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Killing Adonis

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  40 reviews

After seeing a curious flyer, Freya takes a job caring for Elijah, the comatose son of the eccentric Vincetti family. She soon discovers that the Vincetti’s labyrinthine mansion hides a wealth of secrets, their corporate rivals have a nasty habit of being extravagantly executed, and Elijah is not the saint they portray
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Pantera Press
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Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was provided this book by the publisher Pantera Press but all my thoughts are my own.

This book definitely had some obvious issues for me, but overall I really enjoyed it!

And honestly, this book deserves props because this was one of the only mystery books I've ever read that I didn't guess the ending. I mean I guessed SOME of it, but not all of it.

To start, this book follows a girl, Freya, who gets a job working for a very wealthy family as the live in nurse for their son in a coma. She ends
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out


After several hours of swilling booze with best friend Callum, Freya Miller drunkenly emails her CV in response to an unusual ad passed on to her by her friend, Jane. Just hours later she is summoned to the home of the powerful, wealth
Joshua Donellan
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's weird that goodreads lets you review your own books. I'm going to give it...five stars. Even though I hear the author is kind of a jerk. ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a very enjoyable read. It provides a humorous and stylised commentary on the greed of corporate conglomerates, whilst also containing an intriguing plot and authentic and relatable lead characters. I highly recommend it!
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, humour, mystery
Now I will admit that it's took me a hell of a long time to get round to reading this book, I'm not too sure why though, so I gave myself a good shake and decided to just read it already. That was a very good idea!

The humour was the first thing that struck me about this, it's placed in the story when you really need it to even out the mystery element and the creepy weirdness in it.

The characters are well written, the mystery is intriguing (although the ending did remind me of something, either a
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book left me with questions and I still liked it.

Freya is an interesting and relatable character. I loved following her into this mystery.

The relationship between Jack and his disturbing writing trances is still a mystery to me. If you've got any ideas/answers I'd love to hear them.

Definitely worth the read.
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cracking good read. At about 3/4 of the way through it seems to slow a little, but makes up for it with zooming pace towards the end. There a couple of points that I think are unresolved, rather than cool mysteries, but not to the point that it spoils the book.

I found this novel and author at and thanks to the Rock and Roll Writer's Festival. And I'm very glad I did.

Ding, ding! Next book!
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Somewhere between murder mystery/ dark humor/ social critique this story really entertained me. Excellent spring reading- heartily recommended
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this witty, clever novel with interesting characters and as a bonus featuring a little flavour of Brisbane.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Odd. Different. It was interesting to read, but I was a bit tired of it by the time I got to the end.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was ok. It passed the time. But it really wasn't at all surprising, none of the characters are particularly likeable, and I bloody hate when authors use a novel to overtly push their cause. In this case, big businesses are bad and unethical and make their millions off screwing everyone and avoiding prosecution through dodging blame and having a fall guy. Which yeah, cool, probs true, bit I just want to read a decent story in the brief chances of escapism I get when my toddler gets dist ...more
Holly Eastwood
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant read! Such an unusual story; a little bit dark but filled with brilliant hilarity and great characters. So well paced with just enough mystery in each chapter to keep you from putting the book down. Josh is a wonderful writer, each scene and character is painted so delightfully and I had many laugh out loud moments. Highly recommended read
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved the dialogue in this book, the quick wit, the cynicism, the mystery. I was engrossed for a large portion, spellbound. And then it just kind of seemed to fall apart a bit. There were plot gaps and two-dimensional characters, big questions left unanswered, not to mention a very, very rushed ending. I was left, in the end, wanting a bit more.
Jen Stelling
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Totally silly, charming love child of AbFab Down Under and a telenovela full of cash-high hellions.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lighthearted, Australian fun. Excellent pacing, fun characters, in a condensed soap-opera sort of way.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books I've read this year! A quirky, slightly twisted mystery with an ending that caught me by surprise. ...more
Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Good story but the ending was disappointing and predictable I found
DNFed at 90 pages.
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Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book in 48 hours. I couldn't put it down one I started. ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Nurse Freya wants to help the sick and needy, but after a recent tragedy she thinks she needs an easier gig, just for a while. When she's offered serious money to help a very wealthy family care for their son, who is in a coma, she signs on, even though they want someone who won't ask questions and Freya is unduly curious about everything. She finds the only normal person in the household is oldest son Jack, until she finds out about his problems. The plot unfolds in patchwork fashion, and some ...more
Megan Mccormack
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a highly engaging read due mostly to the unease and tension cleverly created in the first half of the book, starting from the moment the reader comprehends the significance of the book's title. For me, the allure of the story was its pseudo positioning as a murder mystery - in some ways I felt like a young girl again, reading my Trixie Belden or Famous Five novels, willing the female protagonist to find the courage and giles to uncover the secrets hidden in the ostentatious mansion in w ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
In this book we follow Freya, a nurse hired to take care of the comatose son of a very rich and powerful family. Even though she is tasked with not asking questions, she can't help but try to investigate the strange things she encounters in their giant house. Things become especially urgent when some mysteries begin to point to problems from her own past.

