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Publisher's Summary

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, as Ted commits the murders, the crime scenes strike him as odd. The targets know him by name and possess familiar mementos. Even more bizarrely, Ted recognizes locations and men he shouldn't know. As Ted's mind begins to crack, dark secrets from his past seep through the fissures.

Kill the Next One is an immersive psychological thriller from an exciting new voice.

©2016 Federico Axat (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Nightmare imagery, mind-bending plot twists, and a kaleidoscopic storytelling style lend ( Kill The Next One) a vertiginous air, but at the core of this literary fever dream lies an elegantly crafted and emotionally resonant mystery that astonishes, devastates, and satisfies in equal measure." ( Publishers Weekly )
"Axat harnesses that uncertainty to build suspense and creates an intriguing, mind-bending thriller in the vein of Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island." ( Booklist)

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Finally, something original

If you could sum up Kill the Next One in three words, what would they be?

Beware the Possum

Any additional comments?

Really kept me guessing. Stick with this one! You'll inevitably feel confused for much of the beginning of this book because we're seeing the world through Ted's eyes, and his reality changes again and again. Every time we think we have a grip on his world it disintegrates and remakes itself. No character has been this misled by his circumstances since the Guy Pierce character in the 90's movie "Memento." After reading several disappointing, predictably dreary mystery books this came as a refreshing surprise. Maybe not for everybody, but certainly different!

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Fresh and interesting

I really enjoyed this book. There were lots of twists and turns but it was still easy and pleasurable to follow. Interesting characters, novel situations, and complex motives. I can't describe much without diminishing the experience for the reader but I highly recommend it!

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Annoying and ultimately repulsive

I turned it off at the kitten mutilation. Nuff said. What a waste of time.

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Fantastic Thriller!

This is not a typical psychological thriller. Just when I thought I knew where this story was going the author grabbed me my the gut & making me say out loud "oh my G*D" ... hearing that some seemingly insignificant moment I'd read chapters ago becoming tantamount in importance. This is not a quick read or something you should binge - this is something I sipped, savored and did not rush through because it was so amazingly enjoyable. Five stars. If you're a fan of mind frak movies & tv show like HBO's Westworld, USA's Mr. Robot or the movie The Game, you'll love this suspenseful novel. Extra kudos to the translator & the terrifically talented narrarator.

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  • Bob
  • Morrisville, PA, United States
  • 02-10-17

Wtf.... Holy S***... Wait, what just happened?

I am a big fan of books that fuck with your mind. Yet I have yet listened to a book that achieved the level of mindfuckery that is Federico Axat’s Kill The Next One. It’s like a mindfucked brain had carnal relationships with an equally corrupted cerebrum and gave birth to a mutant of whatthefuckery. It’s a novel so brilliant and unexpected that to even name its genre seems to be too much of a spoiler. At no point in the novel did I feel like I had a grip on the reality of the novel, until the very end. Well, at least until the final sentence of the epilogue, which sent my Parietal Lobe reeling once again. Yet, this was no esoteric stream of conscienceless literary hoity toity snorefest. It was highly accessible with characters you grew to care about, and a truly rewarding experience. One of my favorite listens in a long time.

It’s hard to truly evaluate narrator Maxwell Hamilton’s narration other than to say I was so immersed in the multilayered reality of the novel, if there were any issues with his narration, I failed to notice it. Sometimes it takes a great narrator to enhance a bad book, but equally it takes a smart narrator to know when his job is just to keep the reader sucked into a brilliant story, and never get in its way.

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Mental Marathon

I found this a terrible listen. I only finished it because i always finish a book, no matter how bad. The narrator is good but I found the story awful and uninteresting.

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it was interesting and well written

I think it would have held my attention better if it had stayed with fewer premises.

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great story

I absolutely love this story I was legitimately surprised by the ending narrator was annoying

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This book requires patience

Overall, this was a good listen but at times! It started off one way, delved down a different direction and ended up somewhere altogether different -- this book, while good, requires patience and hopefully, listening to it all in one sitting. I had to go back at times to figure out who was who, what was what and why ...

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Hard to follow!

Book description makes it sound much different than it is. The plot takes leaps and twists that are bizarre and difficult to follow. I like a twisted plot, and I like an unusual story. However, this stretches the suspension of disbelief. It’s just plain weird. I stuck with it to the end, and remained baffled.