The Killer Inside
You love me. But do you really know me?The addictive, darkly compelling new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of In a Cottage in a Wood.A perfect childhoodYou were the golden girl. The apple of your parents’ eyes. My beautiful, clever wife. A perfect marriageI would do anything for you. But some things about me must stay hidden. A perfect liarOne summer afternoon, it all begins to unravel. Because I’m not the only one with terrible secrets to hide. And when the truth comes out, it seems we both have blood on our hands…

The Killer Inside Details

TitleThe Killer Inside
Author
ReleaseOct 29th, 2019
PublisherHarperCollins
ISBN-139780008336370
Rating
GenreThriller, Audiobook, Mystery Thriller

The Killer Inside Review

  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    This book was SO weird.For the first half I had no idea how Elliot and Irene's stories were going to intersect and the whole thing moved so slowly that I almost DNFed more than once. But, as several reviewers have noted, once it goes it really goes and it was goooooooooooooood.**I listened on Audible and the narration was superb.
    more
  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    This story follows Elliot and Anya who are happily married and madly in love. They come from different backgrounds. Anya is a privileged only child of Robert and Juila. Elliot was a bad boy who turned good. He was brought up on a council estate by bis mother. Both Elliot and Anya have secrets. They don't know each other as much as they think they do. There's also Irene, a mother who is struggling to understand why her two sons have disappeared.The narrative moves between 2003, 2018, 2019 and This story follows Elliot and Anya who are happily married and madly in love. They come from different backgrounds. Anya is a privileged only child of Robert and Juila. Elliot was a bad boy who turned good. He was brought up on a council estate by bis mother. Both Elliot and Anya have secrets. They don't know each other as much as they think they do. There's also Irene, a mother who is struggling to understand why her two sons have disappeared.The narrative moves between 2003, 2018, 2019 and 2021. We are told the events that take place by Elliot and Irene's point of view. It's clear from the beginning that Anya is a psychopath., it's the o ly way to describe her. The plot and characters are believable. The first half of the book , the pace is a bit slow and seems to drag on a bit. The second half is where the action starts. There are some great twists. I couldn't read the second half quick enough. I was determined to find out who was telling the truth (if any).I would like to thank NetGalley, HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction and the author Cass Green for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    The Killer Inside was a very confusing book - for the first 50%. I was not sure if I would keep going as I had no idea what was happening and how the characters tied together. Once I hit 50% the story drastically changed and the pieces finally fell into place. I really enjoyed the shock of the second half of this book, it moved at a very quick pace and I read it in one sitting. The story is told from multiple points of view and as I said before for a while I had no idea why we were hearing from The Killer Inside was a very confusing book - for the first 50%. I was not sure if I would keep going as I had no idea what was happening and how the characters tied together. Once I hit 50% the story drastically changed and the pieces finally fell into place. I really enjoyed the shock of the second half of this book, it moved at a very quick pace and I read it in one sitting. The story is told from multiple points of view and as I said before for a while I had no idea why we were hearing from them all. There is Elliot who is a teacher and happily married to Anya. That is until one day at a music festival she starts to act strangely and pulls away from him and their marriage. Elliot has no idea why. There is also Irene whose sons have both disappeared - one a few weeks ago and one in 2003. She has no idea why or where they have gone. It all sorts itself out in the second half of the book and things escalate quickly!Thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
    more
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    For once I did not read the blurb before starting this book, which made a refreshing change for me. I love Cass Green’s books so I knew I was in for a treat!!We meet Anya and Elliott who are happily married but come from very different backgrounds. Anya comes from a privileged family, whereas Elliott was bought up in a council flat with his mother. The one thing they have in common is that they are both hiding secrets from each other!! Definitely what you see is not what you get with beautiful, For once I did not read the blurb before starting this book, which made a refreshing change for me. I love Cass Green’s books so I knew I was in for a treat!!We meet Anya and Elliott who are happily married but come from very different backgrounds. Anya comes from a privileged family, whereas Elliott was bought up in a council flat with his mother. The one thing they have in common is that they are both hiding secrets from each other!! Definitely what you see is not what you get with beautiful, sweet Anya!!! The story is told from several people’s point of view. We meet Irene whose son Michael has disappeared after he finds out why his brother Liam vanished years before. We alternate between timelines as the pasts of Elliott and Anya are revealed.I was gripped by this book and read it in one sitting. Love the twists and how all the stories fit together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.
