Kill the Next One by Federico Axat.

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About the Book

Ted McKay had it all: a beautiful wife, two daughters, a high-paying job. But after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour 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, after killing his targets, Ted’s reality begins to unravel. KILL THE NEXT ONE is an immersive psychological thriller from an exciting new voice.

My Review

I thought that this would be an unusual thriller but I was utterly unprepared for how bizarre it would be. I thought that it would be just as the blurb suggested, that of a ‘suicide by chain letter’ but the more I read further layers were exposed. This was one book where you couldn’t assume to know what would happen next. It was only during part four that I started to relax slightly and think that I had grasped it but yet again I was proved wrong.
I think it worked, despite all the layers and very strange twists it made sense. There were a few pages towards the end that I wasn’t keen on but I am aware that there are some people who do the things described. It didn’t make easy reading though.
Probably a book that not everybody would enjoy but I liked it and the translation was excellent.
With thanks to Sophie Goodfellow for the copy received.

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