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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  2,235 ratings  ·  290 reviews
3 massacres, 2 detectives, 1 writer, 0 answers

Freelancer Kendall Jennings writes fluff pieces for women's magazines. When a horrific massacre occurs at Café Amaretto, she scores an exclusive interview with a survivor. Suddenly, she's the go-to reporter for the crime.

Investigating veteran detective Lance O'Grady and his partner Trip are tasked with finalizing the open an
Kindle Edition, 381 pages
Published January 31st 2016 (first published September 30th 2015)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
3.5 stars

Kendall Jennings writes freelance stories to pay the bills. She does the fluff type pieces like the ones that tell you how to get Angelina Jolie lips in just five days. (I need this info)

A near by mass murder entangles her in it's web and she ends up getting the exclusive story from one of the survivors. She isn't thrilled with writing about the murders because violence turns her stomach. She keeps going though because it's helping her career and paying those never ending bills.

Then an
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
3 mass killings within a small geographical area - is it coincidence? or is there some connection between the different perpetrators of these crimes?

Kendall Jennings is a freelance journalist writing bits & pieces for women's magazines, nothing that will change the world, but she's her own boss and that suits her just fine, although it's not always enough to pay her bills. All that changes when a man walks into Cafe Amaretto with an axe and sets about methodically killing kitchen staff befo
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

I was generously provided a free copy of the book by the author herself in exchange of a review but in no way does the author’s generosity affect my opinions of the book. In fact, I usually don’t accept read-to-review books but I saw Shelby’s review and couldn’t help get intrigued. I decided to dive into the book (even though it isn’t YA because I don’t only read YA, okay?! Pfft!) .

The moment I started reading, I was instantly magnetized. You see, I honestly don’t read book blurbs so when the st
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read this book after seeing so many good reviews from friends who had recently read it. I had an appointment yesterday and had hoped I would get a bit of time to read. For once I was okay with my doctor running behind as it gave me lots of undisturbed reading time. I was really into the book and stayed up late because I HAD to finish it.

Right away I was intrigued by the first part in the book description:

3 massacres, 2 detectives, 1 writer, 0 answers

Kendall Jenkins a freelance
Vanessa J.
Sep 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Review also posted here (September 22, 2015).

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

I came off expecting to be blown by this book. The amount of 4 and 5 star reviews it has led me to think this was some kind of masterpiece – a great thriller that would make me bite my nails till I had no fingers. It was not.

Kendall is a woman who writes fluff things for a magazine. One day she’s lucky enough to be named as the reporter for a mass murder that just happened in town. Not long
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christine by: Author Susan PM, R4R
Shelves: new-authors, aussie
Thank you, Susan May, for kindly sending me an advanced copy of Deadly Messengers for an unbiased review.

I understand Deadly Messengers is indie author Susan May’s first novel in the crime/ thriller genre. I congratulate her for an excellent first effort. Chapter One jumps right in, serving up a very atmospheric setting in which the first of several gruesome mass murders takes place. It was my feeling that I was in for a science fiction or perhaps a paranormal read, as how else could these murde
Elyse Walters
Within 5 minutes I knew where this entire story was going.....( that fast)!
I've heard versions of this story - even had lengthy conversations on the topic-more
than once in my life.

To be honest -- I'm not crazy about this theme --I feel strong about it too.
So, I'm having a hell of a time writing this review --damn-it---as I adore the author.
She is my friend!!!!

Not to worry ... I think most readers who enjoy 'crime-murder-thrillers', will enjoy this book.
And will be surprised to find a seriou
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
I've been having such good luck with thrillers lately! Deadly Messengers is another great one to add to the shelf!

Kendell Jennings is a freelance writer, mostly for magazines doing fluff pieces so she can pay her rent! When she takes a job interviewing a survivor of a mass murder, she thinks it's just going to be a quick, easy buck. Two more mass murders occur and Kendell suspects they may be connected. Fate intervenes to put her right in the middle of the investigation, and into the path of the
Andrew Smith
I’m a fan of crime thrillers and I liked the idea behind this one. A man breaks into a restaurant and goes on a killing spree. Soon after another mass killing occurs, in close proximity. Well two might just be a grim coincidence but then along comes a third incident! We’re introduced to a freelance writer, Kendall, who happens to live close to the scene of the first atrocity and manages to secure an interview with a witness. We also meet up a couple of detectives who are trying to make sense of ...more

