How I’ll Kill You

Berkley. Mar. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780593438305. $28. SUSPENSE
DEBUT When it comes to falling in love—or killing someone—your first time should be special. That’s what Sissy’s sisters Moody and Iris have always told her. While Moody and Iris both have several murders to their credit, until now, Sissy’s only job has been to see to it that their crime scenes have been scrubbed clean. However, now it is Sissy’s turn to find a mark, make him fall in love with her, then have him pay with his life. After careful consideration, Sissy finds her perfect first: Edison. But the more time she spends with Edison, the more her sisters wonder if killing him really is the only thing on Sissy’s mind. When it comes to carefully concealed sociopathy, the fascinating protagonist in DeStefano’s adult debut (she’s published YA as Lauren DeStefano) gives Gone Girl’s Amy Elliott a run for her money. Combine this with a cleverly crafted plot that delivers ingenious twists, and you have a novel that will stun readers.
VERDICT Not for the squeamish, but fans of Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister the Serial Killer or of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley novels will be equally ensnared in DeStefano’s assured literary clutches.
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