Killing Kate by Alex Lake #BookReview @Alexlakeauthor

About this book…

A serial killer is stalking your home town.

He has a type: all his victims look the same.

And they all 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 her.

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?

My review…

It was a nice surprise to see this for sale on Amazon although after all the hype that surrounded After Anna when it was released, Killing Kate has rather crept in the back door without much of a fanfare! I thought that After Anna was a decent enough read so after reading a sample chapter of Killing Kate I downloaded the rest and settled down to read.

The thing that attracted me most from the sample was the fact it was set locally to me, around the Warrington area and I’m always a sucker for a Cheshire based book especially a psychological thriller. But beyond that, I really loved the idea that a killer was going around killing women who looked exactly like Kate, even though I had to suspend belief that they all coincidentally lived in or around the same village as her. There is obviously a back story surrounding the group of three friends, which once included a fourth, and the book starts with them on holiday in Turkey where Kate meets Mike, also coincidentally from the same area. And at home brooding about their recent break up, Kate’s long term boyfriend Phil is trying to get back on the dating scene whilst battling an addiction to stalking his ex. All great so far! I have to admit that, like before in After Anna, i did work out what was going on pretty early in the book. But because I was aware that this would probably be the case I was able to just relax and enjoy the ride, especially the last quarter of the book where things do get rather dramatic and exciting, if a little bit far fetched at times.

This is a book that you will probably want to devour in one sitting, rather like I did. It’s a fun and easy to read grip-lit full of unlikable characters which seems to be a bit of a theme for Alex Lake. And it was nice to be able to picture the settings as I went along, Jodrell Bank being a particular favourite, alongside the good old M6 bridge The Thelwall Viaduct.

Worth a look especially if you really enjoyed After Anna and I have to say that for me personally, Killing Kate does have the slight edge over that debut novel.
Killing Kate is out now and available to buy here at Amazon UK

About the author…

Alex Lake is a British novelist who was born in the North West of England. After Anna, the author’s first novel written under this pseudonym, was a No.1 bestselling ebook sensation and a top ten Sunday Times bestseller. The author now lives in the North East of the US.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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