When Detectives Lance O’Grady and his partner Trip Anderson were called to the massacre at a restaurant they had no idea the horror that would face them. And when the fledgling investigation uncovered the murderer as an ordinary person that everyone liked, they were even more stunned. But within a short time it had happened again – a mass killing of proportions that hadn’t been seen before in a long time, this time in a nursing home. The nightmares would be ongoing - if they actually manage
What is causing so many horrific mass murders committed by seemingly every day folk? I was literally feeling very anxious (heart racing and also a bit of restlessness and pacing from me), pulled in and wanted to get to the end of this.. what was going on here? So of course all these things are a good sign for me. Also added in was a little touch of romance within a thriller/mystery, and I'm hooked! The writing was engaging and I was drawn to the characters. I loved the addition as Mark Ruffalo a ...more
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonetta by: Deanna
Originally posted on The Book Nympho

This story takes hold of you after the first couple of pages and never really lets you go. Seemingly law abiding, well adjusted people are suddenly and inexplicably committing mass murders in one town. Freelance writer Kendall Jennings, who normally does fillers for lifestyle publications, drifts into covering the story and runs afoul of the chief investigator, Detective Lance O'Grady. Both are trying to figure out a connection between the killers and their mo
☼♄Jülie 
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of crime thrillers.
Recommended to ☼♄Jülie  by: Goodreads friends.

Susan May pulls no punches with this page turning thriller...

Has freelance writer Kendall Jennings bitten off more than she can chew when she accepts a commission from a publisher to write a hasty article about "guilt survivors"?

Although Kendall is very good at her job and prides herself in researching her work thoroughly, this is not her usual kind of story, she is used to writing brief fill-in type stories like "how to get movie star lips without surgery" for popular gossip magazines...because
I want to thank Susan May, an Australian author, for graciously sending me an advanced copy of Deadly Messengers for an unbiased review. Deadly Messengers is a gripping suspense thriller, her debut in this genre, that will take the reader inside the mind of “mass killers”, with all the darkness and madness around them.

Toby Benson, a bank clerk was walking down the alleyway in the entertainment section of the city, with an axe in his hand, and walked right into a restaurant called Café Amaretto.

Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Wow! Susan May you know how to pack a punch!

There is so much to think about after reading this book, that my mind is still reeling. There is a lot of scientific fact woven into the plot of this dynamic novel. Stuff I kind of knew about, and wondered about, but which Susan has taken to another level.

Freelance writer Kendall Jennings writes "feel good" health and beauty pieces for whomever will pay her. But somehow she manages to score an interview with a survivor of an axe massacre and suddenly
Amanda Jane
I had never read any of Susan May's work so when I was given the opportunity to read an ARC copy of Deadly Messengers I jumped at the chance. I have to say that I am certainly glad that I did!

I love a good crime thriller, this book ticked all the boxes with some horror thrown in. If you are a bit on the squeamish side then this may not be for you.

The main protagonist is freelance journalist Kendell Jennings who usually writes mundane pieces for women's magazines and picks up work where she can
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katerina by: Aj the Ravenous Reader
Shelves: crime, arc
4.5 stars

It's been a while since the last time I read a book that didn't focus on epic battles and wizards or romances,so it was a big decision to start a crime novel.But I am actually glad that I did,because Deadly Messengers was an engrossing,compelling thriller that dealt with many serious issues and social struggles and had me biting my lips until they bled.
When ordinary people,without provocation,suddenly start killing that wasn't merely a mystery to be solved,it was a nightmare beyond co
Rebecca McNutt
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I spent my entire study period, afternoon and English class in twelve hours, reading through this unforgettable book. In Deadly Messengers, an ordinary writer becomes an extraordinary reporter, but at what cost? Suddenly she finds her reputation soaring, but also soaring are a number of strange and disturbing murder cases. She finds herself haunted by the mysterious nature of the crimes and finds herself investigating, putting her own life on the line to discover what drove the killers to kill. ...more
Veronica ⭐️
4.5 stars

Kendall Jennings snags an exclusive interview with a café massacre survivor which rockets her from writing fluff for women’s magazines to sought-after crime reporter.
Detectives O’Grady and Anderson believe the café massacre is an open and shut case, as the perpetrator was killed at the scene, that is until more killing sprees follow. Could these seemingly unrelated events be connected in some obscure way?

Both Kendall Jennings and Lance O’Grady find the deeper they dig into the various m
J.L.   Sutton
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(A free digital copy of Deadly Messengers was generously given to me by the author Susan May in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating of this book.)

