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An audacious psychological thriller where nothing is what it seems.
Ted McKay had it all: a beautiful wife, two daughters, a high-paying job. But after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor he finds himself with a gun to his temple, ready to pull the trigger. Then the doorbell rings.
A stranger makes him a proposition: why not kill two deserving men before dying? The first target is a criminal, and the second is a man with terminal cancer who, like Ted, wants to die. After executing these kills, Ted will become someone else’s next target, like a kind of suicidal daisy chain. Ted understands the stranger’s logic: it’s easier for a victim’s family to deal with a murder than with a suicide. However, after killing his targets, Ted’s reality begins to unravel. KILL THE NEXT ONE, an immersive psychological thriller from an exciting new voice.
Kill the next one by Federico Axat had one of the most twisted plots that I have ever read. The story begins with Ted McKay just about to commit suicide before he interrupted and given an offer to kill two other men. One of the intended victims is also suicidal and needed help ending his life. The second victim is someone who had committed some vile crimes and so killing him will be a service to society. Sounds a bit straight forward, right?
The book has so many twists that I was confused at first. I felt like I did when I was watching Inception (the DiCaprio movie). Every time I thought that I had figured out the book, something new happened that threw the whole story into a different direction. I don’t want to spoil the book for those who haven’t read it yet but this book will mess with your mind so much that you won’t even know what is real and what is not.
It took a few chapters before I started figuring out the plot and becoming more engrossed in the narrative. Undoubtedly, the book has a unique premise and some of the most complex characters that I have ever encountered. I found myself sympathizing with the main character through some pages then being repulsed by him in other pages.
The book took me on a crazy roller-coaster ride and just when things started slowing down, a major twist was thrown into the mix throwing the story in another different direction towards the end. The twists and revelations made this a fascinating read. The mix of characters made it more entertaining. I can’t say much about the characters without giving too many details but they were definitely memorable. Even the support characters were well developed.
I am not sure how exactly to categorize this book. It is sort of a thriller with some elements of science fiction. Some chapters were super creepy with aspects of psychology coming into play while others were action filled. I recommend this book to fans of these genres.
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