Killian’s Dead by Josie Jaffrey is the fantastic prequel to the Seekers series — a thrilling novella of just 21 pages.
Josie Jaffrey very kindly sent me a free copy of Killian’s Dead in return for an honest review.
This novella follows Jack as she goes to a bar in London to watch a band. After the show, she goes outside for a cigarette and is swept off her feet by a beautiful and mysterious woman called Winta.
From the very first paragraph, I was swept away by Josie’s writing! I spent a lot of time at my local music venue in the early 2000s, and straight away I was transported back to that. I’ll never forget the horrible mix of cigarette smoke, sweat and beer that all bars used to stink of. (Hard to believe anymore that people used to be able to smoke indoors!) Her writing is incredibly vivid and descriptive, and and I absolutely loved it!
Jack is a fantastic main character and I really liked her. She was incredibly relatable to me and so I am so pleased she will be back in Josie’s book, May Day (which I am going to read next — read my review here!). The romance between Jack and Winta was brilliantly done too. Josie has perfectly described the excitement of meeting someone new, and how you can feel totally swept away.
The plot moved at a good pace and the ending was a great set up for May Day. I was left wanting more and wondering what would happen to Jack next, which is a great sign! While this novella is just 21 pages, it certainly packed a punch and was a fantastic introduction to Josie’s work.
The blurb for Killian’s Dead
Love is for losers.
Jack doesn’t care about anything except music. All she wants to do is find a decent gig, stand by the speakers and let the bass roll through her. It’s the only reason she gets out of bed.
Until she meets Winta. In the space of a second, everything is different. Winta knows what she wants and for one night, what she wants is Jack. It feels like the start of forever.
Then Winta disappears and Jack faces a choice: should she go back to her life, or track down the only girl who can change it beyond recognition?
One thing’s certain: Jack has no idea what she’s getting herself into.
Killian’s Dead is a short story prequel to the Seekers series.
About the author, Josie Jaffrey
Josie is the author of nine self-published novels plus short stories. She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA), for which she is seeking representation. Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.
After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.
She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.
Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.
You can find out more about Josie and her work on her website, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads to keep up with the latest updates. You can also support Josie’s writing through her Patreon from just £1 per month.
Check out my review of the next book in the series, May Day, following Jack 20 years after the events of Killian’s Dead.