Thursday, July 11, 2013

Killing me softly by Liesl Leighton

Killing Me Softly
Edition: Kindle edition
Print Length:322 pages
Publication date: June 10th 2013        
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Language: English
Genre: Romance, Suspense-thriller

Author Biography(via Amazon)

Leisl is a tall red head with an overly large imagination. A voracious reader and a born performer, it came as no surprise to anyone when she did a double major in English Literature and Drama for her BA, then went on to a career as an actor, singer and dancer, as well as script writer, stage manager and musical director for cabaret and theatre restaurants (one of which she co-owned and ran for six years).
After starting a family, Leisl stopped performing and instead, began writing the stories that had been plaguing her dreams for years. Leisl's stories have won and placed in many competitions in Australia and the US, including the STALI, Golden Opportunities, Heart of the West, Linda Howard Award of Excellence, Touch of Magic and many others.
Leisl lives in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne with her two beautiful boys, lovely hubby, overly spunky dog, Buffy, and likes to spend time with family and friends. She sometimes sings in a choir and works as a swim teacher in her day-to-day job.

Book Description


Reclusive record producer, Alexia Deningham, guards her privacy fiercely. When she agrees to work with superstar Daemon Flagherty, and his band, it is only on the condition that they stay with her at her isolated country estate.

Fresh from a messy divorce, Daemon is determined to focus on his music. He wants to work with the best and that means Lexi. He certainly isn't looking for romance, but he finds himself intrigued by Lexi's secretive behavior.

Despite Lexi's reservations, their attraction grows. But someone is watching Lexi. Someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the woman who has ruined his life. When his campaign of terror ratchets out of control, Lexi must fight for survival but who can she really trust?


My Review

I didn't honestly expected to like this novel when I began reading it a few days ago.  It was very boring and I didn't  like the flow of it. I was very much disappointed with the novel after reading the first three chapters. So I came to a conclusion, this novel was not really for me. But I gave it a try. To my surprise, I was actually able to like the novel because of the main protagonist Alexia and those fascinating people around her.

Leigh Leighton's Killing me softly is about Alexia alias Lexi, a 29 years old very talented and popular music producer who agrees to work with one of the famous singer Daemon Flagherty and his band on one condition that is to work and stay with her at her private country estate until their work is finished .She is very secretive and hideous which makes Daemon not able to believe her. So he asks his manager Nigel to have a thorough background check on her  history. When he learns about her past, he empathizes and is more attracted to her than before.

Both of their lives are somewhat similar although what Lexi has to endure is more than unimaginable and horrifying. There is a strong reason for that. Lexi has a twin sister, Catriona who is in a vegetative state for almost eleven years with big Scars on her face that makes her unrecognizable as her identical twin. She has a  strong guilt for her sister's catonic state as she feels she is the one responsible for everything that happened , which is absolutely untrue because Lyndon James is the only one answerable to them but unfortunately he was killed in Jail without experiencing the immense pain encountered by the twin sisters thereafter.

In the mean time, Lexi reciprocates her love for Daemon but she is afraid to let their relationship grow and give it a new status with her being stalked by a psychopathic killer who knows her past and is now haunting  because of that. For this reason, she was living under a pseudonym and a private address. Now the stalker knows where she lives but could it be because of Daemon's band? She is so confused and also scared. Now Daemon knows her deadly secret of being abused and stalked by an unknown person but the question is will he be able to save her from the killer?

Thoughts on the novel

All the characters in the novel appealed to me but Billy was the only one who gained my love and interest. If you read it you will know why I am saying this. I liked Lexi but I didn't like Daemon, it may be because I am not a great believer of love at first sight and it is so stupid. Lexi's initial shyness is very much understandable as she is also a virgin. Bev and Karl also made it to my favorite list despite their role being short. Catriona has a suspense for everyone, read the novel to find what is it. I had a guess on the stalker but didn't know exactly he was the one as I had my doubts on almost everyone in the novel including Daemon Flagherty.

Overall I enjoyed very much reading the novel , whenever Lexi received that letter , I  wasn't patient enough to know who her stalker was. Finally, towards the end of the novel, I was contented with the fact Justice was served .For me, this novel was like watching those serial killer movies  and soap operas in which the cops try to unfold the true identity of the serial killers and also the reason to why they did it. This novel is unique and likeable in a different kind of way because of the lot of emotions between the characters that could only be experienced in a very hard way.

Rating 4/5

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