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Book Review: Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Katherine Tegen Books Published April 1, 2014 359 Pages
Katherine Tegen Books
Published April 1, 2014
359 Pages

Kit is a 17-year-old girl who also happens to be the “Perfect Killer . . .” London’s most notorious serial killer. She receives letters in a secret location and for cash she kills the person you desire the most to die.  Her trademark? Leaving the letter she received alongside the dead body.

Kit has five rules she lives by but when a kill hits closer to home instead of running away, Kit considers it a challenge and changes her life and everyone around her.

This wasn’t a completely bad book but it also didn’t wow me. Kit is a boring serial killer. She is because that is all she lives for (beyond keeping up appearances at school). The interesting part is she was trained by her mother, who was/is a serial killer. I thought that was a really cool spin but the author didn’t do nothing really big with it other than the fact that her mother was a hard ass when it came to Kit’s kills and how she was about to screw everything up.

The book was boring. The author spent a lot of time of Kit trying to be friends with one of her kills when she really didn’t need to as such. In the past she never made friends with her kills or even stalked them for the most part. I felt that, as a reader, I didn’t really know who Kit was because she didn’t come off like a person who looked for challenges. She was extremely intelligent but the moment she tried to “challenge” herself she became completely emotional and irrational. It wasn’t a good fit and it was forces.

The ending . . .  was bad. After taking the times to push through to have such a crappy as that I can’t deal.

Overall, although the concept was a good idea and the story started off good enough it fell short. 2 Pickles.

Book Review: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Kathy Dawson Books Published March 25th 2014 388 Pages
Kathy Dawson Books
Published March 25th 2014
388 Pages

Nearly Boswell lives in a trailer home and her mother is a stripper. The only thing Nearly has going for her is her smarts and a scholarship opportunity that she is competing in against her close friend.  The goal is to stay out of sight, keep her face into the books and look for her father in the personal ads.

However, when a serial killer begins attacking girls in Nearly’s school and leaving clues in Nearly’s beloved personal ads, her plan of not being seen changes drastically.  

Things become more complicated when the new boy at school (who is working for the police) takes an interest in Nearly. 

Although I really enjoyed this book, I wasn’t Nearly’s biggest fan. Throughout the entire book she was trying to hide the secret that her mom was a stripper. Seriously, everyone and their grandmother knew what her mom did for a living. I didn’t understand why the author stressed the need to hide her mother’s job. I’m not saying that Nearly needed to say it on the loud speaker or even embrace it. I just felt too much time was put on it, since the only time the mother was there (until the end of the book) was to tell Nearly that school was her way out.

Also Nearly was just tiresome. Reading about her drag around school, and her perfect Asian friend and  her suicidal male friend was just emotionally draining. If it wasn’t for the new boy, with a mysterious past, the book wouldn’t have done much action.

However, that is not to say that the author didn’t write well enough to keep me to the end because she did. There were some twist and turns that made me pause and say good job while others were a bit predictable. I thought it was really creative to have the clues of the murders within the personals and I also liked the fact that Nearly wasn’t crazy or even obsessive. Even with her hidden talent (which really didn’t do anything for this story; have no idea why the author did that) Nearly didn’t come off as anything other than a lonely teenage girl trying to get out of a small town.

Overall, I thought this was a good story. I really loved the murders and how they were written and I loved the clues in the personal section. This story get 3 Pickles.