This is absolute classic Kernick at his stone cold best – I loved it!
I have absolutely loved his writing style since the first book and I remember being a few pages in and thinking – this guy is different!
If you’ve never read a Simon Kernick book before then you are in for a treat but I offer you some advice first… get a good supply of tea and biscuits, turn off your phone, get comfortable – go!
Kill A Stranger has a pretty tried and tested premise – would you kill someone to save the one you love? However, in the hands of Kernick it becomes a relentless adrenaline rush running full pelt towards the conclusion.
I don’t know if you are a fan of Family Guy? But for me, reading a Simon Kernick novel is the equivalent of when Cleveland is in the bath and the front of the house collapses – leaving him naked in the bath upstairs as it inevitably slides towards a sudden drop to the ground while he shouts ‘no no no no no no no no!’
The genius of this book (much like many of his others) is that is takes place over a really short period of time so you are living things step by step with the characters. There is a lot of manipulation involved, emotionally charged snippets, much bending of the truth and as always a sucker punch surprise.
Absolutely brilliant, had me from the first couple of lines – I loved it!
Blurb: They took your fiancée.
They framed you for murder.
You’re given one chance to save her. To clear your name.
You must kill someone for them.
They give you the time and place.
The weapon. The target.
You have less than 24 hours.
You only know that no-one can be trusted…and nothing is what it seems.