Deadly Messengers is a quick-paced (dark) thriller which ratchets up the tension as you read. There is a solid story and character development here; however, my favorite part was reading the POVs of the soon-to-be victims. For the most part, these are ordinary people going about their day to day life. You begin to become in
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deadly Messengers is the second novel by Australian author, Susan May. Freelance writer, Kendall Jennings is way out of her comfort zone: fluff pieces for magazines are her bread and butter, and mass killings are not her field of expertise. Yet, now she finds herself writing about survivor guilt and interviewing a witness to an horrific axe-slaying at a cafe. A second massacre, this one a fire in an aged care facility, sees her looking for an original angle: Kendall is hopeful that Detective Lan ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Such a great read! Just when I thought I had guessed what would happen, I was surprised. That's a quality of a great thiller, always keeping you on your toes. Some may find it graphic in its depiction of violence, but after 3 seasons of Hannibal I think my tolerance has skyrocketed. A fast read, not one I felt ever dragged. I will definitely be reading more from Susan May.

*Copy provided by author in exchange for honest review*
Sean Peters
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly Susan, thank you for a advanced copy of your book, and two thank you so much for being a member of my group "A Good Thriller" on "Goodreads"

You have been so generous to my group offering free copies for our many members of my group for your "Readalong with Deadly Messengers with Susan May for January" a great success.

A fast paced, well written, gripping, thoughtful , suspenseful thriller and of course strong, violent but also thought provoking.

Freelancer Kendall Jennings writes fluff pie
Vicki Tyley
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“‘A necessary evil,’ said the voice in her head. She knew this voice. Liked this voice. Wanted to please this voice. Whose voice it was she didn't know. Now she thought about it, she didn't care. The voice was right. This felt like a necessary evil. In fact, evil was the wrong word. Life changing, more accurate.”Deadly Messengers

Hooked by the “3 massacres, 2 detectives, 1 writer, 0 answers” tagline, I raced through this intense and edgy thriller. I must admit, though, I skipped some of the mo
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I didn't love or hate this book. In the beginning, I accepted that I was being introduced to these killers and their crimes, although I didn't like the explicit descriptions. I think these chapters could have been shorter, less drawn out. The glowing green seen by Toby led me to expect a supernatural element, but that didn't happen. I liked the relationship between O'Grady and Trip. Kendall was interesting, but
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

Read a book written by a female author.

3 stars.


Full disclosure: Yes, I am friends with this author here on Goodreads. And she gave me an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. And I am always honest. My friendship with this author has absolutely no bearing on the content of this review at all.

So this was a very entertaining novel. And my three stars are purely a reflection of it's entertainment value only. I admit I am a little bit jaded when it comes to mysteries and

What could possibly drive normal, everyday people with no history of violence or a motive to commit mass murder?

This is the question Kendall Jennings ponders when two seemingly unrelated mass murders occur in her small home town. As a freelance journalist writing light fillers for popular mags, Kendall wouldn't normally get involved in researching such a case, but she becomes interested when she receives a commission to write a piece on survivor guilt. She gets further drawn into finding the tr
It has been quite a long while since I’ve read a thriller, but after reading some great reviews by my Goodreads friends, I decided to give this one a try. I am so glad that I did – it was a real page-turner! Deadly Messengers starts out with a bang – three separate but equally gruesome mass killings occur in a town otherwise unknown for such acts of violence… except for one occurrence twenty-some years prior to this. Hmm. Well that is enough to catch my attention! What’s really unusual about the ...more
Susan May has really outdone herself. Deadly Messenger is a well-written, dark and engrossing thriller. I like books that push me over the edge and Deadly Messenger certainly hit the mark. The book took me to a point where the tension was literary unbearable. I didn’t know whether to scream or cry.

Detectives Lance O’Grady and Trip Anderson are at their wit's end. They’re called out to a bloody crime scene where an ordinary guy - with no history of violence - completely lost it. He went on a murd
Louise Wilson
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love when I know from the first page that I'm going to like a book and this one did not disappoint.

Freelance journalist Kendall Jenkins is looking for her big break story that's going to make her a household name and she thinks she's just been given the job she thinks will achieve this.

Three mass murders take place in a few short weeks and it is the job of detectives Lance O'Grady and Trip Anderson are given the case.

This is a page turning book which I found hard to put down. Liked how the eve
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