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The Killer in Me

(Frankie Sheehan #2)

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  618 ratings  ·  159 reviews
A deadly past refuses to stay buried in Olivia Kiernan’s masterful new novel

Death is no stranger to Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan, but she isn’t the only one from her small, coastal suburb to be intimately acquainted with it. Years ago, teenager Seán Hennessey shocked the tight-knit community when he was convicted of the brutal murder of his parents and at
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Dutton Books (first published April 1st 2019)
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Holly  B
A gritty police procedural with a complex mystery. It reads like an episode of CSI, complete with all the details of the investigation.

This is #2 in this series featuring the detective Frankie Sheehan. She is such an authentic character and one tough cookie.

Well-written with a nice pace. Would recommend to fans of police/crime mysteries.

Thanks to Dutton Pub. for my review copy. Out in April 2019
Louise Wilson
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frankie Sheehan #2

Years ago, teenager Sean Hennessey shocked at the tight-knit community when he was convicted of the brutal murder of his parents and attempted slaying of his sister, though he always maintained his innocence. Now Sean is being released from prison - but when his newfound freedom coincides with the discovery of two bodies, the alleged connection between the cases only serves to pull Frankie further from the answer seven as it draws her closer to her towns hidden darkness.

Frankie
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
I read book one in this series last year and while I liked it, I wasn't completely sold... but this happens sometimes as the first in a series is usually a mish mosh of getting to know the characters and a feel for the writing. It did keep me curious enough to want to continue and I'm so glad that I did.

Frankie is a strong character and I love her tenacity and love for her job. This fast paced police procedural keeps you on your toes and guessing... did he? Didn't he? Frankie's so suspect (see w
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Virginie *No more time to write reviews for the moment :( *
Another good police procedural / mystery! I have to admit that police procedural aren't my favorite type of mysteries, but I did enjoy this one. It was fast-paced and well written.

3.5 rounded down
Natasha Niezgoda
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
TWO CASES - 5 MURDERS - SEVENTEEN YEARS - ONE KILLER?

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Thank you Dutton books for this solid four stars ARC - ‘The Killer In Me’

Synopsis: Frankie Sheehan is the detective chief superintendent of the Dublin murder force. She’s been asked to review a newly released convicted murderer’s case by her sister-in-law who is fighting for an appeal. While reviewing Sean Hennessey’s case, three murders occur and they bare a strange resemblance to the murders in which Mr. Hennessey was accused of. Did he have
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Rachel
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every time I've read a thriller recently I've been left with the thought 'do I actually like thrillers or am I just reading these out of habit.' Well, it turns out I do still like them! I just wish they were all on Olivia Kiernan's level - her Frankie Sheehan series is shaping up to be one of my favorites... which is odd as I really dislike police procedurals most of the time. So more power to Kiernan for being able to hook me on a formula that I'm not wild about.

And while I enjoyed Kiernan's de
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Liz Barnsley
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a fan of “Too Close to Breathe” so very much looked forward to entering the world of Frankie Sheehan again.
The Killer In Me has that same atmospheric sense to it that Olivia Kiernan brought to her debut, beautifully written and totally immersive. The characters and the places pop and this case is complex and layered.
The procedural elements are authentic and well drawn, Frankie’s profiling background once again brings added oomph to the plot and it’s a considered page turner with lots of in
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Mandy White
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan is the second book to feature Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan. Although I have read the first book in the series I believe this book can be read as a stand alone story. It is told from the point of view of Frankie, who is all about work and her family. She doesn't seem to have anything else in her life and we know very little about her. I would like to see more about her as a person in the next book. It is easier to like or dislike a character wi ...more
Kelsie Maxwell
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan is her second novel and book two in her Frankie Sheehan series. Though second in a series, this crime thriller reads well as a standalone.

Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan is called upon to review the case of Sean Hennessy, who served fifteen years in prison for the murder of his parents and the attempted murder of his sister. Detective Sheehan soon finds herself investigating new murders that may be linked to Hennessy’s prior crimes.

