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Dear Killer

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Teen serial killer faces moral dilemma in gripping read.

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Coming as it does from such a young author, DEAR KILLER is a remarkably mature achievement. The narrator's voice is rock solid and believable, and the story is very well constructed and realized. The book's not so much a page-turning thriller as it is a study in morality, but the compelling protagonist-killer and well-paced action hold the reader's interest in a vice-like grip.

A minor flaw that many teens won't notice, but if they do will take them out of the story at times, is the inauthentic vocabulary. The story's set in London, but Kit uses words like "tennis shoe" instead of "trainer." Her narrative voice lacks any sort of British cadence, and the occasional use of "arse" becomes a bit jarring in contrast. Again, a minor flaw, and we have every reason to look forward with high expectations to more from this talented young woman.

Book Details

  • Author: Katherine Ewell
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Topics: Friendship , High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
  • Publication date: April 1, 2014
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Audiobook (abridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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