How To Kill a Guy in Ten Ways – Eve Kellman

Are you on a date that doesn’t feel right?
Can’t shake that creepy guy at the bar?
Worried you’re being followed home?
Message M.

After one too many terrifying encounters, Millie Masters sets up a hotline for women who feel unsafe walking home alone at night: Message M.

But very quickly she realises that there’s much more to be done to help the women who call in. Because the men just do it again the next night, and the next, and the next…

And when her own sister is assaulted on a night out, the temptation to take the law into her own hands becomes too much to resist.

Because M can also stand for murder…

A deliciously dark, hilariously twisted serial killer thriller with a villainous female lead. Perfect for fans of Bella Mackie’s How to Kill Your Family, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer, or anyone who enjoyed watching You.

Book Info: Print length: 374 pages. Publisher: Avon. Publication Date: 28 May 2024

My Thoughts:

As much as I love dark crime and thrillers, I really do enjoy the lighter side of crime and an accidental female serial killer will always make me laugh so I eagerly downloaded Eve Kellman’s How to Kill a Guy in Ten Ways after reading several darker books back-to-back.

Millie Masters is our heroine/narrator/accidental serial killer who begins the story by rescuing other women from potential danger. Women who are on a date and feel uncomfortable, women who are being harassed at a bar or feel unsafe walking home. She runs a one-woman rescue hotline called “Message M” set up after her younger sister was violently attacked just over a year ago.

It’s only when she’s called to save a young woman who thinks she’s been drugged and Millie “accidentally” kills the man that she starts to wonder if perhaps ridding the world of dangerous men isn’t actually a crime.

This is a book full of dry wit, dark humour and often laugh out loud moments but the underlying theme is a powerful one. Millie’s relationship with her little sister is heart-breaking and tough to read in places as we follow her sister’s mental and physical decline since the attack and Millie’s determination to find her sister’s rapist and destroy him.

With themes of rape, sexual assault and incest, this book may cause Trigger Warnings, however I personally thought the author dealt with this topics in a sensitive and not overly gratuitous way.

Despite the serious themes mentioned above, How To Kill A Guy in 10 Ways is a highly entertaining, funny and topical read and I definitely recommend it to fans of Sweetpea/How To Kill Your Family etc.

Rating: 5 out of 5.