Secrets of a Serial Killer by Rosie Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“I know that fear has always been your favorite, especially when you are the cause.”
Chilling, right? Secrets of a Serial Killer by Rosie Walker IS quite chilling. It starts with a creepy letter from a known serial killer, on his deathbed, passing the torch to his unknown protégé’. There are a lot of great things about this book, primarily the main setting of the Lune Mental Hospital in Lancaster, it is closed and dilapidated but a team of developers are looking to utilize the building. This brings us to Helen Summerton, divorced with a teen daughter, Zoe. When Zoe goes missing, Helen does everything in her power to find her. Is she a victim of Mr. X, the serial killer that’s been stalking young women in the Lancaster area? I felt the heart pounding terror & frustration for Helen as she tries to convince everyone that Zoe isn’t a teen to just take off.
The story is told from multiple POV and this was a bit of a distraction for me in the beginning. What I found extremely interesting were the dark web articles/blog posts that were geared towards the serial killer type. Giving instructions on how to be your most effective killer and get away with it is insane but having an audience that is actually interested in the content …. Yikes! The serial killer, Mr. X is also spine-tinglingly scary! I confess, I’m a bit fascinated with the psychology of sociopathic personalities and their view on the world.
“Don’t forget, in the words of the Zodiac Killer: ‘Man is the most dangerous animal of all.”
The atmosphere of the book is dark and eerie, the description of the Lune is incredibly creepy and vivid, making it easy to imagine the horrors that went on there. The plot moves quickly and although there’s quite a cast of characters and narrators, it pulls together quite nicely until the end! Talk about cliff-hanger! I don’t do well with this type of ending! My mind is hugely overactive and goes all over the place, so, needless to say, I’m still thinking about what could be today!
My thanks to One More Chapter, Rosie Walker, and NetGalley for providing me a DRC in exchange for my honest review.
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