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Short Take: “Go Down Hard,” Ali Seay

Rating: 4 out of 5 Ali Seay’s thriller novella Go Down Hard introduces us to Jack and Meg. Each is a serial killer. Each lives out in the middle of nowhere. Each has their own reason for killing–for Jack it

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Review: “Camp Slaughter,” Sergio Gomez

Rating: 2 out of 5 Maybe I should learn not to pick up books that Amazon algorithms recommend to me. Sergio Gomez’s Camp Slaughter isn’t bad, but it isn’t particularly good, either. Lakewood Cabin is advertised as the most secluded

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Review: “In My Father’s Basement,” T.J. Payne

Pros: Engaging serial killer story from an interesting perspective Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T.J. Payne’s In My Father’s Basement: A Serial Killer Novel is told largely from the point of view of one Isaac Luce, the son

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Review: “The Devil You Know,” Terry Tyler

Pros: Great concept executed well! Cons: Some stereotypes; a whole lot of misogyny Rating: 4 out of 5 Terry Tyler’s The Devil You Know approaches the serial killer thriller from a new direction. In a British town, there’s a serial

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Review: “Killing Spree,” Various Authors

Pros: A great way to find some new authors Cons: Wildly varying quality Rating: 3.5 out of 5 After trying to read a nice bloody serial killer book only to have it turn out to be horrible, I turned to

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Review: “Day 9,” Robert Jeschonek

Pros: Vivid and original Cons: Pointlessly bizarre; plot holes; unlikable characters Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Robert Jeschonek’s Day 9: A Novel is certainly… original. There are two parallel narratives going on. In one, an author named Dunne has teamed

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Review: “Come Sundown,” Nora Roberts

Pros: interesting ranching business; gets pretty dark in spots; good characters Cons: slow; too similar to some of Roberts’ other books; gets pretty dark in spots; too many characters Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Nora Roberts’ Come Sundown covers several

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Review: “Blonde Ice,” R.G. Belsky

Pros: Great characterizations Cons: One spot that confused me Rating: 4 out of 5 R.G. Belsky’s Blonde Ice: A Gil Malloy Novel follows (obviously) Gil Malloy, a hot-shot journalist who likes jumping into the middle of trouble. A woman named

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Review: “The Least of My Scars,” Stephen Graham Jones

Pros: Really fascinating Cons: confusing as hell Rating: 3 out of 5 Stephen Graham Jones’ The Least of My Scars is all about William Colton Hughes. He’s a serial killer, but he’d rather skip the stalking of his prey and

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Review: “A Darker Sky,” Mari Jungstedt, Ruben Eliassen

Pros: Great characters Cons: Some small loose threads Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Mari Jungstedt and Ruben Eliassen’s A Darker Sky (The Canary Island Series), Erika is toward the beginning of a two-month yoga retreat. After going out one

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