    more
  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very easy to read psychological thriller that ticks all those boxes for those of us who love these books but is unpredictable enough to ‘keep you on your toes’The book alternates between the present and past and focuses on the lead Anastazia ( Anya for short ) who is the sweetest, prettiest most charming evil psychopath ever and the repercussions of what she has and what she continues to do, much to the utter horror of her lovely hubby ( who guess what? has a secret too )Great This is a very easy to read psychological thriller that ticks all those boxes for those of us who love these books but is unpredictable enough to ‘keep you on your toes’The book alternates between the present and past and focuses on the lead Anastazia ( Anya for short ) who is the sweetest, prettiest most charming evil psychopath ever and the repercussions of what she has and what she continues to do, much to the utter horror of her lovely hubby ( who guess what? has a secret too )Great characters, believable plot that kept me hooked and a scary, realistic look at ‘what you see on the outside is not always what the reality is on the inside’Did everything it should do and a bit more to make it stand out in a very busy genre Enjoyable8/10 4 Stars
    more
  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    THE KILLER INSIDE is a dark intriguing psychological thriller by bestselling author Cass Green, that had me gripped from start to finish.Her books Include:The Woman Next Door (2016)In a Cottage in a Wood (2017)Don’t You Cry (2018)The Killer Inside (2019) This novel revolves around a happily married couple, Elliot and Anastazia (Anya). But they come from different backgrounds. Anya is an only child of Robert and Julia, a well to do family. Elliot had been brought up on a council estate by his THE KILLER INSIDE is a dark intriguing psychological thriller by bestselling author Cass Green, that had me gripped from start to finish.Her books Include:The Woman Next Door (2016)In a Cottage in a Wood (2017)Don’t You Cry (2018)The Killer Inside (2019) This novel revolves around a happily married couple, Elliot and Anastazia (Anya). But they come from different backgrounds. Anya is an only child of Robert and Julia, a well to do family. Elliot had been brought up on a council estate by his mother. There is also a mother, Irene who is dealing with her two sons that are missing?But both Elliot and Anya have secrets!Then novel alternates between present and past and told through Eliott and Irene’s point of view. But the reader can see that Anya is different…she is an evil psychopath.You love me. But do you really know me? I would do anything for you. But some things about me must stay hidden.A perfect liarOne summer afternoon, it all begins to unravel. Because I’m not the only one with terrible secrets to hide.And when the truth comes out, it seems we both have blood on our hands…Everything is not what it seems…This is a fast-paced book full of action, believable plot, flawed great characters with some situations a little far- fetched but makes for an excellent read. I couldn’t read this book fast enough, with great twists, where I was trying to figure out who was telling the truth and who was lying.Many thanks to the author, HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction and NetGalley, for my digital copy.
    more
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. Even though it was pretty obvious when it came to the twists what they actually were I still really enjoyed it. I really liked Elliott and Irene and really warmed to them both. It was so well written and kept me hooked throughout. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
    more
  • Stina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsHow well do you know your loved ones and how far would you go to protect them?A dark psychological thriller, THE KILLER INSIDE explores this very concept when Elliott, a primary school teacher, discovers his wife Anya may not be the woman he thought she was. Happily married, both are from vastly different backgrounds. Elliott was raised by his mother on a London council estate with his father in prison while Anya was the privileged - and maybe somewhat entitled - only child of Patrick ★★★ 3.5 starsHow well do you know your loved ones and how far would you go to protect them?A dark psychological thriller, THE KILLER INSIDE explores this very concept when Elliott, a primary school teacher, discovers his wife Anya may not be the woman he thought she was. Happily married, both are from vastly different backgrounds. Elliott was raised by his mother on a London council estate with his father in prison while Anya was the privileged - and maybe somewhat entitled - only child of Patrick and Julia. But both harbour guilty secrets.Anya's parents adore Elliott and have always made him feel welcome. But a part of him always feels shut out as if he is not privy to the threefold strong unit that is Anya and her parents. So why is it Anya always goes running to them when something goes wrong? It is not uncommon for her to do so, leaving Elliott excluded and somewhat mystified. But Anya is the product of her parents' overindulgence, always giving her what she so desired and fixing any problems that she encountered. And it is a habit that has continued into her adulthood and marriage.But Elliott has his own worries when he inadvertently makes an enemy of one of the dads at the school he teaches. Strange things begin to happen beyond Anya's distant behaviour as he is run off his bicycle and they are woken in the night by a brick being thrown through the window. Elliott wonders if Lee Bennett (the dad from the school) is behind it, having spent some time in prison he seemed the sort. But it's Anya's behaviour that puzzles