In this auspicious debut, Alex Dolan announces himself as a virtuoso of psychological suspense and a rightful heir to masters of the genre like Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott. A young woman helps to end the lives of people with terminal diseases, her reasons her own. When she helps the wrong person, she will be roped into a plot to gain vengeance on behalf of dozens. Her journey will make her question everything she ever thought she knew about herself. And the last life she ends may be her own.
They know her as Kali. She is there to see them off into the afterlife with kindness, with efficiency, and with two needles. She’s been a part of the right-to-die movement for years, an integral member, complicit in the deaths of twenty-seven men and women, all suffering from terminal illnesses.
And she just helped the wrong patient.
Leland Moon has been with the Bureau for his entire career, but even as a respected agent, he was unable to keep his own son from being kidnapped on his way to school. When his boy finally came home, he told terrifying stories of his captors, and his nightmares haven’t stopped since.
Moon draws Kali into his mission, a mesmerizing cat-and-mouse game with two ruthless predators—one behind bars, one free—who hold the secrets that could bring comfort to the families of their victims. This powerful journey towards grace and towards peace will force both Leland and Kali to question everything they believe to be true and just.
The Euthanist is a debut novel by Alex Dolan. As debut’s go this is really quite spectacular.
The story features Kali who helps people who are dying by bringing on death earlier to ease their pain and give them some dignity. Unfortunately one of the patients isn’t as close to death as she first thinks. Here we meet Leland Moon who frames Kali into helping him. The author then takes us through a story of twists and turns that picks up pace throughout the book.
At first I didn’t know whether I liked either of the characters in the story but as you get further into it, you can understand the reasoning behind why both Kali and Leland are doing what they are doing and you do start to feel empathy for both of them.
The Euthanist is certainly very thought provoking and it certainly made me question myself throughout as to what I would do if I was in the same position.
This is certainly a very different topic that you don’t come across much in stories so for me it made The Euthanist stand out from the crowd in psychological thrillers. It certainly doesn’t disappoint and I look forward to more by this talented author.
Many thanks to Diversion Books and Netgalley for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.