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Kill Me Again

Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,019 ratings)
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Summary

When your life is a lie, who can you trust?

When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well, although her husband, Duncan, doesn't appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone or why. And then she discovers she's not the only one looking for him.

When a woman who looks just like Maggie is brutally murdered and DCI Tom Douglas is brought in to investigate, Maggie realises how little she knows about Duncan's past. Is he the man she loves? Who is he running from?

She doesn't have long to decide whether to trust him or betray him. Because one thing has been made clear to Maggie - another woman will die soon, and it might be her.

©2016 Rachel Abbott (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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A Smooth and Classy Thriller

Another classy, smooth thriller from Rachel Abbott. This one follows the incidence of a set of murders mimicking a similar series from a dozen years ago. Linking the two is DCI Tom Douglas of course and compared to the previous book in the series, Stranger Child, he is more prominent. It reads much more like a police drama as a result. Still though Abbott’s skill in gradually building the pressure and stress on her female lead Maggie is the key to the book. The increasing fear and paranoia result in both her and Douglas feeling the heat with the story cleverly entwining someone close to the policeman as well.

The narration of the story is very well handled by Lisa Coleman as it twists and turns its way to what I thought was an impressive conclusion. Who could anyone trust? Why were these strange and horrifying events occurring? Who was manipulating those events? Both Maggie and Tom get a thorough testing and emerge as strong characters with a varied and well detailed supporting cast. The reveals and twists that brought the novel to and end were very satisfying.

In short this is a smooth, well written and intelligent thriller. Although it’s a series I think it would still be very satisfying taken alone. A strong story and very, very well worth a credit.

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Oh for God's sake, just tell the police.

Would you try another book written by Rachel Abbott or narrated by Lisa Coleman?

I'm afraid not. Way too convoluted.

Has Kill Me Again put you off other books in this genre?

No, because it's my favourite genre. But this book is ridiculous and cliched from start to finish.

What three words best describe Lisa Coleman’s voice?

Concerned, determined. Professional.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Exasperation

Any additional comments?

I'm sorry my first review has to be so negative. I'm shy about reviewing, and have loved tens of books through audible. But, honestly, if the main character had done the sensible thing in the first 20 pages of the book, there would have been no need for the rest of it.

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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 29-08-16

Good enough for 3 stars, but! No spoilers!

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I really like Rachel Abbott's work, and this book is up to her usually standard in the quality of writing and flow of the story. She writes dialogue really well, and the standard of that often makes or breaks a book for me. Despite all this, I'm struggling with this one. I'm a couple of chapters from then end and it has grated and annoyed me from quite early on. The problem is with the main character Maggie. She is a successful Criminal Defence Lawyer. Yet, she repeatedly makes silly decisions, which, though plausible if she only had to be concerned about her self, don't ring true in a mother who is an intelligent professional women, who works in criminal law. I have given this 3 stars for the quality of the writing, and because some people won't be troubled by what spoilt it for me. However, I experienced it a 2 star read and I'm not sure I can be bothered to be irritated further by finishing it.

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Ok But Reservations

Not a bad read but the main character is completely unbelievable as a trained criminal lawyer making absurd decisions. Narration is quite good - just about worth a credit.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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First time for everything

This is my first time listening to an Audio book and certainly won't be my last. Equally it was my first book by Rachel Abbott and again it won't be my last. Gripping from start to finish, and beautifully read by Lisa Coleman. My dilemma now is which one do I listen to next!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Gemma
  • Hereford
  • 14-09-16

Unputdownable!!!

Would you listen to Kill Me Again again? Why?

Kill me again....and again...and again. I would certainly read this book again, the DCI Douglas series is excellent, with this book being no exception.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Me Again?

The whole book was memorable, it gripped me from beginning to end, i finished listening to it in 3 days!!

Which character – as performed by Lisa Coleman – was your favourite?

i didnt hone in on one particular character, Lisa brings them all alive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Even though i guessed what the twist would be about half way through the book it still kept me gled to my headphones...Well done Rachel

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next installment of DCI Tom Douglas

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Read Me Again - and Again

If you could sum up Kill Me Again in three words, what would they be?

Fast. Gripping. Exciting.

What did you like best about this story?

There wasn't a moment to pause or feel bored. It kept me wanting to know more. The ending was creative and a good plot twist.

What does Lisa Coleman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Feeling.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. But it made me want to keep reading and held my attention.

Any additional comments?

I can see why Rachel Abbott is a best-selling author. More please.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Salter
  • Herefordshire, UK
  • 05-03-17

Just Wow!

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Quite possibly my best listen for quite some time. This book has it all. Intrigue, mystery, spookiness and a real ability to draw out a range of emotions.
This story made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up on more than one occasion! the story is very gripping and its very easy to put yourself in the shoes of the main character, eliciting various emotional responses as the story progresses.
For a decent crime story, I couldn't recommend this more!

