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Kiss Me, Kill Me

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Can you trust the one you love?

When Zoe meets Dan, he's everything she is looking for in a man - intelligent, charming, supportive.

It's only after they're married that she realises that he's controlling, aggressive, paranoid.

And there's no way out.

Or is there?

Zoe knows she has to escape, but Dan's found her once before, and she knows he can find her again.

But Dan has plans
Published February 22nd 2018 by Zaffre
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Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like two different stories. I was all in for the first half, completely absorbed and turning pages like it was my job even with an abrupt change of POV. But midway through, this book takes a turn for the redonk and well, it just fizzles from there.

Five stars for the first half, two stars for the second half, so 3 sad stars overall because you just can't do that.
Louise Wilson
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Zoe met Daniel she couldn't believe her luck. He was everything she was looking for in a man, until they were married,

This book is divided into three different parts. In the first part we learn how Zoe met Daniel while she was at her work, got married and the physical and emotional abuse she has suffered ever since. Of how she is no longer allowed contact with her best friend, Lizzie. The second part we are told things from Daniels point of view. The third part I can't really tell you about
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kiss Me, Kill Me by J. S. Carol was a psychological thriller that had me hooked from the first page. Zoe and her husband Dan are in a relationship where he controls her every move and punishes her if she does not stick to his rules at all times. Zoe was a great character and I was in her corner all the way. I really enjoyed this book. I would like to thank NetGalley and Bonnier Zaffre for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very confusing and very slow.
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Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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In Kiss Me, Kill Me, we get to meet Zoe who is in an abusive marriage with Dan. My heart went out to her straight away. From the off you can tell what a manipulative, horrible piece of work her husband is. Everyday he puts out what clothes she has to where what food she can have, what time she has to have it at, he really is an absolute control freak and she has no life at all. Who could blame her for wanting to leave him.

The story flicks between Zoe and Dan and the more I read about Dan, the mo
Liz Barnsley
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
**4.5 stars**

So the psychological thriller is still going strong - I read lots because I like the vibe but I get fed up when you get the same story constantly where often it feels like just the character names have been change - I like looking for those stand out ones - so it's refreshing when you kind of DO get the same story in some ways but it's in the hands of a master.

Anyone who's read the Jefferson Winter novels will know that James Carol can twist a plot and keep you edgy - in "Kiss Me Ki
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WOW, WOW and triple WOW! I loved Kiss Me Kill Me by J. S. Carol what a dark and twisted psychological thriller this one turned out to be. Any crime thriller lover will be familiar with James Carol and his crime books featuring Detective Jefferson Winter, which I’m a huge fan of by the way, the author has taken a step away from this series and written Kiss Me Kill Me a standalone psychological thriller.

From the book description I was expecting a “run of the mill” domestic noir kind of read, but h
Joanne Robertson
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a big fan of this author so I was incredibly excited to get sent a copy of his first book for Bonnier Zaffre. Kiss Me Kill Me has a fantastically creepy and atmospheric cover so I couldn’t wait to dive into its pages and see what direction J.S Carol was planning to take me…..And I have to admit that it was a rather unexpected one! If ever a book could give you whiplash then it’s this one! I found myself twisting and turning in so many different directions that I practically needed a neck bra ...more
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
I received a digital copy for review via NetGalley!

T/W- Abusive Relationship, Murder, Controlling Behaviour

I won't lie, this was one of the most disturbing books I've ever read and not in a good way that I normally feel with thrillers. Right from the start, I was not only struggling to engage with the story, I couldn't connect to any of the characters and the pacing/constant switching back and forth between the past and the present day was extremely distracting. The main character Zoe is in a r
Mandy White
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is the first book I have read by this author and I will be looking out for more. This was a behind closed doors story with many many twists!!

