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Killing Cupid [Kindle Edition]

Mark Edwards , Louise Voss
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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‘a very clever, very pacy story that kept me guessing right to the end’ Elizabeth Haynes

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He is watching her...

The bestselling book and internet sensation, now in a brand new updated edition with exclusive new material.

Doesn't love always feel this way?

Alex Parkinson is in love with his writing tutor, Siobhan. He has never loved anyone like this, but how can he convince Siobhan that they are meant to be together?

So Alex stalks her on Facebook and finds out where she lives, buys her presents using her own credit card and sends her messages telling her exactly what he wants to do to her. He breaks into her house, reads her diary and secretly listens to her while she takes a bath.

Isn't that what all lovers do?

But when a love rival appears on the scene, Alex has to take drastic action, and soon a young woman lies dead after tumbling from the roof of her house. Now there is no-one standing in the way of Alex and his true love. But someone is watching Alex too and he is about to discover that there is a thin line between love - and hate...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007460716
  • Publisher: Harper (5 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007460716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007460717
  • ASIN: B005IH01ZE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling Psychological book with twists 7 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I got into this book, which was quickly I was brought into a world of a young man infatuated with his teacher leading him into headlong into the world of becoming a stalker. It was an intense longing for the man to stop his dangerous actions, that tortures the reader. It is a chilling account of the psychopathy of the stalker and the lengths they would go to to achieve their goals. There is a great twist in the story at the end and like real life there is no happy conclusion. Overall a brilliant psychological book, that is best left alone by the emotionally unstable. All the rest enjoy the rollercoaster ride.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Anybody who's ever been stalked, and that's a huge number of us apparently, will find this novel fascinating. It's a very well written, interestingly constructed, story that examines the close relationship between love and hate. Through the alternating first person narratives we get close to Alex and Siobhan, closer than we feel comfortable with in many places, but all the more compelling because of that. Do we get any nearer to understanding stalkers? Yes, I think we do. Driven, as they are, by Cupid's arrow, which makes all of us behave in ways we wish we never had at times, I found myself having more empathy for Alex and Siobhan than maybe a dedicated 'stalker' in real life would ever warrant, enabling me to get under their skins and think more deeply about this phenomenon. Quite an achievement and highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling reading!! 9 April 2012
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Mark and Louise have done it again, after the success of Catch Your Death they have followed it up with this gem of a thriller. Personally I finished it off in less than three days, good for someone that doesn't read a lot. I loved the story, its told from the perspective of two people, Alex and Siobhan both of whom are aspiring writers and it's their journal entries we read from.

The plot alternates between the two in a game of cat and mouse, both going through their own individual traumas, both past and present. It never lets up and is a real page turner (or for Kindle lovers, a click turner). I was slightly annoyed at the ending, but not in a bad way, I wanted it to turn out differently.

The characters are well developed throughout, and you'll find yourself at times picking sides, which gives the book a more unique feel to it.

Mark and Louise are a true triumph, and if they keep churning books out as good as this they'll continue to have a massive cult following.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not my usual read...but fantastic 1 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was recommended to me on Twitter by the one and only Peter James of all people. Well, with this in mind I had no choice but to read it. I'm normally a person who won't read on unless someone is brutally murdered by paragraph 3 but something in this book hooked me! It's an intriguing read and I was surprised to find myself turning over page after page ( i read in in 5 hours but I am a quick reader). All I can say is 'thanks Peter, that was a recommendation and a half'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will freak out most women. Creepy yet enjoyable. 9 July 2012
By R. A. Davison TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Killing Cupid from the Voss/Edwards writing duo is the story of wannabee writer Alex, who develops an unhealthy obsession with his tutor Siobhan, and believing he is in love begins to stalk her. Separate chapters cover Alex's viewpoint of the story and then Siobhan's as the story develops.