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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Killer in Me is the perfect blend of crime fiction, captivating narrative, and modern.

The documentary aspect brings a certain relevance that makes the novel feel current, and yet the historical crime that weaves with the ongoing case has a sense of days past. Truly a fantastic crime thriller!

In some ways this feels like it could have gone the police procedural route, but truly it didn’t. I actually think the European writers capture crime fiction better than the US do for my tastes, because
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Robin Loves Reading
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

DCS Profiler Frankie Sheehan is rather nonplussed when she is asked by a convicted murderer, Séan Hennessey, to prove that he was innocent of the murder of his parents and attempted slaying of his sister. He has been released from prison, but he declares his innocence and hopes that Frankie will help him.

Frankie really doesn’t want to help, but she agrees and at the same time she is busily trying to solve other recent murders. She discovers an apparent connection between her
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Dave
The Killer In Me is Kiernan’s second novel in her Frankie Sheehan series, a Dublin-based police procedural. Except for the accents though the novel could have taken place most anywhere.

Beginning with a pair of gruesome murders in a church, it is a high-paced exciting novel that explores the frustrations and intensity of a murder investigation. The story weaves the murder investigation with a take about re-opening an old murder now that the killer has served his time. A documentary about that ol
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Laura Rash
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating police procedural that had me gritting my teeth, squirming in my seat and repeatedly saying “oh shit” at the end. I’m hoping there are many more in this series bc the character evolution is really going somewhere.
Nigel
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There is an old case involved here which may have involved a miscarriage of justice. Frankie is asked for her opinion. And then there are fresh crimes which seem to link to the old case. Can things be that simple and who is the murderer after next?

I've read and enjoyed some Tana French books so this appealed to me. I quickly found it an easy read. The characters came to life well enough. I liked Frankie and her sidekick Baz. The crimes were interesting with a good back story. Seeing this is the
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Lauren Stoolfire
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the Dutton Books in exchange for an honest review.

The Killer in Me (Frankie Sheehan #2) by Olivia Kiernan is an excellent followup novel to Too Close to Breathe. She set the bar incredibly high in book one and the sequel doesn't disappoint. It was great to be back in Detective Sheehan's incredibly atmospheric world. I have been thoroughly sucked into this series! Kiernan's writing is complex and engrossing. The detailed world of Dublin, Ireland that her characters inhabit
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Lou
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Killer in Me is the second novel to feature Dublin based Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan of An Garda Síochána’s Bureau for Serious Crime, and having enjoyed Ms Kiernan's debut novel I was excited to see what book two would bring; as it turns out this is even better. The writing flows beautifully from one page to the next, the plot is so, so gripping and twisty, and the topics explored thought-provoking. Instead of using the same exhausted tropes the author goes in her own dire ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus Books for an advance copy of The Killer in Me, the second novel to feature Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan of An Garda Síochána’s Bureau for Serious Crime, based in Dublin.

Frankie’s sister-in-law who runs a legal charity for the victims of miscarriages of justice asks her to review the conviction of Seán Hennessy who has just finished a 17 year sentence for murdering his parents. She is in the middle of a meeting with him when she is cal
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Michelle
The Killer in me by Olivia Kiernan is the second in the Frankie Sheehan series. I didn’t realise this when I requested it. But you can still read it as a standalone. Set in Dublin Ireland DI Frankie Sheehan is investigating husband and wife and left for dead in the local church. As the investigation goes ahead more bodies show up and we learn how these bodies link with each other. The story goes from past and present including DI Sheehan personal experiences.
I thought this was and Ok book. I did
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♥ Sandi ❣
3.75 Thank you to Penguin's First to Read and Dutton publishing for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Published on April 2, 2019.

This is book two in the Frankie Sheehan Detective series. It follows Too Close to Breathe, the first in the crime thriller series, which published in 2017.

"Weapon" "Victim" "Killer" "Justice" Those four words were the clues.

