The Killer Inside Paperback – 29 October 2019
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- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008336377
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008336370
- Publisher : HarperCollins (29 October 2019)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
'The story rattles along and the pace never lets up. Another cracker from a brilliant storyteller. I loved it.' Amanda Jennings
‘I devoured this novel in two greedy sittings – absolutely brilliant; the characters are so real I felt I knew them all.’ Louise Voss
‘So complex, so twisty, so compelling’ Rachel Abbott
‘From the first page, you know you are in deliciously unsafe hands. Classy, twisty, and beautifully written, l loved every page’ Sophie Draper
‘A fantastic read, suffused with a real sense of menace – and when the final twist comes it is truly chilling. I loved it.’ Alex Lake
'I absolutely loved The Killer Inside – dark, twisty and menacing, I couldn't put it down!’ Roz Watkins
‘Gripping, twisty, powerfully moving’ Paul Burston, author of The Closer I Get
‘Intrigue and menace drip from page one to the final nail-biting scenes – I challenge you to put this book down unfinished in one go!' Claire Seeber
‘I loved it, and was completely gripped throughout! It was compelling and kept me awake at night because I had to finish it’ Karen David
‘I loved this book from the very first scene. Clever, compelling storytelling’ June Taylor
Praise for Cass Green:
'Tense and menacing with utterly compelling characters. Domestic noir at its darkest’ Louise Jensen
‘A heart-racing, twisty thriller jam-packed with emotion and suspense – I loved it.' Mel Sherratt
‘A beguiling thriller, beautifully written and suffused with a delicately rising sense of menace which builds to a nerve-shredding climax. Once again Cass Green has written a book which you’ll happily be held captive by’ Eva Dolan
‘The Girl on the Train meets Notes on a Scandal. I read it one sitting, totally gripped.’ Erin Kelly
‘The Woman Next Door had me gripped from first page to last – completely under the spell of prim yet twisted narrator Hester, a pensioner with an exhilaratingly pitch-black heart of darkness beneath her twinset and pearls’
Ruth Ware, author of In A Dark Dark Wood
The most twisty, unputdownable, psychological thriller you need to read in 2020
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Then there is Irene, with one son who disappeared many years ago, she is devastated when her second suddenly disappears too.
Told from the perspectives of Elliot and Irene, the first half half of the novel didn’t seem to have a purpose. Even though the story flowed well, I was trying to work out how it all tied in. This changed in the second half, the pace picked up as the story unfolded and it all tied in eventually.
I did enjoy this novel but definately not as much as the authors previous novel.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy to read.
The story is told from multiple points of view and as I said before for a while I had no idea why we were hearing from them all. There is Elliot who is a teacher and happily married to Anya. That is until one day at a music festival she starts to act strangely and pulls away from him and their marriage. Elliot has no idea why. There is also Irene whose sons have both disappeared - one a few weeks ago and one in 2003. She has no idea why or where they have gone. It all sorts itself out in the second half of the book and things escalate quickly!
Thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
Cass has created a dark psychological thriller with a believable plot. Set over the time periods of 2003, 2018, 2019 and 2021, the story moves through a duel narrative predominantly between Elliot and Irene as two stories are told that are then melded together. It is twisted, thrilling, compelling and completely addictive! The Killer Inside will keep you enthralled right from the get go till the gobsmacking finale.
The characters in this story are very complex, realistic and all have been written extremely well. Elliot appears genuine but at times you are left wondering and second guessing yourself if he really is a good guy. His wife Anya gave me a level of discomfort right from the get go. As the story progresses, the more we get to know Anya the more you see that there is something that is not right with her. Both are hiding a secret and you are left wondering who has the biggest one to hide. Irene on the other hand, broke my heart and I loved her from the start. Her story leads her on a journey to find her missing son. I could feel her desperation at all times and my heart broke for her.
I enjoy Cass’ writing style. It is very fluid and engaging and although the story moves at a slow pace and could have been speeded up, Cass knows how to build suspense that was able to keep my attention until all was revealed.
A new author to me, Cass will definitely be on my radar now for upcoming books. I throughly enjoyed The Killer Inside and would definitely recommend this to other readers.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Harper Collins and Cass Green for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Killer Inside which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
A dark psychological thriller, THE KILLER INSIDE explores this very concept when Elliott, a primary school teacher, discovers his wife Anya may not be the woman he thought she was. Happily married, both are from vastly different backgrounds. Elliott was raised by his mother on a London council estate with his father in prison while Anya was the privileged - and maybe somewhat entitled - only child of Patrick and Julia. But both harbour guilty secrets.
