BOOK REVIEW: Killing Kate by Alex Lake (Psychological Thriller)

Greetings Friends!

This book pulled double duty this month!  Not only was it something that I was really interested in reading, but it was also chosen by my book club as our pick for this month!  We haven’t met yet to discuss it, but once that happens, I can post an update with any additional feedback from them.


Genre:  Thriller, Suspense
Release Date:  January 2017


A serial killer is stalking your home town.  He has a type.  All his victims look the same:  They 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 here.  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?


I was really intrigued by the premise of this story since we all know that I have quite a thing for reading about serial killers.  While there is quite a bit going on, it is super fast-paced and full of red herrings that will keep you guessing all the way until the end.  There is a mix of past and present events as well as dual perspectives from the main character, Kate, and her ex-boyfriend, Phil.  They are both so unreliable that it definitely adds additional layers to this confusing situation they find themselves facing and makes you question right along with them what the heck is going on!

Interspersed very sparingly are these small glimpses into the friendship that existed between Kate and three other girls, who called themselves the “Fab Four.”  You quickly discover that the friends are now a trio, as something happened to one of them, Beth, and no one is quite sure where she is or what she is up to.  At first, I felt kind of jolted out of the present story about the serial killer in order to go back into the past to get such little information about this mysterious character.  And just as quickly as it came into the story, it was over, and I was left feeling so puzzled as to how this was all going to relate; however, as the story reaches it climax, everything begins to make more sense and I truly began to appreciate why it was written like that.  Especially after the dialogue heavy info-dump confession the killer provides so you know exactly who, why, how, and what happened in regards to everything about the murder spree.  I like seeing the steady unraveling as characters discover clues that lead them towards the horrible understanding of what is going on, so I thoroughly enjoyed the reveal of the killer just not the way in which we learn the details through all the exposition.  And while I did figure out an element of the twist fairly early on, that never stopped me from frantically reading well into the night to figure out how everything was going to come together.

Overall, this was an entertaining read.  It’s a great option for people who like thrillers, but don’t necessarily want them too intense.  A lot of the focus is on Kate’s relationships, so the majority of the tension that is built becomes slightly diminished when it transitions to her interactions with other characters.  Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for a quick escape that doesn’t require much to think about.

Many thanks to Alex Lake and Harper for providing my copy via Edelweiss.  It was a pleasure providing an honest and thoughtful review.


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