This book reminds me of something that I just can t quite put my finger on and it s driving me crazy This is one of those ripple effect kind of books You do one thing then that thing make another thing happen and so on and so forth When you re desperate, why wouldn t you take what seems like a fairly reasonable, albeit deadly, deal There are rules set in place of course and you must follow them, but sometimes you re just damned if you do and damned if you don t I flew through the first 75% of the this book When the big reveal came, I was like wait, who Somehow I was at a complete loss that s how little this character seemed to take my notice Oopsie So I was fairly disappointed there But then of course, it hit me and I was all DOH In any case, regardless of a rather muted reveal and a couple of questionable things I really enjoyed this book.Moderately paced, addictive and I just fell in love with Jazz and Joaquin And I also really liked the ending, regardless of the slight predictability Ya Heard wink The first rule of murder club What happens in murder club, stays in Murder club could you murder a stranger if in return a stranger would murder someone who is harming you That is the premise of this highly addictive game of cat and mouse Jazz is running out of options as to what to do about her younger brother Joaquin and his foster mother who refuses to give him the insulin he needs to survive When she receives a mysterious phone call with a solution to her problem, she is tempted BUT can she kill a complete stranger even if that means she will be rid of Carol forever Could you if you were in Jazz s shoes This is my second book by Wendy Herd Both books have been captivating thrillers with unique premises and complex characters I was completely sucked into Jazz s Life, her hopes and her obstacles The idea of a string of murders across the LA area seeming to be connected but with many contradictions was extremely intriguing My heart was racing as Jazz got herself deeper and deeper into this crazy trap Throughout the story I was not entirely sure of the good guys and the bad guys were, and if I m being honest I still don t A compelling and disturbing story that had me on the edge of my seat and an ending that left me satisfied.This book in emojis The audiobook was narrated by Almarie Guerra This is the first book I listen to from her and I think she did an excellent job There are so many characters and different perspectives and she gave each of the characters a unique voice Big thanks to Harlequin and Harper Audio for my copy of this book Jazz Will Stop At Nothing To Save Her Brother Their Foster Mother, Carol, Has Always Been Fanatical, But With Jazz Grown Up And Out Of The House, Carol Takes A Dangerous Turn That Threatens Thirteen Year Old Joaquin S Life Over And Over, Child Services Fails To Intervene, And Joaquin Is Running Out Of TimeThen Jazz Gets A Blocked Call From Someone Offering A Solution There Are Others Like Her People The Law Has Failed They Ve Formed An Underground Network Of Helpers, Each Agreeing To Eliminate The Abuser Of Another They Re Taking Back Their Power And Leaving A Trail Of Bodies Throughout Los Angeles Dubbed The Blackbird Killings If Jazz Joins Them, They Ll Take Care Of Carol For GoodAll She Has To Do Is Kill A Stranger Wendy Heard has a real knack for creating characters who are as unique as they are compelling, with real life flaws and big, strong voices Jazz in The Kill Club has a gritty, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vibe, and she drives the action in this full throttle thriller all the way to the deliciously dark end I can t wait to see what Heard comes up with next. 4.5 stars What a story This thriller mystery kept me on the edge of my seat for pretty much the whole book Jasmine Benavides aka Jazz has tried everything to no avail through the proper channels of police, child protection, etc to help her younger brother, living with an abusive foster adoptive mother Carol who withholds his diabetes medication A mysterious organization contacts Jazz and promises a permanent solution to Carol The catch For someone else to kill Carol, she has to kill someone else s Carol Relentless pacing, great flawed characters Loved the lesbian and bisexual representation and the focus on working class East LA with a noticeable attempt to not pretend there isn t a substantial homeless population in the city I wished the book had committed to the moral grey area of the organization and Jazz herself a bit , but that s the only thing stopping me from giving this 5 stars. 4.5 stars This fantastic thriller felt like a mix of Strangers on a Train and Stephen White s Kill Me which I wholeheartedly recommend if you liked this book Jasmine Jazz Benavides is trying to figure out how to save her younger brother, Joaquin, from their religious nut foster mother, Carol, who won t give him his insulin, when she finds herself in the middle of an organization that will get rid of Carol for her if she kills someone else first When things go wrong, Jazz becomes a target and is caught up in a race to both save Joaquin and evade the Kill Club My eyes were glued to the page as the story raced along, and if you are looking for an exciting thriller, look no further As it entertains, this book also highlights stories of injustice like Jazz s, which might just be dire enough to kill for It s hard to know who to sympathize with at times, but Jazz is always easy to root for I loved this book and can t wait to read from Wendy Heard I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. An unputdownable thriller that s also an incisive look at the failings of the foster care child protectives services systems and a love letter to East LA I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this book I literally got a sunburn because I could not stop reading it Move indoors That would slow me down, better to keep going SO DAMN GOOD Can t wait for from Wendy Heard Well that was a wild ride I could not flip the pages quick enough while reading this crazy suspense thriller Wendy Heard created an action packed, intense, and chilling story with a very likable main character Jazz This was an interesting read, with a clever and thought provoking plot, and I would have probably given it a 5 star rating however, I was left a little unsatisfied with the ending I am not sure if I missed something when reading the second part of the book maybe I was flipping those pages too fast but I did not fully understood the motive of the main villain, the mastermind creator of the murder club Overall, this book is an excellent read for all the adrenaline craving readers, and I will definitely read other books by this author.Thank you NetGalley, Harelquin Mira Books, and the author for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. So you decided to make a deal with the devil.but the devil doesn t deliver his end or does he Welcome to The Kill Club First rule of murder club, don t talk about murder club I loved this line Wendy Heard has dished out a thrilling ride with this book Upon starting it, the overall theme rang a bit similar to another book I had just read The Other People which I loved, by the way Yet the concept may be similar, the story line went into a completely different direction.Random murders are happening all over the city People are terrified to leave the house, as people are being killed off in very public places There is a serial killer on the loose that leaves his calling carda playing card at the scene of the crime Every victim is killed by an injection of poison that brings them to a painful death By the way, if my Starbucks tastes at all funky, it will promptly go in the trashjust sayingyet the detectives are stumped, because the killer seems to get a bit sloppy at times and sometimes he is dead on perfect in his techniques.I loved Jasmine a gritty, hard working girl, that has seen some very dark things in her life Working long days at Trader Joe s she is just trying to make ends meet When her brother Joaquin s life is in danger, she feels she must do whatever it takes to save him Would she have to draw the line at murder Would you Feeling lucky to get the ARC Wendy Heard is amaaaazing.
Wendy Heard was born in San Francisco and has lived most of her life in Los Angeles When not writing, she can be found hiking the Griffith Park trails, taking the Metro and then questioning this decision, and haunting local bookstores.
- 368 pages
- The Kill Club
- Wendy Heard
- 06 March 2018 Wendy Heard