Anya's parents adore Elliott and have always made him feel welcome. But a part of him always feels shut out as if he is not privy to the threefold strong unit that is Anya and her parents. So why is it Anya always goes running to them when something goes wrong? It is not uncommon for her to do so, leaving Elliott excluded and somewhat mystified. But Anya is the product of her parents' overindulgence, always giving her what she so desired and fixing any problems that she encountered. And it is a habit that has continued into her adulthood and marriage.
But Elliott has his own worries when he inadvertently makes an enemy of one of the dads at the school he teaches. Strange things begin to happen beyond Anya's distant behaviour as he is run off his bicycle and they are woken in the night by a brick being thrown through the window. Elliott wonders if Lee Bennett (the dad from the school) is behind it, having spent some time in prison he seemed the sort. But it's Anya's behaviour that puzzles me. If a brick was thrown through my window at 3am, I wouldn't be brushing it off, insisting that the police not be called and then promptly falling to sleep without a care while my husband is left sleepless to deal with it. I'd be frantic and unable to sleep. But Anya clearly didn't have the worries she claimed that plagued her. Of course Anya ran off to her parents, citing feeling unwell, where she stayed for the next several days.
Then one day Elliott decides to surprise Anya at work in London for lunch. But when he arrives he discovers she hasn't been there for at least a week with her employer granting her more time if needed during her "bereavement". What bereavement? Elliott is both puzzled and furious. What exactly is going on? What secrets is she keeping? Of course, her parents are privy to the entire spiel - why is he not surprised? Just how well does he know the woman he married?
Irene is a 73 year old widow living in Cambridge whose son Liam disappeared in 2003 without explanation beyond a postcard citing he "needed to sort his head out and don't try and find me". She hasn't heard anything from him since. Her worries intensify when her eldest son Michael neglects to visit as he usually does, and she hasn't heard from him for several weeks. In a silent panic, Irene decides to visit Michael's flat but upon arrival finds no response. She is directed to a free spirited woman called Rowan in an adjoining flat who may have some answers as to her son's whereabouts. But Rowan is worried too. She hasn't heard from Michael either. Her only clue is that he claimed he might finally know what happened to Liam.
Desperate for answers, Irene seeks Rowan's help in gaining access to Michael's flat upstairs. Inside, she finds nothing of real value apart from some receipts to a cafe in Casterbourne in Kent. Puzzled, Irene decides to take the train to Kent with a photo of Michael in the hope that someone somewhere has seen her son. But is she prepared for what she may find when she gets there?
Told primarily from the two perspectives of Elliott and Irene, we are also given a glimpse of the past with Liam in 2003 about halfway through. From Liam's narrative we are then given the remaining pieces that lead to his disappearance in 2003.
THE KILLER INSIDE is not entirely a slow burn as it is a slow starter, as for the first half of the book we are seemingly thoroughly confused as to how Elliott and Irene's stories even relate. Generally, for me, a book that takes this long to make sense is discarded long before it begins to. I can't say it is entirely engaging to begin with either because I really just wanted to smack Elliott for his naivete and strangle Anya for her pure selfishness. I felt more invested in Irene's story, rather than the saga that was Elliott and Anya, and yet we saw so little of her. However, once you reach that 50% mark, it all begins to fall into place and it's a race to the finish. I found it to be reminiscent of "Gone Girl" in which the first half uninteresting but the second half riveting.
Well-plotted throughout, despite the first half being slow and thoroughly confusing, THE KILLER INSIDE is somewhat addictive as the reader watches the story unfold in the same way one would witness a car crash - unable to look away.
My thoughts on THE KILLER INSIDE are as complex as the characters within it, but overall, once you hit that 50% mark it is a race to the end. My favourite character was Irene and I would have liked to see a little more of her. I really felt for her as her story unfolded. Elliott and Anya just did my head in. It is clear from the beginning that Anya is a psychopath. There is no other way to describe her. I couldn't understand what Elliott saw in her.
In some ways, it seems the reader knows the direction the story is taking. But then when all the secrets are finally revealed...where does that leave them all?
As secrets and lies are unraveled, loyalties are challenged as complex characters manipulate the outcome. Which begs the question - how well do we really know our loved ones?
I would like to thank #CassGreen, #NetGalley and #HarperCollinsUK for an ARC of #TheKillerInside in exchange for an honest review.
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The author knows how to inject pathos into the story!
At no point was I bored with the characters or the direction the story was going in and it was one of those novels that kept me wanting to return as soon as I had left.