Finalist for the CALIBA 2023 Golden Poppy Award
A LibraryReads Pick
Utterly original and wildly entertaining, Killing Me is a laugh-loud-loud thriller with a protagonist whose life is a total mess.
She escaped a serial killer. Then things got weird.
Amber Jamison can’t believe she’s about to become the latest victim of a serial killer. She’s savvy and street smart, so when she gets pushed into, of all things, a white windowless van, she is more angry than afraid. Things get even weirder when she’s miraculously saved by a mysterious woman . . . who promptly disappears. Who was she? And why is she hunting serial killers?
You’d think escaping one psychopath would be enough, but Amber’s problems are just beginning. Her close call has law enforcement circling a past she’s tried to outrun. She’s forced to flee across the country, ending up at a seedy motel in Las Vegas with a noir-obsessed manager and a sex worker as her unlikely companions . . . and danger right behind. She’s landed in the cross hairs of the world’s most prolific killer, caught up in a deadly game that’s been going on for years. To survive, she is forced to dust off her old playbook and partner with someone she can’t trust. The odds are against her, but sometimes you just have to roll the dice.
About the Author
Michelle Gagnon writes thrillers for teens and adults. A former modern dancer, dog walker, bartender, freelance journalist, personal trainer, and model, she’s currently pursuing a master’s degree in clinical psychology. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and way too many dogs.
One of BookBub’s Best Mysteries & Thrillers of Spring
One of CrimeReads' Most Ancipated Thrillers of 2023
"[A] smart, sassy serial killer thriller. . . . [An] absolutely superlative queer crime caper that centers female solidarity.” —Criminal Element
"Terrifically off-kilter, veering as it does from laugh-out-loud humor to its hard-edged plot points. . . Gagnon [handles] the comic moments with aplomb. . . Killing Me's brisk action keeps the believable surprises coming." —Shelf Awareness
"The best serial killer entry of 2023 so far, even though Gagnon brings a surprisingly light touch to the subject matter. . . [An] escape odyssey, filled with roguish, comically colorful characters all the way to a desolate, dilapidated motel that makes the Bates Motel look like a five-star. . . Gagnon stakes her claim as the female Carl Hiaasen.” —BookTrib
"Gagnon’s neo-noir thriller hits all the right notes, providing an entertaining, escapist ride." —The Washington Post
"A wild ride of a thriller." —CrimeReads
"This twisty game of cat and mouse is as addictive as the Vegas Strip." —Elle Cosimano, author of Finlay Donovan Is Killing It
“Killing Me is a twisted humdinger of a book in the best possible way. Thrilling, fast-paced, and funny, this is a page-turner from start to finish." —Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife
“This quirky thriller, with nicely developed LGBTQ themes of self-love and a sprightly conversational tone, makes tackling gruesome killers feel a little like a romp.” —Booklist
“[A] fun, quirky thriller with a flawed yet likable main character surrounded by a wacky supporting cast. For readers who enjoy a bit of dark humor, like in Jeff Lindsay’s ‘Dexter’ series.” —Library Journal
"A serial killer thriller with a light touch." —Publishers Weekly
“For a little levity, Michelle Gagnon’s suspenseful dark comedy has big Stephanie Plum vibes. . . With their chase taking us to Las Vegas, and picking up various kooky supporting characters on the way, this thriller sounds firmly tongue-in-cheek.” —Paste Magazine
“If Dexter teamed up with Stephanie Plum, the result would be Killing Me. At the story’s center is Amber Jamison, whose luck somehow manages to only get worse when surviving one serial killer just puts her in the crosshairs of another. The result is an unforgettable, laugh out loud wild ride with an irresistible cast of characters. Murder has no business being this funny.” —Kellye Garrett, author of Like a Sister
“I loved Killing Me. The writing snaps, crackles, and pops. The story is gripping, fresh, and flat out entertaining. Grab this book!” —Meg Gardiner, author of Unsub and Heat 2
"A tense serial killer thriller that's also hilarious? Count me in. Killing Me is sharp, suspenseful and (dare I say it?) unputdownable. Amber is my new favorite action hero. I'd follow her anywhere -- and considering some of the dicey locales she winds up in, that's saying a lot." —Alison Gaylin, author of The Collective
"Michelle Gagnon's Killing Me tickles the funny-bone and tingles the spine from start to finish! Wit and wile infuse her characters and propel the twist-filled narrative through the smarmy underbelly of Las Vegas, ensuring that when the hunted becomes the hunter, it's the reader who hits the jackpot!" —Fabian Nicieza, author of Suburban Dicks
"You’ll be biting your nails until the very last page! Killing Eve meets Dead to Me—this thriller is a perfect combination of horror, laughter, and sisterhood. Michelle Gagnon has served us a tour de force and I want more." —Naomi Hirahara, author of Clark and Division
"Cons, chaos, and serial killers collide in this deep dive into the dark underbelly of Vegas.” —Mindy McGinnis, author of The Last Laugh
"Gagnon delivers a quick, quirky game of cat and mouse that hooks and charms from page one. Killing Me is a taut Vegas thriller and a sure bet." —Madeleine Roux, author of the Asylum series