The 22 Murders of Madison May – Book Review

The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry

Young real estate agent Madison May is shocked when a client at an open house says these words to her. The man, a stranger, seems to know far too much about her, and professes his love–shortly before he murders her.

Felicity Staples hates reporting on murders. As a journalist for a midsize New York City paper, she knows she must take on the assignment to research Madison May’s shocking murder, but the crime seems random and the suspect is in the wind. That is, until Felicity spots the killer on the subway, right before he vanishes.

Soon, Felicity senses her entire universe has shifted. No one remembers Madison May, or Felicity’s encounter with the mysterious man. And her cat is missing. Felicity realizes that in her pursuit of Madison’s killer, she followed him into a different dimension–one where everything about her existence is slightly altered. At first, she is determined to return to the reality she knows, but when Madison May–in this world, a struggling actress–is murdered again, Felicity decides she must find the killer–and learns that she is not the only one hunting him.

Traveling through different realities, Felicity uncovers the opportunity–and danger–of living more than one life.

A serial killer jumping through different realities… this was a must-read for me. In fact, the first chapter was incredibly suspenseful and had me hooked from the start. Reporter Felicity follows the clues to a hunt a killer. But she finds herself in a reality where the murder, as she knows it, didn’t happen. Some realities are more different than others, but each with just enough differences to make it off-putting. And the killer stalks Madison May in each of them. This fast-paced thriller will appeal to more than just sci-fi fans. The characters are well-developed and the tension is as intense as watching it on tv. This is a fantastic novel with a heart-pounding and dramatic story.