It’s my stop on the blog tour for S. R. Masters’ The Killer You Know today.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s the blurb…
Summer 1997. When Will jokes about becoming a serial killer, his friends just laugh it off. But Adeline can’t help but feel there’s something darker lurking behind his words.
Winter 2015: Years later, Adeline returns to Blythe for a reunion of the old gang – except Will doesn’t show up. Reminiscing about old times, they look up the details of his supposed murder spree. But the mood soon changes when they discover two recent deaths that match.
My thoughts …
This blurb hooked me as soon as I read it.
I mean, what a scary thought! Your mate becoming a serial killer?!
The Killer You Know introduces us to four childhood friends who meet up years later, only one of them doesn’t come. Will told them all he was going to become a killer. At the time, they didn’t believe him, but as the alcohol flows more details of Will’s plans are remembered and some of them appear to be true.
Told in now and then chapters, we get some real insight into each character. How they met, where they fit in their group, how they grew up.
The author has a real skill at setting the scene and building a layered cast of characters and each one brought something to the table and was needed to drive the plot forward.
With a slow starting pace which gains momentum until the explosive ending, The Killer You Know is one for the shelves of every bookworm out there!
Huge thanks to the author and Anne Cater for my spot on the tour!
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About the author…
S. R. Masters studied Philosophy at Girton College, Cambridge before working in public health and health behaviour for the NHS. He is a regular contributor to UK short fiction anthology series The Fiction Desk, having won their Writer’s Award for his short story Just Kids. His story Desert Walk was included in Penguin Random House USA’s Press Start to Play collection and he continues to have short fiction published in a variety of magazines. He grew up around Birmingham but now lives in Oxford with his wife and son. The Killer You Know is his first novel.