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Kill for Me, Kill for You by Steve Cavanagh

Kill for Me, Kill for You

by Steve Cavanagh

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Two women out for revenge hatch a plot to help each other. But in the Big Apple the best-laid plans can easily go awry.

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One dark evening on New York City’s Upper West Side, two strangers meet by chance. Over drinks, Amanda and Wendy realize they have much in common, especially loneliness and an intense desire for revenge against the men who destroyed their families. As they talk into the night, they come up with the perfect plan: if you kill for me, I’ll kill for you.

In another part of the city, Ruth is home alone when the beautiful brownstone she shares with her husband, Scott, is invaded. She’s attacked by a man with piercing blue eyes, who disappears into the night. Will she ever be able to feel safe again while the blue-eyed stranger is out there?

Intricate and heart-racing, Kill for Me, Kill for You will keep you breathless until the final page.

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This book contains scenes that depict suicide and mentions the death of a child.

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Kill for Me, Kill for You



Amanda White lifted the lid from the electric baby bottle sterilizer and stared inside at the .22-caliber revolver. It looked like the gun was sweating, its steel frame and barrel beaded with balls of hot condensation, the steam rising gently from the base. Turning away, she found her soft leather gloves, put them on, and carefully lifted the weapon clear.

The gun had to be clean today. No fingerprints. Last night she had the idea of using the sterilizer to remove any prior trace of her DNA from the weapon. It seemed fitting somehow that one of Jess’s things should have a part in this. She was surprised that the sterilizer still worked. It hadn’t been used since Jess’s first birthday, when she’d switched her to sippy cups. She and her husband, Luis, had decided to keep the sterilizer, though, in case Jess ever had a baby brother or sister down the line.

None of that could happen now.

The heat from the sterilizer had begun to peel away the duct tape wrapped round the butt of the gun. It still felt alien in her hand. All of those days she’d driven out to the woods to practice shooting tin cans hadn’t mattered. She still wasn’t used to handling the weapon. She was a New York liberal. Anti-gun. A law-abiding taxpayer. Perhaps she was none of those things anymore. Death changes you.

When that death was your six-year-old girl and, a week later, your husband, there was more to it than mere grief. That kind of death didn’t ride alone. It brought more dark horsemen with it: unemployment, debt, addiction and pain that at times was too great to bear. Amanda’s life had imploded in loss.

She put the revolver on the dining table, dried it with kitchen towels, and loaded it with five expectant rounds of ammunition.

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Why I love it

How far would you go to get revenge? It’s a compelling question that author Steve Cavanagh uses to propel his new novel, Kill for Me, Kill for You. While the story may start with one simple question, it quickly develops into an intense thrill ride chock-full of tough choices and fantastic twists.

One evening in New York City, two strangers, Amanda and Wendy, meet in a bar and realize that they have a lot in common. Specifically, they both want to get revenge against the men who ruined their lives. What starts out as an innocent discussion of all that they’ve lost becomes an in-depth conversation about getting even and the perfect revenge plot: If you kill for me, I’ll kill for you. What could possibly go wrong?

Kill for Me, Kill for You, is one of the most intricately plotted psychological thrillers I’ve read in a while. At times it will seem impossible to figure out where this story is leading you, but with a masterful hand, Cavanagh brings it all together in the end for a truly shocking twist. I promise you won’t see this one coming!

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Member ratings (5,507)

  • Caitlin V.

    Wilmington, DE

    This book was so exciting! Very twisty and fun! I enjoyed the fast pace and the alternating POVs of Amanda and Ruth. They are very different, but each experience tragedy in their own ways. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Kaylee A.

    Montesano , WA

    Kill for me, kill for you by Steve Cavanaugh ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 HOLY MOTHER- FIRKIN SHIRTBALLS 😵‍💫 The twists in this mother Fu-er right here; weren't real! *queue the airplane freakout lady*

  • Allyson S.

    Kettering, OH

    I love this book!! The author is masterful in tying everything together but not giving anything away. I was surprised and shocked several times throughout. I could not put this one down!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Benjamin M.

    Spokane, WA

    As someone who is new to the thriller genre because they are “lame” or “silly”… CONSIDER ME CONVERTED! Kavanaugh had me completely captivated from page 1 and slapped me across the face with twists!!!!

  • Kimberley D.

    Hanford, CA

    😍😍OMG!! I love this BOOK!! It’s on my Favorite List!! This book hasgreat suspense and so many twist and turns!! The unfolding of the story was amazing surprising and the ending! Omg 😱 loved it ALL!

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