me. If a brick was thrown through my window at 3am, I wouldn't be brushing it off, insisting that the police not be called and then promptly falling to sleep without a care while my husband is left sleepless to deal with it. I'd be frantic and unable to sleep. But Anya clearly didn't have the worries she claimed that plagued her. Of course Anya ran off to her parents, citing feeling unwell, where she stayed for the next several days.Then one day Elliott decides to surprise Anya at work in London for lunch. But when he arrives he discovers she hasn't been there for at least a week with her employer granting her more time if needed during her "bereavement". What bereavement? Elliott is both puzzled and furious. What exactly is going on? What secrets is she keeping? Of course, her parents are privy to the entire spiel - why is he not surprised? Just how well does he know the woman he married? Irene is a 73 year old widow living in Cambridge whose son Liam disappeared in 2003 without explanation beyond a postcard citing he "needed to sort his head out and don't try and find me". She hasn't heard anything from him since. Her worries intensify when her eldest son Michael neglects to visit as he usually does, and she hasn't heard from him for several weeks. In a silent panic, Irene decides to visit Michael's flat but upon arrival finds no response. She is directed to a free spirited woman called Rowan in an adjoining flat who may have some answers as to her son's whereabouts. But Rowan is worried too. She hasn't heard from Michael either. Her only clue is that he claimed he might finally know what happened to Liam.Desperate for answers, Irene seeks Rowan's help in gaining access to Michael's flat upstairs. Inside, she finds nothing of real value apart from some receipts to a cafe in Casterbourne in Kent. Puzzled, Irene decides to take the train to Kent with a photo of Michael in the hope that someone somewhere has seen her son. But is she prepared for what she may find when she gets there?Told primarily from the two perspectives of Elliott and Irene, we are also given a glimpse of the past with Liam in 2003 about halfway through. From Liam's narrative we are then given the remaining pieces that lead to his disappearance in 2003.THE KILLER INSIDE is not entirely a slow burn as it is a slow starter, as for the first half of the book we are seemingly thoroughly confused as to how Elliott and Irene's stories even relate. Generally, for me, a book that takes this long to make sense is discarded long before it begins to. I can't say it is entirely engaging to begin with either because I really just wanted to smack Elliott for his naivete and strangle Anya for her pure selfishness. I felt more invested in Irene's story, rather than the saga that was Elliott and Anya, and yet we saw so little of her. However, once you reach that 50% mark, it all begins to fall into place and it's a race to the finish. I found it to be reminiscent of "Gone Girl" in which the first half uninteresting but the second half riveting.Well-plotted throughout, despite the first half being slow and thoroughly confusing, THE KILLER INSIDE is somewhat addictive as the reader watches the story unfold in the same way one would witness a car crash - unable to look away. My thoughts on THE KILLER INSIDE are as complex as the characters within it, but overall, once you hit that 50% mark it is a race to the end. My favourite character was Irene and I would have liked to see a little more of her. I really felt for her as her story unfolded. Elliott and Anya just did my head in. It is clear from the beginning that Anya is a psychopath. There is no other way to describe her. I couldn't understand what Elliott saw in her.In some ways, it seems the reader knows the direction the story is taking. But then when all the secrets are finally revealed...where does that leave them all?As secrets and lies are unraveled, loyalties are challenged as complex characters manipulate the outcome. Which begs the question - how well do we really know our loved ones?I would like to thank #CassGreen, #NetGalley and #HarperCollinsUK for an ARC of #TheKillerInside in exchange for an honest review.This review appears on my blog at https://stinathebookaholic.blogspot.com/.
    more
  • Mike Sumner
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to Harper Collins and NetGalley for my ARC of The Killer Inside by Cass Green. I had previously read her thriller The Woman Next Door so had high expectations and...Outstanding! What a psychological thriller this is. Two parallel story lines with no apparent connection. Elliott is married to Anya, a seemingly happy couple but both with dark secrets. Irene, a lonely lady - her husband is dead, son Liam disappeared in 2003 and now it appears that her other son Michael has committed My thanks to Harper Collins and NetGalley for my ARC of The Killer Inside by Cass Green. I had previously read her thriller The Woman Next Door so had high expectations and...Outstanding! What a psychological thriller this is. Two parallel story lines with no apparent connection. Elliott is married to Anya, a seemingly happy couple but both with dark secrets. Irene, a lonely lady - her husband is dead, son Liam disappeared in 2003 and now it appears that her other son Michael has committed suicide. Chapters switch from one storyline to the other, layers slowly unfurling. And then... one innocent location name - is that the link?What do Julia and Patrick know about their daughters past that Elliott doesn't? What occurred in Elliot's past that he is so ashamed of? Did Michael really commit suicide? A masterclass in suspense and menace as the plots intertwine and result in a stunning thriller of twists and turns and a horrifying reveal come the end.Hats off to Cass Green for another pulse-racing, breathtaking thriller!
