Published by Katherine Tegen Book April 1, 2014
Source: New Teen Shelf Library- serendipity
Bookologists Analysis: This book is debatable to the point of extreme. Is it okay to read a book that questions the very idea of morals, the foundation of right and wrong in society? (www.yourmorals.org has great surveys/studies about morals and how you compare to liberals/conservatives and male/female) The idea of killing people as not a necessity or enjoyment, but as a habit and way of life is something to think about and ponder.
Full of "can't look away" moments, Dear Killer is a psychological thriller perfect for fans of gritty realistic fiction such as Dan Wells's I Am Not a Serial Killer and Jay Asher's 13 Reasons Why, as well as television's Dexter.
Rule One: Nothing is right, nothing is wrong. Kit looks like your average seventeen-year-old high school student, but she has a secret: she's London's notorious "Perfect Killer." She chooses who to murder based on letters left in a secret mailbox, and she's good—no, perfect—at what she does.
Her moral nihilism—the fact that she doesn't believe in right and wrong—makes being a serial killer a whole lot easier . . . until she breaks her own rules by befriending someone she's supposed to murder as well as the detective in charge of the Perfect Killer case.
As New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series Michael Grant says, Dear Killer is "shocking, mesmerizing, and very smart."
This book takes an awfully long time to digest as a novel. The line it blurs really digs into your soul. The way you think is perplexed like trying to understand a spider web. Moral defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior: ETHICAL; expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior; conforming to a standard of right behavior”. I do believe that the idea that morals change from culture to culture. In Muslim cultures women are supposed to clothe themselves fully yet in the Western culture skinny dipping is almost perfectly accepted (I’ve personally never done it). The way we know right and wrong is opinioned, and Kit tries to understand the difference between opinion and right.
This is not an action thriller. The books itself is passive aggressive going in between the killing and the emotional ups and downs. You don’t know what Kit is going to do with her life. She goes back and forth between cold hearted serial killer and wavering teenage girl who is trying to find her way through the world. Kit finds murder an almost holy calling so that people don’t become too comfortable in their little worlds. This way people are always on their toes and band together to become closer and value their loved ones. It is true sometimes that we need a reminder to think about people we take for granted and assume are always going to be there. This book as it plays with your emotions finds a way to unravel your thinking process to put it back together. It leaves you wondering whether or whether you yourself actually believe the right thing. The ending is quiet, but not unexpected as you do know that books are about change not just chronicling boring predictable events.
The surroundings that Kit finds her are much too plain for such an extraordinary girl. London was most definitely the best place to set the book. It’s a large enough city that murders aren’t to suspicious, but are still investigated. The dreariness of London with the overcast sky (oh boy outside my bedroom it looks overcast too) and history add an air of finesse that can’t be accomplished anywhere else.
This book was a quiet stalker. It’s going to haunt me for a while; I’m going to have to build my world up from the ground up trying to comprehend what just happened. You don’t read this book for the sake of finding of a good entertaining story, but for the reason of finding a book that makes you question certain things. Thinking beyond the book, but also how it applies to your own life. Rating: «««««