Review published on May 5, 2016.
A young couple wake disorientated, trapped and without food or water. There’s no escape. There’s a gun loaded with a single bullet and a mobile phone with just enough charge to deliver a short message: when one of you kills the other, the survivor will walk free. Other pairs are soon taken. The victims appear to be chosen at random.
This is the first book in the DI Helen Grace series and it answered a lot of questions for me. I recently reviewed Book 5 of the series, Little Boy Blue, which now makes far more sense.
I really enjoyed the book and was gripped from the start. Helen Grace is a very damaged and vulnerable person and I now know why. However, for all her flaws, she is a strong and effective leader of her team.
The story is fast paced with lots of twists and turns. The lock up scenes are horrifying so not for the faint hearted. All in all, a well written thriller with short chapters which makes for a quick read. Am looking forward to the next book in the series. [Ed: seems you’re writing in short sentences now, Dorothy!]
Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
Penguin pbk May 2014
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