Warning Signs: A Story About Obsession Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B082LLRP18
- Publication date : December 9, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 763 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 281 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,352,802 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"I feel no pleasure. No sorrow either, not at the time of the killing. My mind goes into a trance in which the feeling of empathy overwhelms me. It’s not as if another person has invaded me and I have no control over that person. I never feel so much in control as at that moment."
When the police seem unable to stop him, Niko reaches out to them with a series of notes, hoping to educate them in a way that might assist in their efforts to find him. Unexpectedly, he finds himself drawn to a twenty-something woman who he sees as outside of his pathologic drive to kill, which becomes part of his research: Why others but not her?
As I read this book, I realized it was a completely unique story. Never before have I read the story of a serial killer who dispassionately analyzes his own illness. Ballawyder cites the best literature on the subject, educating me as Niko educates himself on the broken mind of a serial killer:
"He continued with his list. Lack of remorse or shame. “Yes, that’s me. But how does that explain the work of a psychopath?” he asked himself."
Ballawyder's writing style is similarly analytic which manages to place me at arm's length from many of the most disturbing aspects of serial killers. Because of that, where I often have difficulty reading psychological thrillers--because they put me too much into the horrid actions--in this story, I managed to stand aside and watch, away from the blood and horror. I'm not sure I'm saying this as well as I might but the end result was that I found the story easier to read and more enjoyable than many others in this genre.
Ballawyder always writes engaging drama. This book is highly recommended for fans of murder mysteries and psychological thrillers.
Once I was hooked (on the first page), she introduced the characters gradually, allowing me to get to know them while keeping me on my toes with dilemmas they each struggled with. Ms. Balawyder expertly slipped in details that would be needed later to make the culmination of the plot flow easily. Nothing happens that seems contrived because the groundwork was laid earlier in the book.
Each of the characters had major flaws but they also had redeeming traits. Even Eugene, the serial killer, was not all bad. Imagine empathizing with a serial killer!
The tension regarding the murderer escalates, and we expect this, but when he befriends Angie, their internal conflicts come into play as well. We already understand why Angie would fall for someone like Eugene, because, by now, we know her personality. But will Eugene hurt Angie? What will Angie do once she starts to suspect that Eugene may be the killer?
What about Darren, the policeman who finds Angie attractive? Will his feelings toward her interfere with his murder investigation?
I was impressed by the way this novel’s plot flowed so smoothly, pulling me in as the characters I came to know so well became entangled in it.
After being drawn into the story on page one, I didn’t want to put the book down until I read, “THE END,” and even then I was thinking about it after I closed the book.