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The Murder List

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Oh many this was a wild book! I loved it.  It is one of those books that you own't want to put down. It alternates between Mary's POV and the detectives. I enjoyed having different view points of this story. Overall, such a great story and I loved the different characters. It kept me hooked.
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This book 🤯🤯
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It's one of those books with tons of speculation in so it's SUPER fun to buddy read and I had the best time on this one!
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The concept is simple. Mary is a crime writer and for Christmas she anonymously receives a diary. She's about to send it to the charity shop but glances through it quickly first when there it is. Listed are the first name and locations of planned murders. All seems like a joke until the 1st Jan and the words Murder, Lisa, Oxford come true.
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Guess who's name is 1st April? Why, Mary of course. In this race-against-time will Mary be able to work with the police to prevent her own murder? As each predicted murder happens time is slipping away and Mary suspects EVERYONE.
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The question is, will she survive to write the crime story of her life, or will someone be writing it about her?
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This is pacey, edge of your seat stuff. I suspected pretty much everyone all the way through. I even suspected everybody in on it together at one point. I had prediction after prediction and every single one was rubbish 😂
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If you need a slump breaker or something that will grip you until the early hours, this is it. You won't be disappointed!
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This is the first Jackie Kabler book I've read and it certainly will not be my last!
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This is a quick-paced and fun mystery that I flew through rather quickly. 

Mary receives a diary that lists out vague details about murders that were upcoming.  That last murder in the diary  (aka datebook) lists her own name.  She goes immediately to police and they're all against the clock to catch a killer.  Mary has secrets in her own life, could they be the link? 

This story grips you from the first chapter and continues at a great pace.  It's full of great characters and will keep you guessing while the plot twists and turns.
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I found The Murder List intriguing just from reading the description. There were plenty of twists, turns and red herrings that kept me turning the pages and I sped through the story at lightning speed as I just did not want to put it down. I highly recommend The Murder List.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC.
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The Murder List was a really good psychological thriller that I couldn’t put down once I had started it.
Mary is a freelance writer and after Christmas flips through a diary she was given as a Christmas present but she can’t remember who gave it her. Mary is alarmed to find four dates already written in it;
1st January MURDER Lisa, Oxford.
1st February MURDER Jane, Birmingham.
1st March MURDER David, Cardiff.
1st April MURDER Mary, Cheltenham.
The first murder has already happened and is correct, if the list is followed Mary will be dead on April fools day. Mary with the help of the police try to find out who the murderer is and plan to keep Mary safe, but Mary has secrets of her own that no one knows about but this may not be the case if Mary needs to stay alive.
I would like to thank Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, OneMoreChapter for this ARC I received in exchange for an honest review.
This was a great read and had me guessing from the start but I did not get the culprit so definitely a bonus point there. The book has some good characters in it and progressed at a good speed. The ending was a little wild but still enjoyable.
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Being a big fan of Jackie's previous books, I am thrilled to be able to take part in the blog tour for her latest novel, The Murder List.

Crime reporter, Mary Ellis, receives a "gift" on the run up to Christmas. It turns out to be a lovely diary, pre-populated with the names, dates and locations of upcoming murders. Needless to say, Mary is more than a little spooked by this, particularly as the last name on the list seems to be hers...  What a gripping start to the book!

The story flips between Mary's first-person narrative and the third-person narrative of the police investigation. I particularly liked the idea that part of the story was told from the point of view of a character who knows/suspects that she is going to be a potential victim. This certainly adds an extra element of suspense and urgency to the tale.

The plot is absorbing and intriguing and whilst I don't want to ruin it for anyone, suffice to say that there is murder, several concurrent police investigations and a number of twists, some of which caught me completely off-guard. I do love a book that has the ability to surprise me! 

The character development is well-done. The author slowly peels back the layers, gradually revealing Mary to be an unexpectedly complex character. I found myself questioning and becoming suspicious of her reactions to certain events.

