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Kill the Next One

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,880 ratings  ·  761 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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 !
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
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was such an astonishing book. Arguably the best psychological thriller I’ve read so far.

The story starts with our main character, Ted McKay, as he prepares to commit suicide but is interrupted by the door bell. On the other side is a man who offers a way out. The only thing Ted has to do is kill a criminal and a man who wants to die, it’s like an initiation for the organization, and then someone, who also gets a proposition like Ted, will come to end his suffering and spare his fam
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

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
Alex Cantone
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, read-2018
This book had been on my “to read” list for some time, and received mixed reviews. It opens with protagonist Ted McKay, alone in his study, preparing to commit suicide rather than succumb to an inoperable brain tumour, when there’s a knock on the door. A man named Lynch offers an alternative that will give his family some comfort: McKay is to kill a man named Blaine, acquitted of a murder charge through a bungled investigation, and a man named Wendell who is terminally ill, in a daisy-chain of m ...more
Text Publishing
The number of twists that Axat brings to this brilliant force of a thriller almost exceeds the number of pages. I had never heard of a suicide daisy-chain before but an incarnation goes something like this: Ted is about to end his life before suddenly being interrupted by the stranger, Justin Lynch. Lynch’s tempting offer is to hold off on suicide and instead kill two criminals that have outrun justice. Ted’s reward? Lynch will arrange for him to be cleanly killed — a kinder ending for Ted's wif ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
From the title, the book description and the first 20 pages, I thought I knew what this book would be about. I expected a straightforward action kind of thriller story, where I could just park my brains on auto-cruise, but this novel really is much more than that. It resembles more a psychological kind of mystery, where one has to try to piece things together while not knowing which fragments are real and which are imagined. The plot was really well put together with no gaping holes as far as I ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Minutes away from ending his own life due to an inoperable brain tumour, Ted is interrupted by a stranger at the door, who invites him to join a kind of suicide club. In return for killing someone who 'deserved it' plus another club member, Ted will in turn be killed, saving his family the trauma of dealing with a messy suicide (I didn't say that quite right, but I'm sure you will get it). Ted agrees. It's his only way out, or so he thinks.

This is far from a linear story. The whole thing gets tu
Alissa H.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC of this book! Review is now up on Diva Reads! ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
This novel is one hot sticky mess. The characters are flat and the story itself reads like it was phoned in. The premise seemed so promising but there's no tension in the writing. I could not activate my willing suspension of disbelief for this one. I gave up at about the 40% mark.

Thank you, netgalley, for an e-copy of this book for review.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Very entertaining, a good mystery indeed!!... 5 stars
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

Review : 74 / 100

“‘You seem to have a locked room inside your head now.’

Open the door.”

— Federico Axat

Story : 23 / 25 – This is a whirlwind of excitement, let me tell you. This is nothing like what you are expecting when you first read it. There are so many more layers to the story than what the description tells you. This story is suspense writing at its finest. The only thing that I can see holding people back from liking the book is (what is supposed to sell the book), the description. I went
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second I spied the book summary for this one I knew I had to read it. The premise is ingenious by itself, yet Kill The Next One goes beyond the dominion of ordinary psychological suspense to amuse itself with the twisted intellectual intricacies of Theodore ‘Ted’ McKay.

Ted is coming to terms with the thought of his inoperable brain tumour and has decided to take matters into his own hands and end his life. His family is away. Everything’s prepared. There’s nothing to stop him. Nothing, t
Joe Canas
Jan 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Bleccch! I vote we kill this one. It's a bad time-memory-insanity writing experiment that somehow escaped the slush pile and not only got published, but garnered much drooling blurb praise. I ended up speed-skimming through the second half, a desperate salvage operation in search of something -- anything -- that might justify all the hoo-hah. But that was just more time wasted on this brick. And now my only satisfaction is to write a brief and biting review. I'll show that bastard author!

Yes, th
selina ☾
[completed: 25 july 2020]

This book, guys. This book.

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WOWEE. This was a LOT. It really was. From page one to the last, I was confused as hell but I enjoyed it so immensely.

I haven't read a psychological thriller in a while (I think the last was The Woman in the Window) and I had forgotten what an utter mindf*ck it usually is when it's done well. And this was definit
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: December 7th 2016
Rating 3,5qqq

“The mind is a magic box. Full of tricks. It always figures out a way to warn you.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Text Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

Wow! This was not what I was expecting! To me, it's the definition if psychological thriller. The reader is never sure what's what's going on until the very end. Totally worth the ride!

Ted, a successful businessman with a beautiful wife and two young daughters, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. To avoid a slow, painful death, he sends his family out of town and plans to kill himself. As he is about to pull the trigger, he is interrupted by an urgent knock on the d
Marina Sofia
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Discombobulating read. The initial premise was brilliant and would have been enough for me to enjoy the book, but the author is more ambitious and gives us a story with so many alternative realities that it becomes rather confusing towards the middle. I nearly abandoned it at that point, but then the final third of the book comes good. So a book of three parts - first and third are excellent, while the middle plays strange games with your mind.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: partially-read
LOL no thanks for the animal torture scenes.
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