    more
  • peggy
    January 1, 1970
    How well do you know your loved ones and how far would you go to protect them?A slow starter but I am glad I stuck with it. Twisted and in places a dark read and soon turned into a real page turner. I read this book in one sitting, plenty of heart in your mouth moments. This author has done it again and almost five stars and highly recommended. I would like to thank the author, HarperCollins UK and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.
    more
  • Keriann Davey
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgally and the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book.This is my second Cass Green book and won't be my last.In this thrilling story we follow multiple points of views:Elliot: Happily married to a woman called Anya, during the summer he gets his hands on some sought after festival tickets where their favourite band Foo Fighters are playing, both Elliot and Anya are excited to be going, however something occurs at the festival that causes Anya to act strange and her behaviour Thank you to Netgally and the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book.This is my second Cass Green book and won't be my last.In this thrilling story we follow multiple points of views:Elliot: Happily married to a woman called Anya, during the summer he gets his hands on some sought after festival tickets where their favourite band Foo Fighters are playing, both Elliot and Anya are excited to be going, however something occurs at the festival that causes Anya to act strange and her behaviour seems to become stranger and stranger everyday after, what has happened to make Anya behave this way? what is she hiding?.Irene: Irene's son Liam went missing in 2003, he disappeared without explanation just a note saying he needed to sort his head out and Irene hasn't heard from him since. Irene's other son Micheal hasn't made contact for a few weeks either, Irene begins to panic and can't bare to have two sons vanished, she starts on a mission to find out what happened to him, what will she discover? Liam 2003: We piece together the events that lead up to Liam's disappearance in 2003.These story lines eventually come together in what is a page turning tale that I couldn't put down. I really feel like Cass Green has progressed as a writer and you can really see this in her writing of this novel, I couldn't put this book down at all and although I kinda had an idea of what had happened I didn't know the how or why. My only complaint of this book was that I felt a couple of plot points weren't tied up at the end and I was left wanting to know what actually happened and how we got there. Apart from that though I really really enjoyed this thriller and would highly recommenced it and read anything else from this author in the future.
    more
  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Another enjoyable, gripping read from this author.I really liked this book, despite it being a tad confusing at times. It’s a tale of relationships, family and trust, with some unexplained disappearance and much tension and feeling of foreboding throughout.The storyline follows a number of characters, not all of whom become clear for a while, but, stick with it as the threads come together to a satisfying conclusion.I was definitely kept sufficiently intrigued to keep reading and I never got too Another enjoyable, gripping read from this author.I really liked this book, despite it being a tad confusing at times. It’s a tale of relationships, family and trust, with some unexplained disappearance and much tension and feeling of foreboding throughout.The storyline follows a number of characters, not all of whom become clear for a while, but, stick with it as the threads come together to a satisfying conclusion.I was definitely kept sufficiently intrigued to keep reading and I never got too confused - I enjoy a book that makes me concentrate and keeps me on my toes and this did.I’ve really struggled with a rating as, although I enjoyed it and would recommend, i almost gave up a couple of times. So, in summary a 3* Good Read from me.Thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK for the opportunity to preview.
