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The Euthanist

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  385 ratings  ·  74 reviews
In this auspicious debut, Alex Dolan announces himself as a virtuoso of psychological suspense and a rightful heir to masters of the genre like Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott. A young woman helps to end the lives of people with terminal diseases, her reasons her own. When she helps the wrong person, she will be roped into a plot to gain vengeance on behalf of dozens. Her j ...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Diversion Books
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Annie Haha I'm not a huge fan of spiders either. There will be spiders, and it contributes to the story in that it's a character quirk of Kali's, because sh…moreHaha I'm not a huge fan of spiders either. There will be spiders, and it contributes to the story in that it's a character quirk of Kali's, because she is an arachnophobe. It also ties into her back story, but I don't want to spoil it. I loved this book and I hope you do too. Happy reading!(less)

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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Fan-freaking-tastic book! OMG I cannot rave about this one enough, it just took me to another dimension and was the most unexpected read of 2015 so far. I am fanatical about this book. Incredible. I can't believe this is a debut novel.

With a plot that has you thinking it's going one way which is great, then twisting another way which is better than more twisting until it's just blown your mind, The Euthanist is one to get, devour and escape into. Truly incredible plot. Something unique, like no
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THE EUTHANIST by Alex Dolan is a fast-paced debut thriller, an absolute must read for psychological thriller fans. I was very anxious to read this book after hearing so much good feedback…and I was not disappointed. All I can say is WOW…I loved it! I can't believe this is a debut novel!

The basis for this novel is nothing more than excellent. Our protagonist is Pamela/Kali, a twenty-six year old who has a day job as a California firefighter/paramedic, but volunteers her time as a practitioner of
The Shayne-Train
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley

It's a bit difficult for me to review this book. There were parts that gripped me, but all in all I was left not that impressed.

This is the story about Kevorkianesque EMT who, on her off-hours, helps terminal patients leave the world on their own terms. This "angel of death" gets wrapped up in a crime mystery involving decades of missing children.

The plot was good, and carried along the story quite well. I never felt like I was forcing myse
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, net-galley

This is a book unlike any other I have read recently. Different story line, different approach to the subject matter and oh so thought provoking that I just had to continue to read this into the early hours.

I have just had a wisdom tooth out so was feeling pretty rotten so took the time to lay and read this. [Any excuse will do]

I really don't want to give any more away as lots of reviews have been given on this book that I cannot add to or it will be 'spoilers' so I am going to concentrate on ho
The Behrg
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a novel I was looking forward to reading after hearing so much hype around it. The premise is brilliant, the story revolving around "Kali," who volunteers her time to help those in need of "moving on" in life. Basically a self-subscribed murderer, but in a different sort than we're used to seeing; Kali takes those who are suffering from terminal illnesses and aids them in ending their lives.

A lot of research went into this novel, and I appreciated the depth to which the idea of euthana
Liz Barnsley
The Euthanist is probably the biggest page turner of the year for me so far, I practically inhaled it because of its utterly addictive quality.

Kali helps people die. Only if they are dying anyway and only if she is convinced that it is truly what they want. Then one day, one client does something completely unexpected. At that point Kali is pulled this way and that, through drama after crisis after drama - and into an ever changing situation that is completely gripping and so compelling that you
Jo Reason
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
this is a great book for a debut novel, mature writing with such a controversial subject and this is what attracted me to it, and it took me for a ride. I found my heart beating at a faster rate than normal while reading this and even after finishing I keep thinking about it and it´s unusual plot. Kali is the main character, she has various faces but at the end of the day all she want is to help people.

I was blown away with the first twist, completely unexpected and from then on you understand w
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, fiction
In this auspicious debut Alex Dolan announces himself as a virtuoso of psychological suspense and a rightful heir to master of the genre like Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott

What a way to start off the description copy for this book.

The first thing I thought when I saw this was, well it's about time some dude showed the ladies how strong character driven psychological thrillers with excellent female (anti)heros is done.

After reading this I can safely say that Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott are sa
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I was given a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

One thing I'd like to say: blurbs, please stop spoiling the plot. Because, you see, when the main character learns of something only 50% in the book, and it's presented as a reveal, the reader having known for so long somewhat deflates it. Which is too bad.

Overall, this was an interesting story, one that made me keep reading, but to be honest, I found the blurb was more exciting than what it turned out to be. I didn't feel
As debut novels go, “The Euthanist” was a bit surprising. The cover was chilling and effective. The divergent plot and protagonist were not what I expected at all.

Our protagonist is Pamela/Kali, a practitioner of euthanasia and assisted suicide who has a day job as a California firefighter/paramedic. A physically strong and motivated young woman of twenty-six years of age.

When one of her ‘clients’ turns out to be deceiving her about the severity of his illness her life takes a turn for the bizar
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We start by meeting Leland. He's dying; not just a normal death, his organs one by one are giving up because they aren't getting enough oxygen. Leland has met Kali; Kali is an anonymous woman in disguise, she is the Euthanist.

For the past 5 years she's been helping the terminally ill record messages to their loved ones before helping them end their suffering in this world. And the surprise (which you find out quickly) is she's a qualified paramedic. She trained to save lives but now helps those
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Warning: The synopsis that's provided with this book spoils more than half of the book. If you don't like your books spoiled, I suggest you skip it.

