I wrote this review right after taking 4 days to read Dear Killer. Which is really slow for me. And it will be 4 days that I will never get back. I wish I could tell you that I loved this book. But, then that would be a lie. I did love it to start out with. I thought it was going to be one of those books where the killer turns good and redeems themselves. But, this book is not one of those.
So the run down:
The book starts out with the main character named Kit. She is the Perfect Killer as the newspapers have deemed her. And she really was a great character. Her mother who was also a murderer in her time was a great side character as well was Alex.
The real issue I had came down to the plot. The plot was wonderful to start out with. You begin to read a book unlike any other that is out on the market, which was great. But, in the end it was just lacking that draw to a final conclusion. The twist in this book were ok at best. I think that the author should have done something a little different with Kit. She doesn't really grow or anything as a character in this book and the ending of this didn't make much sense to me.
Other things I saw wrong with the story were about the letters that she would leave behind. You can't tell me that if I wrote write a Dear Killer letter that led to Kit completing the dead that I wouldn't be carried off to jail for hiring a hit man. I understand that this book was set in London, but still. You can't tell me that they don't have some kind of rule over there like here. The other thing with the letters is that everyone knows how to contact her via her mailbox in some restaurant, but the police have never heard of it. If it’s not going around how do so many people (over 50 murders by the end of the book) know where to find it. And this is set in this time period! So those two things were just too farfetched for me.
The next farfetched thing was the fact that she integrated herself into the police investigation. I mean if she would have been in college to become a CSI or something I could understand why Alex would have gotten her involved. But she was just the daughter of a woman who invited him to dinner.
I think this book would have been much better if it would have been set in a different time period. Like before the invention of luminal. That stuff they can spray on an area that makes blood glow. I think it would have made more sense that the police wouldn't have heard about the mail box as well. Since they wouldn't have Facebook and Twitter to chat about it…or TV for that matter.
So sadly this book ended up being a really pointless read. It has an ending that just felt like the author didn't know what do with it.
Full of "can't look away" moments, Dear Killer is a psychological thriller perfect for fans of gritty realistic fiction such as Dan Wells's I Am Not a Serial Killer and Jay Asher's 13 Reasons Why, as well as television's Dexter.
Rule One: Nothing is right, nothing is wrong. Kit looks like your average seventeen-year-old high school student, but she has a secret: she's London's notorious "Perfect Killer." She chooses who to murder based on letters left in a secret mailbox, and she's good—no, perfect—at what she does.
Her moral nihilism—the fact that she doesn't believe in right and wrong—makes being a serial killer a whole lot easier . . . until she breaks her own rules by befriending someone she's supposed to murder as well as the detective in charge of the Perfect Killer case.
As New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series Michael Grant says, Dear Killer is "shocking, mesmerizing, and very smart."