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Publisher's Summary

The incredible new break-out thriller from the Sunday Times best-selling author. Don’t miss the book everyone will be talking about this year!

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.

©2021 Jane Casey (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Cool, accomplished, compulsive." (Cara Hunter)

"Extremely tense and very gripping." (Ruth Ware)

"A brilliant, breathless game of cat-and-mouse." (Erin Kelly)

"Nobody understands the dark gap between justice and the law better than Jane Casey." (Val McDermid)

"A truly masterly thriller." (Liz Nugent) 

"Tense and well-plotted." (Harriet Tyce) 

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Toooo looong

It’s a reasonable story. And I do like Emily Barber as the narrator. It was rather confusing at times so many names I needed to read the names.
But on the whole it’s an ok read.

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One of my favourite reads this year

Jane Casey is one of my favourite authors and I have devoured every single instalment of her Maeve Kerrigan series. I was absolutely stoked to find out that she had a new standalone thriller out and read it as soon as it became available. You might gather from the five stars in my galaxy that I adored this book as much as all her others!

Casey knows how to write a riveting, clever, multi-layered psychological thriller that has as many twists and blind alleys as trying to navigate the streets of Venice at night, blindfolded – there is a good chance that you are going to fall into a canal and drown. I had so many theories that got blasted out of the court one by one, in gob-smacking twists that met me around blind corners whenever I thought I was on track.

Ingrid Lewis is a young barrister whose life has been ruined by the unwanted attentions of one of her former clients, conman John Webster, who has been stalking her mercilessly for years. Being cunning and clever, he has been able to evade law enforcement all this time. When one of Ingrid’s colleagues dies tragically in suspicious circumstances, she is afraid that Webster is behind it, and that she had been the intended target. The stakes have just become a lot higher ...

Casey paints a grim picture of being stalked by a sociopath, and the clever ways in which Webster torments Ingrid without enough evidence to ever pin a charge on him. It was scary imagine the powerlessness Ingrid would feel, relentlessly haunted by this awful man. Once people started dying, the undercurrent of menace and danger rose to new levels, and I absolutely couldn’t put the book down! Then came Casey’s first major twist, blazing across the horizon and bam! All my theories were out the window again. This proved to be an ongoing theme in this clever book, and I loved being proven wrong as the twists kept coming.

THE KILLING KIND is exactly the kind of multi-layered thriller I love. It contained everything a book needs to be unputdownable: an enigmatic lead (who may or may not be just a tiny little bit dishonest in her telling of events), a villain in relentless pursuit, some side characters who will all have a few surprises in store (boy oh boy, didn’t they ever!) and a mounting body count. This was such an adrenaline fuelled read, even in the scenes where Ingrid just goes about her daily life. I will not say any more about the plot, because you’re best to go into this blind and let the story sweep you along.

All in all, THE KILLING KIND is a stalker suspense story of the highest order. Multi-layered, clever and original, it shows Casey as a master of the genre and will keep you guessing to the end. One of my favourite reads this year (no surprises here) and one I very highly recommend!

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Great Plot. Long winded delivery

The concept of this story is great but, the way that the author has delivered it is somewhat long winded and tedious. In my mind, At times the author delves too deeply into the minutiae of courtroom dialogue and tedious email conversations.
To be fair, these probably would not be so noticeable when reading the written word but, listening to it in audio, is a bit much.
These comments are aimed at the author. The performance by the reader is excellent.

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brilliant !!!

So loved this book! At first felt cheated by it not being a Maeve Kerrigan book but I soon changed my mind. This was a gripping read , with a very clever plot and an engaging lead character.
The writing seems effortless and the dialogue convincing.
I will read this again.

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  • Nicks
  • 03-07-2021

Very good!

Excellent narration and a great story, with lots of twists to keep you guessing (definitely didn't feel like 13.5 hrs) - well done Jane Casey!


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  • W.H.
  • 25-06-2021

read too slowly

too many pauzes. I ended up lustening at 1.4 speed. good story though . nothing wrong with the voice performance. Just too slow.

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  • Fee
  • 04-06-2021

I did enjoy it…

but. I didn’t like Ingrid! And I absolutely cannot bear emails, texts, DMs or tweets in audiobooks! It’s so annoying hearing them. In a book you would only concentrate on the pertinent parts and skip over the unnecessary bits. That’s just me. I do enjoy this author.

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  • Sophie
  • 01-07-2021

Okay..

I love the Maeve Kerrigan books so thought I’d give this a go. The story itself is good with interesting twists and turns, but the main character isn’t at all likeable which can make it hard to really get into the story.

The reader sounds bored and does pretty much the same voice/accent for everyone except the main character. Also listening to email back and forths and police interviews is very repetitive and confusing on an audiobook. If you had a physical book it would be easy to skim those parts but having to listen to the individual email addresses/names/initials being read out constantly is monotonous.

I would recommend this, but in physical book form. Use your audible credit for something else.

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  • Deirdre
  • 06-06-2021

Good book

Narration very irritating when exploring the court cases and the conversations between the different parties. Very repetitive .. KC.. IL . Otherwise the story is good,

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  • Franniep
  • 25-07-2021

Had to abandon

The premise of this story sounded promising but it is unconvincing and the characters rather irritating - particularly the first person narrator. The time jumps are irksome and serve to obscure rather than intrigue. Some of the story takes the form of email exchanges and the decision to read out the full and frankly tedious email address of the sender of each message in the thread was enough, in the end, to persuade me to stop listening.

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  • Louise Potts
  • 10-06-2021

Brilliant book

Really enjoyed this book. Loads of twists and turns and interesting and unusual characters. Well worth a credit 😄

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  • DJ
  • 01-06-2021

Gripping with twists and turns- loved it

I wasn’t sure I was going to get into this at first but after a couple of chapters I was totally absorbed. Finished it within 4 days.

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  • 30-05-2021

Wow

What a fantastic novel.
Could not stop listening to it once I started.
A very clever story which keeps you wanted to hear more

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