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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (20 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009955092X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099550921
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 953,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Terrifying, suspenseful and genuinely original, Kill Me Once will chill you to the bone." (Karin Slaughter)

"I felt like I was being chased by an axe-murderer. If you like a hard edge that glitters and drips, you'll enjoy Mr Osborne's first foray." (Cody Mcfadyen)

"Very well written and Osborne seems very comfortable in his writing style and writes like a seasoned professional." (crimesquad.com)

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A thoroughly shocking, riveting, and startlingly inventive thriller from a chilling new voice.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JM VINE VOICE on 27 April 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Briefly, this is a good thriller that kept me turning the pages quickly. Told partly from the point of view of the killer, partly from that of the detective trying to catch him, it's better than the average typical serial killer novel of which there are so many. It's easy to read and keeps you guessing with any number of possible suspects, the only criticism is that the ending is a bit of a let down after a great build up. Nevertheless it's still worth a read.
Incidentally some reviewers have said it is quite graphic, well I'm one of the most squeamish people in the world, and though I did find what happened to the little girls and the old lady in the early parts quite sickening, if you can get past those the rest of it is much less so and no worse than any other serial killer books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Picken on 15 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as a part of deal and it looked good from the cover. As soon as I started reading it I couldn't put it down. Read it in about 4 days wich for me is good. Loads of murders and blood and gore, good story about a serial killer who is copying crimes of the past. The twists are a bit obvious but a cracking book. This book will probably spark my interest in similar books and get me away from Andy McNab for a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liverbird5 on 21 July 2011
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Great read ... full of twists and turns that keep you guessing right to the end of the book.
My first book by this author ... will definitely be looking for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BitBit74 on 5 July 2011
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I like books that truly keep you guessing, and this is definitely one of them. It's chilling and suspenseful without seeming too contrived ... it's scary in a good way! I'm really looking forward to seeing what this author comes up with next.
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I'm a huge fan of police procedurals/serial killer thrillers, but so it would seem is the writer, because he's borrowed from plenty.

Every thriller cliche is here: hardened FBI agent with a personal tragedy in her past who drinks to numb her pain and is emotionally closed off? Check. Gay best friend? Check. Killer with a grudge against our heroine? Check. Bible bashing tyrannical father? Check. Red herrings you can guess a mile off? Check. Twists that are only a surprise to the protagonist? Check check check.

You could save yourself time watching the movie Copycat since this book is heavily derivative. Except that unlike Sigourney Weaver's smart heroine, our FBI agent here is fairly rubbish. She doesn't seem to get a single thing right, stumbling from one sordid sequence to the next, mouthing clichéd corny dialogue, or even casual bigotry (ie describing a transexual as "a he-she, you know, girly boy, tranny, chick with a...". Yes really. Jarringly out of character as well...she was normally quite strait-laced as you'd expect from this archetype).

To cap it off, the book is infused with a distasteful sadism that felt really 'off' even for a hardened thriller/horror fan like me. If you're at all squeamish about violent sexual crimes against children or old ladies (who isn't??), then you should avoid. Perhaps the writer was attempting to highlight the killer's depravity, but it's been done with much more menace and far less vulgarity by writers like Tess Gerritssen or Thomas Harris.

I finished the book because I wanted to discover if the awfulness of the writing, dialogue and characterisation was compensated by a satisfying ending. I needn't have bothered.
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By KindlePClo on 1 Mar 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I couldn't stop reading as soon as i started it only took me 4 and a half days to finish it! Couldn't believe it neither could my flat mate!!
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By Joe Whitham on 13 Jan 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Awesome book, couldn't put it down. I found this book more interesting than a game of chance, there was something on every page that made you think more and more as you got further into the book
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By Elizabeth Bennet on 29 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is so good that I stayed up all night reading it. I was really tired, but I could not put it down. From the first page, it was a page-turner to the end. It is exactly what a mystery novel should be, with layer upon layer keeping you guessing and characters who make you care about what happens to them. Even the murder victims are characters in full, and this gives an emotional weight to the book that I didn't expect. I highly recommend it.
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