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Review: EENY MEENY, M.J. Arlidge

Een Meeny, by M.J. Arlidge. Reviewed by Barbara Copperthwaite

“There was no way I was going to be able to put this down!”


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 . . .


Oooh, from the very beginning I was a gonner. There was no way I was going to be able to put this down! What a horrible, uncomfortable, thought-provoking and utterly different premise. People forced to choose between saving themselves or killing someone they care about. Horrific! The very thought sends shivers down my spine – and that is what kept me reading on and on and on. I absolutely love a crime tale that makes readers think, and gives them a bit of a moral dilemma; I defy anyone to read this book and not think, “What would I do in that situation?”

The voice of the killer is so realistic, too. Not over the top or melodramatic, which could have so easily happened. The unfolding of the tale is graphic and pulls no punches, so if you’re squeamish, then this is not for you. But personally, I loved it.

M.J. Arlidge has got a new fan! I shall be devouring the rest of the series, which is already at six books – how did I wait so long to discover this great detective??

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