Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Dear Killer
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 by Katherine Ewell

My rating: 3.62 of 5 stars

Dear Killer(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Kit is an accomplished murderer, so accomplished that she even has a nickname – the Perfect Killer.
Kit’s mother was a murderer before her, and now it’s Kit that collects the letters from the special mailbox, and decides who she wants to kill. But this time around she knows one of the people she is being asked to kill, and things start to get a bit too personal.
Will Kit kill the person she knows? And will she get caught?

This was an interesting story, which at points was a pretty scary look inside a killers mind.

I found Kit to be a bit of a disturbing character. Her ideas about right and wrong, and her lack of guilt over murdering people made it a little difficult to really like her, and as the book went on she seemed to become really quite deranged, taking pleasure in killing people, and making riskier and riskier choices.

I liked the storyline in this, even though it was a little disturbing. I don’t know what the hell was wrong with her mother that she turned her nine-year-old daughter into a murderer, but whatever it was had obviously affected Kit, because she obviously carried on doing it on her own!
As the book went along, Kit became bolder and bolder with her moves, she killed people in locations where they could be linked to her, she started choosing victims herself, she started to get personally involved in her victims lives, and she even followed the police investigation. The tension aroused by the book was really good though! I kept feeling like I couldn’t look because I was afraid that she was about to make a mistake and get caught!
The ending was a little strange, and after all that worrying that she was about to be caught, was a little bit of a disappointment. Things sort of ended the way I expected, but there just wasn’t the fireworks that I expected.
Overall; an interesting view into the mind of a killer.
7.25 out of 10.


  1. Hmm, sounds interesting to me. I like characters with scary sense of right and wrong.

  2. I'm really curious about Dear Killer! It sounds really disturbing but also really interesting, which seems to be what a lot of the reviews say too. Great review - it'll help me to go into reading this with the right expectations.