prisoner, the days seem endless and hope is the first thing to die.”

Boy I really don’t have many good things to say about this one. Let’s start with the most glaring problem – the entire plot was very much . . . .

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The “game” begins when two people are abducted. Once the captives wake up from the sedative they’ve been given they find they are trapped somewhere and left with only a gun and a single bullet. It is up
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
"Eeny Meeny" by M. J. ArlIdge is the first in the Helen Grace series and wow! - what an eye opener to grab your attention. I was advised to start this exciting series from the beginning and I'm glad I did. Each book takes you through the career of D.I. Helen Grace and the murders and serial killers she encounters in her work and this first one in the series introduces you to her intriguing personality and to why she is the tough, no nonsense cop she has become. I anticipate all of the stories wi ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars

I was really looking forward to reading this debut series police procedural, introducing the smart and strong Detective Helen Grace. While I can't say that I was disappointed, I did have some issues with the book that held me back from giving it a higher rating.

Here's some of what I did like:
-Like most all protags, Detctive Grace comes across smart and powerful, a loner. But the author allows the reader to get to know the other side not shown to anyone else. This made her a lot more 'r
 Li'l Owl
This psychological game brings a whole new meaning to EENY-You live. MEENY-They die.
What would you decide?

When I came to, my head was pounding. Blood coated my mouth. I wasn’t in the warm van anymore. I was in a cold, dark space. Was I dreaming? A noise behind me made me start. But it was only Sam stumbling to his feet.
We’d been robbed. Robbed and dumped. I scrambled forward, clawing at the walls that enclosed us. Cold, hard tiles. I crashed into Sam and for a brief moment held h
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isn't it great when you just stumble upon another really good series by accident! I can tell this one is going to be a really, really good series.

Helen Grace is outwardly an extremely capable and talented woman who always does her job and does it well. Inside she is damaged by earlier experiences, as main characters in crime books usually are! Helen however does not soothe her emotions with alcohol as is customary. She takes a different and very personal path.

There are a lot of deaths in Eeny Me
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a promising start to a popular series. DI Helen Grace is a fierce and dedicated detective with her own demons from her troubled past that she deals with in her own special way. She leads a good team of young detectives but they are all stumped up when they come up against a series of crimes involving the kidnapping of pairs of people, who are then confronted with a horrendous choice. All the victims are different and there seems to be no connection between them, so Helen is struggling to ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been bumping up this book to read for ages. Finally I got to read it. I would like to thank GOODREADS first reads for my copy.

This was a cleverly written thriller. It starts off very good, nothing like a book I have ever read before anyway, kept my brain ticking over.

I can now see what all the hype is about this book by M J Arlidge as sometimes when things are hyped up you get excited and expect more than it can deliver, right? In this case, its a true hype, it is what it is.

Very clever,
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2014
Reading this book reminded me why I don't usually read books like this. They reminded me that humans are so fucked up and life is so depressing.
But that said, it was a gripping book with quite a few unexpected twists up to the very end and it did live up to the premise. So, I do recommend it but now I'm going to watch cat videos on YouTube because I need something to cheer me up.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read, but the author got carried away a little bit in the last few chapters.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
The first in a multiple part series featuring detective inspector Helen Grace; this is a promising debut with all that good cop thrillers are known for. The author delivers what the synopsis suggests - and more.

The story is well paced and the chapters are kept short to ensure the readers attention is held throughout. Although this was quite different to the usual style of thriller I read, I enjoyed it nonetheless and felt Helen's character was well developed. As ever, it's pleasing to read a th
Dana Ilie
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
So what is Eeny Meeny about? This novel is a classic cop vs. serial killer story; in this case, Detective Helen Grace vs. an anonymous serial killer. Is a story almost entirely devoid of character development, but this only bothered me for the first couple chapters: it quickly becomes clear that this book isn’t meant to be a character study.
So what exactly makes Eeny Meeny great? A strong female lead, a story unburdened by unnecessary details, a satisfyingly twisted villain, short chapters that
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Two people are kidnapped, locked in a room with a gun and only one of them will walk out alive. Detective Helen Grace must find out who the kidnapper is, but as more people get kidnapped the hunt becomes more and more intense as the police try to figure out what links the kidnappings together...

I usually find no problems with reading books out of order nowadays. But, in this case, I kind of regret that I read Pop Goes the Weasel before I read Eeny Meeny. Why? Because a bit of the enjoyment of re
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Eeny Meeny is an action-packed, dark and twisted story with a game so disturbing and more twisted than our main character, flawed and strong Detective Helen Grace and I have ever seen before. I raced against time along with Helen as she searched for the killer behind these games. I ignored life around me and turned the pages as fast as I could right to the end. Not stopping with this story I quickly grabbed the second book Pop Goes the Weasel and dived into as fast as I could. I highly recommend ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Book 1 in the Helen Grace series.

What a great read this turned out to be. From the first page it grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go until the very end. What we have is a killer plot with lots of head scratching and lots of tension.

Lots of police procedural come with flawed characters but this police station is almost dysfunctional. There is a character that needs a bit of S&M to feel normal. Then there’s the obligatory alcoholic and last but not least there’s the one who is leaking sec
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-penrith
2.5 stars.

This was an interesting one for me, can't say I've read a book like this before. But that's ok, as it's not my usual genre. Two people picked by a crazy perpetrator, one will live and one will die. Detective Inspector Helen Grace is at the fore, trying to solve this crime that seems to be turning into a serial killing. She's a hard woman and we get to know that her life has been terrible as a youngster. She isn't the most likeable character but I didn't have a problem with this as ther
Amy and Sam had enjoyed their gig together that night and decided to hitchhike home – Amy had let her mother know that’s what they were doing. And when the van pulled over to give them a lift, they were both thrilled; the driver was friendly, chatting to them, offering them a warm drink. But when they slowly woke and became aware of their situation, they realized they were in big trouble. As the days passed slowly without food or water, with no means of escape, the terror of the only choice they ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kind of disappointing. Loved it to start with - the premise is intriguing and the characters are terrific. Helen Grace is fascinating.
Then the structure started to bother me. Short chapters are fine, especially when you basically have a chapter for each POV switch. But then multiple POVs and different scenes started appearing in a single chapter, which made the chapter breaks feel kind of arbitrary.
Some crime books introduce the reader to cast of characters and offer them the chance to figure ou
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge is the first book in the DI Helen Grace series and it's an absolutely blinding start.
It's a little more gory than your normal crime thriller, It has many moments where all you can say is ' OH MY GOD ' 😱 It's heart pounding and nerve-racking and a little sad to all at the same time it's also a hold onto your seat kind of book.
The ending was unexpected I never saw it coming but the guessing game to this book is definitely going to keep you going (and that's not just the
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Quite a good murder mystery with a shocking ending but not the best in the series...
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M.J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last 15 years, specialising in high end drama production. Arlidge has produced a number of prime-time crime serials for ITV In the last five years, and is currently working on a major adaptation of The Last of the Mohicans for the BBC.

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