17 June 2021

The Killing Kind


By Jane Casey
Thriller | Psychological Thriller

My Review

Barrister Ingrid Lewis successfully defends John Webster against a stalking charge. But far from being the end of it, he becomes obsessed with her. Ingrid's now forced to live her life constantly looking over her shoulder in fear. John Webster is a very dangerous man and he's slowly destroying everything Ingrid holds dear.

When Ingrid's colleague Belinda is tragically killed under the wheels of a lorry, she believes it wasn't an accident. She's convinced the intended victim was herself and that Belinda was pushed. Was it really a case of murder and mistaken identity or just an unfortunate accident? Then John Webster turns up at her home. . . 

Never having read any of Jane Casey's previous novels, I went into this with an open mind. I'm delighted to say I thought it was thrilling from start to finish. The chilling presence of John Webster lurking around every corner is incredibly menacing and the reader is never quite sure what his intentions are. 

Tension builds throughout and there are many twists and turns. I found myself turning pages late into the night. The intricately woven plot is superbly written and the story wonderfully addictive. I enjoyed it immensely.                

Book Source: Review copy from the publisher
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (Feb 2022)

The Blurb

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.

The Author

Jane Casey is an Irish-born author of crime novels. She was born in Dublin in 1977 and grew up in Castleknock, 8 km (5 miles) west of the centre of Dublin. She studied English at Jesus College, Oxford.

Her first book, The Missing, was published by Ebury Press in February 2010. It was shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award. She then began a series of novels featuring DC (Detective Constable) Maeve Kerrigan: The Burning, The Reckoning, The Last Girl, The Stranger You Know and The Kill (which was shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award 2014). She has also begun a series of novels for young adults, featuring her character Jess Tennant: How to Fall and Bet Your Life.

She lives in London with her husband James Norman, a criminal barrister, and their two sons.

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