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.
Published by Harper Collins, Katherine Tegen Books on April 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
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.
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.