Genres: Fiction, YA, Young Adult
on April 1st, 2014
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.
Dear Killer is the book form of Dexter, except the killer is a young teenage girl. I think some readers may really like this book and I also think some people will HATE this book. I was able to watch a few seasons of Dexter and then had to stop because I couldn’t deal with all of the deceit and lies. I had a very similar experience with this book, I could handle the idea of her killing people that sounded like bad people. However, I really started to get nervous with the lines began blurring for Kit.
1) I enjoy seeing into that human psyche of a killer….don’t mean to sound creepy. :)
2) I also liked that Kit’s convictions were tested, it made a really great plot twist in the book.
3) It raises a lot of really interesting psyche questions with the underlying good vs evil question.
1) She got away with murder far too easily and was able to take down grown adults with no ninja skills.
2) The ending, I wanted to throw my book across the room and then find it and stomp on it.
3) I was disgusted by some of the letters and why they were asking for specific people to be killed. I think this is more a dislike of humans that are bad than the book.
If you like Dexter, then I bet you will really like this book. If you don’t mind a protagonist who is a killer then this book might also be a book for you.