Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: The Killer In Me by Margot Harrison + Playlist & GIVEAWAY! CLOSED

Hello, everyone! Today is my stop on the The Killer In Me by Margot Harrison book tour organized by The Fantastic Flying Book Club  and I'm super excited about it. I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. As you probably already know, I'm so addicted to mystery and crime novels that it's not even funny. There's just something so intoxicating about a good mystery novel that I just can't get enough of so I was happy to stumble across this interesting book. Below is my review of the book as well as another blogger's choice playlist AND a giveaway! 

Also, be sure to check out all the links down below to find out where you can buy a copy of this book as well as follow the rest of the blog tour!

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Score: 3.5 stars
Page Count: 368
Stand Alone
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: July 12, 2016

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?

1. Once again, I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour for it. I love a good thriller either in movie form or book form and I especially adore a good mystery with suspense and excitement for what will happen next. I thought this book sounded really interesting which is why I was so excited when I snagged a spot on this blog tour and I couldn't wait to read it. Here's the review:

2. I really liked the writing style of this book. The story is told in dual POVs, one following Nina our main character and the other following Warren to get a better insight on the main storyline but also gather details from both sides. I really like thriller stories that are written like this because I feel like it keeps me more interested in the story, especially if one POV is told from the criminal's view. Because there isn't a lot going on for most of the story, the dual POVs was a good way to keep the story going without seeming to drag on and on before finally getting to the ending. 

3. It was a quick book to read and one that I would recommend if you want a bit of a slower paced mystery thriller type story that mainly focuses on cracking the case of a criminal's identity and questioning if your suspicions are just a trick of the mind or solid fact. It was a bit too slow for my personal taste but for those who just want something a little more laid back but still holds enough mystery to keep you entertained, try this one out and see what happens.

1. I'm sorry to say that I didn't really care for any of the characters. Nina, our MC, seemed to be a quiet type of character that only spoke when it was necessary but didn't really stand out to me. Warren was a little more outgoing and a bit of a risk taker but there was very little development with both characters. They seemed a bit flat and their actions were questionable throughout the story which I found distracting as I was reading. 

2. The storyline itself wasn't bad, it was quite interesting actually. The events leading up to the ending, however, fell a little flat for me personally. There didn't seem to be a climax as the story started wrapping up and most of what happens in the story seemed to go on a little too long, not to mention it wasn't as exciting as I was hoping for. There were a couple of 'twists' to the story that didn't actually surprise me but it did add a little something to keep the book interesting.

Overall, it's not a book I'd read again but it is one that I would recommend to someone looking for something new to read or if you love mysteries and thrillers or are in the mood for a murder story without all the gore.

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I was raised in the wilds of New York by lovely, nonviolent parents who somehow never managed to prevent me from staying up late to read scary books. I now work at an alt-weekly newspaper in Vermont, where my favorite part of the job is, of course, reviewing scary books and movies. The Killer in Me is my first novel.

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All the songs I have chosen for this book remind me of certain events in the book, the characters, or simply the book itself such as its story line and theme. I hope you enjoy!

Needle and the thread
Gotta get you out of my head
Needle and the thread
Gonna wind up dead


Swallowed up in the sound of my screaming
Cannot cease for the fear of silent nights
Oh, how I long for the deep sleep dreaming


Your voice follows like an echo
Won't someone wake me from this dream
The bluest skies turn to black clouds
And the wind is drowning out my screams


And I'll use you as a makeshift gauge
Of how much to give and how much to take
Oh I'll use you as a warning sign
That if you talk enough sense, then you'll lose your mind


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