Dear Killer by Katherine EwellDear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Dear Killer

byKatherine Ewell

Paperback | March 31, 2015

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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 Thirteen 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."

Katherine Ewell wroteDear Killerwhen she was seventeen years old. She was one of fifty finalists out of 5,000 entries in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest and has attended the invitational Iowa Young Writers' Studio. In addition, she has the distinction of being named a California Arts Scholar and has been awarded the Californ...
Title:Dear KillerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:March 31, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062257811

ISBN - 13:9780062257819


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ridiculous This book is not convincing at all, childish, and has a lot of plot holes. One of the worst I've read.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I was so sad at the end. I didn't want it to end like this. I wish she decided a different turn of events. I was on the edge of my seat with this book couldn't put it down. I was very impressed the author wrote this book when she was only 17. I will def be adding this author to my collectiom
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too many plot holes.. Kit is a killer. A teenage girl who assassinates people. She's hired by her clients and in exchange for money, she goes and does her job. Leaving a letter by the dead body is the only clue that the police have. When a mysterious letter arrives in the mailbox, she realizes someone is picking up the pieces and trying to track her down. I had a lot of trouble with this one. I couldn't stop finding all the plot holes that were gaping at me as I read it. The concept is truly unique since I've never read a book from the point of view of a serial killer, a teenage one at that since she has many responsibilities like school and even homework. My issues had to do with little details that I know would be wrapped up tighter if it happened in real life. For example, the concept of the mailbox.. People know about this mailbox and send her letters and money, yet the police have no idea about it? How can such a thing exist? And the people who even write the letters are just as crazy to want these people murdered. And the fact that she has killed 50 people.. UM wtf!!! How could no one suspect her? How could no one find her? There is DNA evidence through blood, and hair and even footprints. There's surveillance footage everywhere. How could she slip by unnoticed? To me that felt completely unreal. Kit's way of thinking is that she is helping people. Bringing them closer together, by killing others and bring London into chaos. What's scary is that she's perfectly all right with killing people.. But if people who do bring justice to others, she feels empathy and doesn't kill them? I don't understand how that is logical. Maybe that's why she is unhinged, and completely off her rocker. I wouldn't know how a killer thinks, but I'm sure Katherine did her research right. It was truly chilling to read through Kit's eyes. Also, can I say how completely inappropriate was the relationship between a teenager and a cop? Yikes..I was cringing the entire time. Overall, a book interesting enough to pick up if you're willing to read through the eyes of a serial killer on the run. But with the messy plot holes and details, I just couldn't like this one.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very Problematic Kit always follows the rules. Hard training and obeying the rules is what makes her so good at what she does: being London?s ?perfect killer? serial killer. She receives letters and cash in a hideaway mailbox, letters beginning with ?Dear Killer? and begging her to kill someone for them. If she accepts, Kit always follows through and she leaves the letter behind. Then comes the letter that, if she accepts, will mean breaking the rules that have kept her safe. I had a pretty hard time with this book. My biggest problems were with how incompetent the police would have to be to know nothing about Kit and her mailbox. Some of the letter writers might as well have signed their names because the information they gave was that obvious and not one of them turned on Kit for a plea deal? Even though they don?t know her, they know where the mailbox is, they used it. Kit was kind of all over the place as a character. She was a killer with very little remorse and I found it hard to have any empathy for her, which is a problem when it?s the main character. There wasn?t really any growth to the character and the ending was so fast it seemed to come from nowhere. The book itself was pretty quick to read. To anyone who knows even a little about forensics and police procedures, and who gets driven crazy when they?re ignored, I would say take a pass on this one. There?s a lot of suspension of belief involved to make the story work. There?s some pretty violent scenes, which I expected going in, but nothing really worse than I?ve seen in other YA books. The concept of the book is interesting and it?s one that could have been fun to debate with people if it had been pulled off a bit better. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Review from MajiBookshelf It's so disappointing how excited I was to get into this book, to just end up hating it with a passion. I actually found the idea cool. I never read a book from the murderer's POV, but this book was just so unrealistic! How is it that the main character, Kit, is a professional killer at the age of 16. Apparently, her first kill was with her bare hands, at the age of EIGHT!!! How is that even possible? The story felt childish, Kit was such an annoying character. She really felt flat for me, and I just couldn't stand her, or her "evil" mom. The book also felt really repetitive. It was always her receiving a letter, her talking about how killing is no good or evil, and then her committing the murder. Same story over and over again. I also kind of expected what was going to happen in the end. After a hundred pages of reading, I decided that I wasn't going to continue. That being said, I opened the last page of the book, and the ending was exactly as I expected it! How boring, I can't say how disappointed I am because of this book.
Date published: 2014-05-01

Editorial Reviews

“Shocking, mesmerizing, and very smart.”