Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
421 pages | Published May 8th, 2014
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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 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…
Eeny Meeny was my pick for the BookBum Club theme for August: It’s the Sound of the Police! 🚨
Going into EENY MEENY, and based on what I’d been told, I was expecting a disturbing and cinematic read. Well, I’m glad to say that’s exactly what I got.
One thing I noticed right off the bat was how simplistic the writing is. Arlidge writes very simply and goes straight to the point, rather than including irrelevant scenes – and I very much appreciate that –, and yet he still manages to be descriptive enough for you to see everything in your head, very clearly. He just has a way with words.
I’m sure a ton of people have made this comparison before, but I have to make it myself: this really reminded me of Saw. Sure, it is way more simple, with less engineering, but I kept getting flashbacks from when I watched Saw in middle school and was terrified…
There are several gruesome descriptions and scenes throughout the book, especially towards the end. Disgusting enough to make me gag and my eyes water, so definitely keep that in mind if you’re not into that kind of stuff.
Unlike what some people felt while reading it, I definitely did not find EENY MEENY to be predictable. Actually, I could never figure anything out until it was revealed, so Arlidge had me fooled the whole time 😄
Regarding the characters, I connected with the main ones, although I really enjoyed Charlie in particular. She’s just so pure and sort-of fragile, I couldn’t help but care for her. D.I. Grace is a badass female lead, so I know many of you out there will love her just as much as I did, flaws and all!
Overall, EENY MEENY is a very visual, addictive and sometimes gruesome read that features a badass female lead who rides around on a motorcycle fighting the bad guys. If that doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will!
I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Eeny Meeny and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!
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