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Killing Me

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Amber Jamison is saved from being killed by a serial killer, so you'd think that things would get better after that, right?  Well, you'd be wrong.  Her rescue by a mysterious woman triggers a cross-country flight to escape her past and her present, landing her in even an even hotter situation (and making some new friends) in Las Vegas.  With the odds stacked against them, they may not make it out alive.

I was impressed at this weirdly lighthearted take on a traumatic experience in a life full of traumatic experiences.  Even as we open with her abduction and near-death, the mood is suffused with wry humor--a sort of dark comedy.  I feel her frustration as she tries to gain a modicum of control.  She's a broken woman trying to find a place and a way to fit in.  This was a surprisingly action-packed and clever look at some very dark subjects.  

Trigger warning:  abduction, violence, abandonment.
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From the first page of this wild novel, I was hooked and happily went on the wild and scary ride created by Michelle Gagnon. Amber Jamison gets kidnapped in the first few pages by a serial killer whose MO is creepy and disgusting. Miraculously, Amber is helped by someone wielding a cattle prod.

Amber begins a flight to save herself from what seems to be someone determined to kill her. She hits the road with no real destination in mind. The goal is to lay low and evade police and killers. 

The various characters in this hilarious novel provide constant excitement and anecdotes of women's lives. Women who live on the edge. They have seen it all. They live insecure lives in a time when predators lurk in every corner. Amber is good at making friends and getting people to trust her. As a group, women come to her rescue time and time again. 

As we get to know the stories of each of these women, we learn about Amber's life and how she became a rogue on the run; I enjoyed this novel immensely! I loved the twists and turns and recommend this novel as a 2023 star read.

Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
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I love, love, loved this book. Thrillers are my go-to genre, but cheeky, sparky dark comedy thrillers are my favorite rare gem. I have zero complaints about this book (except I always prefer an epilogue!) , I'll  keep my fingers crossed that maybe this will become a series or duology.
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This book was so …. UNEXPECTED. I didn’t really see the entirety of the plot coming.
In the very first chapter, Amber is kidnapped by a serial killer. She’s shaved bald, painted blue, and awaiting a strangling when she’s inexplicably saved by “Ski Mask” and her killer is murdered.
And that’s just the beginning.
What came next was totally unexpected & such a fun ride!
#michellegagnon #killingme #netgalley @netgalley
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Wow wow wow! What a ride! This book was fantastic. Literally had everything from serial killers to friendship to humor. I am really thinking this is going in my top favorites I have read this year.
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Killing Me was a WILD ride. Hilariously written yet dark and gruesome at times too. Definitely for those that love a dark comedy or My Favorite Murder. Absolutely loved it.
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Thank you Net Galley for the ARC! This book was different and so much fun! There were a few times I wanted to shake the main character but I enjoyed the story and the twists and turns. I recommend this book as it's a fun, quick, and smart read!
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Who knew a serial killer book could be so hilarious!? Reading Amber's thoughts as she beats herself up for being the next victim of the Pikachu killer was just brilliant. Then her life gets turns upside down and the story goes on one wild ride.

I liked how you never quite sure who is telling the truth until the end. It is fast paced and just so funny and I can't remember when I have laughed so hard reading a book. I like how Amber is one bad ass heroine that is funny, and sarcastic and street wise.

Kudos for a such a fast paced, funny, LGBTQ thriller.
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From the first page the reader is locked into Amber's story.  How many books do you know that start with the main character being abducted by a serial killer and mentally kicking herself for being just like those other "stupid girls" who were abducted before her?  This girl has attitude and the persistence of a pit bull.  Yes, she gets rescued by a woman dressed in black (who hunts serial killers), but that's not enough for her--she wants answers and she won't give up until she has them.  Going from being the victim to joining in the hunt for possibly the nation's most dangerous serial killer could easily have gotten overwritten, but author Gagnon has enough laughs and crazy situations to keep you engaged and racing towards the end of the book.  Will there be a sequel?   Let's hope so!
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Fast paced, great plot and overall just a great book. It was easy to read without getting confused by too much information.
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This may be the most hilarious serial killer book ever!

Lol, that was even funny to write.   This book starts with Amber, a 20something who is running from her past.   "eye's not rolling"   We don't really know why but don't have time to guess  anyway because by page ten she is abducted by a crazy serial killer.   Of course she is!   She's pretty much dead to rights before she is saved by a mysterious person who she just calls, "Ski Mask"   Then she is just suddenly free.   So she does what comes natural and goes on the run again to Vegas.   Where, of course, she gets in the crosshairs of another serial killer.   Then one is much worse and has killed hundreds of people.   