    more
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    This thriller started off pretty well but as it went on I became more and more bored.At the start I was really engrossed in the story and I was invested in trying to guess how the characters on the different timelines related to each other but quite quickly it became obvious that there wasn't much to guess.I pretty much saw the ending coming, I feel like it was laid out way to easily for the reader. I was expecting a big twist at the end but there wasn't one which was a shame.I also thought the This thriller started off pretty well but as it went on I became more and more bored.At the start I was really engrossed in the story and I was invested in trying to guess how the characters on the different timelines related to each other but quite quickly it became obvious that there wasn't much to guess.I pretty much saw the ending coming, I feel like it was laid out way to easily for the reader. I was expecting a big twist at the end but there wasn't one which was a shame.I also thought the ending was a bit far fetched and ridiculous.I did like the writing and it was a quick book to read.But unfortunately I was quite disappointed with this one, as I had high hopes but it turned out to be another average thriller
    more
  • marlin1
    January 1, 1970
    Elliot believes he has a good marriage to Anya, until one day at a music festival it all changes. He had something to hide but he never imagined that Anya did as well.Then there is Irene, with one son who disappeared many years ago, she is devastated when her second suddenly disappears too.Told from the perspectives of Elliot and Irene, the first half half of the novel didn’t seem to have a purpose. Even though the story flowed well, I was trying to work out how it all tied in. This changed in Elliot believes he has a good marriage to Anya, until one day at a music festival it all changes. He had something to hide but he never imagined that Anya did as well.Then there is Irene, with one son who disappeared many years ago, she is devastated when her second suddenly disappears too.Told from the perspectives of Elliot and Irene, the first half half of the novel didn’t seem to have a purpose. Even though the story flowed well, I was trying to work out how it all tied in. This changed in the second half, the pace picked up as the story unfolded and it all tied in eventually.I did enjoy this novel but definately not as much as the authors previous novel.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy to read.
    more
  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    Cass Green has become a must-read author over the course of a few books, so I was very happy to get my hands on an advance copy of her latest.Elliott and Anya are happily married, despite coming from very different backgrounds. Anya is the privileged only child of adoring parents; Elliott’s start in life was rather less auspicious but he’s made good, qualifying as a teacher and marrying the woman of his dreams. Now all they need is a baby to make things entirely perfect.But both Elliott and Anya Cass Green has become a must-read author over the course of a few books, so I was very happy to get my hands on an advance copy of her latest.Elliott and Anya are happily married, despite coming from very different backgrounds. Anya is the privileged only child of adoring parents; Elliott’s start in life was rather less auspicious but he’s made good, qualifying as a teacher and marrying the woman of his dreams. Now all they need is a baby to make things entirely perfect.But both Elliott and Anya are hiding secrets. Maybe they don’t know each other as well as they think.The story is told largely through Elliott’s eyes and he was a very believable and engaging character. We also see events from others’ viewpoints - largely Irene, another likeable and believable character who is struggling to make sense of the disappearance of her two adult sons, determined to uncover the truth despite being way out of her depth most of the time. The Killer Inside was an incredibly readable and addictive story which I thoroughly enjoyed. There were a couple of points I’m not sure I fully understood, but that may well be my own fault for galloping through so fast! In the saturated psychological thriller market, Cass Green is definitely one of the standouts.
    more
  • Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I was intrigued immediately when I read the blurb for this book and I couldn’t wait to read it. I was not disappointed! The opening chapter of the story is so chilling that it still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. I also have to mention the cover art of the book which is so striking. It throws off an ominous vibe, which sets the tone of the book perfectly.Cass has created a dark psychological thriller with a believable plot. Set over the time periods of 2003, 2018, 2019 and 2021, the I was intrigued immediately when I read the blurb for this book and I couldn’t wait to read it. I was not disappointed! The opening chapter of the story is so chilling that it still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. I also have to mention the cover art of the book which is so striking. It throws off an ominous vibe, which sets the tone of the book perfectly.Cass has created a dark psychological thriller with a believable plot. Set over the time periods of 2003, 2018, 2019 and 2021, the story moves through a duel narrative predominantly between Elliot and Irene as two stories are told that are then melded together. It is twisted, thrilling, compelling and completely addictive! The Killer Inside will keep you enthralled right from the get go till the gobsmacking finale.The characters in this story are very complex, realistic and all have been written extremely well. Elliot appears genuine but at times you are left wondering and second guessing yourself if he really is a good guy. His wife Anya gave me a level of discomfort right from the get go. As the story progresses, the more we get to know Anya the more you see that there is something that is not right with her. Both are hiding a secret and you are left wondering who has the biggest one to hide. Irene on the other hand, broke my heart and I loved her from the start. Her story leads her on a journey to find her missing son. I could feel her desperation at all times and my heart broke for her.I enjoy Cass’ writing style. It is very fluid and engaging and although the story moves at a slow pace and could have been speeded up, Cass knows how to build suspense that was able to keep my attention until all was revealed.A new author to me, Cass will definitely be on my radar now for upcoming books. I throughly enjoyed The Killer Inside and would definitely recommend this to other readers.Thank-you to NetGalley, Harper Collins and Cass Green for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Killer Inside which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
    more
  • Marie (UK)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book via net galley and Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.Populated almost entirely by people with shadowed pasts or presents there are a lot of secrets in this book. Elliot and Anya are married and trying for a baby - in fact they are quite good at trying- or so Elliot says. He has never felt quite good enough for Anya but as things start to go wrong it seems Anya's life is not the perfect one he thought. Like many crime books we get the end event I received an ARC copy of this book via net galley and Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.Populated almost entirely by people with shadowed pasts or presents there are a lot of secrets in this book. Elliot and Anya are married and trying for a baby - in fact they are quite good at trying- or so Elliot says. He has never felt quite good enough for Anya but as things start to go wrong it seems Anya's life is not the perfect one he thought. Like many crime books we get the end event before the narrative hops back a year to the events that lead up to that scene.For me it lacked complexity and some drive perhaps felt a bit tame for a mystery thriller. I wanted a little more
    more
  • Judy Odom
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked The Killer Inside. 4.5 Makes you wonder how well you know someone and how you can misread someone. Twists and turns, some you see coming but that was the fun part. The ending if you catch it made me up my rating to 4.5Loved the characters I was supposed to and disliked the ones that were just nasty.Quick read as you want to prove to yourself that you were right. But are you?
