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Dear Killer av Katherine Ewell

Dear Killer (utgåvan 2015)

av Katherine Ewell (Författare)

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"Kit, a seventeen-year-old moral nihilist serial killer, chooses who to kill based on anonymous letters left in a secret mailbox, while simultaneously maintaining a close relationship with the young detective in charge of the murder cases"--
Titel:Dear Killer
Författare:Katherine Ewell (Författare)
Info:Katherine Tegen Books (2015), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


Dear Killer av Katherine Ewell


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Ridiculous. Hate the main character AND her mother, plot is absurd, I'm done.
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
Ridiculous. Hate the main character AND her mother, plot is absurd, I'm done.
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
This is a very weird book. Not much happens in the story. The main character is a serial killer, trained by her mother from a young age, which is such an interesting premise. But all that actually happens as far as plot/action is that she kills lots of people. And then is occasionally regretful but usually self-satisfied. The end.

I was so hopeful that there would be something at the end that would make reading the rest of the book worth it, because why should I care about this character? She's interesting on the surface, but not very unique and she doesn't ever share any motivations for her actions beyond a vague nihilism. She's the narrator, but I felt like I didn't actually get to know her well at all. And the other characters felt distant, somewhat poorly drawn. Not much happens in the story as far as plot. There isn't a satisfying resolution on any level, unless the allusions to her Diana were supposed to denote some form of mental illness that she then "overcomes." And if that's the case, it's a cheap and problematic storyline.

Honestly, it just wasn't my cup of tea at all, and I have no idea who I could recommend it to. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
Dear Killer is a novel about a high school student named Kit who’s a serial killer. She cleverly keeps up her appearance of a student by day while taking requests for kills at night. All the while she gets close to the enemy, Alex, a policeman at Scotland Yard and befriends him in order to find out about the “Perfect Killer” case.

What makes this novel such a page turner is that it’s such a gritty psychological thriller. There are numerous twists and turns, and once you have a slight idea of where the story is going, it does a complete 180. On top of that, the reader is looking through the point the view of a serial killer. Everything is muddled, she’s an unreliable narrator, and you’re not sure if you can trust her.

Throughout the whole book I struggled with Kit. I was on edge to see whether she would get caught and while some of the people she kills are horrid, some are completely innocent. In her mind it almost seems as if she’s playing God. She befriends her victims in order to gain their trust and this causes a whirlwind of emotions from the reader to warn her newfound “friends” of the impending danger. As for Kit’s family life, I found the dynamic between kit and her mother to be really interesting. They seem somewhat close, but distant at the same time. They are also tied together not only biologically, but also because her mother has passed down her murderous traits.

This fast paced novel gets even crazier during the latter part of the novel. I won’t spoil too much for you, but I will say there is a lot of heated tension. Kit starts questioning her life as a serial killer. She ponders about morality of life, killing someone who doesn’t serve to die, and struggles between wanting to live a normal life vs. having power over others. All these emotions tie in for a very climactic ending.

*Trigger warning for some slightly graphic scenes and descriptions in the book. ( )
  Rlmoulde | Nov 25, 2017 |
Have you ever heard of Axe Cop?

Axe Cop is the creation of a five-year-old boy. Five-year-olds come up with weird characters in the course of pretend play all the time. However, this particular child, Malachai Nicolle, has an older brother named Ethan who happens to be a comic-book writer and illustrator. Ethan Nicolle is a very nice guy who enjoys the time he spends playing with Malachai, and who was amused by the concept of Axe Cop, a police officer who fights crime with the help of a fireman axe. The whole time they were playing, Ethan recalls, “I was thinking, ‘This could be a funny comic.’”

And it is. You can buy the books, or go online to watch the animated series based on the Nicolle brothers’ creation. (Ethan insists on giving full author credit to young Malachai, though I have the feeling he does a hefty amount of editing – especially when Malachai comes up with characters whose resemblance to existing comic heroes borders on copyright violation.)

The joy of reading Axe Cop is very specific. It relies entirely on whether you take pleasure from very young children’s ideas of how the universe works.

For instance: In the first issue, Axe Cop takes his new partner (Flute Cop) to the land of volcanoes to defeat a gang of dinosaurs. They are successful, of course; but in the course of the battle, Flute Cop gets dinosaur blood on him:

The dinosaur blood caused Flute Cop to unexpectedly transform into a dinosaur soldier! And so they became...Axe Cop and Dinosaur Soldier!

Later, Dinosaur Soldier eats an avocado:

The avocado caused Dinosaur Soldier to turn into an avocado that can shoot avocado out of his hands. “I’m Avocado Soldier now.”