From the outside Zoe and Daniel looked like the perfect couple in their beautiful house and expensive cars.. but don't believe everything you see. Daniel is controlling, to the point where Zoe can't even choose her own clothes or food. To be honest for a while there Zoe really did annoy me for putting up with it but as I got further in I felt sorry for
Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*

I tend to read a lot from the psychological thriller genre, I enjoy books that get right into my head and mess it up a bit with twists and turns and WTF's.

Kiss Me, Kill Me was an enjoyable read, the first half being it's better half. As the story progressed, I felt that it went off on an unexpected tangent, which kept my interest piqued all the way through to the conclusion, but at times, it did get a bit far-fetched for my liking.

The characters behaviour and reasonings were just bordering on
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Kiss Me, Kill Me is an addictive, clever psychological thriller with some truly challenging, provocative characters. Told through various points of view, we slowly unpick more about Zoe's life with her awful husband Dan, and the more we find out, the more I hate him and feel for Zoe. 

I don't want to give too much away about the story but you're really rooting for Zoe to escape this awful life with him, but Dan makes it incredibly hard to do so - and he's manag
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Daniel was everything Zoë could have hoped for in a man. Why wouldn't she marry him? If only she knew then what she knows now!

From being a charming and supportive man, Dan has morphed into an obsessive, abusive, controlling and paranoid monster. Her only hopes are focused on escaping the horrifically dreadful situation she is in, especially now that she is pregnant. But will she be able to get it right this time around?

The book jumps from Zoë and Dan's perspective as well as the past and presen
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by J.S. Carol - in fact coming across this book was the first time I heard/saw the authors name! I am going to grab all of James Carol's other titles today and am excited to dig right in! I agree that fans of M J Arlidge and Angela Marsons would enjoy this immensely as I did.

From page one I knew I was going to love this one. Sometimes you just get that feeling, you know. Boy, was I right about that one! I was thoroughly invested from the very beginning. I felt his writing s
OHMYGOD what?!

This is Not what I expected! I definitely did not see this book taking a whole 180° turn.

The story follows a young girl in her twenties, Zoe, who gets married to a guy named Daniel but after her wedding she realizes that Daniel isn't the person she thought she married.
Buuuuuutttt noooo. It might seem like you've got the whole story figured out but no no no!
You just have to understand that everything is not what it seems.

I would've given this book a 5 star rating but the dialogues
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
During the first section of this three-part story I thought I was reading a domestic suspense novel which was far too similar to one or two others about abusive relationships that I've read before. How wrong I was! When the perspective changed in part two, it became clear this was going to head somewhere different. It became increasingly gripping at this stage, but it didn't stop there. James Carol threw in several more surprises and in true fashion to his other books, this became one wild, unpr ...more
Claire Wilson
Kiss Me, Kill Me is a twisty psychological thriller by JS Carol. When Zoe meets Daniel, she believes he is the one. But slowly, she begins to see a different side to him. Where before he was loving, he is now controlling. And dangerous. Zoe realizes that there is only one way out of her marriage and has to find the courage to put her plan into motion. Twisty. 3 stars
Rebekah McComas
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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Hannah | The Redhead Reader
This is such a hard one to review because it honestly felt like the first half was a completely different book to the latter half. This follows Zoe and Dan, a couple that looks perfect from the outside but their relationship actually hides incredibly dark secrets. Dan is aggressive, abusive and extremely controlling. This book started off so strong - the tension build up was fantastic, and some of the scenes genuinely shocked me. It wasn’t necessarily overly graphic, just the sheer lengths that ...more
A book of two halves for me, which I'll explain best I can without giving anything away. Part one of the book had me totally engrossed. Told from Zoe's POV, the abuse she suffers at the hands of her husband makes for hard reading at times - though my blood was boiling with indignation, I couldn't put it down. Then it was, "WHOA!!" I didn't see THAT coming!" - how nice to be taken by surprise ;o)

