Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge is a mystery detective thriller about a serial killer that makes victims choose between murdering someone they know or allowing themselves to die.
This fast-paced thriller is great for quick bursts of reading with short chapters but it is also hard to put down with a new revelation at the end of each chapter. The mystery slowly grows as the murderer continues to get away from Helen Grace and her team of detectives. There is a very interesting setup and I can see why an agent would jump at the chance to publish it.
I was excited to see that this is an ongoing series because Helen Grace is not the type of character to go to waste. In this one novel, we see so many sides of her, from her interesting habits during her free time to the badass motorcycle gun-toting detective she is at work. She does fall into some cliche characteristics, the detective that always works and has no time for family but Arlidge does a great job fleshing her out and explaining why she behaves the way she does. Helen feels real and it will be interesting to see how she can be challenge even more in the sequels.
The rest of the characters are interesting as well. The chapters jump around to different perspective and the author gives a clear picture of what is going on with the investigation but also a harrowing glimpse into what the victims are experiencing as well. The detective crew with Charlie and Mark, a personal favorite, provide a good balance of Helen's coworkers and have direct intense involvement in the climax.
If you're into detective thrillers or horror this is the book for you though it is not for the faint of heart since there are some intense scenes. I look forward to reading further into this series.