The good:

I think Freya was great. She's flawed and interesting and willing to poke her nose where it doesn't belong - all basic requirements fo
Erin Triplett
I loved the humor in this book. Definitely an author to watch for in the future.
Andrew McMillen
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
This book, the second novel by Brisbane writer Josh Donellan, is satisfying enough in that it tells an interesting tale in vivid language, but it didn't resolve in a particularly memorable way. The main character, Freya, is a nurse who chances upon a unique, well-paid job: to care for the inexplicably comatose son of a wealthy, powerful family of corporate monsters. It's based in Brisbane, and Donellan includes the occasional cute nod to his favourite local hangouts. He's a fine writer, though h ...more
roxi Net
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I laughed from beginning to end with this book. I can’t even. I just can’t.

Young nurse Freya Miller goes to work for a wealthy family to look after their perfect coma-ridden son. She’s forbidden to ask questions, literally open certain doors, however, she’s has access to all the booze she can drink. I loved this book so much I highlighted examples of exactly why I loved this brilliant writing so much but realized it may not be appropriate for…em…people without a certain type of funny bone. Prefe
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this book through netgalley but all ideas and opinions are my own.

I wanted to stop reading this book 15% in. I persevered only get hooked to the mystery and still really dislike the book.

There is a lot to not believe in this book..... I mean so much disbelief. Was not much research done? Like you know to sign a legally binding document the person has to at least be awake?

The characters were interesting... Flaws were good but at times people just felt wrong. Freya was definitely a c
Daniel Wynne
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very engaging read. 'Killing Adonis' is often far-fetched and surreal, but J.M Donellan manaages to make it all believable, partly due to his well-conceived and often relatable central characters. The book is set in Brisbane, and locals will notice references to several of their city's most distinctive icons.

Quirky, satirical and amusing, 'Killing Adonis' also manages to be amazingly suspenseful, and I was hooked right to the very end as Donellan's surprises and twists revealed themselves. De
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
So once I started I didn't move until I finished. Took me about three hours. The plot is incredible, the wording is poetic, and the flow is flawless. I'm keeping a star for the relationships. I can't find chemistry between anything. That said this book didn't need chemistry. It handled being lonely, rich, poor, love, loss, sick, and twisted in a dividing mystery. So what if I don't feel sparks between people who clearly have issues expressing feelings. I definitely recommend. ...more
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May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
There were lots of things about this book I enjoyed, and lots that were so violently explicit I struggle to forget the ((view spoiler)). I really loved this book, though, and though I could spot the romance from a mile away I still enjoyed it when it came. I liked the characters, though they felt a little bit flat. No character particularly stood out to me, though they were all likeable and dislikeable in the way they were intended. ...more
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