Axe Cop’s parents are named Bobber and Gobber Smartist. Oh, and Flute Cop – I mean, Avocado Soldier – is actually Axe Cop’s brother.

Wait – so how come Axe Cop didn’t recognize his only sibling when he held tryouts for a partner? And why didn’t then-Flute Cop notice that the man he was auditioning for was his dear baby brother Axey Smartist?

One day they were both walking backwards. They hit their heads so hard that they forgot everything, even one another.


Axe Cop is definitely a pass-or-fail test for readers. Either you can’t get enough of this kind of thing, or it leaves you cold.

I happen to adore listening to kids pretend aloud. It was the best part of all those years I spent babysitting. (Okay – that, and when the kids decided my long hair was perfect for playing beauty shop. As long as they didn’t cut it or paint it, I was putty in their hands. But I digress.)

All this is the reason Dear Killer worked for me. For a while.

Dear Killer was written by a seventeen-year-old. Specifically, a seventeen-year-old who managed to get a publisher interested in her written game of Let’s Pretend.

Considering that this game involves a seventeen-year-old serial killer, it’s surprisingly cozy for a surprising length of time. At least it was for me for as long as I could pretend I was the grownup in the room while a child explained the rules of her universe to me.

“So, there’s this girl? And everybody thinks she’s just a girl? But really, she’s a killer. Only nobody knows she’s a killer.”

“Why does she kill people, sweetheart?”

“It’s her job.”

(trying to keep a straight face) “Wow. Her job? You mean she works for the government or something?”

“No! The government doesn’t know about her! Nobody knows about her! Except her mom.

“Oh. So she told her mom she kills people? Wasn’t her mom mad?”

“No! It was her mom’s idea! Her mom told her to kill people!”

“Wait – I thought you said it was the girl’s job. Killing people, I mean.”

“It is! It was her mom’s job, and now it’s her job!”

(completely lost) “Oh. But how does she get paid?”

(almost bouncing up and down with excitement) “There’s a restaurant, right? And everyone thinks the women’s restroom there is haunted? And if you leave a letter asking the girl to please kill somebody for you, she might do it. But you have to put money in the letter, too. Or she won’t kill the person you want her to.”

(head spinning) “But – how do the people know she’s a killer and she’ll kill people for them?”

“They don’t know she’s a killer, but they know somebody is!”

“But they know the killer’s a girl?”

“No! Nobody knows! Nobody knows who it is! In fact, everybody thinks it’s a guy! But really it’s this girl! And she’s the perfect killer! Nobody can ever catch her!”

“She must be really good at it. So – only girls ask her to kill people? Girls and women, I mean.”

(scornfully) “No! Everybody does!”

“But you have to leave the letters in the women’s restroom...”


“Well, wouldn’t people notice if men went in there?”




“Okay, honey. Okay. So they go in there with their letters and – what do they do with them?”

(happy again) “There’s a special secret hiding place in one of the toilet stalls! Everybody knows about it! She calls it her mailbox! She goes and checks her mail, and all the letters are there! She takes all the letters and all the money, and then she kills whichever people she feels like killing!”

“But wouldn’t the people who work there notice if she goes to that same restroom every day?”

“She doesn’t go every day! She doesn’t want people to notice her ‘cause then she might get caught, so she only goes, like, once every couple of months!”

“But, sweetie – if everybody knows about this secret hiding place, and she doesn’t empty it every day, how does she stop other people from taking the money before she can?”

(shocked) “That would be stealing!”

And that’s just the premise. I didn’t mark any of that as a spoiler, because it’s all in the first chapter.

You’d be forgiven for expecting Avocado Soldier to show up and fight The Perfect Killer. That would be marginally more realistic than what does go on to happen.

Initially – longer than I should have been, really – I was charmed enough by this sense of being in someone’s “let’s pretend” world to enjoy this book. If this had been treated the way Axe Cop was – as an amusing idea by an engagingly creative young story-spinner – it might have worked.

But this book takes itself the wrong kind of seriously. And it insists the reader take it seriously, too. And no thinking reader could. Even if readers don’t know every detail of how a successful dead drop works, they’d easily figure out how epically this one fails. And that’s not the only flaw in Dear Killer’s set-up. Not by a long shot.

The people who told this young writer she had talent were right to do so. The ones who went on to publish her story as she wrote it did her a great disservice.

I’d love to say more, but I have to go catch up on my reading. Axe Cop has a new sidekick named Uni-Baby. She has a magical horn that grants wishes.

Now that I’ve finished Dear Killer, I need a dose of that kind of realism.
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  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
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