But seriously, I don't understand why any publisher/author would decide to tell so much on the back cover. Is it not meant to make you curious enough to buy the book? Then why tell exactly everything already. Why would I buy the book if I already know exactly what's going to happen

Joanne Robertson
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I must admit I wasn't sure what to expect with this book but let myself be guided by fellow reviewers who enjoy similar books to myself. I am glad that I did as I would have missed out on this unusually plotted thriller.
Kali works as a paramedic and firefighter but in her spare time she belongs to a group that assist suicides. She spends time with them making sure that it is "the right decision" for them. Her latest client, however, is not who she is expecting and this leads Kali up a very diffe
Paula Sealey
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'Kali' assists people to pass on when they've decided life has become too much, but on the latest visit to her current patient, she encounters a different scenario to the one she is expecting and soon finds herself drawn into a vengeance mission on behalf of an unlikely person.

What a fantastic thriller this turned out to be! Such a unique plot with so many twists and turns I had no idea what was coming next. The story actually veered off in a totally different direction to the one I was expectin
J.F. Penn
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, literary
Excellent and original book. Kali is a volunteer Euthanist, helping terminally ill clients into the death they truly want. Then she finds herself involved in the hunt for justice against a child killer. When is murder really justified? This book will leave you thinking...
I absolutely believe the laws should be changed around assisted dying for the terminally ill who truly desire it. I support the charity Dignity in Dying, so this was a fascinating book for me in many levels.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great thriller. I can definitely see this being turned into a movie.
”Morality may be universal, but people experience death in any number of ways.”

4.7 Stars
Thank you, NetGalley, for supplying me with this book! It was an awesome read!

I have never heard of a book with characters and a plot quite like this one. If there are, this is the first I’ve heard about it! This would be a beautiful way to fall into that genre!
This book fits into the psychological thriller types, but I felt it was so different. It required me to think a lot and left me flipping through p
Abdalrhman Kherbash
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Pith

Snowball plot that drags you into the mind of a complex protagonist, then sets you onto a fast and furious mission, that never goes to plan. Its not about blood, its about fear. Very well done.

The Verbose - may include spoilers, depending on your point of view.

I was about a third of the way into the Euthanist, when it occurred to me I was reading in my Neil Gaiman voice. Alex plots in the mind in a similar sound track. The Protagonist, may not be universally acceptable, but you like th
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The Euthanist is a debut novel by Alex Dolan. As debut's go this is really quite spectacular.

The story features Kali who helps people who are dying by bringing on death earlier to ease their pain and give them some dignity. Unfortunately one of the patients isn't as close to death as she first thinks. Here we meet Leland Moon who frames Kali into helping him. The author then takes us through a story of twists and turns that picks up pace throughout the book.

At first I didn't know whether I liked
Craig Allen
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun thriller with a unique main character. Kali helps people suffering from terminal illness die on their own terms when their quality of life has declined to a point they can't handle it anymore. One day she helps the wrong client and ends up having to do the dirty work of an FBI agent obsessed with revenge on a couple that kidnapped many children (including his own) years ago. There were lots of twists and turns and the writing style was pretty good. I was hoping the book would be more focus ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was captured right from the start by the strong female title character. The Euthanist is a hard-to-put-down thriller with several twists and turns I did not see coming, and I'm pretty good at figuring out plots and "who done its." Don't let the uncomfortable title subject scare you away, there is much more to this story than euthanasia. Dolan weaves a creepy tale that keeps readers hooked until the last page. Thriller fans will not be disappointed. When finished you'll want to know what else D ...more
Kathe Coleman
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Euthanist by Alex Dolan
Oregon is one of the only states where Death with Dignity Law is legal so my interest in reading this was one of curiosity. It is still a hot debate but whatever side you stand on this issue this is a well written fast paced first novel of a very talented writer. 4.5+ stars
Tara Kable
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: purchased, netgalley
I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book! It was about a young woman who helps end the lives of the terminally was a great concept, and like nothing I have ever read before. Definitely unputdownable!!
Mariana Sasso
Brilliant! One of the best I've read this year! I was hooked from the beggining and couldn't wait to know how that was going to end, and the ending was awesome, like every part of the story! ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great debut on a controversial topic! Good storyline kept the pages turning,. Would read this author again!
Renee Swindle
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Euthanist is psychological suspense at its best. Exceptional storytelling, intriguing well-developed characters--it's all there. ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan Wilkes
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started out with a bang, then slowed down in the middle. Still, a good book.
Vince Darcangelo
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing

In one of the most promising debuts since Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and Alice Blanchard’s Darkness Peering, The Euthanist strikes like a suckerpunch and never lets up. Seriously, this book is freakin’ relentless.

On most days, Pamela Wonnacott is a kind-hearted firefighter and EMT with a troubled past, but as Kali, she provides a different kind of public service as an end-of-life caregiver. She is attending to Leland, a terminal patient who has requeste
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Alex Dolan is the author of The Euthanist and The Empress of Tempera, both published by Diversion Books. He also hosts the show “Thrill Seekers,” part of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network, which reaches more than 3.5 million listeners. His short fiction is featured in the anthology The Swamp Killers (Down & Out Books), and he is the creator of the audio drama “The Patron Saint of Suicide ...more

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“When someone is repulsed by the sound of body noises like eating, there’s a name for that. Misophonia.” 3 likes
“Kali. That’s the name I used with clients. Kali is the four-armed Hindu goddess of death. She has been appropriated by hipster flakes as a symbol of feminine power. Maybe that’s fair too. But make no mistake. Kali is a destructress. In one of her hands she holds a severed head.
I know, I know, so fucking dramatic. I’ll admit to a little cultural appropriation for choosing a name like that.”
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