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The Killer You Know

Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)
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Summary

What if your childhood friend turned out to be a serial killer?

The Killer You Know is a gripping, original story about toxic friendships and revenge - perfect for fans of Laura Marshall, Ruth Ware and C. J. Tudor.

I'll murder three people. And you'll know it was me....

Summer 1997. When Will jokes about becoming a serial killer, his friends just laugh it off. But Adeline can't help but feel there's something darker lurking behind his words.

Winter 2015: Years later, Adeline returns to Blythe for a reunion of the old gang - except Will doesn't show up. Reminiscing about old times, they look up the details of his supposed murder spree. But the mood soon changes when they discover two recent deaths that match.

As the group attempts to track Will down, they realise that he is playing a sinister game that harks back to one they used to play as kids. Only this time there are lives at stake....

©2018 S. R. Masters (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Compelling, creepy, and brilliantly executed." (Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House

"A thrilling read and an exceptional debut novel." (Rachel Edwards, author of Darling)

"An original and gripping thriller." (Laura Marshall)

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I TRIED AND TRIED- I SO WANTED TO ENJOY IT BUT...

I have been struggling with this thriller for what seems like years ... falling asleep with it ..waking up with it ... not looking forward to coming back to it the next night as just seemed to be going nowhere - and so complicated with first person/third person/then/now/Will/Steve/Jen and I cannot even remember the main character's name even after all this time .. maybe Adeline???
Then there was the horrible hovering threat that this was going to be another animal abuse thriller so that kept me feeling queasy and on the point of returning and much mention of suspected animal mutilation/killing etc so that made it needlessly unpleasant though in the end it was not too distressing.... but just really put me off.
Good premise for murder calling card - ingenious but soooooooooooooooooooo convoluted - and those games the teens played - for goodness sake - I cannot imagine a group of people of any age going along with that let alone teenagers who by their nature are not known for their vast patience, attention span or tolerance for anything which seems uncool which these games most definitely were. I think the group would have just laughed in Steve's face, called him a loser and went back to teen default settings of mainly staring moodily into the mid distance which sounds even to me like more fun than Steve's enforced activities.
Despite always being irritated by the way narrator Imogen Church simply hangs out of sentences distorting their meaning by putting all the emphasis on a seemingly randomly selected word or ending a string of sentences with an upward inflection ....... and don't get me started on her male voices - grim and all sound like old geezers. But despite hijacking every book she has narrated recently to ridiculous proportions, as if somehow desperate to put her stamp on them, or perhaps to alleviate boredom as she does get so much work these days - it has to be said if not for Imogen's narration I would have given up maybe on chapter one. If only Imogen Church would let the story tell itself, without making it so much her own interpretation and creating such infuriating and unlikable characters along the way, I would enjoy her narration so much more but as it is she just seems to take every book like a makeover project and just goes to town on it, riding roughshod all over it so now all the characters are like some strange and unwelcome left overs from the last book. Less welly, no more bonkers swinging out of odd words in sentences making character seem infuriating and more subtlety would be a relief as this was really a rough ride as the narrator obviously desperately tried to hold this convoluted, incohesive and confusing book together ...but even she could not save it with all the gusto, bluster, creative interpretation, comedic Brummie accents and upwardly inflected sentences in the world..
I simply seemed so lost in the quagmire of this book that I gave up and started working backwards from the end to see whodunnit as I had invested so much time already in it and just was eager to make some sense of it ....... but even now I really do not get it ...... how .... or why .... or when really thanks to the jumping timeline.
This book seems like it could have been good .....could have been made into something really special with some inspired editing but this is rather like a curry pizza soup ... just a very confusing mess which had promising ingredients just all slung in together making it very hard to digest.
I would risk another book my this author as it was well written and with Imogen Church getting so many of the juicy bestseller thrillers I would buy another audio book narrated by her as she is very talented if rather heavy handed in delivery.
Returning this book now and admitting defeat as baffled as I was when I bought it ... but just a lot older!
Cannot recommend.

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  • Jenna
  • Somerset
  • 12-10-18

wanted it to be better

I kept hoping this would take a good turn, but i found it long winded, slightly predictable and the accents were really irritating!

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Depressing

This is a well written, yet depressing yarn about a group of friends who, in my opinion, engaged in some very odd activities back in their teens, the kind of things that many 13 year olds may have fun doing but not many 16 year olds in the late 90's would have been interested in, but I stayed with it as it was entertaining to begin with.

However, the constant flicking between past and present grows distracting, hard to keep track of, and even harder to follow is the different persons' perspectives of the same event, it sustains pretty well for around 11 hours, thanks in large part to Imogen Church, who is (was) as always, fantastic, but the story picks up a kind of insane speed around this point and starts to gallop out of control, this was how it seemed to me at least and I had a bit of trouble following.

The whodunnit seems all rather irrelevant in the tide of nostalgic reminiscences (Nostalgia is a disease ... mentioned at least twice and now I tend to agree) but it could have been a great story, and for some it seems to have been just that, it just does not work for me, too depressing.

I am left with a feeling of gut wrenching misery and depression, this is not how I prefer to feel after finishing a book.

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  • Kathi Oles
  • 08-10-18

Never saw that coming

Great story but narration is better. Imogen Church is great!! The only annoying constant thing that drove me crazy was the "he said" "she said" "Steve said" "Adeline said". It really isn't necessary and does take away from the story. After the first few chapters you know who the characters are and you know the different voices (thanks to Imogen) we don't need to hear "he said" "she said". Other than that it was a great book.

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  • Rebecca
  • 12-12-18

very good

author did a great job tying up the many loose ends. very elaborately woven story

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  • Polly S.
  • 26-09-18

Got a bit lost with the back and forth

It's probably my fault, but I found this a bit tough to follow. I need to listen to the end again because I'm still not sure what happened.

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  • John
  • 08-01-19

Good, but a bit slow.

Overall I enjoyed it, but at times the storyline moved a bit slow for my tastes. at times it was hard to stay engaged.

The narration with the English accent often would be very soft and difficult to understand.