Hope you’ve had a good week. I’ve had a bit of a funny few days. I recovered from COVID (great news) but my fiancé got poorly with it and has been unwell all week so far. Hopefully he’s approaching the tail end of it now and we can start to return to some kind of normality within our household.
Thank you to @hqstories for this advanced copy of How to Kill Men and Get Away With It by Katy Brent in return for an honest review. How to Kill Men and Get Away With It was published on 12th October and you can get a copy here.
Have you ever walked home and felt scared? Held your keys in your hand, prepared to retaliate if someone attacks you? This is exactly how Kitty Collins started on her killing spree. The guy from the nightclub that wouldn’t leave her alone and had followed her, tripped and fell onto his own wine bottle. It was a waste of a good white wine, but it was what gave Kitty her thirst for revenge. Seeking out guys who preyed on and attacked women. Quite frankly, she’s doing quite well in her new role.
General Thoughts 🤔
This book was exactly what I was looking for and what I needed at this very time. When I picked this up, I was expecting something funny, light hearted but not too fluffy that I would completely lose interest. How to Kill Men and Get Away With It delivered on all of that and I had such a good time reading it.
There were some laugh out loud moments for me but there were also some moments that really made me feel quite sad. This is a pretty common subject matter since #MeToo and it is of course a very important topic, but it was refreshing to read about it with a comedic angle.
The main character in the story was Kitty Collins and although there was potential to really dislike this woman, I ended up falling a little bit in love with her. To begin with, I genuinely thought she was going to be a stuck up, head up her own backside influencer but that changed quite quickly for me. I realised that she was not only a very troubled woman and had suffered through trauma, but she kind of had her heart in the right place when she was running around London killing men.
I did also fall a little bit in love with Charlie. In my head, he was one devastatingly handsome guy and I would very much like to see a picture of how Katy Brent imagined him to see if it aligns with my vision. On top of that, he was a real life hero. I’d go as far to say that Kitty didn’t deserve his love, but Charlie was such a sweetheart, he was going to care for and look after her regardless.
Writing Style ✍️
I really liked the way that this author was able to blend the serious and gruesome with hilarity. I am all for some dark humour and I think that she did it very well in this story. Don’t get me wrong, the crimes weren’t perfect and in reality, I’m pretty certain Kitty would have been caught by the police quite early on, but it didn’t matter to me one bit. The whole thing was entertaining and that’s what I was hooked on.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
This dark, twisted and hilarious story was everything I needed right now. I powered through this relatively short book because once I had started, it was difficult to stop. The murders are ridiculous, but fantastic. The characters were superficial, but riddled with some deep rooted issues. The friendships, romances, traumas and gory goings on, made for a very entertaining read and I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is in the market for a bit of light hearted murder.