Overall, a great twisty thriller that kept me gripped until the very last line. Suspenseful, clever and very entertaining - I would happily recommend this book.
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This is such a clever tale, and I had strong feelings as to who was behind everything but ended up gobsmacked by the end result. The characterisation is brilliant with more to many of the characters than meets the eye. There are abundant red herrings and I was completely hooked by the tale. Mary who works in publishing receives a diary on Christmas Eve and when she takes a look at it everything is pointing to the fact that on 1st April, Mary will die. Told from mainly Mary's viewpoint, the reader gets to know her well as she tries along with the police to track down the diary author and killer before it's her turn. Speedily-paced, suspenseful and atmospheric, it's well-executed with terrific plotting and I didn't want to put it down. Smartly done and unpredictable.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from One More Chapter via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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When Mary, a freelance crime writer receives a diary in the post near Christmas she thinks nothing of it, another present from a colleague. But when she eventually opens it there are 4 entries in it at the start of the each month with the word kill, a single name and a town. The last entry is for April 1st - Kill Mary Cheltenham. As the first name on the list turns up murdered in the town that matches the name also, she realises she may have a serial killer on her hands and one that is letting her know she will be the last on the list. Can she and police find out who it is before her time comes?

This is a cool idea and the book for the most part zips along nicely. There is plenty of tension as you try to figure out what’s going on and it’s ramped up as the weeks pass and we get closer to April. 

The negatives here. Some of the dialogue, especially among the police is really shoddy and poorly written. Takes you right out of the story. Also the red herrings felt really clumsily handled as they were pushed so much in your face you knew it was a vehicle for apparent distraction. 

The last 20% of the book totally falls apart and sinks into the ludicrous and also tacks on and extra 2-3 chapters that were totally unnecessary. 

I sound like I’m pretty down on this book and I am because it was a great premise and it has some great moments. It just suffers from some poor writing and the old adage of losing the run of itself and having twists that seem to be there for the sake of it, not really adding to the story but taking away from it. 

2.5 stars rounded up to 3 because, despite the criticism I enjoyed large chunks of this pretty original tale. 

Thanks to the publisher for the ARC through Netgalley.
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This was such an easy read and I was intrigued from the start. The author has a way of making everyone look guilty and I was always changing my mind about who the villain was.  And I can’t forget those mind blowing twists. I definitely did not see them coming and loved that she didn’t wait for the end for them. The only thing that would have made it better was not having to explain the how at the end.  Personally I prefer when it naturally comes out in the story, but if that is my only complaint, then I guess it was good.
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I absolutely loved this! 
The author really kept the story going with all the twists and turns! After each chapter I just had to keep reading on! Some moments I was literally just sat there with my mouth wide open in shock 🤣
Every time I had a new suspect who I thought was the murderer turned out to be completely wrong! 
I loved how the author threw in multiple people for suspects and kept you wanting to know more. 
This was the first book I’ve read from this author and I look forward to reading more!
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This is my third thriller by Jackie Kabler and I was both excited and intrigued by the premise. A killer forewarning his victim? What an interesting read this could be!

Freelance crime writer Mary Ellis receives a blank diary as a gift just days before Christmas and thinks nothing more of it. Until six weeks later she's clearing a bunch of random items including a couple of unwanted gifts to send to charity. She picks up the expensive leather-bound diary and flicks through the pages...and realises it's not blank after all.

1st January - MURDER Lisa, Oxford
1st February - MURDER Jane, Birminghams
1st March - MURDER David, Cardiff
1st April - MURDER Mary, Cheltenham

Is this some kind of sick joke? It's already the end of January which means the first murder must have already occurred and the second one is now just days away. And then she recalls the body of a young barrister in Oxford found, her murder still unsolved. Was her name Lisa?

Mary knows immediately that she must inform the police and let them take charge of the diary and investigation. But as each month draws to a close, Mary begins to feel anxious knowing what is in store but not knowing exactly who the next victim will be...not until the call comes through or news hits the press.

And then Mary receives a threatening letter, naming her as the fourth victim, thus calling her Family Liaison Officer in a frantic panic. So why forewarn Mary of her impending murder when the other three are just random mystery names? How can the police possibly track down the actual intended victim before they become a victim?

Throughout this reign of terror, Mary has confided in her closest friend and housemate Pete, although the police have asked her to swear him to the utmost secrecy. But when people begin to find out her intentions, Mary starts to wonder who can she truly trust?

And as February ticks over into March, April looms closer. The clock is ticking...and time is almost running out. Can Mary and the police uncover the killer before claiming Mary has the final victim?

