When I started this book, I didn’t know just how much I was going to (mostly) love it. It is along the lines of one of my favourite tropes: a group of isolated people are picked off one by one by an unseen killer; a classic whodunit. It is, however, much more gruesome than the average mystery. It reminded me a bit of Ragdoll – with its gory inventive murders – or the Scream films or the TV series Harper’s Island.
The plot rattles along for the first four fifths of the book but I did find the final fifth to be a bit of an anti-climax. It was undeniably tense and would make a great film, but the amount of description required to show the dramatic action made it a bit complicated, some of the explanation came from way out of left field and ‘whodunit’ was a bit of a let down.
The characters were good, there were plenty of twists and turns and Richard Parker’s tongue must have been firmly in his cheek when he wrote some of the murders! I do think this is a great book, but more even pacing might have made it five stars for me.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of Be My Killer.