    more
  • Justine Sharp
    January 1, 1970
    this was my first Cass Green book but won't be my last. At first the characters were confusing but this soon went. The book is a great read and I'd recommend highly. Complex characters and manipulation are a great combination
  • Tracy Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing psychological thriller. This follows Anya and Elliott - a married couple who come from different backgrounds. How well do you know someone? I could not put this book down. It had me enthralled from the first page and the ending was so heart warming. Highly recommend.
    more
  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Unexpectedly good. Liked the structure giving different viewpoints and giving the backstory. Now to look for some of her earlier novels as this one was so hard to put down!
  • Flo Grugel
    January 1, 1970
    Confusing but twisty read.
  • Marion
    January 1, 1970
    On the face of it Elliot, a primary school teacher , his wife Anya, well paid job in London are a happily married couple.Though from different backgrounds they are in love, but is that enough?Elliot has always been a little in awe of Anya and her parents, she runs to them whenever she has a problem that needs sorting, leaving Elliot feeling left out.When her current problem is finally exposed he will be wishing he was left out.This is a dark psychological thriller, where the tension builds On the face of it Elliot, a primary school teacher , his wife Anya, well paid job in London are a happily married couple.Though from different backgrounds they are in love, but is that enough?Elliot has always been a little in awe of Anya and her parents, she runs to them whenever she has a problem that needs sorting, leaving Elliot feeling left out.When her current problem is finally exposed he will be wishing he was left out.This is a dark psychological thriller, where the tension builds slowly drawing you in. Evil can only be hidden for so long!A brilliant read from what is a new author to me, I shall certainly be reading her other books.Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for the chance to read this as an ARC.
    more
  • Samm
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve never been so confused before leaving a review but The Killer Inside has left me messed up!I’ll start by saying the first 50% is terrible, I was bored and left wondering if the publisher had put the wrong synopsis up for this story. The first part of a book is supposed to draw you in, it’s supposed to excite you and keep you reading. A lot of readers will struggle to get past this section since it really does drag on with absolutely nothing of interest happening. BUT....Those readers that I’ve never been so confused before leaving a review but The Killer Inside has left me messed up!I’ll start by saying the first 50% is terrible, I was bored and left wondering if the publisher had put the wrong synopsis up for this story. The first part of a book is supposed to draw you in, it’s supposed to excite you and keep you reading. A lot of readers will struggle to get past this section since it really does drag on with absolutely nothing of interest happening. BUT....Those readers that can get past the start will see the story pick up in the second half, there’s no mystery about what’s happened as it’s all very obvious but there’s some great twists and the action really picked up. At times I was left thinking “WOW” and “HOLY SH*T!”. I read a hell of a lot of thrillers so to make me have that reaction deserves an award. Well Done Cass Green! (Just please sort out the beginning)I’m going to give this a two out of five. It got better but it took too long to get there.