So why so funny?   It's because this book has sass and does it right.   Amber is snarky and flat out hilarious.   How many times have you read a book where the author tries to write a snarky character and it comes out just annoying?   (I'm looking RIGHT at you almost every single Mr./Mrs/Ms/ Urban Fantasy author)  The author of this one:  Michelle Gagnon just nails it.   

This book is just fun to read and Amber soon falls into a small group of great characters.   The chemistry and prose between them is outstanding and unforgettable.   Just "Fun"   And this one has all my pluses:   Short chapters that fly by and it's kept to close to 300 pages.   

The only negative is that it is so snarky that you can't take it too seriously.   And I wish there was more interaction with the serial killer throughout.   But that may be by design and you may or may not get a chilling showdown.   No spoilers, of course.   

So very highly recommended and it looks like were getting a sequel so can't wait!  

A very hearty thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons for giving me the opportunity to read this book and it has a publication date of May 16, 2023.

Advance Reader Copy given for free for honest review.
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When Amber narrowly misses getting killed by a serial killer, she ends up tracking him down with the help of his (crazy?) twin sister. With a long list of quirky characters, Amber travels all over Las Vegas trying to set a trap. This one was twisty, funny, and had a great, damaged main character who you root for until the end. I haven't read anything by Michelle Gagnon, but I will be looking forward to a sequel. Recommended.
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Killing Me is such a fun read! Amber comes from a family of grifters and has somehow managed to find herself abducted by a serial killer. She is rescued by a woman in a ski mask and then things start to get super weird. Who is this woman and how did she know to save Amber?

Killing Me went for laughs and thrills and the plot was executed very well. The author's writing style was complex, dark, thrilling, and funny. If you love the Finlay Donovan series as much as I do, you will love this! 

 This book was a refreshing read and very fast paced. I connected with the characters and the humor was the cherry on top. Gagnon did a great job with this one! Also, the twist had me for a second….   

Overall, I am a huge fan of this one and per the acknowledgements, we are getting a sequel!!! I cannot wait!
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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This is a wild ride!

After Amber is inexplicably rescued from a serial killer her life is changed. This is a fascinating book full of intrigue and drama. Amber's story is well paced and intriguing as she gets wrapped up in the life of her rescuer, leading them both into more danger tracking down a deadly killer. There's a great twist and an interesting variety of characters. We get to know Amber and her past as well as the past of those around her that have come back to haunt them.

This book is a page turner!
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It took me a week to read this book. I wasn’t fully bought in to the story until about 30% of the way through, and some of what happened was definitely extra. 

Initially I was intrigued by the serial killer story and how Amber was saved, but the story lost me right after until I got further into the book.

I liked the style of storytelling and the ending was satisfying enough, but I probably wouldn’t pick this one up to read again. 

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This was somehow a hilarious read despite the subject matter. I can relate to kicking myself in the midst of a situation I shouldve known better than to fall into. Great read.
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This was SUCH a pick me up from the "standard" thriller formula you see so often. I love this genre but it can get so monotonous and Killing Me could NOT be farther from that. It's funny and action packed and queer and full of twists and turns I cannot recommend it enough.
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Thank you NetGalley and Putman books for giving me this book to read. Amber is the newest victim of the "Pikachu Killer" serial killer. She couldn't believe that this is happening to her, she is always aware of her surroundings. She gets rescued and flees to Las Vegas where it's about to happen all over again. This book will make you laugh and keep you guessing.
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Amber just escaped a serial killer, or did she? 
LGBTQ+ humorous thriller? YES, PLEASE. 
Witty, fast paced, original and truly entertaining. 
A total fresh air when it comes to thrillers.
You can really connect with the main character. 
I absolutely loved this book and it has easily become one of my favorites. 
Cannot recommend enough.
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Whip smart, super funny story!
When we meet Amber she has been kidnapped (fairly easily) by a serial killer. She partially so terrified she can't think and partially embarrassed upon belief that she let this happen to herself. Desperate to escape, she doesn't think twice when a masked woman saves her and she goes underground immediately.

When she turns up in Las Vegas, she quickly finds that she has not outrun her problems.  A serial killer (maybe the same? Maybe a new killer?) is clearly  nearby and praying on women. Amber relies on her old grifter tricks and ends up befriending a few unlikely allies. When the masked woman appears again, Amber needs to make a choice on whether to trust her or to keep running. If you love unlikely heroines, sharp and funny dialogue and unusual and creative plot lines, Killing Me is for you! #penguin
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