Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge is the first in the Helen Grace series. The story is about a serial killer who kidnaps victims in pairs and then turns them against each other as hunger and thirst set in driving them to commit horrible acts. As the case evolves and more victims are involved DI Helen Grace races to find out the connection between the victims. Why are these people being chosen? is her primary question. If she can just discover the link, then she can prevent the next crime and capture the criminal. Helen’s squad includes Mark, who is fighting his own personal demons throughout the case, Charlie, who just recently discovered she is pregnant and a Superintendent who has his own interests at heart.
Thrilling twists and turns throughout this fast paced thriller. Helen Grace is a complex and well drawn character, who has her own demons but gives 110% to the job. DS Mark Fuller is a tragic character, who is well written and provides an excellent counterpoint to Helen. This is a compelling reading that kept me turning the pages until it was done. I will definitely read the next in this series.
The Girl They Couldn’t Steal is a thriller involved with child abduction and trafficking. Amy has always known she is adopted but has no information regarding her birth family. Now that she has graduated medical school and has six months before buckling down to work she sets out to investigate who she really is. She sets off a chain of events far bigger than she can imagine, involving multiple countries and criminals of all kinds and at all levels. Russian Mobsters, Chechens, Old School English Gangsters, Retired British Military, and corrupt police, Amy faces them all down in her search. Parts of this were interesting and engaging, but at times Amy and other’s actions seemed illogical and just not very smart. The book ends up with many, but definitely not all threads tied up and has lead-ins to the next book in the trilogy. Interesting read that made me want to know what happened. but I am not sure if I would read the two more books to find out.