Book Review: Kill the Next One, by Federico Axat

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cv_kill_the_next_oneThis is a fantastic psychological thriller, about what we might consider when our own lives were no longer important. Ted has a terminal brain tumour, and as he attempts suicide, the doorbell rings – a stranger asks him to kill two deserving people (The first target is a criminal, and the second is a man with terminal cancer who, like Ted, wants to die), in return for an agreement to have another end his own life.

When I began reading, I was hooked…especially at the double-back. As Ted battles with the enormity of what he has done, and what he may do, we become increasingly meshed with the multitude of dilemmas in which he finds himself.

My head spun with the merry-go-round of events as his life unravels after attempting suicide. What was going to happen next? The puzzle is so enigmatic, I had to keep reading as events unfolded.

The more Ted learned, the more intricate the tale. His fouled relationship with his wife and daughters, his enmeshment in so many complications, the discoveries we find all keep us engaged in the story. Definitely a one-sitting read!

An unusual tale, told in a series of twists…which I’m afraid seemed (to me) to wrap up too suddenly, leaving something indeterminate unsaid. The final chapter seemed a bit of a let-down, but the fact remains, I’ve read no crime novel like this before, and I want more from Axat.

Reviewed by Lynne McAnulty-Street

Kill The Next One
by Federico Axat
Published byThe Text Publishing, Australia 2016
Originally published as La ultima salida (The Last Way Out)2016
Translation © Hatchette Book Group Ltd with permission of Little, Brown and Company, ISBN: 9781925355871