The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan

The Killer in Me

Olivia Kiernan

Seán Hennessey shocked the tight-knit community when he was convicted of a brutal murder. Now, Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan will need all of her resources if she can put to rest what really happened all those years ago.

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A deadly past refuses to stay buried in Olivia Kiernan’s masterful new novel

Death is no stranger to Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan, but she isn’t the only one from her small, coastal suburb to be intimately acquainted with it. Years ago, teenager Seán Hennessey shocked the tight-knit community when he was convicted of the brutal murder of his parents and attempted slaying of his sister, though he always maintained his innocence. Now, Seán is finally being released from prison—but when his newfound freedom coincides with the discovery of two bodies, the alleged connection between the cases only serves to pull Frankie further from answers even as it draws her closer to her town’s hidden darkness. With a television documentary revisiting Seán’s sentence pushing the public’s sympathies into conflict on a weekly basis, a rabid media pressuring the police like never before, and a rising body count, Frankie will need all of her resources if she is not only to catch a killer, but put to rest what really happened all those years ago.

A dark, irresistible cocktail of secrets, murder, and family, Olivia Kiernan’s latest is an impossible-to-put-down triumph.

Advance Galley Reviews

I loved this from as early as the first chapter. I immediately found it engaging, and liked the main character. I was apprehensive going into this because normally I'm bored to tears by "detective thrillers", but there wasn't a moment where I found myself disinterested, or felt compelled to skim read.  One of my favorite parts of reading thrillers is getting to guess the plot twist or killer, and comparing every piece of information given about the mystery to my theory. I called the killer pretty early on, but was delighted to find a twist even on the reveal. My guessing part of the reveal didn't detract from my enjoyment, and I don't think it was obvious—I think I'm just naturally suspicious of everyone in thrillers. This author has a solid writing style as well—it isn't too flowery, but it also doesn't leave you to fill in the gaps yourself. The basis of the plot is nothing new, but the twists and misdirections throughout are what keep it interesting. Overall, this was such a fun read and I can't wait to read more from this author.  My only criticism is that certain pieces of the wrap up/explanation felt rushed and unclear—but this was only in the minor details. I would recommend this for fans of "detective thrillers" in the same vein as the Hannibal Lecter series.

This is my first book by Olivia Kiernan and I truly enjoyed it. It was a very fast-paced, hard to put down mystery book. It had me guessing until the very end of who and why was responsible for the murders. Highly recommended and I’m looking forwards to the next book in the Frankie Sheehan series.

This was my first book by Olivia Kierman and it will not be my last. I am going to go back and read the first one I the series however i was not needed to be able to understand and get sucked into this book, which I did. I enjoyed her writing style and her knowledge of police procedures. Her main character Frankie was likable and I look forward to keep leaning more about her in future books

Unfortunately I absolutely could not get this book to download (and that was after deleting and reloading the app etc). I really enjoyed Olivia Kiernan's first book in the Frankie Sheehan series and look forward to reading this second adventure

I hadn't been exposed to Olivia Kiernan before receiving this book to review. The first thing I did right after I finished was grab her first one. The story is contained enough that you don't need to read the preceding one, which I appreciate. Kiernan does a great job unraveling a tangled mess of a mystery. The language she uses runs from the poetic to the sarcastic. Additionally, the descriptions of Dublin and its surrounding communities give the reader a good feel for the setting without being overwhelming or distracting. There were enough Irish colloquialisms to give flavor, but not so many that a foreigner couldn't read it and easily understand. I love Frankie. She has depth, and she navigates both running a detective squad, detecting, and doing the delicate political dances required to keep the funding coming. Her family relationships are complicated, but interesting. Her father has depression, which is a nice change from seeing women with that illness. The supporting characters do a great job, and I would like to learn more about them. Kiernan has a new fan.

I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes police styled mystery books are too cut and dry. I like how this book had a couple of twists and turns that prevented the reader from figuring out "who done it" too early in the book. The pacing of this book was comfortable yet excitable. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to preview The Killer In Me by Olivia Keirnan. This is the second book in the Frankie Sheehan series. I liked that this book is very detail oriented - the writer is knowledgable in police procedures and it shows in the diagloge and plot. Frankie is a solid character and she is brought in to review an old case about a man, Sean, who has killed his parents who states his innocence. Frankie reluctantly does this for her sister and feels that it may be possible that this may be innocent. He has been just been released and then a murder occurs and this brings in alot of questions because of the similarities in Sean's case and this murder. Frankie is conflicted in her investigation but she takes on the case with a vengence. She isn't sure she can trust her feelings but is compelled to solve both cases. Strong Police procedural and good writing - 3 stars.

The Killer In Me is Kiernan’s second novel in her Frankie Sheehan series, a Dublin-based police procedural. Except for the accents though the novel could have taken place most anywhere. Beginning with a pair of gruesome murders in a church, it is a high-paced exciting novel that explores the frustrations and intensity of a murder investigation. The story weaves the murder investigation with a take about re-opening an old murder now that the killer has served his time. A documentary about that old murder scene causes doubt about investigative techniques and whether even an eyewitness at the scene can be trusted to faithfully transcribe the truth. There’s a starkness to the writing that echoes the subject matter as well as the dark skies and the waves breaking on the seawalls. This is one you’re not going to want to put down till you get to the end. Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

I really loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Better than her first book, though I enjoyed that one as well. It combines an old case with new and keeps the reader guessing the entire time. Great thriller.

This book was breath-taking. It truly was impossible to put down. It grabbed me from the beginning and wouldn't let go. I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride of thrills and murder scenes. I will definitely be on the look out for more from this author.

As much as I tried to get into a groove with this book, I DNFed it early on. Though I enjoyed Kiernan's writing and I was intrigued by how things would unfold, I never really connected with Frankie Sheehan and wasn't that invested in what happened to her. I'll be revisiting this at a later date to see if it's better the second time around. Many thanks to Penguin First to Read for providing a copy of The Killer Inside Me in exchange for my honest thoughts.

This book was interesting as it parallels a current murder case DC Frankie Sheehan is investigating and the murder of Sean Hennessey's parents 17 years ago. Frankie is asked to look over the old case by her sister-in-law for Sean's documentary to prove his innocence. Frankie has sketchy feelings upon meeting Sean, when she is called in for a double murder. The similarities between the two cases are noticed and Frankie tries to assemble the evidence to connect the killer. The back and forth feelings of sympathy for Sean and his possible innocence to strong reactions that make him seem guilty. Twists kept me wavering between the probability of him being guilty or not. The ending was somewhat surprising, but satisfying, with some confusing connections.

Thank you so much to Penguin First Reads for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I did not realize going into this book that it was the second book in the series and I wish I would have had the opportunity to read the first one so that I had a better idea of the characters. This book is about Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie who is asked to review the conviction of Sean Hennessy who has just been released after serving 17 years for murdering his parents. Since day one Sean has been adamant that he isn't guilty and Frankie has her apprehensions about reviewing the case but since her sister-in-law asked for the favor, she decides to give it a look. While she's in her meeting with Sean she gets a call that two bodies have been found in a local church and their murders are similar to how Sean's parents were killed. Frankie feels torn and must now solve two murders and figure out if Sean is innocent and who's responsible for the almost copycat murders. This book did have a lot of twists and turns in it that kept me interested and I loved the first person narration of Frankie. That being said, I found myself confused at times because it doesn't seem like certain areas of the book made sense to me. That could have just been me reading it and missing details but even after finishing the book I still find myself confused about a couple of things with the plot. I won't go into details and give away spoilers but it felt like a lot was left up in the air so hopefully the author has plans for a third book with more details.


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