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Dear Killer
Contributor(s): Ewell, Katherine (Author)

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ISBN: 0062257811     ISBN-13: 9780062257819
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
OUR PRICE: $8.49  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2015
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Annotation: "Kit, a seventeen-year-old moral nihilist serial killer, chooses who to kill based on anonymous letters left in a secret mailbox, while simultaneously maintaining a close relationship with the young detective in charge of the murder cases"--
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Violence
- Young Adult Fiction | Law & Crime
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Values & Virtues
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 13-UP
Grade Level: 8-UP
Lexile Measure: 720 HL (High-Low)
Physical Information: 1" H x 5.6" W x 8.6" (0.60 lbs) 368 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 180790
Reading Level: 5.1   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 13.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Ewell, Katherine: -

Katherine Ewell wrote Dear Killer when 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 California Governor's Medallion for artistically talented youth. Dear Killer is her first novel.



Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
A seventeen-year-old murderer for hire, Kit is (anonymously) known in London as the "Perfect Killer" because her crimes are impossible to trace. But when she gets a request to kill someone she knows, Kit's meticulousness and resolve begin to crumble. Readers who are up for inhabiting the perverse mind of a serial killer will be fully gripped by Ewell's disturbing, gruesome story.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 April #2)

Seventeen-year-old Kit is secretly London's dreaded "Perfect Killer," a nihilistic serial killer trained by her mother to carry out murder as part of a higher calling, choosing her victims from anonymous letters sent to her. As her body count grows, the police remain stymied—until Kit starts losing her focus. From making one murder personal to befriending a victim and outright flirting with the policeman unofficially assigned to the Perfect Killer case, it seems as though Kit's carefully constructed façade is finally crumbling. But she's still committed to carrying out one last assignment, heedless of the consequences. This tense page-turner was a finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest and represents Ewell's debut. She expertly captures Kit's dispassionate yet conflicted state of being, chronicling the chaotic swirl of emotions as the routine breaks down. However, Kit's point of view leads many other characters to feel less developed. The almost hypnotic nature of the storyline doesn't quite make up for moments of implausibility (including Kit's success and general modus operandi) and other plot holes in an otherwise solid thriller. Ages 13–up. Agent: Alice Martell, the Martell Agency. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Seventeen-year-old Kit is secretly London's dreaded "Perfect Killer," a nihilistic serial killer trained by her mother to carry out murder as part of a higher calling, choosing her victims from anonymous letters sent to her. As her body count grows, the police remain stymied—until Kit starts losing her focus. From making one murder personal to befriending a victim and outright flirting with the policeman unofficially assigned to the Perfect Killer case, it seems as though Kit's carefully constructed façade is finally crumbling. But she's still committed to carrying out one last assignment, heedless of the consequences. This tense page-turner was a finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest and represents Ewell's debut. She expertly captures Kit's dispassionate yet conflicted state of being, chronicling the chaotic swirl of emotions as the routine breaks down. However, Kit's point of view leads many other characters to feel less developed. The almost hypnotic nature of the storyline doesn't quite make up for moments of implausibility (including Kit's success and general modus operandi) and other plot holes in an otherwise solid thriller. Ages 13–up. Agent: Alice Martell, the Martell Agency. (Apr.)

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