    more
  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    A very dark psychological thriller which I loved. Anya and Elliot are happily married, they are both from totally different backgrounds but are in love so that's enough. Anya's parents adore Elliot but he still feels left out when Anya always runs back to them when she encounters problems and they always sort it out for her but some of the problems just can't be sorted. Elliot also has his fair share of worry and anxiety when he makes an enemy of one of the dads at the school where he teaches. A very dark psychological thriller which I loved. Anya and Elliot are happily married, they are both from totally different backgrounds but are in love so that's enough. Anya's parents adore Elliot but he still feels left out when Anya always runs back to them when she encounters problems and they always sort it out for her but some of the problems just can't be sorted. Elliot also has his fair share of worry and anxiety when he makes an enemy of one of the dads at the school where he teaches. The story is very complexed but easy to follow, it is told over different time periods and it soon becomes obvious that someone isn't telling the truth. !!! It is a totally gripping read that I enjoyed, right to the last page.
    more
  • Miss R
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.In "The Killer Inside", Cass Green wraps the reader around her little finger in the expert fashion of a natural storyteller. Wow.I have always thought that Cass Green was an exceptionally talented author, and this latest addition to her back catalogue merely confirms this. Having been laid up for a few days with the dreaded winter lurgy, I took the opportunity to get stuck into "The Killer Inside". This novel Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.In "The Killer Inside", Cass Green wraps the reader around her little finger in the expert fashion of a natural storyteller. Wow.I have always thought that Cass Green was an exceptionally talented author, and this latest addition to her back catalogue merely confirms this. Having been laid up for a few days with the dreaded winter lurgy, I took the opportunity to get stuck into "The Killer Inside". This novel was a wonderful panacea for my ills and I found myself racing through this novel in record time. It was simply wow - a tautly plotted, twisty mystery, with three-dimensional protagonists and a narrative that crackles with tension - what is there not to like? Told from the perspectives of Elliott and Anya, a married couple, and Irene, a gentle soul whose son, Liam disappeared in 2003, it is a genuine mystery what draws these characters together, and for a while Cass Green teases us with scarps of information that makes it difficult to guess where this story is heading. Suffice to say, a few of our main protagonists are not who they purport to be, with their tainted souls and dark hearts. Indeed, there are characters in this book who show a frightening propensity for evil. How this manifests itself is up to you, the reader, to find out. I can assure you, you will not be disappointed if you give "The Killer Inside" a go. If you like your thrillers straightforward and sign-posted with red-herrings that are more pink than red and long past their sell by date, then this is not for you. Cass Green refuses to condescend her readers with the ordinary flimsy tropes that authors of this genre sometimes resort to. This is a mystery thriller with a heavy dose of mystery and fierce adherence to putting the thrilling in the thriller. A complex, intelligent thriller that is both unmissable and unputdownable - superb!Summary:A perfect childhoodYou were the golden girl. The apple of your parents’ eyes. My beautiful, clever wife. A perfect marriageI would do anything for you. But some things about me must stay hidden. A perfect liarOne summer afternoon, it all begins to unravel. Because I’m not the only one with terrible secrets to hide. And when the truth comes out, it seems we both have blood on our hands…
    more
  • Nicola
    January 1, 1970
    Books like this are why I enjoy the psychological thriller genre, the feeling of being so engrossed in a book that I want to stop everything I’m doing and just read. I finished this book in a day and couldn’t put it down. It’s packed with suspense, has a pacy and twisty plot, and the characters become more intriguing with every chapter as pieces of information about their past are revealed, like a trail of bait for the reader. The novel is told from the alternative point of view of Elliott and Books like this are why I enjoy the psychological thriller genre, the feeling of being so engrossed in a book that I want to stop everything I’m doing and just read. I finished this book in a day and couldn’t put it down. It’s packed with suspense, has a pacy and twisty plot, and the characters become more intriguing with every chapter as pieces of information about their past are revealed, like a trail of bait for the reader. The novel is told from the alternative point of view of Elliott and Irene and both have compelling stories to tell. The connection between the two characters is not revealed until some way into the story, and Elliott is thrown into a moral dilemma. However with his own terrible secrets, he is in no position to judge other people. The more the story unfolds, the higher the stakes for the characters and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, particularly as there are some things the reader finds out first. There’s quite a lot going on in Elliott’s life and I liked the way Cass Green uses original ways to describe emotions. “This bag of pain that I had carried like a dead weight for all these years.” “Odd sense were were living in a permanent held breath."The novel is set in a seaside town and in parts of London. I loved the vivid descriptions of gritty, deprived neighbourhoods, and troubled characters. Some of the characters are not particularly likeable, but that works because the reader is able to connect with their story. And Anya - for example - just isn’t very nice yet people close to her want to protect her. I sympathised with Irene, and the book brings to life her emotions and experiences. Overall a great read. I’ve read some of Cass Green’s other books (In a Cottage in a Wood, The Woman Next Door), and this is a writer whose work stands out for me in the genre.
