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The Profiler by Pat Brown with Bob Andelman

So late one night a couple weeks ago, I decided that it would be a good idea to stay up after Jason had gone to sleep and read a book about serial killers and psychopaths. In a thousand year old building that likes to settle during the night. Not one of my brightest moments. Especially since The Profiler is about real murder cases that have never been solved. 

Pat Brown, with the help of Mr. Andelman, details her life as a self-trained criminal profiler. She started in the business more than twenty years ago when a tenant she was renting a room to turned up as a prime murder suspect. That’s the summary at least. It actually took more than six years for the police to take her box full of evidence and actually do something about it–and even then he was never convicted and the case remained cold and unsolved. Stupid.

In college I majored in Criminology, so I know better than most that the modern American criminal justice system is extremely flawed–with often deadly results. Even if there is a ton of circumstantial AND physical evidence pointing towards a suspect, police are often too overworked to give it proper attention. That leads to them either making an incorrect assumption about the suspect, or brushing the case off completely. Not good when lives are on the line.

Each chapter covers an unsolved murder or two and how Brown has gone into these cold cases with what little evidence is left and pieced together what may or may not have occurred. It’s pretty interesting stuff.

Interesting–and chilling–considering none of these murderers have ever been brought to justice.

Definitely a must read for those interested in crime, murders, or even things that go bump in the night. I was creeped out simply by the knowledge that these real life monsters are still out there somewhere on the prowl.

4 abandoned cars of 5

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves

Oh, Missus Reeves, how sick and twisted you are! Writing a YA book about two teenage serial killers… Female serial killers, no less!

Good for you…

I finished Slice of Cherry the other day, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. What’s not to love about two 15 year old girls obsessed with evisceration?

The story takes place in the little Texas town of Portero, a nowheresville known for strange monsters, doors that act as portals to other worlds, and the infamous “Bone Saw Killer”–who just happens to be Kit and Fancy’s father.

Unfortunately for the girls, the Bone Saw Killer has been aprehended and is awaiting execution on death row. Not to mention the fact that the sisters have begun to capitulate to the killing urges of their own… And what if their mother finds out?

And to make things even more interesting, two handsome brothers have been following Kit and Fancy around town. Looking for love, apparently. The only problem is that the Bone Saw Killer murdered their father. So is it really love, or is it revenge that the boys are looking for? Especially when it becomes obvious that crazed, sleep-walking Gabriel has killing urges of his own.

I really enjoyed this book, because it didn’t turn out the way I had anticipated–and that doesn’t happen very much anymore. I liked the twisted sickness of it, because most authors (especially YA authors) don’t dare go that far down the rabbit hole. The beginning was the best, because Kit’s cheerful, bubbly personality quickly turned psychopathic and blood-thirsty…that’s just a great combination. I wish that she had kept her murderousness longer though, and that Reeves had gone into the gruesomeness of the girls’ crimes with a little more detail. The town of Portero was extremely interesting in and of itself, and I would’ve appreciated learning more about the culture and the deviant forms of wildlife that called the dark forests home.

I also wanted there to be more explanation for the body-part trees (in Fancy’s “happy place”). More detail about their functionality would’ve been interesting. Also, Cherry should’ve appeared at least two more times throughout the course of the story.

But all in all, it’s definitely something different. Although Slice of Cherry didn’t make me stay up all night biting my nails (the true hallmark of a page-turner) it’s still worth your while.

This book will make you reconsider underestimating teenagers…

3.5 of 5 stars