How I'll Kill You (Hardcover)
Your next stay-up-all-night thriller, about identical triplets who have a nasty habit of killing their boyfriends, and what happens when the youngest commits their worst crime yet: falling in love with her mark.
Make him want you.
Make him love you.
Make him dead.
Sissy has an...interesting family. Always the careful one, always the cautious one, she has handled the cleanup while her serial killer sisters have carved a path of carnage across the U.S. Now, as they arrive in the Arizona heat, Sissy must step up and embrace the family pastime of making a man fall in love and then murdering him. Her first target? A young widower named Edison—and their mutual attraction is instant. While their relationship progresses, and most couples would be thinking about picking out china patterns and moving in together, Sissy’s family is reminding her to think about picking out burial sites and moving on.
Then something happens that Sissy never anticipated: She begins to feel protective of Edison, and before she can help it, she’s fallen in love. But the clock is ticking, and her sisters are growing restless. It becomes clear that the gravesite she chooses will hide a body no matter what happens; but if she betrays her family, will it be hers?
About the Author
Ren DeStefano lives in Connecticut, where she was born and raised. When she’s not writing thrillers, she’s listening to true crime podcasts and crocheting way too many blankets.
“A triumph… Mark my words: Ren DeStefano—who has achieved a distinctness of voice and vision that is quite rare—is both an author to watch and a name to remember.”
“This deceptive thriller opens as a chilling, dispassionate chronicle of murderous triplets devoted to their chosen craft and each other, but it evolves into a twisted love story as layers of loneliness, self-sacrifice, and competing loyalties surface. Readers will find that this sneakily heart-wrenching story lingers with them after Sissy’s final words.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“When it comes to carefully concealed sociopathy, the fascinating protagonist in DeStefano’s adult debut gives Gone Girl’s Amy Elliott a run for her money. Combine this with a cleverly crafted plot that delivers ingenious twists, and you have a novel that will stun readers.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“This devilishly clever textbook of malicious mayhem is a must for Dexter fans.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Part thriller, part romance, How I’ll Kill You is a singular look at family, obsession, revenge, and self.”
"Ren DeStefano's amusingly dark, character-driven How I'll Kill You is no romance, unless it was written by a praying mantis."
“This chilling book is both twisted and tense. The writing is lean, the plotting is tight, and the story is whip smart. Will have you glued to the page.”
—Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
"Ren DeStefano delivers on this compelling tale about lethal sister triplets. An emotionally sharp, tension-filled thriller with an unexpected touch of romance and a clever premise that will have you racing to the end."
—Darby Kane, #1 international bestselling author of Pretty Little Wife
"A smart, sharp thriller that is both suspenseful and also surprisingly heartbreaking. The relationship between the three sisters is riveting. Once you're done, you'll be begging for more.”
—Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties
"Ren DeStefano put me through the emotional ringer…I felt like I was breathing in the dry desert air, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next, I was rooting for the anti-hero Sissy even when I wasn't sure that I should be. I absolutely couldn't put down this propulsive thriller until I saw how it ended!"
—Alicia Thompson, bestselling author of Love in the Time of Serial Killers
"Insanely addictive, wickedly funny, and deliciously devious with razor-sharp prose…I inhaled this twisty suspense—which is equal parts propulsive thriller and steamy romance—over a weekend and it left me gasping…prepare to become obsessed!"
—May Cobb, author The Hunting Wives
"This book will mess you up in the best possible way! Reading How I'll Kill You is like watching a delicately unsettling, heartbreakingly beautiful, murderous dance unfold. It will have you racing to the end, not entirely sure just who to root for, and relishing every moment of it."
—Amanda Jayatissa, author of You're Invited
“Forget twins. It’s time for some murderous triplets!!!... So much fun”
“Looking for a thriller that will keep you up all night? Try this tale of identical triplets who seduce and slay.”
—We Are Bookish
"A dark, twisty thriller that keeps you reading along. A great psychological thriller."
—Red Carpet Crash
“The author is a superb storyteller who kept me on the edge of my seat as I wondered what would happen next.”
—Mystery and Suspense Magazine