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)
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.
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.
A man with a child in his ears.
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.
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