Book Review: Eight Perfect Murders

By Rutendo Makubika

“Read from home” is the new “work from home” in these uncertain times and we want to spread some book love by reviewing one book a week. By now most of us have already binge-watched the latest thriller movies on Netflix but, have you read any good thriller books? This week’s pick is a thriller by Peter Swanson.

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What constitutes a good thriller? Whether you are a fan or new to the genre, the pleasures of following and trying to anticipate and outsmart the confoundingly twisted narratives will leave you wanting more. What I love about this genre are the devilish premise and jaw-dropping execution. It offers both the charms of a puzzle mystery and will have you at the edge of the seat as the plot unfolds. To say I loved this book would be an understatement. It had me enthralled and evoked strong feelings of excitement, anxiety, tension and suspense. If you are a thriller reader and enjoyed A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window then you will love this book. For classic mystery fans by Agatha Christie and Ira Levin, you will also enjoy the plot.  

Malcolm Kershaw, a bookshop owner and mystery aficionado gets an unexpected visit from the police. They are investigating a series of murders that are seemingly tied to plots in books from an old blog list he published a few years prior. “Eight Perfect Murders” – eight books that outline the perfect way to kill someone. Why would someone be using his list? Is someone trying to send him a message? Or is Malcolm not as innocent as he portrays?

To me, reading this book was a celebration of the mystery genre. A love letter to its best and underappreciated works, the thrill of the chase and the uncertainty of the many small mysteries presented along the way. It had twists, it had turns and a bunch of shady characters. You will point your finger at everyone (even the cat). For all those mystery mavens out there, this is truly a perfect read and yes they still write them like they used to.

Rutendo Makubika

I have been an avid reader since my teens when I was introduced to my first classic book, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. That was the start of my love affair with books. I am always on the lookout for new reads so bring on your recommendations if you have any. Happy Reading!

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