Eeny Meeny : Helen Grace

  • by M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by Annie Aldington, Elizabeth Bower, Lucy Gaskell, Nigel Pilkington
  • Series: Helen Grace
  • 9 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The international best seller that "grabs the reader by the throat" (Crime Time).
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....

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Loved EVERYTHING about it!

The story was fascinating and the narrators were awesome...really enjoy the "reality" in their voices...Can't wait for more from this author!
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- mshell

Utterly Dislikeable

I wish I could pinpoint exactly what bothered me so much about this book . I think the problem is there were so many things that bothered me, I cannot boil them down into a single concise reason.

I will start with the primary narrator. While she calmed down as the book progressed, she started out so enthusiastic and overly dramatic that I couldn't get into the mind set of a serious, dark piece of fiction. I admit I like my audiobooks read to me by someone with an easy to listen to voice that seems to fit the mood of the book. I do not like them dramatized and if the narrator of the book is perky and enthusiastic, then the mood of the book better be as well.

Next, if you are writing a book that you intend to be the first in a series focusing on a single character, then you need to introduce a character that readers want to know more about. They don't necessarily have to love or even like them. But they have to be curious enough about what happen's next in that characters life so they want to read the next book. Unfortunately, I not only didn't love or like Helen Grace, I thought she was a one-dimensional caricature of every shallow but beautiful policewoman I've ever seen on any TV show. Once I learned that the author had a background writing for television his description of his heroine made sense. He created a character that might look good, but lacked any substance what so ever.

She wasn't a tortured soul. She wasn't compassionate, She wasn't tough. She was a lousy manager. She wasn't brilliant. She was a pretty bad detective and a very boring character. She did ride a motorcycle and engaged in mild S&M. Unfortunately those two "facts" aren't nearly enough to make her interesting. I cannot imagine reading another book about her.

The plot line wasn't terribly inventive and it just kept repeating itself over and over. The only characters less developed and less interesting than the victims of the crimes was Helen Grace.


And the author had real difficulty with his timeline. There were too many instances where it sounded as if someone had been held captive 6 to 8 weeks, but when the author switched back to the police investigation, people were evidently being kidnapped and almost starving to death every 48 hours or so,

I think it boils down to the author just didn't have the skills to write a good, suspenseful mystery. And that is too bad. I would love another series with a strong female detective.
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- Lulu "I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio