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The Kill Club

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,445 ratings  ·  404 reviews
Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother.

Their foster mother, Carol, has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens thirteen-year-old Joaquin’s life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time.

Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. T
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Published December 17th 2019 by Mira Books
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Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
If the movie The Box had an elicit affair with Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, The Kill Club would be the murderous revenge-filled wife.

The first half of this book had me held in rapt attention, flipping pages with abandon.

With The Kill Club, Wendy Heard has offered up a gripping and thought-provoking plotline with a badass main character.

Would you be willing to kill a toxic person from a stranger's life in exchange for an equally bad person being eliminated from yours? A bit of quid pro quo
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
So you decided to make a deal with the devil....but the devil doesn't deliver his end.. or does he? Welcome to The Kill Club.

"First rule of murder club, don't talk about murder club." I loved this line! Wendy Heard has dished out a thrilling ride with this book. Upon starting it, the overall theme rang a bit similar to another book I had just read- The Other People ( which I loved, by the way). Yet the concept may be similar, the story line went into a completely different direction.

Random murde
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
“First rule of murder club, don’t talk about murder club.”

As you may have guessed simply from the title The Kill Club by Wendy Heard is not a new or overly original plot but one that tackles the idea of the characters killing a stranger in order for another person to kill the horrible person in their life. Regardless of this idea being done before Wendy Heard still made a compelling story with her version.

Jazz and her younger brother grew up in foster care but now that Jazz has aged out her thir
Berit Talks Books
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first rule of murder club ...What happens in murder club, stays in Murder club.

could you murder a stranger if in return a stranger would murder someone who is harming you? That is the premise of this highly addictive game of cat and mouse. Jazz is running out of options as to what to do about her younger brother Joaquin and his foster mother who refuses to give him the insulin he needs to survive. When she receives a mysterious phone call with a solution to her problem, she is tempted. BUT
“The Kill Club” by Wendy Heard is a variation of Patricia Highsmith’s “Strangers on a Train”. The major differences are that the Kill Club is an organized group, and no one knows who is involved, other than the organizers.

Desperate Jasmine aka “Jazz” is at the end of her rope. Her brother is a diabetic and stuck with his adoptive mother Carol. Carol is a religious enthusiast who speaks in tongues and believes that God will cure anything, and modern medicine is useless. Jazz tries to get her brot
DJ Sakata
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“Okay,” I say, and in that one word is contained an ocean of acceptance. This is where I am. This is what I’m doing.

I think about what the reporter said, that the people who have been killed have had records of stalking, domestic violence. It actually sounds like the voice on the phone is who they say they are. They invented a serial killer. The police are searching LA for a murderer that doesn’t exist.

I don’t know how I feel about this, morally. Is it bad to kill someone like C
Kimberly Belle
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wendy Heard has a real knack for creating characters who are as unique as they are compelling, with real-life flaws and big, strong voices. Jazz in The Kill Club has a gritty, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vibe, and she drives the action in this full-throttle thriller all the way to the deliciously dark end. I can’t wait to see what Heard comes up with next.
j e w e l s
Jun 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
Feeling lucky to get the ARC! Wendy Heard is amaaaazing.
I knew from the synopsis that this would be a tough one for me. Child abuse is always a difficult subject to read about, but religiously motivated child abuse really makes my blood boil. The only reason I picked up this book despite my reservations was out of hope that I would get to read something terrible happen to Jazz’s fanatically religious and abusive former foster mom, Carol.

Thankfully, I managed to get through the book with minimal anger and frustration at what a terrible person Carol wa
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, read2020
Jazz is just trying to keep her brother safe from their foster mom and gets wrapped up in a murder for hire scheme in Los Angeles. Very fast read, couldn't put it down! ...more
4.5 stars. What a story! This thriller/mystery kept me on the edge of my seat for pretty much the whole book. Jasmine Benavides aka Jazz has tried everything to no avail through the proper channels of police, child protection, etc. to help her younger brother, living with an abusive foster/adoptive mother Carol who withholds his diabetes medication. A mysterious organization contacts Jazz and promises a "permanent" solution to Carol. The catch? For someone else to kill Carol, she has to kill som ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Jazz who would do absolutely anything for her little brother Joaquin. Worried about his safety at the hands of their diabolical foster Mom, who refuses to give him his insulin because "God" will manage his diabetes, Jazz has run out of options. She then receives a phone call with a solution to end it all and make her brother safe again but with one condition. The Kill Club asks - how far would you go to protect someone you love?
Author Wendy Heard creates unique, compelling c
4.5 stars. This fantastic thriller felt like a mix of Strangers on a Train and Stephen White's Kill Me (which I wholeheartedly recommend if you liked this book.) Jasmine "Jazz" Benavides is trying to figure out how to save her younger brother, Joaquin, from their religious nut foster mother, Carol, who won't give him his insulin, when she finds herself in the middle of an organization that will get rid of Carol for her if she kills someone else first. When things go wrong, Jazz becomes a target ...more
Halley Sutton
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An unputdownable thriller that's also an incisive look at the failings of the foster care/child protectives services systems and a love letter to East LA. I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this book; I literally got a sunburn because I could not stop reading it. Move indoors? That would slow me down, better to keep going. SO DAMN GOOD! Can't wait for more from Wendy Heard! ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was such a wild ride
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
This book reminds me of something that I just can't *quite* put my finger on and it's driving me crazy! This is one of those ripple effect kind of books. You do one thing then that thing make another thing happen and so on and so forth. When you're desperate, why wouldn't you take what seems like a fairly reasonable, albeit deadly, deal? There are rules set in place of course... and you must follow them, but sometimes you're just damned if you do and damned if you don't.

