- File Size: 1717 KB
- Print Length: 517 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Smarmy Press (April 12, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y2H1KM9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dead End Girl: A Gripping Serial Killer Thriller (Violet Darger FBI Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Because of the serial killer and the FBI trainee with the haunted past chasing him, the obvious comparison is Silence of the Lambs—and don't get me wrong, if you liked Silence of the Lambs, you'll love Dead End Girl. But with the story taking an active interest in Violet Darger's life outside of the case, Dead End Girl—and likely all of the Violet Darger series—will also be a favorite among lovers of J.A. Konrath's Jack Daniels mysteries. At the same time, there's so much attention to detail and organic storytelling that this could easily compete with any of Stephen King's longer works. I found myself completely invested in every character, from the authorities to the killer to the victims themselves.
Because blood and gore are great, and tracking down sickos is fun, but the living aren't the only characters who haunt the pages of Dead End Girl—the victims come to life, too. The authors have presented us with people, not Doll Parts, individuals who had names, families, flaws, senses of humor, and dreams before death turned them into front page fodder, clickbait, and short appositives that left more room for sensationalizing their grisly end. At its heart, that's what Dead End Girl is all about—forcing us to reevaluate our own voyeuristic interest in death, as well as the snap judgments about people that we make every day.
Dead End Girl is an intriguing and entertaining start to what I hope is a long, long run of Violet Darger novels. If the whole series was available today, I'd buy them all and binge-read them straight through, but since it's not, I'm waiting on the edge of my favorite reading chair for the next one. If you love the serial killer genre, then this is a must-read for you.
The book strays a good distance from the type of book I usually look for, lacking the grit and social commentary that bring me to darker, more gruesome tales - but what it lacked in scares and controversy it more than made up for in style, pacing, and suspense.
While I wouldn't go so far as to say that the book is perfect, I will say that it's highly enjoyable and admit that I had trouble putting it down. Violet Darger is a unique, incredible character, and I immensely enjoyed taking this journey with her. I would recommend this title to anyone who likes fast-paced fiction, murder mysteries with disturbing details, or squeamish but sympathetic good guys.
I am waiting on the edge of my seat for the next Darger installation.
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