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- Publisher: Flying Body Press (December 6, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 6, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M25Z8YO
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Interesting idea, lagged in many place..
I want him to " grow a set", AND just GROW UP!
Quit the constant Crying, moaning , panic attacks .. etc..
Left with wondering.....
When, where and did all the money go..... Or even come from...... and what's will this vague threat that this episode will continue?. And WHY??? And ??????
NOW WHERE DID ALL THE MONEY GO? Was there any money? Someone was funding this, NOW WHO AND WHY?????
Do NOT TELL ME Russians. I am sick to death of that overblown, overexposed over-REPORTED non story.
Korea? China????? Or George soros??????
What exactly was the REAL PURPOSE OF THIS 'story'?????
“Here are the rules. Method: you can’t use a gun. You can’t use explosives. You can’t use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don’t have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.”
Kill Someone by Luke Smitherd is aptly named. This part horror, part suspense thriller, does not waste any time jettisoning you into a wild ride of a story. The book opens with a sleepy Chris Summer, our protagonist, answering the door to two men in suits, the man in white and the man in black. This being an early Saturday morning at his parents’ house in England, Chris is taken aback, but he can’t even begin to imagine what horrors these two men will thrust upon his life. The man in white politely informs him that if Chris does not let him in and hear what he has to say, someone will die. The stunned Chris does what any of us would do and lets these strangers in. The man in white goes on to show Chris video of five kidnapped women, The MacArthur Quintuplets, who are famous humanitarians. Calmly, the man in white tells Chris that if he does not agree to kill someone in their allotted time period these girls will die in slow, horrific fashion. It’s up to him, the man in white explains. He can easily say no, or he can be a hero.
The author does an excellent job of going through Chris’s emotions during his decision-making process as well as after he decides to try to save these girl’s lives. As an ordinary Joe, it’s very easy to sympathize and put yourself in Chris’s shoes. Could you murder someone to save five other people? What would you do if faced with the same situation? It’s a spot on premise that delivers a fast, page-turning read. And as cringeworthy as it is to think about those poor kidnapped girls, the author does a good job of continuing to help us see that not all decisions are black and white. There are many shades of gray in people. Very few of us deserve the kind of fate Chris has been tasked with doling out.
If you like psychological horror and books that make you think as well as scare you, this book is for you. The author is a true professional and this reader can tell that he knows his craft, his pacing and character development. The book never lags. The characters live and breathe and feel very intense emotions that draw you in and make you sympathize. The internal monologue is handled deftly as well, without bogging down the reader in Chris’s agonizing decisions, but giving us enough to allow us to experience this with Chris. It’s a great read and would please anyone who can stomach some violence and uncomfortable situations.
The Rating Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
4.5 Stars (out of 5): Highly recommended. This book is a great read. It can hold its own against any traditionally published novel in its genre, and surpasses many.
The latest offering from Luke Smitherd is a story quite unlike anything I’ve read before. Narrated by Chris, a perfectly ordinary man living a perfectly ordinary life, Kill Someone takes us by the hand and leads us—despite our resistance—into situations perhaps far darker than you’d ever imagined.
One of the things which struck me was how human Chris’ reactions were. His approach was—and I believe he would forgive me for saying this—as logical as possible in the face of a highly illogical situation; his reasoning understandable, even if I mightn’t have agreed with his decisions. But, as Chris points out several times, I’m not him. I’m not the one who is there, going through the Process, and caught between the need for swift action and the need to choose wisely. I’m not him, and hindsight is a luxury you don’t have at the time; “all you have is the moment.”
Despite that, I can’t help but admire Chris’ character for the decision he made, the action he took. I like to believe I’d have seen that same solution, that one way I might’ve been able to do what must be done. I know I didn’t think of it whilst reading, and highly doubt I would if I were in his position.
I know I’m one of those who has, at one time or another, though of killing someone. You probably have, too. In a sort-of-serious-but-not-too-serious, flight-of-fancy outlet for emotions which would otherwise have rolled around unresolved for who knows how long. The distance between idle thoughts and action is so small, yet also a million miles; it is a distance you can never come back from.
When faced with an impossible situation, there are no right choices, only ones which aren’t as wrong. This book explores morality and the value of life, and the idea of being “cruel to be kind” through Chris’ retelling of his experience with the Process.
The ending of the book leaves us wondering—and hoping—about Chris’ final decision. The perfect ending to a book which offers us so much, leaving us with a seed of thought to ponder alone.
If you’ve not read any of Luke Smitherd’s books, and you’re wondering if this new author is once you should take a chance on, the answer is a resounding yes. There’s something to love about each of his books; I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all I’ve read thus far! This book in particular refused to let me sleep; it gave me everything I wanted from a book, keeping me awake after 3 a.m. just to read to the end.
[I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review, as well as purchasing my own copy]