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Kill the Next One

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,811 ratings  ·  576 reviews
An audacious psychological thriller where nothing is what it seems.

Ted McKay had it all: a beautiful wife, two daughters, a high-paying job. But after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor he finds himself with a gun to his temple, ready to pull the trigger. Then the doorbell rings.

A stranger makes him a proposition: why not kill two deserving men before dying? The f
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published December 13th 2016 by Mulholland Books (first published March 13th 2016)
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Alvaro Acabo de terminar el libro, y si bien me encantó, no me quedó claro lo de la zarigueya.... es que el amigo también está loco?
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Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

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When I read the description of this book I thought the plot sounded really interesting. In the blurb it says that nothing is what it seems.... and they weren't kidding! My head was spinning right from the first sentence.

"Ted McKay was about to put a bullet through his brain when the doorbell rang, insistently."

He waits because he knows he can't shoot himself while someone is at the door. Then he hears someone yellin
Franco  Santos
Mi tercer libro de Axat y uno más que me deja sorprendido. El misterio no cesa en ningún momento y cada uno de sus capítulos es una puerta abierta a lo inesperado. La última salida, con su ritmo vertiginoso y sus escenas apabullantes, logró captar mi atención hasta tal punto que se volvió un compañero inseparable en mi vida cotidiana.

Pocas veces he leído una novela negra con tantos giros. La historia no deja de cambiar de manera completa el paradigma de lo que se va revelando a medias. Entre la
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This most unusual psychological thriller is one that grew on me slowly. The first section is very confusing. Ted McKay the main character relates recurring episodes about being interrupted in killing himself and then killing two people except that the details keep changing so that it's not clear if he is hallucinating or dreaming. About a third of the way into the book, Ted's situation becomes clearer but there is still a mystery as to how he got to that point or what has actually happened so it ...more
Sep 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
TL; DR: If you dislike gratuitous, graphic animal torture scenes, this book is not for you. If you really dislike sticking with a book despite multiple plot problems and two-dimensional characters just to see if there is some kind of payoff, only to be hit by a gratuitous, graphic animal torture scene in the final pages, well, you should run like hell.

I'm sorry, I just didn't love this book. I did read the whole thing, even though I was frustrated with the two-dimensional characters, the plot th
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hace tiempo que no leía algo que realmente me sorprendiera y, sin el ánimo de alardear, eso es cada vez más difícil. El autor juega con el lector en forma permanente y ninguna de las teorías que uno pueda ir elucubrando tiene sentido al llegar al siguiente capítulo. Me llamó la atención que el autor lograra tamaña intriga sólo con la trama y no, como en otros libros que he leído, con una prosa confusa. De hecho me encantó el estilo de Federico Axat, directo, centrado en lo que quiere contar en c ...more
Maria Espadinha
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um Começo de Bradar

Acerquem-se os amantes dos thrillers, para juntos desfrutarmos deste magnífico começo:

X está prestes a suicidar-se no instante em que Y bate à porta!...

- Será um vendedor? -- interroga-se X
- Vou aguardar que se canse e desista!

Porém, desistir não está nos planos de Y, que aumenta a cadência, e bate agora desenfreadamente à porta!...

Perturbado, mas fiel à sua decisão, X mantém-se imóvel enquanto o seu olhar inquieto, varre os objectos no seu raio de visão, até estancar num bilh
Maria Clara
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¿Sabéis esa sensación de estar en una montaña rusa, esperando el segundo en el que caeréis a toda velocidad por la rampa? Pues bien, este libro se puede adaptar a esta metáfora; es vertiginoso desde el minuto cero. Y, si bien me ha parecido magistral el modo en que el autor juega con el lector, hay ciertos detalles al final del libro que me han frenado de darle las cinco estrellas.
Linda Strong
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ted McKay has a terminal brain tumor. While his wife and children are visiting her family out of state, he decides it is time to end his life. Putting a gun to his head, he prepares to pull the trigger.

