Release Date: July 12th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Contemporary, Fiction
Synopsis: Hasn’t he lived long enough? Why not? I could take him like a thief in the night.
This is how the Thief thinks. He serves death, the vacuum, the unknown. He’s always waiting. Always there.
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?
The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison is the kind of book that I thought I would really love, from the first page onward. The interesting (and let’s face it…kind of creepy) synopsis promised an interesting new type of thriller that I was practically drooling over when I first heard about it.
Our main character, seventeen year old Nina, is well aware of the creepy guy who hunts down innocents and kills them, robbing them of their lives and then dumping them in an abandoned pit. He is called the Thief, and Nina wants to stop him. So she partners up with an ex-best friend of hers, and the two of them track him down over two thousand miles to New Mexico, and prepares herself to do what she needs to do to take him out.
However, it doesn’t seem as if he is the scary serial killer she and everyone thought he was, and as time goes on, Nina has to reexamine everything she knows about this man in order to come to a conclusion of whether or not she should try and take care of him, or let him go, because he might be innocent after all
Thrillers alone are some of my favorite genre of book…but when it becomes a psychological thriller for the YA audience, I have to say, I really get intrigued. This book was not a disappointment, since I did enjoy it, but I honestly don’t know if it’s what I thought it was going to be. It was a little more mild than I expected, I suppose, but don’t let that deter you from reading this – it definitely is a great read for a stormy summer night…and you might not want to turn your lights off when you decide to get some sleep!
If you like thrillers, then don’t miss this one…it was really good!
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I was raised in the wilds of New York by lovely, nonviolent parents who somehow never managed to prevent me from staying up late to read scary books. I now work at an alt-weekly newspaper in Vermont, where my favorite part of the job is, of course, reviewing scary books and movies. The Killer in Me is my first novel.