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Killing The Girl by Elizabeth Hill. Review

Book Description

A perfect life, a perfect love –and a perfect murder.

Loving Frankie was easy but teenage Carol wasn’t the only woman Frankie charmed. Tired of Frankie’s cheating ways, Carol kills him and buries him in her orchard.

Forty years later Frankie’s grave will be found and Carol’s guilt revealed. As she writes her confession before they arrest her, she discovers other friends lied. The truth should free her, but their betrayal demands revenge. Will she atone for her sins and kill the innocent girl she was, or will that girl exact retribution?

Read Killing The Girl and ask yourself what would you do if you had a Frankie in your life?

Winner of a’Chill With A Book Premier Readers Award’and ‘Chill With A Book’book of the month for October 2020.


Review for 'Killing The Girl' by Elizabeth Hill.

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Elizabeth Hill and Zooloos Book Tours .

Publication date 14th April 2019.

This is the first book I have read by this author.

This novel consists of a prologue, 73 chapters and an epilogue. The chapters are short to medium in length so easy to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case!

This book is based in England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿, UK 🇬🇧. I always enjoy when books are set in the UK as I'm from Wales and have sometimes visited areas mentioned in the book. This makes it easier to picture where the scenes are set at times. I have in fact visited and holidayed in England on many occasions including this year and next year again so am looking forward to possibly recognising name places.

This book is written in first person perspective and the protagonists are Carol Cage. The benefits of books written in first person perspective are as long as they are well written it makes you feel that you are being spoken to by the protagonist and it can create more of a bond between yourselves and them.

'Killing The Girl' discusses some topics that may upset some readers or may not be suitable for others. I like to point this out ahead of time in my reviews so you can judge if this book is for you or not. In this book Elizabeth discusses death of a child, domestic abuse, suicide and paedophilia.

This book is very well written with vivid descriptions that absolutely grip the readers attention and puts them right in the middle of it all making your heart pound and you constantly second guessing.

This is an intriguing, gripping and twisty read which kept dropping bomb shell after bomb shell on the reader!!! I lost count of the amount of times I had thought I had worked everything out just for Elizabeth to throw another twist in the mix!!! This is one of the things I really enjoyed about this book and a huge well done to Elizabeth as it is getting harder and harder to shock me after the amount of crime books I have read but you absolutely blew my mind several times especially when it came to the ending!!! This is a dark and unique book that is, in general, a slow burn but one that has quite alot going on which kept me hooked to the pages from beginning to the end and I devoured it in one sitting!! This book begins with Carol worrying about the fact that her home is being demolished to make way for a ring road and she is worried about the fact that they will find her boyfriend when they do this. She then takes us into her childhood from 1969 to her adulthood in 2016. She tells us how her life went from bad to worse after making one wrong decision after another. It is ram packed with friendships romance, lies, greed, twists, sex, betrayal, murder, jealousy, adultery, injustice, secrets and everything you could ask for in a gritty thriller. It is also a rollercoaster ride of emotions as we stand by Carol going through hell and back. It is extremely multilayered with characters that are unlikeable and untrustworthy leaving you constantly guessing who can be trusted, if anyone. It tells us of realistic feelings of first love, feelings of abandonment, lust and more that many youngsters to through as their feelings change and they go from being children to young adults. Elizabeth does a fantastic job of portraying the characters emotions and making the reader feel many of the same. Elizabeth's evocative writing skills and some of the fantastic passages scattered throughout the book shows how much of a talented author Elizabeth is and really does keep you hooked throughout. I am looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next!!!

This may be the first book I have read by this author but it most certainly won't be the last and I cannot wait to get stuck into more of her previous and future books!!!

It is set over multiple time lines. When books show what has happened in the past and what is happening in the present I find it really helps the reader (if it is well done) understand why things are happening and what has lead to the present activities and decisions. It also shows the bigger picture

There is a good mix of realistic, well rounded and strong characters which makes it a realistic read. All the characters were strong and realistic as well as hiding their own secrets. I was completely invested in each and every one of them. However, I really, really did not like Carol and found her to be pitiful and desperate on several occasions to the point where I found myself shouting at my kindle at times, sometimes telling her to grow up and just get away!!! My heart did go out to her for some of the things that she was going through but at the same time I did find her to be a depressing narrator who played the victim too much. I could not abide Frankie, Erik, Matthew or Perry!! The only character I actually didn't dislike was Thora but even she was devious. I don't want to risk saying more about how I felt about the characters as I don't want to give anything away to future readers but I will say that I was annoyed, angry, upset, disappointed at the different ones for many different reasons!! Elizabeth's fantastic descriptions and writing skills really did make them jump out of the page and come to life! I won't go into any more information about any of these characters or other ones as I really don't want to give anything away to future readers. Regardless of whether you love them or hate them they each played their parts perfectly!!!

Overall a heartbreaking, gripping and gritty domestic thriller that is ram packed with twists and an explosive ending!!!

Genres covered in this novel include Horror Thriller, Women's Psychological Fiction, Women's Adventure Fiction, Domestic Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Literary Fiction, Horror, Suspense Thriller, Domestic Thriller, Psychological Literary Fiction, Psychological Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Fiction, Adventure Fiction, Womens Psychological, Crime Fiction, Murder, Thriller, Mystery ,Thriller & Suspense Literary Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Domestic Fiction, Women's Crime Fiction and Thriller amongst others.

I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of 'Gone Girl', 'The Wife Between Us', 'The Woman in the Window', 'The Girl on the Train' ,Lisa Jewell, ,Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn , Freida McFadden, K.L Slater, Daniel Hurst. Shari Lapeni, 'The Wife Between Us', 'The Housemaid' aand anyone who loves a book filled with suspense and surprises!!

312 pages.

This book is just FREE to purchase on kindle, free with kindle unlimited and £9.99 in paperback via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!!

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Author Bio

Elizabeth loves writing about women who kill. She has published a short story for fans of dark humour called, My Best Christmas Ever, as well as an award-winning novel, Killing The Girl.

We all love a great murder mystery and 'Killing The Girl explores the reasons why an ordinary woman kills. What pushes her to her limit of endurance and sanity? Could that woman be you? That theme is also explored with a humorous slant in her dark short story, My Best Christmas Ever. What would you do if you discovered your husband was having an affair just before Christmas? 'Killing The Girl' has been awarded an Indie BRAG medallion and a 'Chill With A Book' Premier Readers Award - also winning Book Of The Month for October 2020.

Elizabeth is now working on her second novel; Safe With Me. Women who kill, and their reasons, are the impetus behind her novels.

Elizabeth is a member of The Alliance of Independent Authors, The Bristol Fiction Writers Group, and Noir At The Bar, Bath. She was a speaker at the 2019 Bristol Festival of Literature. Elizabeth lives in Bristol, UK.

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