But the doorbell ringing interrupts him. A stranger offers his a deal ... if he will shoot a criminal who walked away from justice before he dies, and also kill another man like himself ... terminally ill and waiting to die, the next man on the list will take Ted's life. It would be so much easier
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kill The Next One is the third novel by Argentinian author, Federico Axat. Successful businessman, husband and father, Ted McKay has a brain tumour. He is sitting in his study with a gun. He’s about to put it to his head when someone persistently knocks on his door. Justin Lynch has a proposition: instead of leaving his family to deal with the stigma of his suicide, he can die by another’s hand.

He must first kill two people who need to die: a murderer (who got off on a technicality) and another
Entre mis libros y yo
Brutal. Un novelón. Hace tiempo que no leía nada igual. Mi reseña completa en
Louise Wilson
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ted McKay had it all, a beautiful wife, two lovely daughters and a high paid job. He has just been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.

A stranger makes him a proposition. Kill two deserving people before you die. The first target will be a criminal, the second will also have terminal cancer. After Ted has killed his next two targets Ted will become the next persons target.

I loved this book. With its well written and thought out plot and a different style to most. This is another storyline I g
Maria Espadinha
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Gem

Books that grab you from the beginning are rare, needed and wanted!

They belong to the kidnappers-book-club!

This one is a member!

Don't miss such a gem !
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I been so encaptured by a fiction novel as I was with this one . To be honest there were moments when I was like WTF did I just read? ... but the more I read on the more twists I was finding and the more it made me feel unsure as to what the ending would be . I had no idea what the e ding would be until the last 10 pages and for a seasoned reader that is very unexpected. The story is unique and complex , it moves in different levels and it keeps you in edge every page ... ...more
Βαθμολογία: ★★★★

Η «Τελευταία έξοδος» είναι ένα πολύ δυνατό ψυχολογικό θρίλερ, από αυτά που αλλού ξεκινούν και αλλού καταλήγουν, με μπόλικες ανατροπές στην πορεία που σε καθηλώνουν. Οι χαρακτήρες είχαν φυσικά τα ελαττώματά τους, αλλά το συγχωρώ, γιατί ήταν απαραίτητο για το μυστήριο να μη γνωρίζουμε εξ αρχής ποιος είναι αθώος και ποιος ένοχος. Η πλοκή μου φάνηκε πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα και η εξέλιξή της με κάλυψε. Αυτό που βρήκα περιττό είναι ένας Αργεντινός συγγραφέας να γράφει τόσο «αμερικάνικα» και
Nancy Oakes
As soon as I turned the last page of this novel I had to question (once again) the publisher's decision to a) change the title and b) come up with a dustjacket blurb that hardly matches what goes in in this book, because when all is said and done, the original Spanish title is much more reflective of the nature of what happens here and the blurb points people in a sort of misleading direction. I'm not surprised that so many readers were frustrated with this book, since they were expecting one th ...more
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When Ted McKay finds out that he has a brain tumor he decides to take matters into his own hands and end things his own way. With meticulous planning Ted comes to the day that he finds himself alone in his study with his wife and children far away so he is determined to end his own life but just as soon as he begins there is a knock at the door.

Answering the door Ted is faced with an offer to join a suicide circle, he must kill one man that is a criminal and another that is in the same situatio
Chrissa Vasileiou
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Η άποψή μου για το βιβλίο στο site "Book City": Τελευταία έξοδος
Liz Barnsley
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
**3.5 stars**

Yes well. Kill the Next One was certainly unexpected. But I liked it. Clever. Ok there are some things in here, especially the last bit, that may discombobulate and upset some (and I don't really feel that bit needed to be in there) but overall I found it to be highly addictive.

