Waiting on Wednesday: Dear Killer

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can’t wait to read. This week I’m excited for…

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

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.


I already have an ARC of this book, but I wanted to write about it anyway because reading about it in Stormy’s post over at Book. Blog. Bake. about Horror October covers made me even more excited! It is no secret that I love serial killer/murder books. I don’t care if it’s contemporary, sci-fi, paranormal, whatever: I just love a good murder. I’m extra excited because it’s actually from the perspective of the killer, which doesn’t happen that often in YA. Special thanks to Edelweiss for letting me have a digital copy of this cool-sounding 2014 debut!


One thought on “Waiting on Wednesday: Dear Killer

  1. Yes! Yes! I ended up getting an e-ARC of this too & read it right away because I was so intrigued, and I LOVED it. Totally recommend moving it to the top of the pile!(even though it doesn’t come out for months, you know. I seem to have a bad habit of reading my far-off ARCs first). But it was great!

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