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Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother. 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. Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother. 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 eliminate 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.


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Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother. 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. Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother. 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 eliminate 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.

30 review for The Kill Club

  1. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    If the movie The Box had an elicit affair with Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, The Kill Club would be the murderous revenge-filled wife. The first half of this book had me held in rapt attention, flipping pages with abandon. With The Kill Club, Wendy Heard has offered up a gripping and thought-provoking plotline with a badass main character. Would you be willing to kill a toxic person from a stranger's life in exchange for an equally bad person being eliminated from yours? A bit of quid pro If the movie The Box had an elicit affair with Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, The Kill Club would be the murderous revenge-filled wife. The first half of this book had me held in rapt attention, flipping pages with abandon. With The Kill Club, Wendy Heard has offered up a gripping and thought-provoking plotline with a badass main character. Would you be willing to kill a toxic person from a stranger's life in exchange for an equally bad person being eliminated from yours? A bit of quid pro quo, execution style. "First rule of murder club, don't talk about murder club." Sign me tf up! Hell yeah, can I get a two-for-one discount? The second half of the book quickly becomes frenzied and rash. I didn't find it nearly as riveting as the first half. It was wordy at times causing me to do a bit of skimming. Although I hadn't guessed the unmasking at the end, I still didn't find it to be a gasp-worthy revelation. All in all this is a terrific thriller with a fresh plot. I look forward to what comes next from this author. 3.5 Stars rounded down ⭐⭐⭐ ** I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    So you decided to make a deal with the devil....but the devil doesn't deliver his end.. or does he? Welcome to The Kill Club. "First rule of murder club, don't talk about murder club." I loved this line! Wendy Heard has dished out a thrilling ride with this book. Upon starting it, the overall theme rang a bit similar to another book I had just read- The Other People ( which I loved, by the way). Yet the concept may be similar, the story line went into a completely different direction. Random So you decided to make a deal with the devil....but the devil doesn't deliver his end.. or does he? Welcome to The Kill Club. "First rule of murder club, don't talk about murder club." I loved this line! Wendy Heard has dished out a thrilling ride with this book. Upon starting it, the overall theme rang a bit similar to another book I had just read- The Other People ( which I loved, by the way). Yet the concept may be similar, the story line went into a completely different direction. Random murders are happening all over the city. People are terrified to leave the house, as people are being killed off in very public places. There is a serial killer on the loose that leaves his calling card...a playing card at the scene of the crime. Every victim is killed by an injection of poison that brings them to a painful death. By the way, if my Starbucks tastes at all funky, it will promptly go in the trash...just saying...yet the detectives are stumped, because the killer seems to get a bit sloppy at times and sometimes he is "dead on" perfect in his techniques. I loved Jasmine- a gritty, hard working girl, that has seen some very dark things in her life. Working long days at Trader Joe's she is just trying to make ends meet. When her brother Joaquin's life is in danger, she feels she must do whatever it takes to save him. Would she have to draw the line at murder? Would you?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    “First rule of murder club, don’t talk about murder club.” As you may have guessed simply from the title The Kill Club by Wendy Heard is not a new or overly original plot but one that tackles the idea of the characters killing a stranger in order for another person to kill the horrible person in their life. Regardless of this idea being done before Wendy Heard still made a compelling story with her version. Jazz and her younger brother grew up in foster care but now that Jazz has aged out her “First rule of murder club, don’t talk about murder club.” As you may have guessed simply from the title The Kill Club by Wendy Heard is not a new or overly original plot but one that tackles the idea of the characters killing a stranger in order for another person to kill the horrible person in their life. Regardless of this idea being done before Wendy Heard still made a compelling story with her version. Jazz and her younger brother grew up in foster care but now that Jazz has aged out her thirteen year old brother is still in the care of their terrible foster mother, Carol. Jazz does everything she can from the outside to see her brother gets his medication and stays in school but Carol continues to mistreat him and despite the calls to child services nothing is done. When Jazz picks up a burner phone she never expected it to ring and someone invite her to join a network of killers promising that if Jazz completes her mission someone will take care of Carol. All Jazz needs to do to save her brother is to kill a stranger but can she actually complete the mission or should she turn the evidence over to the police? The Kill Club had a nice fast pace to it as you learned of the characters and their situations and the action begins. The story also had plenty of twists and turns added into the mix that kept the pages turning once the characters begin to learn about the club and all that it offered. Despite the lack of originality with the plot this was still quite the solid read overall. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  4. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    The first rule of murder club ...What happens in murder club, stays in Murder club. could you murder a stranger if in return a stranger would murder someone who is harming you? That is the premise of this highly addictive game of cat and mouse. Jazz is running out of options as to what to do about her younger brother Joaquin and his foster mother who refuses to give him the insulin he needs to survive. When she receives a mysterious phone call with a solution to her problem, she is tempted. BUT The first rule of murder club ...What happens in murder club, stays in Murder club. could you murder a stranger if in return a stranger would murder someone who is harming you? That is the premise of this highly addictive game of cat and mouse. Jazz is running out of options as to what to do about her younger brother Joaquin and his foster mother who refuses to give him the insulin he needs to survive. When she receives a mysterious phone call with a solution to her problem, she is tempted. BUT can she kill a complete stranger even if that means she will be rid of Carol forever? Could you if you were in Jazz’s shoes? This is my second book by Wendy Herd. Both books have been captivating thrillers with unique premises and complex characters. I was completely sucked into Jazz’s Life, her hopes and her obstacles. The idea of a string of murders across the LA area seeming to be connected but with many contradictions was extremely intriguing. My heart was racing as Jazz got herself deeper and deeper into this crazy trap. Throughout the story I was not entirely sure of the good guys and the bad guys were, and if I’m being honest I still don’t. A compelling and disturbing story that had me on the edge of my seat and an ending that left me satisfied. This book in emojis 📱 💉 🥊 ☠️ 🎧🎧🎧 The audiobook was narrated by Almarie Guerra. This is the first book I listen to from her and I think she did an excellent job. There are so many characters and different perspectives and she gave each of the characters a unique voice. *** Big thanks to Harlequin and Harper Audio for my copy of this book ***

