Review: ‘Dear Killer’ by Katherine Ewell

I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Dear Killer’ by Katherine EwellDear Killer by Katherine Ewell
Published by Harper Collins, Katherine Tegen Books on April 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 359
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
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.

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Kit is a killer. A teenage girl who assassinates people. She’s hired by her clients and in exchange for money, she goes and does her job. Leaving a letter by the dead body is the only clue that the police have. When a mysterious letter arrives in the mailbox, she realizes someone is picking up the pieces and trying to track her down.

I had a lot of trouble with this one. I couldn’t stop finding all the plot holes that were gaping at me as I read it. The concept is truly unique since I’ve never read a book from the point of view of a serial killer, a teenage one at that since she has many responsibilities like school and even homework. My issues had to do with little details that I know would be wrapped up tighter if it happened in real life. For example, the concept of the mailbox.. People know about this mailbox and send her letters and money, yet the police have no idea about it? How can such a thing exist? And the people who even write the letters are just as crazy to want these people murdered. And the fact that she has killed 50+ people.. UM wtf!!! How could no one suspect her? How could no one find her? There is DNA evidence through blood, and hair and even footprints. There’s surveillance footage everywhere. How could she slip by unnoticed? To me that felt completely unreal.

Kit’s way of thinking is that she is helping people. Bringing them closer together, by killing others and bring London into chaos. What’s scary is that she’s perfectly all right with killing people.. But if people who do bring justice to others, she feels empathy and doesn’t kill them? I don’t understand how that is logical. Maybe that’s why she is unhinged, and completely off her rocker. I wouldn’t know how a killer thinks, but I’m sure Katherine did her research right. It was truly chilling to read through Kit’s eyes. Also, can I say how completely inappropriate was the relationship between a teenager and a cop? Yikes..I was cringing the entire time.

Overall, Dear Killer is interesting enough to pick up if you’re willing to read through the eyes of a serial killer on the run. But with the messy plot holes and details, I just couldn’t like this one.

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We kill because there is no justice.
The world is full of chaos. And it’s that chaos that joins people together. Scared people are more cohesive than people who aren’t scared.
I wanted to be a shadow that crept into the heart of things and took a life with me and left terror behind.





  1. Cali W.

    November 4, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Good review. Too bad it was a miss for this one.

    • giselle

      November 6, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Definitely a miss for me sadly 🙁

  2. Megan McDade

    October 28, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    This sounds interesting but I dont understand how she got away with it being in this day and age so that would annoy me reading it

    • giselle

      October 28, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      The premise sounded so great but yeah I was annoyed most of the time reading it

  3. Jaime Lynn

    October 27, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    I initially had high hopes for this one, but then I started reading reviews and thinking about what was being said. I think this is definitely one that I will pass on!

    • giselle

      October 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Yeah i would recommend passing on it too.

  4. Reisa Reads

    October 27, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Oh no! I had high hopes for this. Maybe I should wait a bit on it.

    • giselle

      October 28, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Sure! I’m interested to know your thoughts once you read it

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