I flew through the first
Aga Durka
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well that was a wild ride! I could not flip the pages quick enough while reading this crazy suspense/thriller. Wendy Heard created an action packed, intense, and chilling story with a very likable main character - Jazz. This was an interesting read, with a clever and thought-provoking plot, and I would have probably given it a 5 star rating however, I was left a little unsatisfied with the ending. I am not sure if I missed something when reading the second part of the book (maybe I was flipping ...more
Kat Dietrich

The Kill Club by Wendy Heard is a psychological thriller. 

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher  Harlequin - MIRA, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

People are being poisoned in public places, and the police fear there is a serial killer on the loose.  Mind you, most of these people deserve to die.  Someone out there is a vigil
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
This book was a bit of a slow starter for me and definitely seemed like a slight rip-off of The Chain Similar premise--an anonymous person contacts you to kill someone, and in turn someone in your life that you want to be rid of will be killed. I had a lot of logistical questions about this book, and the ultimate person behind the murder club was a head-scratcher and didn't make much sense.
I liked Jazz and Joaquin and their parts of the story elevated the tale beyond all of the cat-and-mouse ch
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
- enjoyable but kind of lost footing in the second half
Laura Peden
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
That was fun! Reminded me a bit of The Chain. I really enjoyed the characters. There was even a fight scene with a titty twister 🤣 I managed to binge this in one day with very little free time. If you’re looking for something quick, light & over-the-top, I recommend this one!
Random murders are happening all over Los Angeles. People are being killed in very public places. These murders are linked and the police are advising people that there is a serial killer on the loose, Victims are injected with a poison that results in a very painful death. "The Blackbird" leaves his calling card, a playing card, at the scene of the crime. The killer is slick, until he starts to make mistakes. Jazz, a young woman who was raised in foster care, is trying to take care of her young ...more
I had high hopes for this book because the concept was so interesting and it had so much potential. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. The writing and Jazz's character in particular felt like this book should have been YA. It was leaning younger for me. I didn't totally hate this book but I thought a lot of twists were predictable and it didn't impress me much (feeling my inner Shania Twain right now haha). ...more
Megan Collins
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You’re gonna want to get comfortable when you read this book, because once you start, you *will not* be able to stop. THE KILL CLUB, Wendy Heard’s sophomore thriller, is a breathless, chilling adventure through an LA terrorized by a series of murders the police have dubbed the Blackbird Killings. Jazz would do anything to protect her much younger brother Joaquin, so when she receives an anonymous call from someone offering a permanent solution to her problem with her abusive foster mother, Jazz ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I flew through reading this intense thriller focused on finding out what was ultimately going to happen to Jazz and her friend Sophia and their brother and daughter, respectively. The main character Jazz, is a very layered character-she seemed much more alive to me then anyone of the others. Unfortunately, behind all the action(I mean this book is action-packed), I did not feel the resolution of the plot was justified. The premise of the story is fantastic. Who would not want your mortal enemy, ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
You know... I think I'll pass on this club
Amanda McGill
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery, 2019
For full review and interview with the author - The Limit of Books Does Not Exist

I’m happy to have found a new thriller author! I was hooked so early on in The Kill Club. The concept is very interesting – could you kill a stranger in order to save someone you loved? I really enjoyed the way that the novel exploded the concept and how it didn’t just look at Jazz, but others in the same situation.

I love it how Jazz wasn’t your typical character. She was super gutsy, but most of the time she doesn’
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked the dark concept of this book, and it was such a quick and easy yet enjoyable read. Plus I mean the title was just too perfect for our buddy read group #killclubthrills so we had to read this!

“The Kill Club” has a fast pace as you find out more about each character and the specific situations they find themselves in. I liked Jasmine as a character, and found myself laughing at some of the little quips/jokes throughout the novel. Each character had a unique voice and backstory that
Diana Urban
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a nonstop nail-biter with such an amazing premise, which I'm going to keep vague here as to not give anything away. The pacing was spectacular — I read it in a single sitting, and couldn't put it down. The short chapters kept me like, "Just one more chapter... okay just one more, nope one more...". I was HOOKED. And by the end I was literally gasping (my husband actually asked from the other room, "Are you okay?" Ha!).

And while this was action-packed, the characters all felt reall
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book, after I professed my undying love for Hunting Annabelle. Honestly, The Kill Club had me just at the title. The premise is amazing, and I hope that the story would live up to the name AND LET ME TELL YOU---it does.

This is an amazing tale of revenge that you won't be able to put down. From the first chapter, I was hooked. I could not put this book down, I was so invested in the characters, I HAD to know what was going to happen. My heart broke fo
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Wendy Heard is the author of suspense and thrillers for adults and teens, including THE KILL CLUB, SHE’S TOO PRETTY TO BURN, and DEAD END GIRLS. Wendy has spent most of her life in Los Angeles, California, which is on fire more than she would honestly prefer, and can often be found haunting local hiking trails and bookstores. She loves all things vintage and has a collection of thrillers and adven ...more

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