Review By Veronica

Holy smokes! How to Kill Men and Get Away With It was such a fun and dark, twisted book to read.

Favourite Quote:

Before all this started, I’d thought that squeezing the life out of someone would be easy. The right amount of pressure on their windpipe and they’d just go limp, like when a kitten suddenly falls asleep. 

It’s actually nothing like that,

When someone who doesn’t want to die, realizes they’re going to die, they fight. 

Holy fuck, do they fight. It’s astonishing how even the world’s worst monsters are desperate to keep living. Are they worried about what comes next? Can they feel those fires of hell warming their faces already?

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Meet Kitty Collins. FRIEND. LOVER. KILLER.

He was following me. That guy from the nightclub who wouldn’t leave me alone.

I hadn’t intended to kill him of course. But I wasn’t displeased when I did and, despite the mess I made, I appeared to get away with it.

That’s where my addiction started…

I’ve got a taste for revenge and quite frankly, I’m killing it.

I was nervous about this book because so much could go wrong with it. There are many difficult topics being used in this story, and there is a fine line between writing something fun and interesting versus something distasteful and missing the mark. Katy knocks this one out of the park. I loved this book, and I read it in one sitting. It’s one of those books that you just can’t put down. It’s such a unique way to approach some tough issues for women. It’s scary being a woman in this world; we have to watch our drinks like hawks, carry keys in our hands as weapons, deal with aggressive attention from men, and so much more. Katy takes these issues and puts a cool and dark spin on them. She takes readers on this journey of what would happen if a woman just had enough of constantly dealing with this shit. In this case, the main character Kitty decides to set out and kill some of these terrible men, and it turns out she is really good at it. I never thought there would be a situation where I would root for the serial killer, but I loved Kitty. She is just such a cool and complex character. As you read, you learn more about Kitty and her fascinating past. I have to say that some things in her past really surprised me. Katy did a great job throwing those unexpected twists into the story. It kept me on the edge of my seat at times.

I was surprised at how fast-paced this book felt. Right from the first page, Katy hits you with a holy shit moment, and she doesn’t let up until the very end. I do feel like I should mention that there are some triggers in this book. There is mention of rape, domestic violence, drugging, miscarriages, and graphic killing scenes. If you like serial killer shows or slasher films, as I do, then you will love tagging along with Kitty as she goes out killing men.

This book has some Sex and the City and Dexter vibes to it. You have this group of women from that upper-class society hanging out together. They are partying, dealing with relationship drama, and just living their lives. They are all very chic, and even though they are close friends, there is this sharpness to their friendship. There is humour in this book, darker humour. 

Overall I loved this book. It’s fresh and unique and takes you on one wild ride. Katy sheds light on some serious issues that women have to deal with daily and does so with a lot of thought and care. I think this will be one of those books people either love or hate. I thought Katy did a brilliant job and cannot wait to read what she writes next.

Thank you, HarperCollins Canada for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.