Monday, February 25, 2019

The Next to Die by Sophia Hannah

It took me a while to enjoy reading this novel. The structure is a complex combination of first person narratives, emails and newspaper columns. I was a little confused for the first part of the book. Reading and understanding the novel did become easier as I went along. At the end, all is made clear and the mystery of the murders is solved.

Much of the novel is character driven. We learn quite a bit about Kim, the stand up comedian who may be the next target of the serial killer. We are also privy to some conversations between police detectives. There are some strange characters on the police force and it seemed these interludes detracted from the development of the plot.

Mystery readers who like a complex plot and a complex structure to a novel would enjoy this one. The pace is slow, as is often the case with mysteries set in England. I didn't like the foul language. The motive for the murders is unique and perhaps a little unbelievable. All in all, a decent mystery novel.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Sophie Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in twenty-seven countries and adapted for television. She has also written two Hercule Poirot novels, the only novels authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie. She lives in Cambridge, UK. 
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William Morrow, 416 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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