YOUth Review: Murder Your Employer by Rupert Holmes

Murder Your Employer by Rupert Holmes is not one, but three stories, describing the education of three students attending a school by the name of McMasters, which specializes in teaching how to murder someone and get away with it. Contrary to what you might think, it's NOT a tale of serial killers in the making, but rather the journey of three bumbling amateurs into people who will eventually be deemed capable of killing off their target (which differs between the three students) and making the world a better place due to the absence of said target.

I found the book to be a real page turner, having me wanting to read just ONE MORE page to see what happens next, though that isn't to say it was perfect. At the very beginning of the book, before it even starts telling the tale of the first student, it prefaces by warning the reader that not all three of the students were successful in their murder attempts. Although it doesn't outright TELL us who fails, by the third story you can use the process of elimination to determine whether or not that last person will be the one who fails, thus effectively removing any doubt as to whether the third one will accomplish their goal, meaning that there's really no tension during the last third of the book.

Despite that, I still found Murder Your Employer to be a very enjoyable read, albeit one with a somewhat grim sense of humour.

10/10, would read again.