#LipglossmaffiaBookclub: Killing Spree || Kevin O’Brien…

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For my ninth pick, I chose…

 

*A Crime Thriller

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Title: Killing Spree || Kevin O’Brien

Pages: 443

My Ratings: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

Genres: Fiction, Thriller

Release Date: 2007

Summary: Years ago, the Seattle Police were baffled by the Schoolgirl Murders. The killer staged the scenes, dressing his female victims in school girl uniforms and saddle shoes. No woman in Seattle felt safe, until they caught the man responsible and the case was forgotten. Across the country, a killing spree is taking place. The first victim is attacked in a taxi by a mysterious stranger. the next is found strangled in a changing room. A hitchhiker is left by the side of the road, his identity brutally stolen. The murders are so bizarre, so random, no one would think to connect them. Only Seattle writer Gillian McBride sees the disturbing coincidences between all murders– and it’s hitting too close to home. Somehow, she is the link between past and present– and to a twisted serial killer who shows no signs of stopping. With each terrible piece of  a sinister puzzle, a psychopath is carrying out a master plan– a killing spree that needs a final trophy to be fully complete.

 

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Not bad, right?

 

This is a fast-paced thriller that unfortunately suffers from a slight case of predictability. O’Brien’s heroine, Gillian McBride, is herself a mid list Seattle writer of serial killer books. Her personal life has been thrown into turmoil since the disappearance of her husband, Barry, two years ago, which triggered a series of intimidating visits from some unsavory business associates. Those threats, however, pale in comparison with the violence wreaked by a cross-country murderer patterning his savage crimes on the fictional ones in McBride’s books. As the murders pile up, getting increasingly grisly and personal, Gillian is forced to play sleuth and soon finds herself suspecting everyone—in particular, the members of a writing class she taught at a local college before her husband disappeared. Plot twists will be anticipated by most readers familiar with the genre, but O’Brien’s crisp, clear writing and taut suspense keeps you kind of captivated.

 

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My Thoughts

First of all, the title is the cheesiest title in the history of cheesiest titles. That should have been my red flag but I’m as stubborn as a goat or maybe I’m just a masochist, I don’t know. Seriously though, “Killing fuckin‘ Spree“? Come on, O’Brien! 

 

Anyhoo, What made this novel readable was the two lead characters, Gillian and Ethan, who are probably the most unlucky people on the face of the earth.The gambling husband leaves Gillian to hide from the mob and the police and now they’re after
not only her, but her 14 year-old son. If that isn’t bad enough, Ethan is discovering he is gay and getting bullied in school, his only friend turns his back on him, and to top it off, a serial killer is recreating the murders from Gillian’s published novels. Okay, a little to much thrown in, yes, but it was kind of fun to read. Way too many red herrings and characters, too. Very unnecessary.

 

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