About the book (from the publisher): 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 seen. If she hadn’t spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn’t believe them.
Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this case – with its seemingly random victims – has her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense.
My review: This is M. J. Arlidge’s first book in what is a series centered around DI Helen Grace.
Arlidge is a gifted writer, taking us on a journey that has more twists and turns than I could count. Just when I thought I was figuring the whole thing out, another twist in the plot occurred, and I was left just as confused as everyone on the police force in Southampton.
Helen Grace is a woman of some mystery. We don’t know anything about her past. We do know she’s incredibly driven and that her work means everything to her. She also has a dark side, which makes her all the more fascinating. Arlidge has created a strong and captivating character in Helen Grace.
The premise of the thriller is chilling – two people kidnapped, put in a space of some sort from which they have no escape, with no food, no water – nothing but a phone that leaves a message for them. And a gun. It’s a new version of survival of the fittest. And it’s terrifying.
I won’t give away any more details of the plot because I don’t want to take away the pleasure you will get in reading this book. The plot is complex, the characters intriguing and, trust me, you’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat as you read this gripping story.
Arlidge doesn’t tie things up neatly at the end. People are damaged. There’s a sense that the pain inflicted on so many will continue to wreak havoc long after the book has ended. Helen Grace becomes, if possible, even more compelling. That’s strong writing. It left me wanting to read more. And I will.
Dig in. This is a great new series.
About the author: M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, and he lives in England. Eeny Meeny is his debut novel, and has been sold in twenty countries.
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