The Killer In Me

The Killer In Me
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July 12, 2016
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Hasn't he lived long enough? Why not? I could take him like a thief in the night.

This is how the Thief thinks. He serves death, the vacuum, the unknown. He's always waiting. Always there.

Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She's intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims' bodies in an abandoned
mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.

Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf-the deserts of New Mexico.

But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she's had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?

From debut author Margot Harrison comes a brilliantly twisted psychological thriller that asks which is more terrifying: the possibility that your nightmares are real . . . or the possibility that they begin and end with you?

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The Killer In Me
(Updated: August 27, 2016)
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Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows hates to sleep. Whenever she does, she sees through the eyes of a serial killer that she calls 'The Thief'. He lets her in on his methods of killing as she follows him while he stalks and then kills his victims. Nina not sure if she's losing it. But what if the killer she sees is in fact real? Then she sets out to find the Thief and her friend Warren tags along. But what she ends up finding might be even more horrific. What if there isn't a thief after all?

What worked: This has to be one of the best psychological horror novels I've read in a while. Harrison shows us what Nina sees every time she sleeps. We see a serial killer who stalks his prey and then goes about killing them. Nina doesn't know if in fact she's having horrific nightmares or if she really is witnessing a serial killer in the act. She tries to silence the dreams with caffeine, Adderall, and other ways. The way the killer goes after his victims is cold and calculating. Plus, it's very chilling.

Nina's quest to find the 'truth' has her confide to her friend Warren. They were close in middle school but now they'd grown apart. Lately she's used him to supply her Adderall habit but now she needs a friend to confide in.

The book is divided into Warren and Nina's point of view. We see how hard it is for Warren to believe Nina. At first he thinks it might in fact be the effect of drugs or mental illness. The struggles and conflicts he has in taking all this in is believable. Also he struggles with the fact that he wants Nina to be more than just a friend.

While reading, I wasn't sure if there was a killer or if Nina might in fact have an over the top imagination.

There's twists and turns which end with a chilling reveal that had me shout out loud, "No freakin' way!" I totally didn't see that coming!

Page-turning suspense with one chilling reveal set in the New Mexico desert. A spine-tingling thriller that will have readers surprised at the twist of events.
Good Points
1. Creepy, psychological horror
2. Omg, reveal!
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