Those four words were the clues that Chief Detective Frankie Sheehan and her partner Baz were given by the murderer. Three dead bodies - s
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Eva
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seventeen years ago, the town of Clontarf was rocked to its very core when fifteen year old Seán Hennessy was convicted of the murder of his parents and attempted murder of his then ten year old sister. Seán always maintained his innocence and now he’s finally been released, he’s set on clearing his name once and for all. But his return to Clontarf sets off another spate of murders. Coincidence or not? Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan will need to keep her wits about her to figure ...more
Kelly Van Damme
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
More than a little shamefaced I admit that this was my first Olivia Kiernan read… She and her first novel in the Frankie Sheehan series, Too Close To Breathe, were somewhere on my radar, but somehow I never got around to actually reading it. Well let me tell you, it is very high on my TBR list now! So you needn’t worry if you haven’t read book 1 in the series, I didn’t feel like I missed anything in terms of Frankie’s past or anything, but since chances are that you, like me, will want to read T ...more
abdulia ortiz-perez
Apr 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
I received this ARC book from Netgalley for honest Review.
What a great thrill and suspense it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, romance and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page,
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Bridget
I like to read a wide range of books, especially those like this one - an extremely intriguing mystery/thriller. The Killer In Me is so much more than that, though. It also delves into some emotive and thought-provoking subjects, particularly of mental health issues, dysfunctional families and domestic violence and deep-rooted resentments set against the backdrop of a small, close-knit town.

I loved that Olivia Kiernan has created a very strong, but flawed female protagonist in Frankie, with the
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peggy
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book to feature DCS Frankie Sheehan. I loved her first book Too Close To Breathe and awarded it five stars. I read this book in one sitting, I could not put it down. I actually finished this rollercoaster of a read at 2.30am. This is a dark read and in places had me sat on the edge of my seat . Heart racing, holding my breath and chilling me to the bone. This is definitely my type of book.
The plot was clever a cold case and a serial killer, what is the connection? I will tell
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Donna
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
As Detective Superintendent Frankie Sheehan meets with convicted killer Sean Hennessy who says he is innocent, two bodies are discovered in a church. The husband has been strangled, then refrigerated for several days. The wife had her throat cut at the scene and both bodies have been staged. Figure out that message.

Sean Hennessy was released from prison 4 months ago after serving 15 years for murdering his parents and attempting to kill his 10 year old sister. Frankie's sister-in-law is trying t
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Louise
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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abdulia ortiz-perez
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this ARC book from Netgalley for honest Review.
What a great thrill and suspense it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, romance and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page,
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Joy Novel Thoughts
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Killer in My by Olivia Kiernan was an suspense novel that I honestly didn't figure out until the very end who was doing the killing!

Often times, I have a very good sense of who the killer is in the stories I read, but I was completely stumped and didn't see this one coming, even though after it was revealed I feel that the author left some clues for us throughout, that I probably could have picked up on sooner.

One that that I really enjoyed was the crime scene staging, because I could visual
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Julie Lacey
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great crime thriller.
There are two stories running side by side which makes this is gripping read.
Frankie is called to a church in Clontarf where two people are found dead. More bodies start to appear and Frankie has to try and find the link.
We also have Sean Hennessey who was convicted of killing his family 17 years ago but he claims he’s innocent.
Frankie starts to look into his case and finds there were problems with the initial Police investigation, however, Frankie's superiors
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marjorie hall-venmore
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I good psychology thriller, I can understand when someone has served 15 yrs in prison for for murder, and wants his case reinvestigating because he says he didn’t do it, that especially a DCI being skeptical. It’s a crab cut read and definitely intriguing. His solicitor truly believe in him, it not all about the forensics allegedly being wrong, especially when he was in for mudering his parents and attempted murder to his sister. His solicitor is the sister in law
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Olivia Kiernan is the author of TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE, a crime thriller where DCS Frankie Sheehan investigates the murder of Dr Eleanor Costello. At first glance the murder appears uncomplicated but soon spills out onto a dark canvas of fear, lies and murder.

Olivia Kiernan grew up in the Irish countryside, a background which left her with a great appreciation of storytelling. Being almost sensible
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