Sunday, April 6, 2014

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell Quick Book Review

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published Date: April 1st, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
eBook, 368 pages

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.
4 stars

There is something so meticulous and calculating about the mind of a killer. It’s even more frightening in the body of a teenager. Teenagers have a sort go invicible mind set and combining that with the mind of a killer is a scary thing. The author carries this story and created characters that both excite and frighten me.

This story is dark in an entertaining way. It’s good kind of scary. I liked even more that the main character is female. You just never suspect a female to be a serial killer, particularly one that's a teenager. That’s what the makes this book good, the unsuspecting factor and the complexities of her mind. It’s a great original story. One I believe readers of all ages will enjoy but only if you like psychological thrillers. Not an everyday kind of read. My only complaint was the ending, which I felt was pretty blasé for the level of the story.


  1. Wow, this sounds good. I must find a copy. I'm so glad you found it original; I've been reading a lot of books lately that aren't at ALL! :( Thanks for the review!

  2. So scary is definitely not for me but it sounds good! ~Sheri