  5. 4 out of 5

    j e w e l s

    Feeling lucky to get the ARC! Wendy Heard is amaaaazing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: “Okay,” I say, and in that one word is contained an ocean of acceptance. This is where I am. This is what I’m doing. I think about what the reporter said, that the people who have been killed have had records of stalking, domestic violence. It actually sounds like the voice on the phone is who they say they are. They invented a serial killer. The police are searching LA for a murderer that doesn’t exist. I don’t know how I feel about this, morally. Is it bad to kill someone like Favorite Quotes: “Okay,” I say, and in that one word is contained an ocean of acceptance. This is where I am. This is what I’m doing. I think about what the reporter said, that the people who have been killed have had records of stalking, domestic violence. It actually sounds like the voice on the phone is who they say they are. They invented a serial killer. The police are searching LA for a murderer that doesn’t exist. I don’t know how I feel about this, morally. Is it bad to kill someone like Carol? Does she deserve the death sentence? Do I have any feelings about her being dead? … I remember the guy I saw die at Villains. I heard him scream. It’s definitely not painless. But then I remember Carol with her baseball bat crunching through my bones like glass, and I think, Good. How is she so put-together at six in the morning? When I work early shifts at Trader Joe’s, I look like an orphan in a Christmas movie. My Review: This book was devilishly clever and fiendishly addictive, I was taut with tension and unable to put my Kindle down without deeply resenting the intrusion to my reading. The main character of Jasmine was deeply flawed and horribly unlucky, and though well-intentioned she was a total screw up in every arena. I cringed for her while simultaneously wanting to give her a smack to the back of the head. The storylines were highly active, heartbreaking, twisted, brutal, gripping, and fraught with tension with unexpected and greatly welcomed glints of snarky levity and sharply edged wit. This was my first exposure to the cunning storytelling of Wendy Heard and I was an instant fangirl, I greedily want to amass all her clever words.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Belle

