Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Please, Kill Me Now! So NOT Dexter!

Did I just get a double dose of these books suck? Yep, I totally fell for the 'Fans of Dexter' will love these books propaganda. Even though Dexter is over for good, the craze for likable serial killers has just begun. It appears this is the summer for teen serial killer books. Unfortunately, they are churned-out, watered-down, rip-offs that will leave most fans of the compared TV series red-faced and ready to kill.  

First up, is Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. 

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. 
The spin for Katherine Ewell's, Dear Killer states that it, " 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."

Review: May I state that the spin and back cover promise is not delivered.  Instead, we get a strange plot-driven tale with holes that are plugged with editor's tape and some spit before print. All I can say is "Ugh, are you kidding me?"  Is his really another book claiming to be for those who love "Dexter!" Let me assure you, if you are a fan, you will probably be disappointed by the current titles claiming (advertising) comparisons. They are more like, rip-offs and spun plot steals that are weak and tepid. 

Secondly, the age at which the killer begins to train and kill. Come on! Enough said. Dear Killer, is a perfect example of turn and burn. Whip out a story and edit the gaps in order to release while the subject material is hot. I love the concept of teen serial killers, too bad the industry is cranking out junk. Not even worthy as a cheap beach read. 

NEXT....!!!! Take-two on the cheap knock offs!  They just keep on coming!!!!

Killer Instinst 
Author S.E. Green
She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges.Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick. Because she might be one herself. Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs. And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts.

Review: Fans of Dexter (which I am one) will insulted rather than overjoyed with this book. It's a total plot sham with a few changes and not for the better. Too convenient and basic to be really intriguing or believable. The ending had me rolling my eyes and if I had to sum it up with one word, it'd be "Really?" I'd recommend to non-Dexter fans who are younger and want a Disneyland-rated serial teen killer tingle rather than a dark psychological thriller.My biggest issue was with the blatant plot formula steal and tired stereotype traits of a psychopath. The book tries to stray from that by stating on the back cover that Lane comes from a loving home with no drama or trauma, but it's misleading, and not in a good way. Her mother and step father are FBI agents, after all, so that allows for careless and convenient access to information. Sure, she hates her sister, but isn't that 'normal' too? Oh, did I mention she has a friend who is a computer hacker? Yep, that sure helps. Too neat, too tidy and way too ridiculous.

Just not good on so many levels. I'd recommend passing on this one if you are a fan of psychological thrillers and serial killer mysteries. Too basic for a seasoned reading veteran.

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