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February 4, 2017

Liked It: Killing Kate by Alex Lake

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Harper
Source: Publisher
Genre: Suspense Thriller

A serial killer is stalking your home town.
He has a type: all his victims look the same.
And they all look like you.

Kate returns from a post break-up holiday with her girlfriends to news of a serial killer in her home town – and his victims all look like her.

It could, of course, be a simple coincidence. Or maybe not.

She becomes convinced she is being watched, followed even. Is she next? And could her mild-mannered ex-boyfriend really be a deranged murderer?

Or is the truth something far more sinister?




KILLING KATE by Alex Lake is a dark, engaging, easy thriller. Aside from the murders, the predominant storyline concerns Kate and Phil's recent break-up which drove the plot. A big chunk of the tale is about how these two exes are trying to move on from their relationship in different fashions which complicated the mystery giving us readers a good whodunnit puzzle to solve.


I personally like the break-up aspect of KILLING KATE what with all the drama between Kate and Phil. Phil is a mess, he's lovelorn, lovesick, and was basically begging Kate to take him back. I can't help but feel bad for the dude, but his undignified way of handling things is a total turn-off. As for Kate, she's living her life, finding herself, and all the excitement of her newly single status completely distracted her from staying vigilant against this person who is after her. The back and forth between Kate and Phile lightened up the tone of an otherwise dark and dreary story and drove the plot development at a faster pace.

The murder mystery is put in the background for a bit, always lurking, contrasting to Kate's blooming social life, but never sinister considering that the bad guy is a serial killer. That said, it's quite easy to pinpoint who the killer is. This is coming from someone who rarely identifies the bad guys in murder mysteries 4 out of 5. 

I'm not crazy about the climax and resolution, I think it could've been done better. I do understand some of the why's, it's just, but it didn't quite give me an adrenalin rush. I think it's the way Kate and Phil handled the entire thing, valiant attempt but a little unbelievable IMHO. Overall, KILLING KATE makes for a quick and easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed the London setting, the alternating POV's, and the murder mystery for the most part.










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27 comments:

  1. This sounds quick and fun, I'm not the biggest thriller fan but I do enjoy the ones that throw in a relationship aspect. Great review!

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  2. Hmm, sounds like it has some potential.

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  3. I love thrillers and serial killers. I would grab it for the cover alone
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

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  4. I'm not a big thriller/mystery reader myself but I do like dark.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  5. I love thrillers and mysteries, but I also kind of want to feel like I need to catch my breath every now and then while reading them. Not sure this would work for me, it sounds like the romance takes the front seat...
    Great review, Braine!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  6. Seems like an intriguing read. I'm glad you liked the break up aspect of the book. Bummer you could tell who the killer was though - I don't usually guess the culprit, but sometimes it can ruin things a bit if it's TOO obvious.

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  7. It sounds like a women's fiction crossed with a thriller. I'm curious about it, but I do like a bit more challenge in the mystery. I always feel it must have been terribly easy to spot if I can spot it since I'm not that good at it either. :)

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  8. I'm a total sucker for books set in London. Too bad the culprit was so easy to figure out.

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  9. Sounds good. I think it might be a good book to introduce me to suspense thrillers. Not too complicated and quick.

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  10. Sounds like a fascinating thriller esp with the break up aspect but a shame about it being predictable.

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  11. it's too bad that you can find that easily the killer..

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  12. Sounds like it was still a good one for you Braine. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I wouldn't like knowing who the killer is so early *sigh*

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  14. I love thrillers, this sounds really good.

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  15. Sounds like a pretty good thriller - not as dark as some tend to be. And the London setting is a draw for me. ;) Glad you liked it overall, Braine. <3

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  16. I like thrillers and don't read enough of them. Glad you enjoyed this one, even if there were things that could be better.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  17. Sounds like it was a bit form-matic. But also character driven with the two exes.

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  18. Probably not in depth enough for me. Thanks for your review.

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  19. To clarify, I was talking about the books plot, not your review:)

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  20. Ah man, sucks that the biggest moment in the storyline didn't work for you and that you knew who the killer was so early on. I mean, it always a proud moment when you can figure it out but the whole point of a mystery is the actually mystery part of the who done it and what will come of it. Sounds like the story failed on both those accounts.

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  21. I saw this one, I wasn't sure I wanted to read it, it did look interesting but... hum, the ending has left me curious. I might consider checking it out if the mood strikes.

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  22. I am not a big fan of thrillers, but it does sound original how this one focuses on a recent break up so in depth. Sounds like there are some personal life parts thrown in as well. I do sometimes guess the murderer, but it's less fun when it's too easy too guess. Too bad the mystery part fell a bit flat. Great review!

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  23. Well, I gotta say, the cover sure is pretty :D And great job nailing the killer!!! Great review! (I hate writing the mediocre reviews, myself - eek)

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  24. I was a huge fan of this genre way before introduced to Paranormal and contemporary and everything related to romance. Been wanting to get back to my first love for a while.
    Great review. This sounds good. :)

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  25. I like the premise and especially the alternate pov, too bad the ending was not all you had hoped for. Still, sounds pretty good though. Maybe a library read :)

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  26. A shame you figured out the killer, I usually can't pinpoint them either.

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