    more
  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read a Cass Green’s previous novels so was really excited to receive this review copy of her new book via Net Galley.This author always writes dark psychological thrillers and The Killer Inside is no exception. It sent chills down my spine and really made me wonder how well you can ever know another person.As in Cass’s other books secrets are a big theme of the story and in this case there are several secrets in the heart of young married couple, Anya and the first person narrator, Elliot. I’ve read a Cass Green’s previous novels so was really excited to receive this review copy of her new book via Net Galley.This author always writes dark psychological thrillers and The Killer Inside is no exception. It sent chills down my spine and really made me wonder how well you can ever know another person.As in Cass’s other books secrets are a big theme of the story and in this case there are several secrets in the heart of young married couple, Anya and the first person narrator, Elliot.Anya has some skeletons in her past that her husband does not know about and Elliot also carries a lot of guilt from something that happened when he was young and he has not told his wife.As well as hearing from Elliot we also have Irene who is described in the the third person. Irene is an elderly lady who cannot get hold of her son, Michael and it is not until the reader is well into the book that the two strands of the plot link up.All the main protagonists are well described and I particularly liked the fact that Elliot was a school teacher. I work in a school myself albeit a secondary school and even though Elliot is a primary teacher I recognised a lot of elements of school life in the book!There are many twists in the course of the book so I won’t spoil it by revealing too much of the plot. Suffice it to stay that this was an enjoyable read and and I raced through it in a couple of days. Cass Green has done it again and I definitely recommend this book to all you noir thriller fans out there!
    more
  • Tea Leaves and Reads
    January 1, 1970
    The best part of having more time to review lately is discovering authors that I haven't read before and knowing that this isn't their first novel! My book wishlist is growing considerably. Cass Green is no exception and she is firmly up there joinining my favourite psychological thriller writers. I've added to the list a lot in the past week and have read some fantastic novels.When I started to read this I found myself frustrated at not knowing how the stories tied together. We meet Anya and The best part of having more time to review lately is discovering authors that I haven't read before and knowing that this isn't their first novel! My book wishlist is growing considerably. Cass Green is no exception and she is firmly up there joinining my favourite psychological thriller writers. I've added to the list a lot in the past week and have read some fantastic novels.When I started to read this I found myself frustrated at not knowing how the stories tied together. We meet Anya and Elliot in the present day - happily married - trying for a baby. Then we meet Irene - her son, Liam, went missing in 2003 and her other son, Michael, hasn't been heard from in the past few weeks. Then there's Liam and we read about his history back in 2003 as we learn his story. THEN there's also something else going on - another back story running alongside all of the above. The frustration I felt though was down to the clever writing of the author and around halfway through things start to tie together. Dramatically.Secrets within marriage and families are explored and unravelled - loyalties are challenged and the storyline is actually quite addictive. The author really challenges you to think about what exactly you would do in this same situation... and where your loyalties would lie.
    more
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This was a totally gripping read which I raced through; it’s the pretty addictive story of happily married couple Elliot and Anya. The couple come from very different backgrounds and Elliot constantly feels that he is not good enough for the more privileged Anya who is adored by her parents. Elliot’s upbringing was tough and he has some secrets he would really prefer stayed hidden. In his eyes and those of her parents’ Anya is perfect and can do no wrong. If you are beginning to smell a rat, you This was a totally gripping read which I raced through; it’s the pretty addictive story of happily married couple Elliot and Anya. The couple come from very different backgrounds and Elliot constantly feels that he is not good enough for the more privileged Anya who is adored by her parents. Elliot’s upbringing was tough and he has some secrets he would really prefer stayed hidden. In his eyes and those of her parents’ Anya is perfect and can do no wrong. If you are beginning to smell a rat, you may well be on to something.The narrative moves between 2003, 2018, 2019 and 2021 and it is told from the viewpoint of Elliot and another character: Irene. Irene’s search for her missing sons bring her into contact with both Anya and Elliot and secrets and lies, that not only Elliot is trying to keep concealed, begin to emerge. Elliot starts to realise that although he loves Anya unreservedly, he may not know her as well as he thought he did. He would do anything for her but maybe that will not be enough.The novel is very well plotted and the characters are cleverly drawn. I especially liked Irene, a gentle soul who is drawn into events way beyond her experience. The writing is incisive and the ending, well I can’t say ….Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Fiction for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    more
Write a review