9.8.2023 | Thursday

My Murder

category: Book Reviews

My Murdertitle: My Murder
author: Katie Williams
published: 6 June 2023
publisher: Riverhead Books
genre(s): sci fi, thrillers
pages: 291
source: Book of the Month
format: hardcover
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rating: three-half-stars

the blurb

What if the murder you had to solve was your own?

Lou is a happily married mother of an adorable toddler. She's also the victim of a local serial killer. Recently brought back to life and returned to her grieving family by a government project, she is grateful for this second chance. But as the new Lou re-adapts to her old routines, and as she bonds with other female victims, she realizes that disturbing questions remain about what exactly preceded her death and how much she can really trust those around her.

Now it's not enough to care for her child, love her husband, and work the job she's always enjoyed--she must also figure out the circumstances of her death. Darkly comic, tautly paced, and full of surprises, My Murder is a devour-in-one-sitting, clever twist on the classic thriller.

  • my review
  • a few notes

The book is set in the (perhaps) near future, a time which has advanced technology. Lou, our FMC, is part of a unique survivors’ group. Each of the women was murdered by the same serial killer and brought back to life via cloning. As a result, none of them remember the events leading up to their murders. But while they are experiencing short-term memory issues, they do know that they are clones. The support group is designed to help them adjust to their new realities.

I loved the world-building throughout the book, enough of our own current world to make it all seem possible. The women dealt with their new situation differently, which was thoroughly absorbing. For example, one of the women actually collabs on a project that makes entertainment of what happened to the women. Another considers her former life not really hers but an entirely different person. Another dives deep into the world of cold cases. And that is where the fun begins as questions begin to arise as to what the truth of their serial murders really is.

I couldn’t stop turning the pages, I was so invested. Then we come to the ending when all of the lingering questions are addressed.

And that’s where it took a deep dive for me. I loved 99% of the book, but the ending ruined it for me. I was left feeling that I, as a reader, had been pulled this way and that, only to have the rug pulled out from under me. There was so much going on over the course of the story, twists and turns galore. The stakes were high. And then the conclusion gave answers that felt too easy, too neat, too disconnected from everything that made this book great. I loved so much of the book, but this just felt like a letdown.

content warning: ❗some graphic violence❗

steamy rating: 0🔥s
language level:

POV: 1st person
keywords/phrases: murder, lies, family, choices, clones

About Katie Williams

Katie Williams was born and raised in mid-Michigan. She earned her BA in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her MFA in creative writing from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Katie is the author of The Space Between Trees (2010, Chronicle Books), Absent (2013, Chronicle Books), and Tell the Machine Goodnight (2018, Riverhead Books).

Rating Report
Overall: three-half-stars

reading challenges:

  • 2023 Alphabet Soup: Author Edition Reading Challenge
  • 2023 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge
  • 2023 Diversify Your Reading Challenge
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