Kill Me Twice was published on 24 August 2017 by Zaffre and is available to buy here
‘Booker’s fast paced, twisting thrillers are a must-read for anyone who loves a good page turner’ Simon Kernick
‘A must-read’ Mark Billingham
Karl Savage is dead.
He must be. His ex, Anjelica, is in prison for murdering him in an arson attack. Multiple forensic experts testified to finding his charred remains.
So when Anjelica begs investigative journalist Morgan Vine to prove her innocence, it seems an impossible task. It doesn’t matter that Karl was abusive. That Anjelica has a baby to care for. That she’s petrified of fire. The whole world knows Karl is dead.
Then he turns up outside Morgan’s window . . .
Also by Simon Booker – Without Trace
I really enjoyed Without Trace. This was the first book in the series, featuring an investigative journalist, Morgan Vine.
Kill Me Twice is the follow up. It is a massive disappointment. The premise was great. The execution of it, just failed to deliver a rather good thriller.
We meet a woman, who is behind bars and at the end of her tether. She seeks out Vine, who has a reputation now for helping in miscarriage of justice cases. Vine visits her in prison. The prisoner was accused of murdering a man named Karl. Karl’s body was identified forensically. Karl has been seen out and about. A dead man walking. The person querying the death of Karl is Morgan Vine. Vine is suspicious. She knows something is afoot. Can Vine get to the truth and convince the authorities?
Everything starts off well. It is a good concept. The problem is that it is hard to believe in it. It just doesn’t work at all. It is very off kilter. I can easily point to several reasons. We see rather too much of Morgan Vine’s irritating daughter, Lissa. She is twenty going on twelve. Much of the story relates to her behaviour and its consequences. I cannot remember the last time a character made me want to scream so much. Morgan Vine, herself, is like a massive caricature of a devoted mother and reckless adult. What kind of woman babies her twenty year old daughter like that? I wanted action, not dreary family drama. None of it felt real. The author took the emphasis away from the most interesting factor, the man who convinced the world he had died. When we heard from our baddie of the piece, it was such a cliche. The abused boy in childhood gone bad. I needed tension and fear. It was frequently all about Morgan’s abysmal love life and Lissa’s childish dramatics. I stopped believing in all of the characters very quickly. I ceased caring. I continued reading to see whether anything could spark my interest. Sadly it did not improve.
Overall Kill Me Twice failed to entertain me. It was weak. It was dull. I was not gripped by anything, except the need to put the book down. It felt more like a soap opera, than a thriller. I will not be continuing to read this series.