Monday, July 20, 2015

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

When things get stressful, I look for something easy to read. Something that's going to grip me and make me forget about school life for a few hours. Eeny Meeny was what I needed. Although I don't want any of the things written here to happen to me, my loved ones or any stranger.

You see, Eeny Meeny is about serial murders. But it's not the normal "crazy killer kills multiple people" type of murder. Like the rhyme "eeny meeny miny moe" (which according to one legend, was used by the Druids to choose who to sacrifice - there doesn't seem to be much basis for this though!), there are two potential victims in each "turn". The one that makes it out alive is the one that chooses to kill the other.

Detective Helen Grace is in charge of these murders, and the more she investigates, the more it seems that this is all connected to her. But it couldn't be... could it?

I found Detective Helen Grace to be an interesting character. She reminds me of Fiona Griffin from Harry Bingham (CHECK)'s series, but sane and slightly more grounded. Both of them are decidedly not-normal, and both of them are good cops. The only difference is that Helen Grace is better at working the system.

Plot-wise, I found the book to be gripping throughout. The chapters are short, and the book moves quickly (I more or less finished the book within 24 hours). The twist is the plot was a little bit unbelievable, since I didn't see any clues that led up to it. But if you can accept the twist, the last part of the book really is the climax, and was well-executed.

One last thing: this book is told through a series of different POVs. It's normally one POV per chapter (one short chapter), but sometimes, two POVs appear in one. When I first tried reading this book (on the kindle app), the chapter breaks and scene breaks weren't there, which made the reading really difficult. But on the Bluefire app, there were proper chapter numbers, which meant that I could follow along more easily. So this is a sort of warning that the constantly switching POVs might be confusing.

All in all, this was a gripping and scary book. It was definitely a far far cry from my normal life, and managed to distract me for a few hours.

Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.


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