    Wendy Heard has a real knack for creating characters who are as unique as they are compelling, with real-life flaws and big, strong voices. Jazz in The Kill Club has a gritty, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vibe, and she drives the action in this full-throttle thriller all the way to the deliciously dark end. I can’t wait to see what Heard comes up with next.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This is the story of Jazz who would do absolutely anything for her little brother Joaquin. Worried about his safety at the hands of their diabolical foster Mom, who refuses to give him his insulin because "God" will manage his diabetes, Jazz has run out of options. She then receives a phone call with a solution to end it all and make her brother safe again but with one condition. The Kill Club asks - how far would you go to protect someone you love? Author Wendy Heard creates unique, compelling This is the story of Jazz who would do absolutely anything for her little brother Joaquin. Worried about his safety at the hands of their diabolical foster Mom, who refuses to give him his insulin because "God" will manage his diabetes, Jazz has run out of options. She then receives a phone call with a solution to end it all and make her brother safe again but with one condition. The Kill Club asks - how far would you go to protect someone you love? Author Wendy Heard creates unique, compelling characters and the story pretty much had me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. This is an intense story with crazy twists and turns! Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin/MIRA for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    4.5 stars. What a story! This thriller/mystery kept me on the edge of my seat for pretty much the whole book. Jasmine Benavides aka Jazz has tried everything to no avail through the proper channels of police, child protection, etc. to help her younger brother, living with an abusive foster/adoptive mother Carol who withholds his diabetes medication. A mysterious organization contacts Jazz and promises a "permanent" solution to Carol. The catch? For someone else to kill Carol, she has to kill 4.5 stars. What a story! This thriller/mystery kept me on the edge of my seat for pretty much the whole book. Jasmine Benavides aka Jazz has tried everything to no avail through the proper channels of police, child protection, etc. to help her younger brother, living with an abusive foster/adoptive mother Carol who withholds his diabetes medication. A mysterious organization contacts Jazz and promises a "permanent" solution to Carol. The catch? For someone else to kill Carol, she has to kill someone else's Carol. Relentless pacing, great flawed characters. Loved the lesbian and bisexual representation and the focus on working class East LA with a noticeable attempt to not pretend there isn't a substantial homeless population in the city. I wished the book had committed to the moral grey area of the organization and Jazz herself a bit more, but that's the only thing stopping me from giving this 5 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    4.5 stars. This fantastic thriller felt like a mix of Strangers on a Train and Stephen White's Kill Me (which I wholeheartedly recommend if you liked this book.) Jasmine "Jazz" Benavides is trying to figure out how to save her younger brother, Joaquin, from their religious nut foster mother, Carol, who won't give him his insulin, when she finds herself in the middle of an organization that will get rid of Carol for her if she kills someone else first. When things go wrong, Jazz becomes a target 4.5 stars. This fantastic thriller felt like a mix of Strangers on a Train and Stephen White's Kill Me (which I wholeheartedly recommend if you liked this book.) Jasmine "Jazz" Benavides is trying to figure out how to save her younger brother, Joaquin, from their religious nut foster mother, Carol, who won't give him his insulin, when she finds herself in the middle of an organization that will get rid of Carol for her if she kills someone else first. When things go wrong, Jazz becomes a target and is caught up in a race to both save Joaquin and evade the Kill Club. My eyes were glued to the page as the story raced along, and if you are looking for an exciting thriller, look no further. As it entertains, this book also highlights stories of injustice like Jazz's, which might just be dire enough to kill for. It's hard to know who to sympathize with at times, but Jazz is always easy to root for. I loved this book and can't wait to read more from Wendy Heard. *I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Inkish Kingdoms

    Visit me at: Book Blog / Instagram Kindle book is on sale! $2.99 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QG36SHY Imagine getting a call offering you the resolution of one of your biggest problems, and the only thing you have to do will be to return the favor by getting rid of someone else’s biggest problem. A win win situation, right? or so Jazz thought. Jazz has this one-time-life-changing option to get rid of her fanatically religious foster-mother who believes that Jesus the Lord can cure Jazz’s brother’s Visit me at: Book Blog / Instagram Kindle book is on sale! $2.99 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QG36SHY Imagine getting a call offering you the resolution of one of your biggest problems, and the only thing you have to do will be to return the favor by getting rid of someone else’s biggest problem. A win win situation, right? or so Jazz thought. Jazz has this one-time-life-changing option to get rid of her fanatically religious foster-mother who believes that Jesus the Lord can cure Jazz’s brother’s diabetes by locking him up in her house. As she speaks in “languages” commanding the power of God to heal him of his sickness while contradictorily damning Jazz to hell, Jazz is “forced” to join the club. In “The Kill Club”, we have this fresh premise of a mysterious club of killings going around California. You get a package from Amazon with a set of instructions and a target, and you have to keep in mind that no errors are allowed. Jazz Benavidez is a fighter and the main character of this story who promises a to die ending. Will Jazz be able to complete her task? Will Jesus cure Jazz’s brother’s diabetes? Will the system in the States be useful? Will the good one win for a chance? As the plot thickens with romance, gun power, fist fights and several plot twist, we start losing hope that this will ever have a happy ending just to realize that you, at the end, weren’t wrong, and if you though you knew better, think again. If you enjoyed "The Chain", which I found full of cliches... you might enjoy this one better!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Halley Sutton

