Kill A Stranger – Simon Kernick


I have read a few of Simon Kernick’s novels before and this is the best to date.

Once again, this author gives a fast-paced, exciting story with a clever, well-structured plot throwing out many twists and turns along the way.

It begins with DCI Cameron Doyle having three murder suspects in the police station who, he believes, are all lying to him.

The novel looks at the situation from different viewpoints but mainly Matt and Kate, who are married with Kate being two months’ pregnant. They are in England, having a break from running their hotel in Sri Lanka. 

Matt arrives back at the holiday cottage to find a dead woman in the bed, and it is not Kate. Kate is missing. She has been taken and her life is threatened and the kidnapper sends Matt a link to a website showing her almost being hung.

This is one of those reads which I couldn’t put down and had me fearful, disbelieving and laughing out loud in parts. The scene with the guy in a Barbour jacket and the undercover policeman had me guffawing.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Headline and Simon Kernick for my ARC in return for an honest review.

This has to be made into a film. Highly entertaining and a cracking good read. Couldn’t recommend a novel more.

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