Book Review: The Killing Kind

Jane Casey ~ The Killing Kind

Synopsis

He tells you you’re special…
As a barrister, Ingrid Lewis is used to dealing with tricky clients, but no one has ever come close to John Webster. After Ingrid defended Webster against a stalking charge, he then turned on her – following her, ruining her relationship, even destroying her home.
 
He tells you he wants to protect you…
Now, Ingrid believes she has finally escaped his clutches. But when one of her colleagues is run down on a busy London road, Ingrid is sure she was the intended victim. And then Webster shows up at her door…
 
But can you believe him?
Webster claims Ingrid is in danger – and that only he can protect her. Stalker or saviour? Murderer or protector? The clock is ticking for Ingrid to decide. Because the killer is ready to strike again. 

Review

It will never cease to amaze me how women in books continue to walk around alone in the dark when there is someone out to get them!

Yet if they didn’t I suppose they’d never figure out the crime… and I’m pleased to say that I didn’t work everything out in this book. The book grabs you immediately and the action continues, with plenty of twists and turns, but also lots of suspicious characters to confuse the reader.

Ingrid was a fab character – I do love barristers in crime novels. Although at first she seemed weak, she developed into someone strong and feisty. Although her initials took me down a path with site usernames – a very sneaky move by the author.

I also liked the camaraderie between some of the villains; this was a clever tactic – well done Jane Casey! The inclusion of transcripts also worked well to give a balanced view of the case.

I do feel that the book was slightly too long, as the pace of the last few chapters dragged somewhat, meaning the final twist did not have the intended impact. It seemed out of place with the rest of the story and while it was good, there was too much focus on a particular clue which again seemed a bit tenuous.

That said, overall it was a well-written, fast-paced thriller that (for the most part) did keep me guessing.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I received a copy of the book from Random Things Tours and HarperCollins. Opinions my own.

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