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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Dear Killer
by Katherine Ewell
Katherine Tegan Books (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-225782-6
Suggested Ages: 16+ (listed as younger, but I disagree due to well see my comments)
Buy from Indigo

Description: Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe



Random Thoughts
  • Not sure how I really feel about this one as it disturbed me on so many levels, especially after the murder of five college students that just happened here in Calgary
  • Would however lead to some fascinating discussions about topics such as nature vs. nurture, evil, morality, nihalism
  • See some real promise in the authors writing and she has plenty of time as I just noticed she is only 18 yrs old - good on ya, I was working for Zellers in a polyester wraparound dress at that age
  • Disturbed that a mother would teach a child to be a killer
  •  A lot of things didn't make sense to me, and I really didn't buy  Kit as a "perfect killer" based on her inner monologue and actions
  • I'm glad it ended the way it did
  • Didn't feel a connection to any of the characters
  • Good opening chapter, but than goes downhill
  • Kit is annoying and her inner dialogue is juvenile 
  • Dumbest police department ever
  • Heard that is is supposed to be like Dexter, I soo don't think so. Dexter only kills bad people first off, and well Dexter has a brain
 Memorable Quote

"I'm a higher power," I said, "because the people need something to be afraid of. They need a monster under their stairs."

2 Dewey's 

I received this as part of the insiders program at Indigo and am in no way compensated or asked to review on this blog or sell copies (and right now they are probably disappointed they did as this one just bothered me)

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