Friday, April 29, 2022

Book Review: The Serial Killer's Girl

By Sara Steven

Lexi Jakes thought she could run from her past.

But when her biological mother is found dead, strangled with a red silk scarf and holding a chess piece, Lexi knows that her worst nightmare has come true. Because the murder has all the hallmarks of her own serial killer father, renown strangler Peter Graves.

Now with her own precious daughter’s life in danger, Lexi will do anything to keep her child safe…she is her father’s daughter after all. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

With most mystery books, I can usually suss out who the culprit is. But with this one, I had a tough time figuring it out, and I loved that! The majority of The Serial Killer’s Girl is told from a third-person perspective for Lexi, but there are a few chapters dispersed throughout that are told from the killer’s perspective, nearly a step ahead at every turn. We know whomever it may be knows where Lexi is, but we have no clue how. As the story unfolds, there is more understanding as to what makes that possible and more importantly, why it’s happening and the type of vengeance the killer feels towards Lexi.   

I felt the author did a great job of giving an accurate emotional portrayal of what it must feel like to be the daughter of a serial killer. From the onslaught of the recent murder and how it replicates the way her own father would terrorize his victims, to her innate fear of someone finding out who she really is and how best to protect her daughter, I didn’t question the authenticity in any of it. The sense of always feeling like Lexi has to hide and to run away made total sense to me–but as she quickly points out, when will it ever end? She has been running for what seems like the majority of her life, courtesy of the legacy her father has left behind.

As the book neared the end, I had my list of suspects, narrowing it down to two potential characters. It was only then in those moments of terror, when Lexi discovers that her daughter is in danger had I figured it out and looked back at the subtle clues provided in discreetly making that known. There is a bit of a surprise twist, too, that I hadn’t seen coming.

I really enjoyed The Serial Killer’s Girl. It was a well-written suspenseful thriller that provided those curveballs and frightening moments when the reader doesn’t know what’s about to hit them, making it a five-star experience!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase Links:
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L.H. Stacey
is the bestselling psychological suspense author of over five novels. Alongside her writing she is a fulltime sales director for an office furniture company and has been a nurse, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Staff Instructor. She lives near Doncaster with her husband.

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