2013 Longlisted: The Kills by Richard House

The_KillsRating: 4.5
The Kills
A Novel by Richard House
2013 / 913 Pages

Has anybody ever told you it’s not coming true

What could I possibly have left to write about Richard House’s Booker nominated conspiracy masterpiece that I haven’t written already?

This article exists less as a proper book review and more as a placeholder from which to link out to each of my previously published reviews of the four stand-alone novels – Sutler (book one), The Massive (book two), The Kill (book three), and The Hit (book four) – that combine to form The Kills.

The overall verdict: you should drop everything and read this novel. For more detailed explanations as to why, see each of the linked articles below.



2013 Longlisted: The Massive by Richard House

The_MassiveRating: 4
The Massive (The Kills: Book Two)
A Novel by Richard House
2013 / 311 Pages

I shoulda learned to play the guitar

The Kills is a 2013 Man Booker Prize nominated volume from Richard House which is comprised of four stand-alone novels. The Massive is the second of these novels.

It would be bad enough if the only problem facing Rem Gunnersen with regards to his self-owned and operated business was that of financial ruin.  Yes, he’s drowning in debt.  Yes, he’s desperate for money.  Yes, he’s staring the very real possibility of bankruptcy in the face.  Problems of cash flow, difficult as they can be, are fixable in a multitude of ways.  Having to recover from any damage done to his professional reputation however is something that would prove to be a much more arduous task.  At the start of The Massive, Rem finds himself in the unenviable position of having to deal with both issues, one as a direct consequence of the other.