    An unputdownable thriller that's also an incisive look at the failings of the foster care/child protectives services systems and a love letter to East LA. I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this book; I literally got a sunburn because I could not stop reading it. Move indoors? That would slow me down, better to keep going. SO DAMN GOOD! Can't wait for more from Wendy Heard!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kat Dietrich

    The Kill Club by Wendy Heard is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Harlequin - MIRA, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) People are being poisoned in public places, and the police fear there is a serial killer on the loose. Mind you, most of these people deserve to die. Someone out there is a vigilante, The Kill Club by Wendy Heard is a psychological thriller.  First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher  Harlequin - MIRA, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) People are being poisoned in public places, and the police fear there is a serial killer on the loose.  Mind you, most of these people deserve to die.  Someone out there is a vigilante, killing those who the law has not punished.  In reality, there is not one killer, but many.   To avoid detection, individuals are killing people that are totally unknown to them, so that someone else will kill their nemesis.  The person behind all this is not even getting their hands dirty. Jazz is approached when it becomes evident that her abusive foster-mom Carol is not going to provide her "brother" with much needed insulin.  All Jazz has to do is kill someone, and someone else will kill Carol.  But can she do it?  Can she kill another human being to save Joaquin?  You bet she can.   Unfortunately, things do not go smoothly with the "assignment" that Jazz is given, and soon Jazz is the one being hunted. My Opinions:   Take "Strangers on a Train" by Patricia Highsmith...and kick it up a number of notches. This was a wild, fast, and compelling read.  It also ended up being rather emotional. I didn't want to put it down.  Even though the premise of the book was a little dark, and a little scary, this was actually a fun read, mostly due to the characters.  I absolutely loved the characters.  Jazz was wonderful.  She is tough, she is scarred, she has not had much of an up-bringing, but her heart is enormous, and the raporte she has with Joaquin was great, and felt real, as did her budding relationship with Sofia.  The characters all had a realistic feel about them. I can't wait to see what Wendy Heard comes out with next!   For a more complete review of this book and others, please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aga Durka

    Well that was a wild ride! I could not flip the pages quick enough while reading this crazy suspense/thriller. Wendy Heard created an action packed, intense, and chilling story with a very likable main character - Jazz. This was an interesting read, with a clever and thought-provoking plot, and I would have probably given it a 5 star rating however, I was left a little unsatisfied with the ending. I am not sure if I missed something when reading the second part of the book (maybe I was flipping Well that was a wild ride! I could not flip the pages quick enough while reading this crazy suspense/thriller. Wendy Heard created an action packed, intense, and chilling story with a very likable main character - Jazz. This was an interesting read, with a clever and thought-provoking plot, and I would have probably given it a 5 star rating however, I was left a little unsatisfied with the ending. I am not sure if I missed something when reading the second part of the book (maybe I was flipping those pages too fast) but I did not fully understood the motive of the main villain, the mastermind/creator of the murder club. Overall, this book is an excellent read for all the adrenaline-craving readers, and I will definitely read other books by this author. Thank you NetGalley, Harelquin - Mira Books, and the author for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    This book reminds me of something that I just can't *quite* put my finger on and it's driving me crazy! This is one of those ripple effect kind of books. You do one thing then that thing make another thing happen and so on and so forth. When you're desperate, why wouldn't you take what seems like a fairly reasonable, albeit deadly, deal? There are rules set in place of course... and you must follow them, but sometimes you're just damned if you do and damned if you don't. I flew through the first This book reminds me of something that I just can't *quite* put my finger on and it's driving me crazy! This is one of those ripple effect kind of books. You do one thing then that thing make another thing happen and so on and so forth. When you're desperate, why wouldn't you take what seems like a fairly reasonable, albeit deadly, deal? There are rules set in place of course... and you must follow them, but sometimes you're just damned if you do and damned if you don't. I flew through the first 75% of the this book. When the big reveal came, I was like.. wait, who? Somehow I was at a complete loss - that's how little this character seemed to take my notice. Oopsie! So I was fairly disappointed there. But then of course, it hit me and I was all DOH! In any case, regardless of a rather muted reveal and a couple of questionable things... I really enjoyed this book. Moderately paced, addictive and I just fell in love with Jazz and Joaquin. And I also really liked the ending, regardless of the slight predictability. Ya Heard? *wink*

