This week I am stepping back from talking about the environment and animal rights, and I am reviewing a book that tells a story of one of my favourite types of people to study: Serial killers.
I am sure you are aware that I am greatly fascinated by serial killers and their psychology. I could read books about them 24/7 and still find myself craving for more information.
Reading fiction is one of the ways I quench my thirst for stories about them. So sit back and let me tell you about this short book that took me on a journey inside the mind of a female serial killer that kills for one very particular reason.
Let’s start with the official blurb for the book, okay?
Seventeen gruesome killings across the United States, within a span of six months and there was one clear connection among victims. They were all book authors. While media was decorating the murders with sensationalist stories, and law enforcement was playing catch-up, the homicidal maniac remained elusive and secretive. Things got very interesting, however, when one day she decided to appear on an internet talk show for an honest fireside chat. Her reason for being on this show was not a quest for fame, but something much more disturbing.
The story is set in the near future, the year 2021, and the majority of the book is set on the internet, in the depths of the Dark Web, where the Grammar Nazi Serial Killer sits down behind a curtain and shares her side of the story behind the murders. Why did she start? What is the reason behind her MO? How are all the victims connected?
I imagined the Grammar Nazi Serial Killer as a woman of elegance and poise. Perhaps wearing a pencil skirt dress, high heels and, obviously, red lipstick (very different than the book cover suggests, but that’s how I pictured her). A highly intelligent individual who is a victim of whatever genetics she was born with, with an obvious case of family issues.
She felt real and brutal but I found her to be too perfect; too good to be true. Maybe because I didn’t fully take in the year the story is set in and the possibility that in a few years killers will look more like Bundy than Ridgway, or because I am used of serial killers who, no matter their intelligence, are prone to making mistakes and lying.
Although the story was short, I could form an opinion on her and wanted to hear more about her childhood, as that part of the person’s life is usually to blame for their later crimes.
I particularly liked the way the murders were described as they were different and had an interesting story behind them. I wanted to go into the details and read about what they found on the scene and see it through the eyes of the police. That is always my favourite part of any fictional true crime book.
Was there anything I didn’t like? Well, maybe the mention of people who identify as non-binary and you know how I am standing firmly behind biology that tells us there are only two genders, but that was only one short word in one single sentence, so I just turned my eyes blind to it.
I also wish there would be more character building as you learn very little about her upbringing and who she is when she isn’t on the hunt. You know what she tells you but she talks a lot and doesn’t give you that juicy answer you desire.
Overall, the book was well written and, even though it was way too short to put the Grammar Nazi Serial Killer on my favourite-fictional-serial-killers list, I hope one day we get a full 500-page book.
I would rate this book an 8/10.
Now, a little bit about the author behind this disturbing yet fascinating psychological thriller:
Ryan Suvaal is an American writer, passionate about writing page-turner psychological thrillers. His favorite hangout is a coffee shop where he guzzles in tonnes of caffeine and weaves characters pumped up with deadly intentions and worlds full of thrill, suspense, and gore.
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