The Kill Club by Wendy Heard

The Kill Club

The Kill Club
by Wendy Heard


362 Pages

Published by Mira Books (17th December 2019)

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My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Harlequin Mira, and the author via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Jazz is in a bit of a mess. Her younger brother is still stuck in the foster care system and living with their abusive foster mother Carol. He is diabetic and Carol refuses to give him his insulin. Jazz will stop at nothing to protect Joaquin, even though she’s a grown adult and not living under the same roof anymore, it won’t stop her from going to the ends of the Earth to save him. Though this time, she’ll be cutting it close, Child Services refuse to step in and no one will listen to her. She’s at her wits end, until she receives an anonymous phone call from a blocked number with the person on the other end offering her a solution to her problem. An underground network of people are out helping take out the abuser of another person in the network, the police think it’s a serial killer, but those involved with the organisation know better, the murders are dubbed the Blackbird Killings, and they’ve asked Jazz to join them. Someone will take care of Carol, all Jazz has to do is kill a stranger, easy, right?

I originally requested this because of the blurb, it intrigued me so much. A secret, underground organisation of people who murder the abusers of others and no one knows who the others are? It sounds complex and in depth and I’m here for it. It didn’t disappoint either.

Jazz is around the age of 30, she’s been out on her own for a while thought but obviously is still doing her best to care for her younger brother Joaquin because their foster mother is off the rails. She’s gotten heavily back in with her shady church and believes that Joaquin’s diabetes will be healed by God, therefore not believing in giving him his insulin. Jazz almost lost Joaquin once before from a similar situation and doesn’t want to risk it happening again. This kid is all she cares about in her life. She lives in a dangerous part of town, and is known at the health care centers by name because she’s forever getting patched up after ending up in a fight. It’s one of the reasons why Child Protective Services wouldn’t allow her to adopt him, or so she believes anyway. So when she ends up with an old flip phone in her possession she thinks nothing of it, until a guy dies at one of her band’s shows, and she thinks she might have encountered the murderer as they were making their getaway. Once she receives a phone call from the head of the Blackbirds, she starts on a slippery slope in order to save Joaquin, however things don’t exactly go to plan and this was where the pacing really started to pick up.

The book wasn’t boring really at any point, and I honestly felt the desperation and terror that Jazz was experiencing throughout the entire story, I won’t lie, it was setting my anxiety off a little because I just didn’t know how she was going to get out of it. The story was relatively fast paced and kept you guessing. I had no idea who the head of the Blackbirds were, I had a suspicion fairly early on but I ended up being wrong. It wasn’t until the reveal that everything fell into place and made total sense, and I didn’t guess it before this so it’s a massive win in my book.

The story takes a look at the horrors of the foster care system and I guess the red tape and trouble that people have when attempting to deal with child protective services, at least in the states. This is a story of a desperate woman who’s just trying to do her damn best even though she knows she’ll probably fail because she has such a low level of faith in herself that it’s terrifying at times.

The set up of the underground network is absolutely brilliant and makes me wonder if something like this has actually happened before, and if it hasn’t’…how come? I don’t want to go into too much detail because I feel like it’s better not really knowing a whole lot going into this story. All I’ll say is that it was fast paced, I was rooting for Jazz the whole way and she was such a believable character full of flaws, which I love. You really can’t help but hope with all your might that she’ll come out the other end victorious, but honestly, you just don’t know if she will most of the time.

The story jumps between perspectives a fair bit, though the majority of the time we’re reading through Jazz’s eyes, we do experience things from the police detective’s points of view, as well as some of the other Blackbirds points of views when they go on their killings. It could get a little confusing at times but overall it wasn’t TOO hard to follow what was going on. It rounded things out a bit more and I guess gave us more of an understanding as to the kinds of people in the organisation and how much of a normal person they really are.

While this book was enjoyable, and I felt like the story was a fresh one in the thriller/crime genre, it didn’t give me that good book vibe that I search for, though in writing this review I’ve actually decided to bump it up to a 4 star read because 3.5 felt a bit too harsh.

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