Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

The international bestseller that “grabs the reader by the throat” (Crime 23398806Time).
First in the new series featuring Detective Inspector 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 Inspector Helen Grace has ever 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…. Goodreads.com

This book really grabbed me at first – I mean, what a premise – two people imprisoned, no food, no water, a gun and one bullet.  Killing the other person is the only way out.  But as the book went on, I lost interest in the MC, Helen Grace.  She’s a flawed and complex character, but very difficult to connect with.  I found her to be cold, brash, and generally just unlikable.

I felt like the author did an excellent job at getting into the heads of the victims, relaying their thought processes and what they were feeling.  I’ve seen some other reviews that mentioned confusion over changing POVs and short chapters, but that didn’t bother me so much.

What did bother me was the identity of the killer, but I can’t really say why without giving away some spoilers, so I’ll just say it was a disappointment.  The ending seemed to come about rather abruptly, felt rushed, and just fell flat for me.

Overall, I’d say this book started out with a bang, but went out with a whimper after losing its way somewhere around the middle.  Eeny Meeny is scheduled for publication June 2, 2015.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

 

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