Apr 28, 2018

Book Review: The Case of the Smiley Face Killers

"This is the work of a group of Serial Killers; but they are a breed of Serial Killers we have never met before." 
From Bestselling author Steph Young; The Case of the Smiley Face Killers. Someone is taking young college men. Can be read as a Stand-alone, or as a sequel to Dead in the Water; Forever Awake. 
“There is a group in the country with 'cells' scattered in numerous cities large and small. There is a hierarchy in this group, it is very organized, and they are killing our loved ones. They usually choose males as their kill of choice and often these result in missing persons, later found in bodies of water.” 
It isn’t stopping; it appears to be escalating.... This is a puzzle. A very deadly one. Young college men are vanishing without a trace, only to be found dead; weeks or months later, in remote rivers or creeks, in areas that searched multiple times before; their bodies later discovered there, as though placed to be found. 
"Understand this; We take what we need and leave: This is necessary. Life feeds on life feeds on life feeds on death feeds on life.” 
“The evil is rampant and deep and widespread. He was tortured, taken to the river and killed. Then his body was ‘positioned’ and taken to a different part of the water.” 

This is the work of a group of Serial Killers; but they are a breed of Serial Killers we have never met before.... 

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I have been addicted to True Crime podcasts for a few years now.  And yes, I am a sick individual as I love falling a sleep to one of them.  Though come of think of it, its probably good that I don't remember my dreams.

THE CASE OF THE SMILEY FACE KILLERS is the first true crime book that I have read rather than just skimming through as I tend to prefer fiction.  It was time to take that first step into that world of nonfiction and this book was a good place to start.  Rather than a deep dive into any specific individual which would almost be impossible as there are far too many victims and possibly perpetuators, THE CASE OF THE SMILEY FACE KILLERS focuses on the crime instead.

I can't really say that I 'enjoyed' the book simply because of the subject matter but I did find it a rather good read.  The author introduces us to some of the many victims of this horrifying crime and some of the many experts who are working to solve these cases.  I think that it did a really good job in helping to get the victim's names out there without going so in-depth that the reader bogs down.  One thing that I would like to see included in this book is a list of sources at the end or at the very least, a suggested reading list. 

I would recommend this book to readers who are looking for an overview of this unusual case  or an introduction to this genre however I do feel that people who have researched this case before would be disappointed.  I found some of the theories that the author brought up to be interesting and bears looking into so I feel that THE CASE OF THE SMILEY FACE KILLERS has accomplished one of its goals.

***This book was given to me at no charge by the author in exchange for fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own.


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