Simon Kernick: Kill A Stranger

This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review Kill A Stranger.


They took your fiancée.
They framed you for murder.

You’re given one chance to save her. To clear your name.
You must kill someone for them.

They give you the time and place.
The weapon. The target.

You have less than 24 hours.
You only know that no-one can be trusted…and nothing is what it seems.

A masterclass in page-turning suspense, this twisting and addictive read will leave you guessing until the very last chapter.


I’ve never read anything by Simon Kernick before, but Kill A Stranger sets a very high benchmark for anything I might read by him in the future. It’s a very fast paced novel and, with a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter, I was engaged immediately and, more often than not, very frustrated that I couldn’t continue reading at the end of each stave.

Each chapter is narrated by a different character, usually Matt, Kate, Sir Hugh Roper or DCI Cameron Doyle. This gave the reader the opportunity to see what was happening from several different sides and pick up on the lies that the characters were telling and were told. It was impossible to believe anyone or trust their motives, and this made Kill A Stranger incredibly tense.

There are so many twists and turns from the beginning to the end and I loved that the novel kept me on my toes in this way. At times, it was difficult to keep up with what was going on, and it was occasionally a little far fetched, but I enjoyed putting the puzzle together.

Kill A Stranger is available from Amazon.


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