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How to Kill Men and Get Away With It by Katy Brent - Review

Thursday, August 10, 2023

I bought this book in The Works when I was there in early June and picked it up right at the end of July. It really kept me intrigued, and I did enjoy the book, but I think it had its problems too. 

It is really similar to How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie, and I don't think that is a bad comparison. Katy is also a journalist and I honestly think journalists who turn novelists have a way of writing because of how they've been taught journalism. It isn't a bad thing at all, but it is noticeable, and it means that even if these two books didn't have quite similar themes, they would still feel similar.

Katy herself compares the book to My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite and I think that is a fair comparison too. As I said previously, I actually like this new trend of young women turning to a life of crime and think they end up being very witty books. You sort of want them to succeed even though you know they're committing bad crimes. 

So, Kitty Collins is about twenty nine, as far as I could fathom it, and she's very rich. Her dad owned a ton of abbatoirs and made his money that way (this is also the reason why Kitty is a vegan). He disappeared when she was a teenager, and her mum then moved to the south of France with her new partner. She gives Kitty a generous allowance every month but Kitty actually makes her own money from being an influencer on Instagram. She has three close friends and they spend their time going to clubs, parties, having brunch, and being seen in the right places. She lives in a fancy apartment. She seems to hate being an influencer and judges everyone on the terms of celebrity that she lives by. 

She is out one night when a creepy guy follows her and goes to attack her with a bottle. However, he falls on it and ends up dead... She didn't exactly do anything, but she does just leave him to die, too. And she gets away with it. She gets a taste for it, so when a douchey man ghosts her friend, she takes it on herself to get revenge. But she has this creepy stalker on Instagram, and it seems like they know everything Kitty is up to. Can Kitty stay one step ahead? 

So much of this book makes no sense - for instance she uses her own phone while catfishing on Tinder, and drives her own car to and from murder sights, both of which are things that you would think would mean the police would be on her tail immediately. She meets dishy Charlie, a philanthropist, and really wants to just be with him, but men will just keep misbehaving and she feels the need to take them out. Then there's her murky past, too... I get that this book is satire and it really did work for me on most levels, except for the forensic stuff mentioned above because even police aren't that stupid.

But I did enjoy reading this and found it really compelling despite myself. Basically everyone is a terrible human being, even Charlie. I did guess a few of the twists but that's just how it goes! I'm giving this four out of five! 

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