A game of two halves really. Or 2 and a bit halves. Or something. Starting off with an offer, then heading into fairly surreal territory where you may clutch your head a bit then settling into a rather fascin
Eirini Proikaki
Το ξεκίνησα χθες το βράδυ και μόλις το τελείωσα.Αυτό δεν ήταν βιβλίο,roller coaster ήτανε!Αλλιώς ξεκινάει ,σε ανεβάζει,σε κατεβάζει,αλλού στρίβει ,αλλού πας ,ζαλίζεσαι αλλά συνεχίζεις.Θες να δεις που θα καταλήξει,κάνεις υποθέσεις και καθε φορά που νομίζεις οτι ξέρεις τι συμβαίνει ο συγγραφέας σου κλείνει πονηρά και ελαφρώς ειρωνικά το μάτι και σου λέει "αμ δε!".Τι είναι αλήθεια ,τι είναι ψέμα,τι είναι όνειρο και τι πραγματικότητα τελοσπάντων;
Διασκεδαστικό,αγωνιώδες,γρήγορο,ανατρεπτικό,ωραία γραφ
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Jun 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To Shutter Island για φτωχούς
Γκρεμίζει την καταπληκτική του αρχική ιδέα ήδη από το 1/3 του βιβλίου γιατί καταλαβαίνει όταν δεν μπορεί να την υποστηρίξει. Από εκεί πέρα γίνεται ένας αχταρμάς διαφορετικών Points of Views, καταστρατηγεί βάναυσα τον περίφημο κανόνα "Show, don't tell" με ψυχαναλυτικές αναλύσεις του κώλου, άχρηστα sublots (όπως αυτό του ερωτευμένου ψυχιάτρου), και ένα πισωγύρισμα στο χρόνο για να προσθέσει ένα ακόμη άχρηστο subplot-κλειδί του μυστηρίου στο λαχανιασμένο φινάλε.
Ο φτωχό

Kill the Next One was such a good thriller book. It starts off with Ted McKay about to shoot himself in the head.. but then his doorbell rings. Of course he doesn't want to fire the gun while someone is standing outside his house.. so he does what any normal person would do and he answers it. Then there's this stranger, Justin, giving him the opportunity to kill two people before he dies.

It's a weird ass suicide club. So Ted has to kill a criminal.. and someone who also wants to commit suic
Zuky the BookBum
DNF @ 40%

I think this got a little lost in translation because this was all over the place. I had a hard time getting my head around one path of the plot, only for Axat to go and change the direction of the story again! The twists in this weren’t thrilling or shocking, they were a nuisance! The story was hard enough to follow at the best of times, with the unreliable narrator and dream sequences, so to add a bundle of twists in over and over again just got to be tiring to read. I had to put this
Η αλήθεια είναι ότι άργησα πολύ να γράψω κριτική γι' αυτό το βιβλίο, οπότε το αρχικό συναίσθημα μετά το τέλος του σίγουρα έχει χαθεί ή μετριαστεί.
Σίγουρα πάντως μιλάμε για μεγάλη απογοήτευση!!!
Η πλοκή ξεκινάει στο πρώτο μέρος με τη λογική της 'Μέρας της Μαρμότας', σε παίρνει και σε σηκώνει και δεν σε αφήνει να πάρεις ανάσα! Κι εκεί λες, βρήκα την Ιθάκη μου και τρέχεις να συνεχίσεις παρακάτω, να πάρεις λίγη ακόμη από τη δόση σου.
Το δεύτερο μέρος συντηρεί το μύθο του πρώτου, γεμίζοντάς σε με ακόμ
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡BRUTAL! Creo que es la palabra que puede definir a este pedazo de thriller psicológico.
Angela Leon
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! Anonadada he estado y anonadada me he quedado :) Genial!!!!
Nieves Villalón
Qué locura de libro. Me ha tenido en mi propio laberinto unos cuantos días, y cómo lo he disfrutado...
Tempo de Ler
Ted não nos está a dizer a verdade! Percebemos isso bem cedo na história, mas se o que nos conta é completa alucinação sua ou se há alguma verdade nas suas palavras: esse é o mistério com que nos debatemos o livro todo.

Para ser honesta, demorei bastante tempo até começar a interessar-me pela história de Ted, tive mesmo que me obrigar a continuar com a leitura, mas acabou por valer a pena. Este é um dos livros com mais reviravoltas que já li. O enredo (e consequentemente as nossas suspeitas) mud
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Igual al ser el tercer libro que leo de Axat no me ha llegado a sorprender tanto y la verdad es que me ha dejado algo fría. Sí, hay muchos giros inesperados y sorprendentes y está muy inteligentemente escrito pero… para mi gusto le falta algo y además el final no me ha gustado nada. En mi vida me he leído un final tan abrupto de una historia y suerte del epílogo pero aún así me hubiera gustado saber más cosas de la mayoría de los personajes, o que ciertos detalles hubieran quedado más atados.

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