The twists were by no means over as the story took an unexpected tack. Yet from this point to the conc
Ronnie Turner
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A girl living in a small town aspires to be a New York Times bestselling author. Until then she works in a restaurant to make ends meet with her friend and roommate Lizzy. Life is good. It’s even better when handsome, charming Daniel walks into her life. He is everything she could possibly ask for in a partner. Caring, supportive, stable, loving. Zoe had a rough start but now life has delivered to her a future tied with bow. And despite Lizzy’s concerns, she throws herself into the relationship. ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I tried so hard to get into this but I found the characters a bit blasé, I didn’t identify with anyone and I feel that 2018 has been the year of ‘domestic abuse psychological thrillers’. They seem to be coming in droves at the moment and my heart sunk a little when it followed the exact same pattern the others have.
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bonnier Zaffre for an advance copy of Kiss Me, Kill Me, a stand alone psychological thriller set in Portland, Oregon.

After three years of marriage Zoe is desperate to escape her abusive husband, Daniel. But how, when he doesn't let her have any money and micromanages her every waking hour?

I thoroughly enjoyed Kiss Me, Kill Me on various levels. Firstly I think the structure is amazing and perfect for the subject matter. It is made up of three parts with parts
Julie Lacey
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t expecting this book to have so many twists and turns when I read the blurb.
The book starts off from Zoe’s perspective, and we learn that her whole life is being controlled by her husband. He even decides what she eats and drinks, and makes her weigh herself in front of him once a week.
Zoe is not allowed money or a phone and her attempt to escape Daniel ended up badly so she is hesitant to try again.
I really felt for Zoe and just wanted her to get the hell out of there!
She starts to m
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
The first half of the book describes how Zoe meets with Dan and discovers, after marrying him, that he is not at all what she thought. Flitting between past and present the reader sees how Dan isolated her from her friend and essentially keeps her a prisoner in her own home.
Quite early on I wondered whether to continue with the book. I seem to have read a few books lately about dysfunctional relationships and abusive husbands and this book felt really obvious. There was no nuance, no character
Jun 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Zoe meets Daniel, they get married and everything is perfectly hunky-dory until Zoe realises that Dan is not only controlling but cruel. She hatches a plan to escape. Unfortunately nothing goes to plan and she finds herself in a bigger pickle than ever.

Those are the barest of bones to this awful, awful book.

It is so badly written, stuffed with cliches, predictable (yes, even the “twist”), and so totally unbelievable. You want detail? It's all here – every single thing explained to the nth degre
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am SUCH a fan of J.S. Carol’s writing. He’s one of my very favourite authors so when an unexpected delivery of book post arrived and his name was on the cover, I have to confess, I whooped for joy! And maybe did a little jig around the kitchen, but unless you have photographic evidence of that it’s not something I’m going to confess to anytime soon.

J. S. Carol is the author of the incredible Jefferson Winter series (click HERE for my review of the fourth book in the Jefferson Winter series, Th
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Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s taken me longer than usual to reach for this book but it certainly reminded my why I love this author so much! I hadn’t even read the synopsis when I started but a few pages in and I couldn’t have cared less.

Zoe shares a flat with her friend Lizzy and is working as a waitress when she meets Dan. He seems to be everything she had dreamed of however within the space of a few months her life starts to change. It’s clear from the outset that Zoe is in the midst of a very controlling and abusive
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a story that really did work well for me, it had the right amount of suspense and drama that had a real sense of controlling power to it. I found myself quickly siding with and willing Zoe on in her life. The manipulation was done in such a way that it blindsided Zoe and it shows how she was oblivious to the signs.

The story took some unexpected twists and turns and definitely kept me hooked. If you like crime, thriller, and suspense reads that focus on spousal manipulation then this is o
Having read Kiss me, kill me twice now I can confirm I am still on the fence with this one. I felt like I was reading different books without realising it
This is nothing like his other books and I hope this was just a blip (I LOVE the Jefferson Winter series and nothing will stop me reading them)

Thanks to Bonnie Zaffre for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review
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