Title: The Kill Club
Author: Wendy Heard
Publisher: Harlequin Trade Publishing
Publication Date: December 17, 2019
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Source: Digital ARC provided by publisher
Review: The Kill Club is a heart-pounding page turner. Our main character Jazz has lived a lot of life in her short 20-odd years. Her little brother has been officially adopted by her foster mother who has always been abusive toward Jazz. But she has always done everything in her power to keep her little brother, Joaquin, safe. Getting him his much needed insulin, paying for his cell phone, and generally insuring he has a normal teen life while her foster mother, Carol, is part of a religious sect that only prays for healing.
Jazz encounters an underground vigilante group that promises to take away her troubles with Carol if she only does one thing: kill a stranger. This group recruits people who have no way out of abusive situations and assigns them to kill the abuser of another member, all anonymously. When Jazz is approached by the group, she is easy to say yes and get Carol off her back for good, but things get far more tangled than she ever anticipates.
I read this book over two sittings (because life). It would have been only one sitting if time had permitted because I could not put it town. It really had my heart racing at points because the stakes were so high. Definitely a great thriller with an interesting premise. If you’re looking for something to keep you interested until the very last page, do not hesitate to pick this book up!
Thank you so much to my friends at Harlequin for sending me a copy of this book!
A haunting thriller about a woman who attempts to save her brother’s life by making a dangerous pact with a network of vigilantes who’ve been hunting down the predators of Los Angeles.
Jazz can’t let her younger brother die.
Their foster mother Carol has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens thirteen-year-old Joaquin’s life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time.
Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her, people the law has failed. They’ve formed an underground network of “helpers,” each agreeing to murder the abuser of another. They’re taking back their power and leaving a trail of bodies throughout Los Angeles—dubbed the Blackbird Killings. If Jazz joins them, they’ll take care of Carol for good.
All she has to do is kill a stranger.
Jazz soon learns there’s more to fear than getting caught carrying out her assignment. The leader of the club has a zero tolerance policy for mistakes.
And the punishment for disobeying orders is death.
Author: Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle, was born in San Francisco and has lived most of her life in Los Angeles. When not writing, she can be found hiking the Griffith Park trails, taking the Metro and then questioning this decision, and haunting local bookstores.
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