Release Date: January 31, 2017
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.