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Killing Ways by Alex Barclay

Killing Ways

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December 2015 Book of the Month.

Oh my word! This is a wonderfully bone chilling and mind biting book, it’s quite simply a stunner. ‘Killing Ways’ is Alex Barclay’s seventh novel and fifth FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce novel. If you've read the author's previous titles, I have no doubt you will find yourself on a different, possibly even more intense path than the first timer. This was my first foray into the world of Ren and at the start I wasn't sure if I was going to like her, but I quickly found myself completely consumed by the storyline and her character. The brutal serial killer is stomach churningly repellent whilst Ren is on the edge of stability and feels invincible. This is dynamic, snappy writing, at times it’s so fast paced my mind had a thrilling and serious workout to keep up. With harsh shocks, sickening murders and a team of detectives with issues and problems of their own, this is a powerfully penetrating, absolute firecracker of a read. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Alex Barclay you might also like to read books by Karen Rose, Chelsea Cain and A J Quinnell.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our expert opinion, a small number of our Lovereading reader review panel members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. You can read the full reviews here.

  • Emily Wright - 'With graphic violence, plenty of swearing and blood curdling murders, Killing Ways is a powerful and addictive thriller...if you’re like me you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve reached the novel’s heart stopping conclusion.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'What a book! I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days. Ren is bi-polar and a detective taking on a serial killer who is making it personal.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'I was totally hooked on this incredible page-turner.  Ruthless and totally shocking as much of the content was, I loved Killing Ways.'
  • Hannah Ward - 'I was hooked from the first chapter, it is a bit gruesome but the detail in the story is so brilliant, I couldn't stop reading.'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'Killing Ways by Alex Barclay is a sheer brilliant novel!'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'This book grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Once again, Alex Barclay has written a thriller which will have you locking the doors and closing the curtains.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The story had me horrified yet glued to the page as the tension built and the numbers of the dead rise , those investigating it are getting more stressed out and it all combined makes this a real adrenaline ride.'


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Killing Ways by Alex Barclay

Dark times lie ahead for Special Agent Ren Bryce and the Rocky Mountains Safe Streets Task Force in the heart-stopping new thriller from the bestselling author of DARKHOUSE and BLOOD LOSS. In her most shocking case yet, FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce takes on a depraved serial killer fueled by a warped sense of justice. A master of evasion, each life he takes ramps up Ren's obsession with finding him. Then one victim changes everything and brings Ren face to face with a detective whose life was destroyed by the same pursuit. Together, can they defeat this monster? Or will he take them both down?


'The pace is fast, without feeling rushed; the twists never feel forced; and the denouement, when it comes, is almost unbearably intense and shocking'
Irish Independent

'An intense, frightening read ... gripping throughout'
Woman's Way

Praise for Blood Loss:

'Snappy dialogue ... a meaty read'
Irish Independent

'Blood Loss is cleverly paced, with Barclay drawing out the suspense but giving you just enough information to keep you hooked'
Hot Press

Praise for Alex Barclay:

'Gripping, stylish, convincing'
Sunday Times (Ireland)

'Tense, no-punches-pulled thriller that will have you on the edge of your deckchair.'
Woman and Home

'Right now, she's the rising star of the hard-boiled crime fiction world, combining wild characters, surprising plots and massive backdrops with a touch of dry humour'

About the Author

Alex Barclay

Alex Barclay lives in County Cork, Ireland. She is the bestselling author of Darkhouse and The Caller, as well as the Ren Bryce series.

Author photo © Sean Breithaupt

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Publication date

3rd December 2015


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Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


416 pages


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