Review: Kill Your Brother by Jack Heath

 

Title: Kill Your Brother

Author: Jack Heath

Published: 30th November 2021, Allen & Unwin

Read: December 2021 courtesy Allen & Unwin

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My Thoughts:

 

A twisted tale of revenge and redemption, Kill Your Brother is a thrilling novel from Jack Heath.

When Elise Glyk’s brother, Callum, disappears, no one will believe her, a proven liar and cheat, when she tells them something is very wrong. As days turns into weeks, Elise refuses to give up, changing her appearance and masquerading as a private investigator in the hopes that people will answer her questions if they don’t recognise her. It’s while tracing an unusual purchase of her brother’s that Elise realises she is being followed, and tracks the stalker to an isolated farmhouse, where she finds Callum being held in an underground tank. Before she can raise the alarm she finds herself a captive too, but Stephanie Hartnell is willing to give Elise her freedom, as long she agrees to kill her brother.

This edition of Kill Your Brother is a novel length expansion of an Audible original novella of the same name, but there doesn’t seem to be any padding. The story is well-written with a tight, cleverly crafted plot and developed characterisation.

Heath is skilled at turning the tables on his characters, and by extension the reader, with twists that surprise and shock. There is a lot of convincing, well paced tension as Elise tries to understand why Stephanie, a seemingly ordinary women in her late 40’s, has tortured her brother for weeks, and now wants him dead. Callum claims to be baffled by the woman’s vendetta, and Elise has no reason not to trust the only person who has been on her side through scandal and scorn. As long as Stephanie thinks Elise is just a PI, Elise hopes she can convince her to let them both go. When that fails, there are some gripping action scenes as Elise and Callum fight to save themselves from a determined assailant.

Provocative, entertaining and exciting, Kill Your Brother is a great read.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 21, 2021 @ 02:40:14

    What an amazing premise! This one sounds really good.

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  3. Tracey (Carpe Librum)
    Jan 16, 2022 @ 21:47:08

    I loved this too!

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