Review: He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Lena Diaz

14 Aug

He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Lena Diaz
HarperCollins (Aug. 9, 2011(ebook); Sept. 6, 2011 (paper))
Mass Market: $7.99; ebook: $3.99
ISBN: 9780062115775

Favorite Lines: “The sweet music of her screams echoed in his mind as he inhaled the lavender-scented shampoo he’d selected for her.” (p. 5)

Four years ago, Amanda Stockton was forced to play a serial killer’s twisted game of chance. Bearing the scar from her ordeal and the burden of a terrible secret, she retreats from the world around her. But when another woman dies clutching a long-stemmed red rose, Amanda knows she can hide no longer.

If there were any other way, Chief Logan Richards would never ask the only surviving victim for help. But it’s clear this killer will not be stopped and Amanda is the only link. Torn between catching a madman and winning the trust of the woman he’s come to love, Logan and Amanda are caught in a dangerous game. And there’s no guarantee they’ll come out on top.

This is another shitty cover put forth by Avon Impulse. It’s really frustrating to me because the Avon Impulse stories have pretty much been good stories wrapped up in bad packaging.

Read my thinking process in the comment area.


I really enjoyed He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not. It’s a bloody good romantic suspense revolving around two guilt ridden people who deserve happiness. It is also Lena Diaz’s debut book. If it’s a sign of what’s to come, I’ll be pleased to read more from her.

After surviving a brutal murder attempt, Amanda retreated from the world, changed her last name and attempted to lead a normal, but extremely secure life. Logan made a rookie mistake as a kid and has been waiting years for the boot to fall and display the effects of that mistake.

He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not reminds me of Kiss the Girls. If I’d never have seen the movie and if I weren’t such a fan of Criminal Minds, I could have been surprised with the way the story worked out. As it is, the first clue given on page 5 told me everything I needed to know about the killer. It is an obvious, in your face clue and points to the most important lesson of the story: always follow your instincts.

The lesson is one that Logan should have learned after his rookie mistake. I think he did learn it, but damn the poor man can’t frick’n win. Add Amanda to that same can’t win category. The poor woman is estranged from her only living relative and is scarred both inside and out. She retreated from society and unfortunately cannot trust her instincts. There are several instances when she reacts out of fear, some of them are justified but other times it’s straight up fear of the unknown.

On to the romance. I didn’t get the instant attraction or romance. Don’t get me wrong. I think the hero and the heroine are worthy of love and that the best place to find that love is with one another. However, I’m glad the hero and heroine are slow to enter into a relationship. Diaz takes into consideration the heroine’s traumatic past and eases her into life and a relationship with Logan. Like I said, I don’t get it but it works.

In the end, I’m happy to have read He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not. It took me out of reality to a world where a killer could come from anywhere and stab me. Yep, it yanked me right in. Despite knowing who the killer was early in the story, I enjoyed watching it unfold. I never knew what was going to happen and I appreciated that.

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3 Responses to “Review: He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Lena Diaz”

  1. SandySays1 August 14, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    I really liked your review and the excerpt chosen. Both give the reader a great feel for the book. I’d liked you to have rated in some way- not necesarily with points etc. Maybe words like “I would felt I’d have missed something valuable if I didn’t read it” or “While the book was a resonable diversion it didn’t leave an overpowering impression.” You have great communicating ability so……..

  2. Siobhan August 14, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    @SandySays1- I would have said that they have rated it. I felt that comments like “I really enjoyed..”, “I’ll be pleased to read more” etc were pretty explicit so find your critique quite odd in that respect.

    I have to agree with you about the book cover. The title is great but the image just makes it look like something from the old Point Horror books.

  3. scooper August 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    SandySays1 and Siobhan: I really hate rating books, although I do on GoodReads. I don’t have a fair rating system. Like checking off or adding points for predictability. I do agree that my review sounds like it’s contradicting itself. I focused on the few things that stuck with me after I finished the book. I thought about changing the review, but in the end decided to keep what I had written.

    I watch a lot of crime drama on tv and it effects my thinking process when I read. I tend to make connections. Just because I see things that I’ve seen before doesn’t mean I don’t want more. I guess that’s why I watch NCIS, Bones, Criminal Minds, CSI (all of them)…and so on. lol Some weeks the episodes are so similar I wonder if they’re spying on each other. But it never stops me from going back the next week. I applied that same mentality to my review of He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not

    I did enjoy the book. I didn’t put it down and walk away for days or decide after a few pages in to read a different book. I read HKMHKMN from cover to cover. Maybe I should have focused more on the things that I liked, however, I wanted to point out the things that stuck with me after I finished reading it to give a bigger picture than strictly info backing my enjoyment of the book. I’ll have to rethink my process so I incorporate more proof of my enjoyment before I go into other things, though.

    Thanks for popping by and I hope you return.

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