A fast-paced thriller, THE MURDER LIST was indeed a different concept and an intriguing one to say the least. There are many red herrings, false leads and twists that it will make your head spin. Then about halfway through comes the biggest shock of all! I did NOT see that coming...and then I began to look at the mystery differently. Did this reveal have something to do with what is really going on? Or is just another red herring? But the twists didn't stop. I had about four suspects at one stage, as I slowly eliminated them one by one...to be replaced by yet another latecomer to the mix. I was almost convinced of three of them of possible involvement when another fourth made me stop and wonder. Making me realise, I really had no clue at all. lol

Predominantly narrated in the first person by Mary herself, THE MURDER LIST also takes in the investigation from each of the local constabularies of each region. It was interesting to watch them hammer it out together and factor in key points whilst dismissing others. And it became quite clear that the police had no clue either. By the end, Mary was almost a quivering wreck from anxiety over the looming attack whilst everyone else was left scratching their heads...myself included.

THE MURDER LIST is a fun and entertaining read. I loved the underlying theme that began in the prologue and was always just a whisker away from the rest of the story. I knew it had to be important but I wasn't sure how it factored in. I wasn't entirely impressed with who the villain turned out to be and even less impressed with their motive behind the murders. My own theory was far more impressive...but to share that would be to reveal spoilers.

I really enjoyed THE MURDER LIST, though admittedly not as must as "The Perfect Couple" or "The Happy Family" - both of which I loved. Still it was an entertaining read and a good solid thriller. Perfect for fans of thrillers with a little procedural and a lot of twists to make for a fun-filled ride.

I would like to thank #JackieKabler, #Netgalley, #OneMoreChapter and #RachelsRandomResources for an ARC of #TheMurderList in exchange for an honest review.

This review appears on my blog at https://stinathebookaholic.blogspot.com/.
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This is a fun twisty, story within a story read. That had me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. Jackie Kabler masterfully crafted this read to leave you dangling from a cliff until the last possible moment. I thought I had it all figured out and of course I didn't. The characters are deeply layered with secrets that are exposed throughout the book. I absolutely loved that aspect, the story within the story, I had no idea that it was coming and bam it knocked me for a loop every single time a new layer was exposed.

Mary is a freelance crime writer, who craves the next big story. When one massive story lands unexpectedly right in her lap. She receives a diary for Christmas, as she is about to pass it on to Goodwill she flips through to see if there is name so she can properly thank them. Instead she discovers something more dark and sinister between the pages. On the beginning of the first three months there is a single name, the town they live, and the chilling word murder. On the fourth month is the name Mary and her town. This leads Mary and the police down a dark road of always being a step behind and never having enough information. Is Mary the Mary listed in the book? Will the police be able to uncover who is behind this spine chilling diary?

From the first page you are on a mad sprint, the pages will be flying, and your mind will be going at warp speed to figure who is behind the diary. Thank you to Jackie Kabler, One More Chapter, and HarperCollins UK for this thrilling read.
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Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an ARC of The Murder List by Jackie Kabler!

When Mary receives a blank diary as a present, she thinks nothing of it. Until she opens the diary, and sees it’s not blank after all…

1st January MURDER LISA, OXFORD
1st February MURDER JANE, BIRMINGHAM
1st March MURDER DAVID, CARDIFF
1st April MURDER MARY, CHELTENHAM

Is this a sick joke? But…it’s the end of January now. And a woman called Lisa was murdered in Oxford on 1st January. Could there really be a killer out there, planning to commit a new murder each month? And is the Mary due to be killed on 1st April her? The clock is ticking for Mary to uncover the truth, before she becomes the next victim on the killer’s list…

This book is a twisted ride that doens't let up until the very end! I thought I might know who the killer was, but I was surprised with the real identity. I couldn't put this book down once I started it because I had to know how it ended. It idea kind of reminded me of Death Note, without the supernatural twist. I will definitly be reading mpore books by Jackie Kabler!
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Many thanks to Netgalley and One More Chapter for access to the eARC prior to publication. 

I am not usually a thriller/murder mystery reader - but this just spoke to me. What a read! I absolutely steamed through this. I was lucky enough to be part of the One More Chapter blogger readalong for this and I don't know how I'll ever read another thriller without having others reading with me - it was so much fun to theorise with everyone!

This novel really keeps you guessing; as Kabler's 4th novel in this genre, she has really honed everything she learnt in writing the first 3. The writing is strong and fluid; the plot unique; the reveals stunning.

