Green starts her debut YA novel off with a bang, telling readers the book’s narrator not only studies serial killers, but may be one herself. “Interesting thing is, I am those profiles. I have urges. I plot ways to violently make people pay for what they’ve done to others.” Sounds a little like the HBO tv show Dexter, right? When the “Decapitator” starts stalking victims in Lane’s own hometown, her FBI mother is right on the case, with Lane secretly reading the files in her mom’s home office at night. She even installs a nanny-cam to get in on the phone conversations! When the killer starts contacting Lane personally, she takes it as a challenge to find the killer herself, even if it means becoming the next victim!
This was a fun book–fast-paced, lots of clues about the identity of the killer, and good insight into the protagonist Lane through the use of the first person narration. I personally found Lane’s voice a little annoying, but was able to let that go when the story began to get exciting. I would recommend this title to mystery fans, readers who like Dexter and true crime stories, and fans of Jazz Dent books by Barry Lyga.
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