I liked that this novel was written by a 17-year old and that the premise was new and interesting. I liked the examination of moral nihilism and how Kit discovered that she couldn’t exactly live her life by rule number one. I didn’t like the suspension of disbelief that I had to maintain throughout the novel. Serial killers are generally not female and they are typically a lot older than 17. The fact that the police couldn’t do anything other than question the letter writers (who were almost always obvious about their relationship to the deceased) didn’t seem quite right. Furthermore, the fact that the police couldn’t figure out where the “mailbox” was, even though it seemed like everyone else in London knew exactly where to go if they wanted to write a “Dear Killer” letter, seemed downright laughable. Unbelievably, the police let her, a 17-year old, become a part of their most pressing and high-profile investigation, and even more unbelievably, the policeman in charge of the investigation was attracted to this 17-year old girl. I can’t even comment on the bizarre family situation in which poor Kit was raised since that takes suspension of disbelief to an entirely different level.
Recommended as an optional purchase for gr. 9-12.