The next book I've selected for the 2014 Most Anticipated Event is one that has a point of view that always entices me - a serial killer. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell not only introduces a young talent, but is already gaining praise.
Here is the Goodreads synopsis
Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.Amazing right? It's made all the more amazing when you factor in the age of the author. She's 18. She also took the time to answer few questions for me.
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.
1 Describe Dear Killer in 3 words
Macabre, wintery, sinister
2 Was there any specific research you did while writing Dear Killer?
I had to do a bunch of research about the geography of London, and also about how to fight with one's bare hands. I didn't really know anything about either beforehand, and now I know a whole lot about both...
3 As a debut novelist, what has been the most surprising aspect of publishing a novel?
That people actually like my writing enough to publish it!
4 Are you able to share a secret about one of the characters, the world, something that inspired something about the world/characters?
I was really inspired by the weather of London. I don't get much of that kind of weather in California, so the general grey-ness of London played a big part in the mood-setting of the book.
5 What 2014 release are you most excited for?
I'm really excited for "Side Effects May Vary" by Julie Murphy!
A huge thank you to Katherine for taking the time to answer these. Dear Killer will be in stores April 1, 2014
If you want to learn more you can visit the author's website, or the publishers website.
You can pre-order at the following retailers
Barnes and Noble
You'll have a chance to win one of these titles soon, as I will be hosting a giveaway that these interviews may help you win!
Be sure to let me know what you think of Dear Killer, Katherine's Q and A, or anything else in the comments!