He is watching her....
Alex Parkinson is in love with his writing tutor, Siobhan. He has never loved anyone like this, but how can he convince Siobhan that they are meant to be together? So Alex stalks her on Facebook and finds out where she lives, buys her presents using her own credit card and sends her messages telling her exactly what he wants to do to her. He breaks into her house, reads her diary and secretly listens to her while she takes a bath. Isn't that what all lovers do?
But when a love rival appears on the scene, Alex has to take drastic action, and soon a young woman lies dead after tumbling from the roof of her house. Now there is no one standing in the way of Alex and his true love. But someone is watching Alex, too, and he is about to discover that there is a thin line between love - and hate.
©2011 Mark Edwards and Louise Voss (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
"I was gripped all the way - the ending is terrific." (Peter James)
"A very clever, very pacy story that kept me guessing right to the end." (Elizabeth Haynes)
"An ingenious tale of stalking and its twisted repercussions. Took me in a very different direction from the one I'd been expecting." (Alex Marwood)
Yes, definitely. This was a great story with fascinating characters whose behavior was at times baffling, often naughty, with a surprising hint of hilarity. Siobhan is looking for Mr. Right but she knows Mr. Wrong when she sees him...doesn't she? Alex is in love with his dream woman and just won't give up, until he finds a real-life girlfriend and his life is suddenly so...normal? Insight into the human condition of love and romance and the dynamics of the heart was fascinating.
Great narration, perfectly played.
I would listened to it straight through, with breaks for lunch :-)
Really enjoyable book with laught out loud moments and plenty of 'what was he/she thinking?' I loved it and highly recommend.
I really enjoyed this book, its quite interesting, the way your perception of the two main characters changes as the book goes on, without giving too much away, its clever how your allegiance shifts. Big fan of Mark Edwards both his own and with Louise Voss. The narration is perfect too!
Overall ll a great story but I felt that the ending was rushed. I enjoyed the suspense and the twists in the plot. It was just the very end that didn't live up to my expectations.
A man with a child in his ears - @ShutterSpin.
I feel genuinely conflicted in terms of what to say about this book and never wanting to include spoilers you'll probably have to listen to it to understand precisely why. I did find an awful lot to like about it. The idea of using a person's journal or diary to present a story is not new but this is slightly different in that it uses not one but two journals belonging to each of the main characters. As such the idea of dual narrators works very well and both of them do a good job of telling their character's story.
The early stages very much match the publisher's blurb. Creepy and disturbing behaviour building the tension and dread in Siobhan. The mood is lightened though as we also see things from the quite hopeless Alex's side and this dual aspect all felt like a fresh take on the usual stalker scenario. Anyone who has read Luke Smitherd's "How to be a Vigilante" may well find similarities between this Alex and Smitherd's "hero" Nigel. There is humour from both of the main characters in a similar vein.
As the stress on Siobhan reaches a crescendo there is a distinct though gradual change in the underlying chemistry of the book and the relationships of its characters. It's this change and whether one buys it that will likely be the tipping point about which an opinion on Killing Cupid is formed. Both of the main characters display much frailty in the way that they build their self-images and understanding of the impact of their own behaviour. It is these things that the rather unexpected ending are built on. As such they are what the strength or weakness of the story will likely be judged upon.
There is of course frailty in the plot and holes to be picked but aren't there always? Good stories don't occur when everyone does the sensible and logical things all of the time. I, for one, found the book to be entertaining and well worth a listen though I wasn't massively keen on the ending. I will definitely be interested to read other reviews when they come in to see how others saw it with the expectation that I will see some variance.
I loved everything about this book, the dual point of view via journal entries was brilliantly executed. I really bought into both POV, the authors are my new favourites.
The narrators voices were perfect for the story and I never say that! I'm a bit in love with Oliver's voice.
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
This is a really engrossing book. The development of the characters was fascinating and plausible. I don't want to say any more about that because it was all so unexpected and I don't want to spoil it for others.
Not really, it is what it is
Maybe, I have enjoyed listening to Mark Edwards books, and I was expecting this joint venture to be more of a psychological thriller rather than the twisted romance that it is.
I enjoyed the build up but ultimately the story goes nowhere.
Well written and the narrators do a good job, but the story lacks substance.
This is really quite a terrible book..the storyline is completely implausible, the characters unlikely and unlikeable and it just reads like something a mildly talented teenager would write for a school exam...saved by the narrators who were good. Just a shame it was such a lame story.
Edwards & Voss both together and independently used to be engaging and readable. This is neither.
These two authors are just amazing! So creative and interesting. This book had my immediate interest from page 1.
"Awful people and unbelievable story"
I've not read a book with such terrible, despicable characters in a long time. I probably would have been ok with their awfulness as human beings if the situations they found themselves in and their reactions were in anyway believable but they weren't. My ability to suspend disbelief quit well before the halfway mark.
On the positive side, the narrators did a great job.
This audio book was very well written and preformed. Congrulations Edwards & Voss. The two of you really put your heads together on this peice of excellent literary work. There are not many authors out here that have had me twisted up to the very end. I don't wont to ruin it for the next reader... so all I will say is what a wonderful thrill ride this novel was for me. I feel as I though I just stepped off a Rollercoaster. Bravo to Holland & Hembrough your narration's were exquisitely preformed. This is definitely a MUST read for the Mystery/Thriller genres, with a touch of the evil little love monster Cupid for the Romance lover.
Official Review by: Author,Narrator & blogger.... DeAnn Deville
"lots of unanswered"
This was interesting and held my interest enough to steadily get through it. However, there was a lot of hinting at things in the main character's past that kept coming up so I thought they would be eventually be relevant, but they never did and was no clarification. Had the story addressed them, there would've been opportunity for more twists and character development. Felt a little lazy and disconnected toward the halfway point and ended that way.
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