  16. 5 out of 5

    thi

    3.25/5 - enjoyable but kind of lost footing in the second half

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Random murders are happening all over Los Angeles. People are being killed in very public places. These murders are linked and the police are advising people that there is a serial killer on the loose, Victims are injected with a poison that results in a very painful death. "The Blackbird" leaves his calling card, a playing card, at the scene of the crime. The killer is slick, until he starts to make mistakes. Jazz, a young woman who was raised in foster care, is trying to take care of her young Random murders are happening all over Los Angeles. People are being killed in very public places. These murders are linked and the police are advising people that there is a serial killer on the loose, Victims are injected with a poison that results in a very painful death. "The Blackbird" leaves his calling card, a playing card, at the scene of the crime. The killer is slick, until he starts to make mistakes. Jazz, a young woman who was raised in foster care, is trying to take care of her young brother who has been adopted by their foster mother, Carol. She is a religious fanatic and refuses to fill his prescriptions for insulin or even take him to a doctor's appointment. Jazz finds out that she has pulled Joaquin from school and moved from her house. Jazz is worried that he will die. Enter, the murder club, as she calls it. Would you be willing to kill a person who is a danger from a stranger's life in exchange for an equally bad person being eliminated from yours? A bit of quid pro quo. Jazz agrees, as she wants to get rid of Carol, once and for all. Things do not always work out as planned. People get nervous, someone knows someone else, you stick the needle in the wrong spot. What is happening. I love the line, "First rule of murder club, don't talk about murder club." that Jazz coins. What follows is a twisty, thriller that kept me hooked from start to finish. I loved the character of Jazz. She was a tough, kick-ass heroine, who only gets involved in order to save her brothers life. We learn more and more about Jazz and her relationship with Carol and Joaquin, that just made me love Jazz more and dislike Carol immensely. She was not an inherently bad person, but has very dangerous beliefs, bordering on mental health concerns. Jazz is afraid to develop relationships with anyone due to her past, but when she finally takes a chance, it leads her down a path she can't turn back on. The plot of this book was well-written. It started with a bang and got even more frenzied as the story went on. I had no idea who was behind the Kill Club, or the Blackbirds until the final reveal and it blew me away. This was a story that I was not expecting and I am glad I read/listened to it. I recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced thriller with a satisfying ending. The audiobook was narrated by Almarie Guerra. This is a narrator that I have never listened to before, but thoroughly enjoyed. She is a bilingual voice actress and her accent for Jazz was wonderful, and not too heavy. Her voices were subtle, yet recognizable. Her expression, pacing and intonation added much to the read/listen experience. I will definitely watch for more books narrated by Almarie Guerra. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book was a bit of a slow starter for me and definitely seemed like a slight rip-off of The Chain Similar premise--an anonymous person contacts you to kill someone, and in turn someone in your life that you want to be rid of will be killed. I had a lot of logistical questions about this book, and the ultimate person behind the murder club was a head-scratcher and didn't make much sense. I liked Jazz and Joaquin and their parts of the story elevated the tale beyond all of the cat-and-mouse This book was a bit of a slow starter for me and definitely seemed like a slight rip-off of The Chain Similar premise--an anonymous person contacts you to kill someone, and in turn someone in your life that you want to be rid of will be killed. I had a lot of logistical questions about this book, and the ultimate person behind the murder club was a head-scratcher and didn't make much sense. I liked Jazz and Joaquin and their parts of the story elevated the tale beyond all of the cat-and-mouse chasing. Overall though, the suspense and mystery are not the strong portion of the tale, the relationships are. I might check out another book by this author in the future, I just think that the suspense needs to be fine-tuned quite a bit more in a further novel. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own. Thank you to Harlequin/MIRA for the opportunity to participate in the blog tour.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura Peden

