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Killing Cupid by [Edwards, Mark, Voss, Louise]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 387 customer reviews

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‘I was gripped all the way – the ending is terrific.’ Peter James

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

‘An ingenious tale of stalking and its twisted repercussions. Took me in a very different direction from the one I'd been expecting.' Alex Marwood

About the Author

Mark Edwards and Louise Voss met after Louise saw Mark on a TV documentary about aspiring writers, and a writing partnership was born. Their first two thrillers, Killing Cupid and Catch Your Death, were huge hits when the pair self-published them online, becoming the first UK indie authors to reach No. 1 in both the Amazon Kindle and Amazon Fiction charts.
Mark is marketing director for a student money website, and Louise is a concert administrator at a London university. They live in south London with their families.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1257 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 387 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I am already a fan of the successful combination of the Louise Voss & Mark Edwards writing partnership, if you enjoy psychological thrillers you can't go too far wrong. As I work my way through all of their books I have found nothing ever (so far) gets me scoring below 4 stars so these books offer me reading consistency. Killing Cupid was not my favourite book from the writing duo but still a damn good entertaining read.

What I love about these books is how close to home many of the plots can be, most can be quite realistic and y not so far-fetched that you can't imagine it happening to someone in everyday life. That is sometimes where the chill factor comes in to play, thinking what if...

When Alex Parkinson joins a creative writing class, he soon realises that he and his tutor, Siobhan McGowan, are meant to be together. Alex will do anything to be with her. Like buying her designer clothes and lingerie...with her own credit card. Like breaking into her house and reading her diary. Like threatening her ex-boyfriend – and watching his love rival plummet from a rooftop.

But when Alex finally admits defeat and seeks solace elsewhere, Siobhan decides to take revenge. How dare he lose interest in her? He picked the wrong woman to stalk then just back off! As their lives begin to unravel and the past closes in, Alex and Siobhan embark on a collision course that threatens to destroy both themselves and everyone around them...

This is one of those plots where you are certain it's heading in a predicable manner and you know more or less how it might end up. But wait, this is a Voss and Edwards book therefore there is going to be a twist, or two or three and there is indeed.
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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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I enjoyed this book, but not as much as other books by these authors. It started out very good. Siobhan is being stalked by Alex and things get very scary, with Alex breaking into her house and hiding in the wardrobe, stealing her credit card details and sending her presents that she has paid for herself. Suddenly Siobhan and Alex have a complete personality swap. Alex finds a new girlfriend and settles into a 'normal' life, while Siobhan becomes a mean minded stalker, stalking Alex and his girlfriend because she is jealous and angry that Alex has lost interest in her. I found this completely unbelievable, like the fact that Siobhan didn't contact the police when she first discovered she was being seriously stalked. I also found the ending a little bit of a let down. It was not as good as previous books by this writing duo, but still a book I quite enjoyed.
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