The thing with this novel as a single woman and a woman who lives alone, is that it does give you the actual creeps as you read it. He lurks in her house unseen, hiding in her wardrobe, he deletes an email which would positively effect her career, and buys her gifts with her own credit card. Alex is a seriously delusional human being who thinks of the day when she "invites him to move in" not as a fantasy or hope but states it in his journal as a certain fact. This is a good portrait of a stalker who in almost every case genuinely believe the object of their affection does or could welcome their attentions.

But, as Alex's behaviour pushes Siobhan to crack under the strain, her own breakdown brings about a whole new chain of events.

The central intelligence of Killing Cupid is that it takes what would commonly be known as the standard chick lit plot "boy meets girl, misunderstandings and obstacles ensue, happy ending" and perverts it making it a subversive version of that sort of novel, like a twisted reflection in a black mirror, the dark side of human emotion. It's like an anti-chick lit, chick lit, behaviours that can seem endearing in those sorts of novels, finding out where someone lives to try and "bump into them" become not the sweet fare of a Hugh Grant love story, but a woman's worst nightmare.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed my socks off 16 Mar 2012
By Flick-M
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this from start to finish. It was screamingly funny in a Black Books humour sort of way, yet tackled more serious issues. It's also based on a very unusual idea. i don't want to give a blow by blow rundown of plot, characters etc. Just read the book, you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By L. H. Healy TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Siobhan McGowan is starting out tutoring a writing course for the first time, and amongst the small group of attendees that come along is a man named Alex Parkinson. Alex quickly becomes obsessed with Siobhan, believing he is in love with her. He proceeds to behave very strangely; his infatuation leads him to carry out actions that he thinks will draw her to him and make her love him in return as much as he loves her. Somehow, at the time, he convinces himself, or indeed genuinely believes, that this behaviour is the way to go, and that this approach will be a success. Alex believes he 'was just a boy in love, following a long tradition of people gripped by love, by the madness and passion invoked by that emotion, obsessed - I admit it - but dangerous?'

Siobhan is shocked by his actions at first, and admits to herself that 'there's just something...I don't know what exactly...which unsettles me about him.' She warns him off, and eventually his interest in her does seem to wain as his head is turned by someone else. What a relief for Siobhan, I thought. She wanted him to leave her alone, didn't she? But no, because now that she is no longer the object of this stalker's affections and attentions, she is indignant. Why has he stopped persuing her? Is he really no longer interested in her?

This novel skips along at a quick pace, and is a real page-turner. I was engrossed by the way Alex pursued Siobhan in his own strange, twisted way in part one of the book, wondering what on earth he would do next in his pattern of creepy, unsettling behaviour. Then I was even more surprised and intrigued by the turn of events in part two, as Siobhan sets about her own course of action with regard to Alex.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 12 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!!!
Loved this book a real page turner I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next - quite dark.
Published 2 days ago by Clare Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a good read.
OMG, how screwed up were these people! It was verging on the ridiculous and I found myself laughing at points, in-between the suspense. it's a good read.
Published 2 days ago by Linda
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Bit creepy!
Published 9 days ago by Maria Agnew
4.0 out of 5 stars Another page Turner!
I read Magpies, and loved it.....this is the second Mark Edwards book I have read and he is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Read more
Published 17 days ago by kris jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Love love love Mark Edwards /Louise Voss's writing - what a team - keep 'em coming you two.
Published 23 days ago by Annie
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
ok book
Published 1 month ago by TraceyT
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
This story had a bit of everything, I found the humor laugh-out-loud-able. I think theirs an Alex and Siobhan in all of us but would we
take it so far?. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R.S.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars goog read on holiday
A surprised ending. Overall a light reading for me on holiday. Have enjoyed it especially it comes free from Amazon.
Published 3 months ago by flyingcat
5.0 out of 5 stars No Hollywood ending here?
Good read.
The authors need to decide which station Alex actually left London from, Kings Cross or, more correctly Euston..
Published 4 months ago by Richmond designer
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