    That was fun! Reminded me a bit of The Chain. I really enjoyed the characters. There was even a fight scene with a titty twister I managed to binge this in one day with very little free time. If you’re looking for something quick, light & over-the-top, I recommend this one! That was fun! Reminded me a bit of The Chain. I really enjoyed the characters. There was even a fight scene with a titty twister 🤣 I managed to binge this in one day with very little free time. If you’re looking for something quick, light & over-the-top, I recommend this one!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    I had high hopes for this book because the concept was so interesting and it had so much potential. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. The writing and Jazz's character in particular felt like this book should have been YA. It was leaning younger for me. I didn't totally hate this book but I thought a lot of twists were predictable and it didn't impress me much (feeling my inner Shania Twain right now haha).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megan Collins

    You’re gonna want to get comfortable when you read this book, because once you start, you *will not* be able to stop. THE KILL CLUB, Wendy Heard’s sophomore thriller, is a breathless, chilling adventure through an LA terrorized by a series of murders the police have dubbed the Blackbird Killings. Jazz would do anything to protect her much younger brother Joaquin, so when she receives an anonymous call from someone offering a permanent solution to her problem with her abusive foster mother, Jazz You’re gonna want to get comfortable when you read this book, because once you start, you *will not* be able to stop. THE KILL CLUB, Wendy Heard’s sophomore thriller, is a breathless, chilling adventure through an LA terrorized by a series of murders the police have dubbed the Blackbird Killings. Jazz would do anything to protect her much younger brother Joaquin, so when she receives an anonymous call from someone offering a permanent solution to her problem with her abusive foster mother, Jazz can’t pretend she’s not interested. The problem is—in order for her foster mother to be “taken care of,” Jazz herself must murder a stranger. What follows is a pitch-dark, terrifying story that explores what we’re capable of when our backs are against the wall. A lot of books are slapped with the label “thriller,” but I’ve honestly never read a novel that deserves the classification more. With intricate and masterful plotting, surprises around every corner, and an ending that chilled me to the bone, Wendy Heard has delivered a brilliant, original story with thrills for days. Beyond all the ways this book will give me nightmares, though, I was so absorbed by the poignant relationship between Jazz and Joaquin. The love between them is realistic and palpable, and it makes us root for Jazz even harder as she sacrifices nearly everything for her brother’s safety. Jazz is a vividly portrayed and exciting heroine; her wit and snark continually made me chuckle, even when another gasp was only a page away. Thank you so much to Mira Books and Harlequin for an opportunity to read this book early. I’ll surely be shouting my love for it from the rooftops until its pub date on December 17 and beyond.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Giulia

    I flew through reading this intense thriller focused on finding out what was ultimately going to happen to Jazz and her friend Sophia and their brother and daughter, respectively. The main character Jazz, is a very layered character-she seemed much more alive to me then anyone of the others. Unfortunately, behind all the action(I mean this book is action-packed), I did not feel the resolution of the plot was justified. The premise of the story is fantastic. Who would not want your mortal enemy, I flew through reading this intense thriller focused on finding out what was ultimately going to happen to Jazz and her friend Sophia and their brother and daughter, respectively. The main character Jazz, is a very layered character-she seemed much more alive to me then anyone of the others. Unfortunately, behind all the action(I mean this book is action-packed), I did not feel the resolution of the plot was justified. The premise of the story is fantastic. Who would not want your mortal enemy, a scum bag, your abuser, the serial rapist, vaporized by some anonymous person? The problem is once you agree to belong to the "murder club" you are expected to do your part and kill someone's nemesis and if you fail-woe to you. The villain twist is not explored as much as it could have been. I don't quite understand the villain's motivation and that caused me to drop my rating. I still would recommend but for me, this book was not as good as Wendy Heard's first one. Thank you to Net Galley and publisher for a chance to read and review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    You know... I think I'll pass on this club

