Mike Reviews: Kill Someone By Luke Smitherd

Genre: Psychological thriller

Format: Audiobook. Also available on other formats.

So you’re home alone, asleep, and it’s in the middle of the night, and there’s a knock on the door.

You go to answer the door, and there’s two large, strange men standing there.

One of them does all the talking, and as he introduces himself and his accomplice, he tells you that he knows all about you, knows our name, your family, your work life and so on.

Then he shows you a tablet device and on it, there’s a group of people, good people who do a lot of good work for society, like raising money for charity and so on.

You recognize these people, you had heard about their disappearance on the news, so you know this is the real deal.

The man then tells you that in order to save their lives, you’re going to have to kill someone else.

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.

This is a story about Chris Summer. He’s a 21 year old call centre worker and a drop out. A nobody, still living at home with his parents. Then one day the Man in White came to his family’s house, offering a seemingly impossible choice: kill a random stranger – one of Chris’ choosing – within twelve days in order to save the lives of five kidnapped siblings. Refuse, and they die slowly and painfully. The clock is ticking, the Man in White is watching, and Chris has some very important choices to make.

I am a big fan of Luke Smitherd’s stories, they’re imaginative, and so different to anything else I’ve read. With one exception, his most popular series (The Stone Man), which ironically, I didn’t like.

If you’re looking for something a little darker, but still fun and different, I recommend giving this a read.

Page count: 295

Goodreads rating: 3.8

Mike’s rating: 4.0

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