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April 23, 2014

Mini Reviews: Dear Killer and Nearly Gone - The Mystery Edition

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

April 1st, 2014
Source: Publisher

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.

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
March 25, 2014
4.5/5 stars
Source: Edelweiss 

This book was SO SO SO GOOD! I definitely LOVED it! Now THIS is what I call a Mystery/Thriller book! Nearly Gone was just a roller coaster ride for me. It really creeped me out, and it was so addicting as well! Through out the whole book, I just never expected who the killer was! At the end, I was just so shocked! The main character, Nearly Boswell is a genius. When she receives some messages that "hint" about the murders that have been happening, she thinks it's her responsibility to solve the puzzle, and tries to save the next target before he/she gets killed. It is so cool to see the clues she receives, how she perceives them, and what she does to try to figure it out! Nearly was such a great character, and you can see her develop throughout the story. She grows into a better person, and even develops a better relationship with her mother. The romance is just SO GOOD! I loved all the characters, all the relationships that developed, and everything about the story! I definitely did not expect Nearly Gone to actually be this good,and I'm so glad I got to read it!


  1. Aw, hugs. I'm sorry you didn't finish Dear Killer. But from what you say, I will not read it either. Sounds awful o.O But ohh. I'm glad you liked Nearly Gone :D Amazing reviews. Thank you for sharing. <3

  2. Aww man I was super excited about Dear Killer. I guess that'll be one to borrow from the library. I'm glad you enjoyed Nearly Gone as much as you did because I'm also really looking forward to that one. Thanks for the honest reviews :)

  3. Glad you enjoyed Nearly Gone, I really liked it too. The mystery was so brilliantly plotted! I had no clue who the killer was going to be either. Did you know that there's going to be a sequel? Everything wrapped up so nicely I didn't suspect a sequel until I saw her tweet about it.

    Amanda @ Born Bookish

  4. Hahahah Dear Killer sounds like an awful joke. O_O Jenni DNFed that one too but we didn't talk much about it so I'm only now seeing how bad it sounds. Maybe it was going for a more ridiculous tone but those rarely work for me. As for Nearly Gone I've had my eye on that one and I'm so glad that you loved it! I love a great thriller story but they're almost always soooo easy to predict and just the same old. This one sounds like a winner!!

  5. Dear Killer was just horrible! Kit was such a disappointing character.

  6. I've never heard of Dear Killer and I admit that the premise sounds intriguing. But, if theres one thing I can't stand its predictability, so yeah that's not happening. So sorry to hear you didn't like it either it sucks big time when you have such high expectations for a novel and it ends up being terrible :/ As for Nearly Gone, I don't read many thriller/mystery books except for Mara Dyer but it sounds really interesting and if the romance is good I am so there :D Great reviews! :)

  7. That is so disappointing about Dear Killer-- I wanted to read it as some point! But definitely will be checking Nearly Gone though (I love that that's the character's name!).

  8. The author of Dear Killer was 17 when she wrote the book.