What I particularly loved is that this one really kept me guessing. I only guessed one of the many twists and usually I avoid this genre because I find them too predictable - Jackie really had me stumped for a large part of this. I suspected everyone, to the point where I'd started a little notebook as if I were an actual detective!!

Overall, this was a great read and I'd be happy to read more of Kabler's work in future.
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The Murder List was an intense thriller that kept me guessing throughout. I loved how the author included plenty of twists and turns, I think I believed every character could be the killer at one point or another. 

I also enjoyed how the narrative switched between that of main character Mary and the police. Learning about police procedures and how different forces work together gave the book extra depth. This allowed an alternative perspective of a murder investigation alongside the view of the victim. 

All the characters were well developed and the author added suspicion to the story through them. This was very cleverly weaved through the plot and allowed for a lot of second guessing. I will definitely read more from this author.
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While announcing a forthcoming murder is not a new concept in a murder mystery, this story gives it a twenty-first-century makeover with powerful psychological suspense interwoven with the police procedural. Mary is a convincing and likeable character, especially in the early stages of the story. As it progresses and her secrets reveal themselves, she is more of an unreliable narrator.

There are many motives and suspects explored in this pacy novel. The characters are believably flawed with good characterisation. Mary's first-person viewpoint and the contrasting third-person police procedural element give the reader an omnipotent view of events.

I liked the original aspects of the story, the multilayered characters and the clever plot twist. It's the perfect read for all amateur sleuths.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
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Mary Ellis is a freelance crime writer.  She has an office at a place called The Hub because she prefers working away from home.  Her housemate is Pete who has a girlfriend named Megan.  

As Mary and Pete are gathering things to giveaway, some of which are various Christmas gifts she received from people.  She got a desk calendar from someone who failed to leave their name.  Opening it, she sees notes on some pages listing a first name, a date and the city where they are to be murdered.  It matches a name of someone who has been murdered and further down, she sees her own name, Mary.  Shocked, she takes it to the police to be investigated.

Mary’s father was a famous author of crime novels.  He was killed in a house fire that also injured Mary.  He left her a lot of money some of which she put into buying her large home.  Having her good friend Pete as her housemate makes her feel safe.

As hard as the police work, they are unable to find the potential people to be murdered before it’s too late.  Now, Mary is next!

The tension in this story builds well making me imagine Mary biting her nails as “the day” approaches.  Even as some truths are revealed, I still could not understand why Mary would be targeted.  I had an idea or two who the killer could be but I was totally wrong.  I was a bit disappointed when the killer was revealed because it seemed so unbelievable.  However, the story is solid and I think readers will enjoy this thriller.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I became a fan of Jackie Kabler after reading The Perfect Couple (if you have not already read this one, you need to!!) . I was completely intrigued by the synopsis for The Murder List, and I just knew I had to request it! The cover made it even that much more enticing! 

The Murder List, is the type of book that leads you in one direction and you believe you have it all figured out and then a major plot twist gets thrown in your face.

Talk about a sucker punch! 

As soon as I started, I knew I would not be able to stop. Chapter one instantly pulls you right in and will keep your attention. The slow exposures to what is being unveiled are craftfully done. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced psychological thriller and I believe you will too! Out May 31, you do not want to miss this!
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What a pleasant surprise....  Just when I thought I was never going to find a decent thriller as recently its been non stop 3/5 star reviews, this gem lands on my kindle.  One word - wow!
 I'm usually do so cocky about outwitting the author and guessing the murderer, I could see 4 possibly suspects that the writer was hinting at but I was do sure I'd out-smarted them and a 5th far less obvious culprit but I was so do wrong, which I loved! Literally just guessed correctly about 2 pages before the reveal - amazing!!
I have never come across this author, Jackie Kabler before but I will most definitely be looking up her other books.
A very strong 5 stars!
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It all kicks off when Mary receives a notebook with a list of names and dates for their murder.  The last name on the list- is Mary's!  It's currently January and the news is reporting a murder matching the first name on the list.  Mary has until April until Mary in Cheltenham will be murdered.  She puts it into high-gear and starts working with the police to figure out who is behind this notebook and the murders.

I loved about 95% of this book, it kept me up late at night while I followed the investigation with Mary.  There is one part I did not like and it didn't make sense to me.  However, there were other twists that pretty much made up for my disappointment.
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