Book Review–Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell




This is the 51st book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

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Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
Published March 1st, 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books


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 sounded like a book that I would like. I’m very much into the horror genre and have always been intrigued with reading from the murderer’s POV. I figured this would be similar to the Dexter series. While it was somewhat similar, this book was also very different.

Kit is an interesting character, but hard to connect to. Half the time I didn’t quite understand what was going on with her or got annoyed with too much telling, not enough showing. I do like that her character develops over the course of the novel, especially with her conflicting thoughts concerning what she does.

The only other characters I liked were Alex and Maggie. Kit’s mother is even more of a mystery than Kit herself. I think things with Micheal could have been interesting if his storyline had went in another direction.

I liked the letter aspects of this, though I found the method in which Kit collects them to be somewhat unrealistic. It would have been interesting to know how it had all started.

The story itself was slow moving and didn’t interest me nearly as much as I thought it would. The climax was pretty good, but the rest of the book was lukewarm.

Overall, this book had potential but just didn’t meet it. It’s okay, but I wouldn’t pick it up again nor would I recommend it. Disappointing!







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