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    For full review and interview with the author - The Limit of Books Does Not Exist I’m happy to have found a new thriller author! I was hooked so early on in The Kill Club. The concept is very interesting – could you kill a stranger in order to save someone you loved? I really enjoyed the way that the novel exploded the concept and how it didn’t just look at Jazz, but others in the same situation. I love it how Jazz wasn’t your typical character. She was super gutsy, but most of the time she doesn’ For full review and interview with the author - The Limit of Books Does Not Exist I’m happy to have found a new thriller author! I was hooked so early on in The Kill Club. The concept is very interesting – could you kill a stranger in order to save someone you loved? I really enjoyed the way that the novel exploded the concept and how it didn’t just look at Jazz, but others in the same situation. I love it how Jazz wasn’t your typical character. She was super gutsy, but most of the time she doesn’t have luck on her side. There was also lots of other great secondary characters that don’t fit the typical thriller mold. I did enjoy the ending, but at times it felt like there was too much going on in a short amount of time. I wish that it didn’t feel so fast and rushed. I wanted more time to explore what had happened. Going to check out the author’s previous novels! Thank you to Netgallery and HARLEQUIN – MIRA (U.S. and Canada) for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diana Urban

    This book was a nonstop nail-biter with such an amazing premise, which I'm going to keep vague here as to not give anything away. The pacing was spectacular — I read it in a single sitting, and couldn't put it down. The short chapters kept me like, "Just one more chapter... okay just one more, nope one more...". I was HOOKED. And by the end I was literally gasping (my husband actually asked from the other room, "Are you okay?" Ha!). And while this was action-packed, the characters all felt This book was a nonstop nail-biter with such an amazing premise, which I'm going to keep vague here as to not give anything away. The pacing was spectacular — I read it in a single sitting, and couldn't put it down. The short chapters kept me like, "Just one more chapter... okay just one more, nope one more...". I was HOOKED. And by the end I was literally gasping (my husband actually asked from the other room, "Are you okay?" Ha!). And while this was action-packed, the characters all felt really fleshed out. I absolutely loved Jazz's voice, and was rooting so hard for her and her brother. I also really enjoyed the multi-POV style. This is a must-read thriller, and I'm so glad I got to read it early. Thanks Mira/HarperCollins for the ARC!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dea

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book, after I professed my undying love for Hunting Annabelle. Honestly, The Kill Club had me just at the title. The premise is amazing, and I hope that the story would live up to the name AND LET ME TELL YOU---it does. This is an amazing tale of revenge that you won't be able to put down. From the first chapter, I was hooked. I could not put this book down, I was so invested in the characters, I HAD to know what was going to happen. My heart broke I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book, after I professed my undying love for Hunting Annabelle. Honestly, The Kill Club had me just at the title. The premise is amazing, and I hope that the story would live up to the name AND LET ME TELL YOU---it does. This is an amazing tale of revenge that you won't be able to put down. From the first chapter, I was hooked. I could not put this book down, I was so invested in the characters, I HAD to know what was going to happen. My heart broke for these characters. The plot twisted in the best ways, leaving me surprised and begging for more. Wendy has crafted an amazing thriller here that pulls you in from page one, takes you on an amazing ride, and leaves you looking for flip phones and syringes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Mejia

    How far will you go for agency, love, or freedom? In this Strangers on a Train world, the women of LA have an answer to the testosterone-fueled black-market justice of Fight Club, and no one—not even the killers of Kill Club—are safe. Explosive, compelling, and one hell of a good time, do not miss Wendy Heard’s propulsive dive into revenge noir. *Blurb provided on advance copy*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi Becker

