Monday, March 2, 2015

[Book Review] Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Dear KillerDear Killer

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.

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.

If you thought that having a seventeen year old as a serial killer is silly, think again. Nothing about Kit is silly. She is a cold-blooded killer who is precise and does everything with absolute detail. 

“I kill on order. I am everyone's assassin. I belong to no one but the grim reaper herself.”

Having to train from her mother, Kit knows exactly what she needs to do to make this world better. Take people out one by one if they betrayed someone or broke someone's heart. When a letter comes in from her school, she knows she will do it soon but there are some planning that she has to do first. With everything piling on, she also befriends a cop that is unofficially working on the Perfect Killer case. 

“Sometimes I imagine we're all like paper stars, folded up and gathered together, each of us convinced that we are glittering and celestial, each of us bent into a shape so we believe we're something we're not.”

Incredibly entertaining, I definitely loved the writing and the way characters were set up. Having Kit transform into another version of herself can tell that she has issues but the actual danger of her actions are unbelievable. Great read!