Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She’s intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims’ bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.
Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf—the deserts of New Mexico.
But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she’s had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?
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I finished THE KILLER IN ME a couple hours ago and I am still trying to come back to reality. This book has to be one of the most unique and terrifying books that I have ever read. For the most part, this is due to Ms. Harrison's deft touch with the main character, Nina.
In a lot of ways, Nina is the typical high school student. She struggles to keep her grades up and has to deal with her mother. She also has to attend support groups to help her overcome her addiction to stimulants. What makes her unusual is the reason she was taking them. Nina was afraid to sleep because her dreams would take her into the mind of a serial killer.
She is finally fed up with the horrible crimes that she is an unwilling witness too and manages to track down the killer with the help of her best friend Warren. What she discovers has her questioning herself, her perceptions and her life in general.
Now I don't want you to think that all of the other characters weren't as well portrayed as Nina because they were. Heck, I was starting to doubt Nina's perceptions myself. Readers are also treated to some of most beautiful desert scenery around.
I highly recommend THE KILLER IN ME to any of my readers who enjoy a mysterious tale that borders on horror. There is violence but since the scenes aren't that graphic, this book would be great for younger readers also.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.