    "First rule of the murder club. Don't talk about murder club. Got it. " New to me author Wendy Heard captured my attention with her "murder club". You're invited to participate, to name a person making your life miserable, and take your assignment. Agreed that you need to kill someone and get away with it; a syringe of poison, a disguise, instructions on how to and your life is changed. You become a member of the "Blackbird" club, an agent of change. At the center of the story is Jasmine "Jazz" "First rule of the murder club. Don't talk about murder club. Got it. " New to me author Wendy Heard captured my attention with her "murder club". You're invited to participate, to name a person making your life miserable, and take your assignment. Agreed that you need to kill someone and get away with it; a syringe of poison, a disguise, instructions on how to and your life is changed. You become a member of the "Blackbird" club, an agent of change. At the center of the story is Jasmine "Jazz" Benavides, and she stands to protect her brother Joaquin from a foster mother and neglects him by denying medical care he requires, and the abuse she has endured for yours at her hand. The invitation to the club first goes declined, but Jazz gets pushed a little too far, and her world begins to spin out of control. Mistakes are doubly deadly, and soon Jazz finds herself on the run from a powerful fore, that seems to know where she is , what she thinks and how she'll react. But they don't count on Jazz's determined natured, the depth of passion and love she feels. This story is fast-paced, sitting on the edge of your seat, read, that culminates in a twisty ending yet sublime ending. I found myself completely engrossed in the characters and the ethical dilemma that partaking in the "murder club" leaves them in. There's a myriad of characters to follow, keeping the story and relationships dynamic. I highly recommend this to readers of thrillers and mysteries alike. 4.5 stars! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    A special thank you to Harper Collins Publishers and Harlequin Books for the opportunity to participate in the Winter 2020 Mystery/Thriller Blog Tour! Check out my blog tour post here: http://vicariouslyvoraciously.com/rev... "First rule of murder club. Don't talk about murder club. Got it." With a Fight Club meets Strangers on a Train vibe, this book was nearly impossible to put down. You fly from chapter to chapter on the edge of your seat biting your nails to the quick wondering what could A special thank you to Harper Collins Publishers and Harlequin Books for the opportunity to participate in the Winter 2020 Mystery/Thriller Blog Tour! Check out my blog tour post here: http://vicariouslyvoraciously.com/rev... "First rule of murder club. Don't talk about murder club. Got it." With a Fight Club meets Strangers on a Train vibe, this book was nearly impossible to put down. You fly from chapter to chapter on the edge of your seat biting your nails to the quick wondering what could possibly happen next. How far would you go to save the ones you love? Would you kill for them? How far down the rabbit hole do you go before you do whatever it takes to get out? Jazz finds that once she's in the murder club there isn't a clear out to live the happily ever after she was promised. After all, she just had to accomplish one little task. Murder a stranger. Once she does this there's no going back. She must become everything she has tried not to be her whole life so that she can get the one she loves away from someone worse. But if she does this, does that make her just as bad? This was a constant struggle between good and bad as we follow Jazz on this wild ride to find out how far she will go to save her brother Joaquin from their corrupt foster mother, Carol. I honestly was rooting for Jazz to just go ahead and off Carol she was such a despicable character but I get that its not that easy. Too bad, because Carol was just plain awful. I couldn't stand a single thing she did or said and would have probably gotten myself into all sorts of trouble had I been put in the same place as Jazz. I commend Jazz on her ability to really think on this decision though and all the consequences that might come along with it. She didn't jump at the idea of murder and actually tried time and time again to say no. But once you know about murder club they don't let you go that easily. And soon our ever brave and moral heroine is dragged into the dark circle of murder and favors and once she's in she finds its a lot more difficult to get out than she was told. The writing in this book keeps you in it until the very end. I read this in one sitting unable to tell myself to take a break. The chapters fly by as you try and find out who's going to pop up next and what might happen to them. The intermittent chapters of random characters read like a movie with cut scenes to other mystery characters in the murder club that we don't know at first but eventually we see how they all fit into the big picture. I was so involved in the book trying to guess who the Blakcbird Killer was the entire time only to find in the end it wasn't at all who I expected. I was also extremely satisfied with the ending of this book, wrapping everything up neatly and efficiently. There was a pretty sad part that had me pretty bummed but the rest was exactly as you'd hope it would be. This was my first book I've read by Wendy Heard and I think she now has a new fan. I'm going to have to start seeing what else she has that I can devour like I did The Kill Club. If you get this book make sure you have the entire day to devote to this intense read. Just don't answer the flip phone that arrives in a mystery box if you aren't willing to pay the price of your freedom. Welcome to The Kill Club.

  30. 5 out of 5

    mahana

    4.5/5 rep: Hispanic lesbian mc, bi li, Hispanic side character [i'm putting a spoiler tag on the tws but i just want to reiterate there is a major spoiler under them and it'll probably be a deciding factor for a lot of people considering reading this] tws: domestic abuse, self-harm, assault, (view spoiler)[sapphic character dies (hide spoiler)]

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