The Killer in Me is an intense and fast paced read with a pitch perfect creepy atmosphere. It will leave you uncertain and unsettled in a wonderful way. I couldn’t put it down, and I think other readers will find it just as absorbing. Fans of Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers and Lisa McMann’s Wake series will be interested, but I think it holds a wider appeal that transcends gender and age. I gave it five stars.
Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She’s intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims’ bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.
Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf—the deserts of New Mexico.
But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she’s had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?
I think the most compelling element is the fact that you really never have a solid grasp of whether Nina is a reliable narrator. Is she really experiencing something or has she created a story in her sleep deprived mind? She is balanced nicely by Warren, a character who comes across as solid and trustworthy. I liked how the author manages to build some history between them because it adds so much validity to the relationship. As much as I liked that aspect of the book, the central conflict between Nina and the Thief is the real reason to read this book. The author masterfully puts readers through their paces. I found myself relaxing only to feel the tension creeping back in time after time. There really isn’t anything I didn’t like about this book, and I can’t wait to add it to my high school classroom library. Situations make this most appropriate for mature high school readers.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.