Discussion Guide for The Kill List

Whether you're reading The Kill List with your book group at your local library or bookstore, or with students in your classroom, these questions can encourage the conversation. Got questions for the author herself? Nichole also chats about the writing process, her novels, and more with book groups, writers groups, and students in person or via skype.

1. Conflict is a writer’s tool that plays a major role in any book. Aside from the conflict of needing to solve the crime, what kinds of conflict are in The Kill List? Which characters are caught up in that conflict? Do these conflicts impact you personally? If so, how so?

2. What is the theme of The Kill List?

3. What is Jamie’s biggest obstacle in this novel?

4. How does the setting play a role in this novel? Consider the various settings throughout the story.

5. Dialogue can reveal plot points or illuminate a character’s personality. What’s your favorite line of dialogue in The Kill List? Why? What did it reveal to you?

6. A villain is always a hero in his own mind. Who is the true villain of The Kill List? Is this character heroic at all?

7. Secondary characters can add so much. Which secondary character stands out in your mind? How does this character add to the story? What makes him or her memorable to you?

8. In The Kill List, Jamie faces the stigma of failure after her divorce and her inability to have children is revealed. How are failure and success defined by society? What does failure look like to you?

9. Justice, or the lack thereof, is an important component of any work in the mystery genre. By the end of The Kill List, is justice done? Explain. Would Tim Thorpe agree with you? Are the consequences Pearce Schuyler, Brandy, or little Brooke face just? What about the consequences for Charles Chapman Brown or Special Agent Kevin Jaeger? Do their storylines end justly? Why or why not?


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