Source: Bought | Age Group: Young Adult
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.
Rating: Enjoyable Read From the POV of the Killer
DISCLAIMER: This is going to be a different kind of review than usual. When I like a book I tend to gush about all the things I like and gloss over the parts that weren’t for me. This is because I’d rather spend time talking about the parts I enjoyed rather than the parts I disliked. But, when I was gathering information about Dear Killer on Goodreads, I noticed a lot of mixed reviews about the book. I understood the problems negative reviewers were having, but I disagreed with a lot of points. So, it inspired me to write my review as a response to all the haters of Dear Killer. Hope you enjoy!
To all the haters,
- I would 110% recommend going into Dear Killer with no expectations. This is how I went into the book and I found myself entertained with the uncertainty of where Ewell was steering this story. If the synopsis intrigues you, then pick the book up! Do not read any reviews, positive or negative, because they might unknowingly influence your opinions of the book! Dear Killer was not my favorite novel, but I was intrigued and had a good time while reading.
- A lot of people had a problem connecting with Kit — the Perfect Killer. I’m not sure about you, but I did NOT go into Dear Killer expecting to relate with Kit. To be honest, I’d be a little worried if you did. She’s a serial killer! In some reviews I read, people thought Kit was going to be the next Celaena Sardothien or at least a very similar character. No, Kit kills just because. She isn’t some hired assassin with a conscience who fell into the job. She is a legit murderer. And, then there’s the problem with how naive and childish Kit can be. Yes, I will not deny the fact that she was, but she’s only 17! Plus, she didn’t grow up in the most normal environment. She was bound to have some problems. Although I did not personally connect with Kit, I felt like the book didn’t suffer much, because I was so invested in the plotline.
- Some parts of the book weren’t exactly believable. Yes, I understand this, but the book is fiction. There were parts where I just couldn’t believe what was going on, but I wanted to know the ending so badly that I just plowed through. The characters took kind of back seat in Dear Killer for me, which I normally wouldn’t have enjoyed, but the plot brought you in and kept you fixated on the story. It almost felt like I was experiencing Dear Killer in the 3rd person.
Reasons to Read:
- POV of a murderer – It’s different & interesting. You’re probably not going to connect. It’s OK, I’m happy to let you know you’re not a serial killer.
- Intriguing plot line – A 17 year old serial killer who picks her victims through letters people send her. Uhhhh, yes please! Plus, there are a lot of very complicating twists.
- A lot of suspense – The entire book I was on edge just waiting for Kit to mess up and get caught.
- I enjoyed myself – It wasn’t as intense as a thriller, but it still suspenseful with heart-racing moments. Although there were a few problems, I still had a good time reading Dear Killer.
- Blew through it – There were a couple slow parts, but before I knew it I had finished the book. No joke, thought I had like 100 more pages left when it was only 10. (Reading on a Kindle does that to me!)