Kill the Next One

Kill the Next One

eBook - 2016
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"Ted McKay had it all: a beautiful wife, two daughters, a high-paying job. But after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor he finds himself with a gun to his temple, ready to pull the trigger. Then the doorbell rings. A stranger makes him a proposition: why not kill two deserving men before dying? The first target is a criminal, and the second is a man with terminal cancer who, like Ted, wants to die. After executing these kills, Ted will become someone else's next target, like a kind of suicidal daisy chain. Ted understands the stranger's logic: it's easier for a victim's family to deal with a murder than with a suicide. However, as Ted commits the murders, the crime scenes strike him as odd. The targets know him by name and possess familiar mementos. Even more bizarrely, Ted recognizes locations and men he shouldn't know. As Ted's mind begins to crack, dark secrets from his past seep through the fissures" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
Edition: First English language edition.
ISBN: 9780316354196
Characteristics: 1 online resource (407 pages)
Additional Contributors: Frye, David L. - Translator

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PimaLib_JennB Oct 23, 2018

I'm primarily a nonfiction reader (and one rarely motivated to write reviews), and this is the first fiction title that kept me hooked from beginning to end. Down the rabbit hole, following a plot which relentlessly twists and turns, while absolutely nothing is what it seems. Truly original ideas are tough to dream up, but I believe Axat has indeed done so.

Feb 18, 2018

This book really captured my attention right from the start. I was filled with twists and turns throughout. By the end, I started to feel a bit whip-lashed from the story changing directions so often. Overall though, a really enjoyable, fast-paced read. I just had to know how it was going to end!

Th3L1brar1an Apr 13, 2017

Psychological thriller! Stick with it - you will be so confused, but it will make you want to read faster and longer. Highly recommend!

Jan 18, 2017

Not at all what I expected, however, I highly recommend it! This book proved to be a highly complex and suspenseful psychological thriller full of twists and turns at every page. Not your average, run-of-the mill mystery!

ChristchurchLib Jan 08, 2017

Boston businessman Ted McKay is terminally ill, and has decided to commit suicide to get it over with. But right at the critical moment, the doorbell rings. At the door is a stranger with a deal to offer: in return for killing two men "deserving" of death, someone will kill him, sparing his family the shame of his suicide. So far, so Strangers on a Train-ish. But then comes the twist: there are strange connections between McKay's life and those of his victims, and when he ends up in a hospital for the insane, he truly can't tell if he's a killer or the victim of a conspiracy. With an unreliable narrator in McKay, this English-language debut is complex and intriguing.

Dec 26, 2016

I kind of lost interest in this early on; there was a type of fecklessness about the main character which was tiresome.


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