Book Review | Secrets of a Serial Killer by Rosie Walker

Book Description

There it is: FEAR. It’s crawling all over her face and in her eyes, like a swarm of insects, and it’s all because of HIM. 

A serial killer has been terrorising Lancaster for decades, longer than should ever have been possible. The police are baffled, eluded at every turn by the killer whose victims span generations. Speculation is rife among the true crime forums; is someone passing on their gruesome trade?

Every local mother’s worst nightmare has become Helen Summerton‘s reality; he’s taken her daughter, Zoe. As the clock runs down so do her chances of survival. Can Helen unearth the secrets of the killer before it’s too late?

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This book comes out Friday, July 17, 2020

Goodreads Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

High-octane suspense from beginning to end is just the beginning of what to expect from this dark and twisty path of two days in the life of a serial killer.

What I Liked

The novel is a rapid read that I didn’t want to put down while at the same time wanting to look away for fear of what was going to happen next. It has elements of horror that left me unsettled long after I closed the book.

It was interesting how focused the plot is on what turns out to be just around forty-eight hours. It is incredible how much can happen in only a short period.

The setting is perfect for the tale – an ornate and sprawling former insane asylum deep in the woods. A very creepy setting for a terrifying story. The old trashed camper in the woods near the asylum is an excellent little touch, too.

I loved the touch of the dark web and the online newspaper full of articles about mysteries. It provided an unusual conduit for information on the antagonist and how that killer came to be.

What I Wish

I wish that the characters had been developed more, even if just the main characters. Though the suspense is nonstop, I didn’t know enough about any of the characters to feel a connection that would have served to deepen that suspense.

To Read or Not to Read

If you enjoy light horror and stories about serial killers, this is the perfect read for you.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

10 Replies to “Book Review | Secrets of a Serial Killer by Rosie Walker”

    1. That was probably a wise decision. Or at least one not to regret. It was okay. There was definitely something missing for me.


  1. I am so sorry you were able to connect with the characters, Tessa. That just leaves the reader…a bit…I don’t know…unsatisfied EVEN IF THE PLOT IS AMAZING AND GRIPPING, as you said!

    Still, it seems this was a good read, overall! 😇🦋

    LOVED READING YOUR REVIEWWW, as alwaysss!! 🌻💕

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    1. Thank you! I liked it. I just didn’t love it. But that happens sometimes. People who like light horror would probably enjoy it more. ❤️

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  2. Sorry the characters didn’t work for you, but you’re right – that’s a perfect setting for the book. Sometimes the setting can almost be a character itself.

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  3. The setting sounds awesome! I’ve gotten kind of freaky about serial killer books. I can read some of them, but lately, many of them have become too gruesome for me.

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    1. This one definitely border-lined on horror (gruesomeness). That and the characters are what left me kind of meh about it. I’m like you, I love thrills but when/if they crossover to horror, it loses its appeal.


    1. I did too! I liked it but didn’t love it for a few personal preference reasons but I enjoyed many other things about it. Like, it was incredibly gripping and has a fast pace! Glad you enjoyed it! ❤️


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