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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
A Kiss Before Strangling by Douglas Sandler is a psychological thriller about a killer who wants revenge against the cops whom he thinks killed his fiancee, but all is not what it seems. The story was creepy in a good way. I liked how there were different aspects of the story going on at the same time, scenes in the theater, scenes from the cops' points of view, and scenes that showed the drama and politics between the mayor and the Sheriff. But I think my favorite scenes were from the killer himself. I liked the mystery and suspense surrounding that. I liked not quite knowing what was going on, but understanding enough of the physical surroundings. We got into the mind of the killer and could understand at least a little of his motivations and why he felt the need to compulsively do what he had to do.
I also liked the idea of someone being so angry with the police that it would drive them to seek revenge. Unfortunately this something a lot of people can relate to right now. And it is easy to believe that someone could go so far off the edge they would act this way. So again, I found this story realistically creepy. It kind of freaked me out how much I could see it relate to real life and how I kept forgetting that I was reading a book and not reading the headlines of a newspaper. This is a timely topic.