Lie, Kill, Walk Away

©Vertebrate Publishing


Author: Matt Dickinson

Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing


I check the Range Rover dash. The keys are in there.
The sirens are closing in. There’s a police helicopter coming over the hospital.

I have to decide. Decide right now. I can keep out of trouble. Not get involved. Just run away through the park and go home and pretend none of this has happened.
Or I can help Becca.

I stare into her eyes. Those deep blue eyes. Just for a split second.
I tell her, get in the car.

Joe and Becca uncover a deadly secret. A lethal bioweapon is about to be unleashed. Millions will suffer a terrible death.

Now they are being hunted down.

And their problems have only just begun…

25 thoughts on “Lie, Kill, Walk Away

  1. Jago Solloway DPL says:

    I thought this book was a spectacular read with tremendously good action. It also had a great number of thrilled in the book. The only criticism i could give was that at the end there was too much happening that it overwhelmed you . 7/10


  2. Gabriela Francis says:

    This book is my favorite out of the 2 books I have read. I found it quite hard to understand at first but then when I ‘ve read a bit more I understood it. There are two sets story and they meet each other to solve the mystery. It is about a boy called Joe who loves to graffiti on walls and gets caught by the owner’s property. His job is to rub off the graffiti on the walls with some other guys when a girl appears at the hospital . The moment he caught his eyes on her he falls in love…..


  3. Eva Rodgers says:

    +++++++++ 9/10
    Lie Kill Walk Away is fast paced book which captivated me on the first page. The book follows the two teens though their story, which leads them into deep trouble. The one thing that I think puts this book apart from others is the format ; in the book every other page is narrated by Becca then Joe. This means that you can stop reading at any point, which is perfect for reading while going to sleep or on a train. The story is filled with mysteries and stuffed to the brim with adventure. Over all I loved this book thoroughly and would highly recommend it.


  4. Ayan Nandi DPL says:

    Lie Kill Walk Away is a thrilling read by Matt Dickinson. The characters are well created and once I went past the first page I couldnt put it down. It is about a boy called Joe who is put to work cleaning up graffiti he spraypainted, when he meets a girl called Rebecca whose father is seriously injured. Rebeccas father works in biological weapons and discovers a very dangerous disease strengthened weapon. Rebecca and Joe find out about a cult who is planning to unleash the weapon and have to try and stop it. There is a lot going on throughout the book and I think that there is too much happening. 7/10


  5. Louis Hogg, DPL says:

    I enjoyed this book very much. I thought that the way it was presented, with the alternating perspectives of the two main characters was very clever, because it made you sympathise with both characters rather than just one. this left you with the choice of wanting them to work together. I also think that this book shows that different classes have their different skills but when put together these skills can make a formidable team. Furthermore I believe that this book was generally published at a time where the things happening in the book such as terrorism are happening in reality leaving the reader completely believing in the entire story. My improvement point is that there was so much action that I had to stop reading and think about what was going on. Overall I give this book an 8/10.


  6. Charlie Parker DPL says:

    This book is amazing because the different points of view quickly change, providing a quick tempo. The characters also add a sense of depth to the story. Joe transforms from a rebellious character to a hero. One of the characters is a traitor, which comes as a big surprise and increases the tension. Matt Dickinson varies the sentence length to create a sense of tension and because it is all written in the first person, you actually feel like you’re a part of the story. I would rate this book 10/10


  7. I was amazed at how good this book was and I would suggest you read this book as it is thrilling and has lots of turning events. At the end was not as good as I was hoping after the brilliant climax. I also agree with Louis who says the author published this book at a time were terrorism is at large. chapters are no problem either because most of the chapters are one page short!
    9/10 is what I would rate this.


