Boozy Babes Book Club: Kill The Next One

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Our June book club read was Kill The Next One by Federico Axat. As the meeting drew closer I started to get nervous about tackling this month's book. At just a little over 400 pages, and starting insanely late, I figured there was no way I was going to be able to finish before our meeting. Fortunately it was such a thrill of a read that I ended up reading nearly 200 pages in just two days. And this was one book that I was glad I finished for the meeting as I definitely would have hated to have any part if it ruined.

I desperately do not want to spoil this story for anyone so the short summary is: Ted McKay is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Despite having a high paying job and a beautiful family he decides to commit suicide. With the gun to his temple the doorbell rings and a stranger makes him an offer. Before committing suicide why not kill two men; the first is a criminal and the second is a man also planning to commit suicide. After Ted completes the killings he will become the next member in this suicide chain. The rational behind this is it is easier for a family to deal with a murder, than a suicide. After accepting, Ted's life begins to unravel with plenty of twists and turns that keeps you guessing even after the book is over. 

The funny thing about reading this book is that I had just finished Despair by Vladimir Nabokov which had a sort of similar plot of a man who plans his own murder. While as a whole it was definitely a completely different story I thought it sort of cosmic that I would inadvertently ready two books about planning your own murder in the same month.

I will say if you're a true crime fan or like psychological thrillers I highly recommend Kill The Next One. Once I thought I had it figured out, I was turned around completely with a reveal I didn't expect. Axat has a way of writing that keeps you on your toes, and guessing what is real and what is not. While reading I definitely had Criminal Minds comparisons, in the best possible way as I have more than once kept myself up at night after binge watching Criminal Minds episodes.

Our Next Boozy Babes Book Club read for July will be A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. Follow us along in our reads on instagram by searching the hashtag: #boozybabesbookclub

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