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Very creepy in parts

What did you like best about Kill Me Again? What did you like least?

Best: the descriptions and the power cut sceneWorst: the character of Maggie - no way anyone would have behaved in this way. Such a whining irritating character.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most: The ending.
Least: Maggie

What does Lisa Coleman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent narration.

Was Kill Me Again worth the listening time?

Generally yes, but I sped up some of the cringingly annoying Maggie bits.

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Great story, well read. gripping.

Great story, very well read. gripping. kept me wholly entranced until very end. narrator excellent

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  • Sara
  • 11-12-18

Great story... Love the narrators accent!

Well, my goodness! I didn’t see this book coming at all! The storyline is just so clever! I enjoyed the complexity that Rachel Abbott adds to her stories. She slowly peels back these layers and shows you her cards but bit by bit. You start to form these ideas in your head for how the story is going to go but it doesn’t go that way… not at all. Besides “Kill Me Again” having this creative and complex story, Rachel Abbott always gives us these characters that seem so normal, so real. She has them grappling with these insane situations that test their belief system.

The narrator, Lisa Coleman, performs the entire book which is just at 11 hours and 30 minutes. I seriously love the British narration. Her accent just pulls me in every single time. Now there is several characters in “Kill Me Again” but even with one narrator, I never felt like it was hard to keep up with who was who and I really jumped into the middle of this series. I have read Sleep Tight years ago and knew I would like it but there was something about these last few books that seem so great!

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  • Kerstin H
  • 18-11-18

One of my favorite authors

With the exception of her book Only the Innocent, I love all her books! I usually only listen while commuting to work.
However, with this author that is not possible and I could not stop listening!

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  • Aj
  • 05-06-18

Kept my attention but.....

This book kept my attention, and the pace of the book was great. The author did a wonderful job of revealing bits and pieces of information in effective ways. The one thing that hindered me from giving the story a higher rating was Maggie Taylor, the main character. Ugh, Maggie was incredibly annoying. For someone to be such a great lawyer she acted very dimwitted. Why would you not go to the police immediately once you started received threatening messages? There were numerous times where if she would have made the obviously right choices most of the drama she went through could have been avoided. I would recommend this book if you need an easy read to listen to on a plane or train ride, but I would not recommend if you was looking for something profound or very thought provoking.

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  • Mila Chorosz
  • 30-12-17

Best Rachel Abbott Book yet!

I consider this book to be the best one out of the series (so far I have read stranger child, Sixth window , kill me again and sleep tight)

The story is super interesting and the story has you engaged from chapter 1. My favorite part about these books is finding out how all of the characters at one point are connected. This one has you guessing from the beginning and when you think you have it all figured out, BOOM! Another plot twist! You will not be bored with this one.

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  • Andi Beason
  • 28-07-17

BEST

by FAR my favorite Abbott book!! legitimately the best one yet! and I've read them all.

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  • Luccia Gray
  • 27-09-18

Another brilliant psychological thriller!

Kill Me Again is another brilliant psychological crime thriller written by Rachel Abbott and brought to life by Lisa Coleman's perfect reading. A twisted thriller which brings up many moral dilemmas, right up to the shocking ending. Terrifying, sad and realistic portrayal of the creation of serial killers and psychopaths.
Ms Abbott reminds me of Harlan Coben's suspenseful thrillers. She's a genius!

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  • Cougar
  • 09-12-17

Love Rachel Abbott

Excellent! Maggie is married to a guy with a secret past . He lied to her. As you might imagine, the truth comes out in fits and starts. As it is revealed the story goes through twists and turns.

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  • Karen Ross
  • 22-10-17

Psychopaths, Secrets & Suspense, Oh My!

Very interesting concept, though it did take some time to figure out the reasons for Maggie's dilemma. At first, I thought the story was a bit far-fetched and almost gave up on this book. So glad I did not and did finish this suspenseful tale. When I thought further, in this day and age with possible dangerous computer technology, this Is not so far-fetched. Beware of what may lead to something you'd never imagine. Psychological, pathological thriller that intertwines a loving family, secrets from the past and the result from keeping those secrets quiet over the years, trying to hide from long ago actions and those involved. You can only hide so long, as we find out. Do we really know the complete truth and past of friends and loved ones? By the end of this novel, I wonder. The relationships between detectives with coworkers, friends, suspects, victims and more lead to an investigative adventure with twists and turns that I never did see coming. Presumed innnocent misunderstandings can change one's life forever. Just when I thought the ending was final, there is another surprise in store that shocked me. I have read all of Rachel Abbott's books and have never been disappointed. Lisa Coleman's narration, as usual, is excellent. Another thrilling, though tragic and a real twisty gem from one of my favorite authors! Please, Rachel, may we have another? As soon as possible.