  8. michael taiwo harris boys academy east dulwich says:

    the book was kind of boring because the layout was just not quite good and I couldn’t really find the action in it until the middle


  9. Thomas Grundy DPL says:

    I felt that this book truly embraced real life and all the war and disease around the world. It didn’t shy away from reality and shows what it is like to be a teenager that no-one takes seriously.
    I rate this 9/10


  10. Nola Charny says:

    *Nola Charny, Dulwich Hamlet Junior School*
    I really enjoyed this book. It was a thrilling read and I rode along the plot line. Not only was it well written, the ideas and characters were very well thought out an developed. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes a good read: if you’re looking for a good book, look over here! The only thing that wasn’t top notch was the end; there was a lot going on and at that point it was harder to keep up. At several points in the book I found myself confused at the meanings of some ideas or words. The book helped me to learn more about biological viruses and bioweapons. I liked the relationships between the characters, though the scale of family members in danger may have been a little OTT. I enjoyed how the book was written in separate POVs, (Points Of View) so you really felt you were part of the story, like you were there with the characters. The fact that they were separate helped me to understand the different situations of the characters and showed that more than one thing was happening at once.
    I would personally give this book an 8/10, possibly a 9. It was an amazing read and I will probably go on to recommend it to many more people in the future.


  11. Samuel Ray-Billington says:

    Samuel Ray Billington, DPL

    Lie, kill or walk away. Three options, two people and one amazing adventure.

    This is a story that starts quickly and never stops. Written in the first person, the book’s short, sharp chapters switch quickly between the experiences of the two main characters; two teenagers called Becca and Joe, whose lives are destined to collide.

    Becca’s father works in a laboratory and has discovered a deadly virus. The next morning she finds her father hanging by the neck at the bottom of her garden and has to cut him down to save him.

    Meanwhile Joe, a rebel teenager and graffiti artist, has been paid to spray some rude graffiti about Gary Barker, someone he’s never even met. When Gary’s sister and three large men get out of a car behind him, the job has just become a lot more personal than he ever wanted it to be.

    A deadly secret, bio-terrorism, a religious cult seeking revenge and two teenagers on the run and battling for their lives…This book is brilliant!

    I give this book a 10 out of 10. The single page chapters that switch quickly from one character to another really brings the action to life and this story will have you glued to the book from the very first page: it really does start that fast. I recommend it to everyone of eleven years and up due to some of the violent scenes. Fantastic.


  12. John Abboodass says:

    Lie kill walk away, what a great title for a book. The book itself had a tug on me when i first read it . The first pages that i read didn’t make much sense because of the two different sides of the book, but i soon started enjoying the book with its two perspectives of a masculine and feminine side of the tale. The downside of the book was because of its extreme load of action and violence, which overloads your brain with too much information. But the book was an intricate read with a theme totally unexpected. 8/10


  13. Kalvyne Eby Harris Boys East Dulwich says:

    Lie Kill Walk Away I think is for people who enjoy a fast pace. The presentation of Lie Kill Walk Away with alternating voices sometimes leaves you with a cliff hanger. This book has some really graphic violence and moments of sadness. I would recommend this book for people who like action and thrillers.


  14. Anonymous says:

    Atinuke Babalola the charter school east dulwich
    i love this book because so far it is so interesting it is also so sad i cried when i started reading the book straight away i knew i wouldn’t stop till i finish the book.The tittle Lie Kill Walk Away was so catch and attaching as soon as i saw it i was drawn to it. The was so much mystery i had to read on if you like adventure and violence i think you should give this book a chance you won’t regret it i didn’t i rate this book 10 out of 10 bravo you got my vote .


  15. Ibraheem Ayub DPL says:

    This was a very gripping book as it kept switching perspectives from two different people’s lives, Joe and Becca. One day Becca wakes up to see her father,a scientist who works in a secret laboratory, hanging from a tree in the garden, and saves his life by cutting him down. Becca tries to find out who is trying to kill her father and meets Joe, a graffiti artist, along the way. Together they try to solve the mystery and discover people who are trying to make a deadly virus. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
    The chapters are very short, meaning there wasn’t much information on each page, so it kept me turning the pages.I give it an 8/10


  16. Louis Badham, DPL says:

    It was a good book with two different story lines, one of which was about a boy who had to clean up his own graffiti and another about a girl whose Dad almost died. It was a gripping read with lots of twists in the story line.



  17. Kelly Sylvester, City of London Academy:

    At the beginning of “lie kill walk away”, I didn’t think I would enjoy the book. I thought I would force myself to finish reading it, but the more I read, the more I got entranced with the book. I found myself reading it every moment I got. I liked the way the author showed us the view point of both characters throughout the book; how they both had to struggle but then came together and faced their problem. I hate that Joe got arrested after everything he did. I dislike the ending a bit, I feel it was too rushed but other than that absolutely love the book.
    Rate: 8/10


  18. Finn Wharton, City of London Academy

    “Lie kill walk away” is a book about the secrecy of the government and ordinary kids getting intertwined into their dark truths. Becca and Joe are two very different characters: Joe is of a rough upbringing, living In a council flat surrounded by gangs and is at constant risk of getting arrested; whereas Becca is a very bright daughter of a scientist, living in the country side and getting attention from the press due to her high results.

    This book shows two different sides of money how different kids perceive the government and law as they are swirled into a bioweapon disaster.

    This book is for a certain taste. The person who will enjoy this should not be fascinated by action but by characters thoughts and interactions, as the action only comes towards the end.

    I thought the ending was a bit half baked as it was the climax of the book. This book has plenty of twists if you enjoy being misdirected to find out that you were right the whole time.

    I do not recommend this to a particular age group as reading is reading and it depends on your interest not your ability and age.

    I give this book 3 stars out of 5 due to a disappointing ending and lack of depth in villains.


  19. Oluwakemi Adebari, City of London Academy

    I enjoyed the fact that the book has a unique format and I also enjoyed the establishment of completely different circumstances for the two main characters. However, I feel like most of the focus went on the plot and I was barely given an insight into the main characters’ emotions.



  20. Sahra Osman, City of London Academy

    Warning – spoilers!

    Lie Kill Walk Away is a captivating book due to fact that you question with the character and make judgements with the character. I think if you relate with a character on that level is such a good thing in a book it should be ideal. I have often found myself laughing with the book especially at how bad of a situation that they always find them self in. for example when Becca was climbing the wall I couldn’t help but laugh as it was so out of character for her and took me by surprise; and when Joe was graffiti-ing the wall because of the job he was doing and when he got caught I was laughing. Also another thing that I love is the fact that it shows when Becca goes out of her comfort zone.

    I think that the best thing about the book was the split perspective since I could see what the characters thought and their emotions and also their first impressions about one another. Another thing was that the book made me feel for that character was that when the dog poisoner poisoned Shammy (Joe’s dog) you could read the despair that Joe was feeling and that made me feel sad about that. I think that Becca was a weaker character at first but then developed into a strong character in the book.

    Overall Lie Kill Walk Away was an amazing experience and one as such that I would recommend to a lot of people.

    However something I didn’t like was how vague the ending was and I was actually hoping for a better ending but to be honest not all books have to have a happy ending but I cant help but want that Joe didn’t go to the youth offenders centre and that the media found out what was happening with the Ebola.

    Overall my rating for this book is 8 out of 10.


  21. Vanessa Sylvester says:

    This thrilling book was pure thrills in my mind.The best thing I loved about it was how the story formed from two different story lines. Two people with different lives until eventually the crossed paths.But it was a bit confusing because sometimes I thought Joe was Rebecca and Rebecca was Joe. But overall I give the book a thumbs up. It was an excellent book.


  22. Atinuke Charter East Dulwich says:

    I think this book was amazing as it was full of mysteries and lots of adventures. It’s about a boy called Joe and a girl called Becca. At first they are strangers to each other but then something bad happens and they have to team up to solve it. Read it because you’ll love it! I loved it because it was so catchy and i couldn’t stop reading it. I finished it in 3 days.


  23. Ollie Compton-James says:

    Having read all of the books, Lie Kill Walk Away was my favourite. The way it was written was amazing because as soon as you had a heart stopping moment, the next page went on to show it from the other persons perspective. I thought that it was really gripping and infact i loved it so much that i went on to read all Matt Dickinson’s books. Overall i rate it 10/10.


  24. Shaylan Roy DPL says:

    I loved this captivating thriller. I couldn’t put it down once I’d started. I loved the idea of having two first person side of the story. It allowed me to look at the same story in different ways. It started getting a bit to overwhelming at the end and lots of things happened a bit too quickly.
    I would rate this book 9/10


  25. James Barnes, DPL says:

    Right from the start I got sucked into the thrilling story of the two completely different characters. I loved how their lives intertwined and how they came together to unveil a very dangerous plot. This book was written in a very interesting way – I loved the one page chapters from different points of views as it made me want to keep on reading. I enjoyed the way two ordinary young people could find out so much & be involved in such horrors. This is a brilliantly put together book by Matt Dickinson. I rate it 9/10


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