When I started reading this book, I was a bit put off by the style. I’m not accustomed to reading serial-killer stories from the viewpoint of the killer anyway, and the sentence construction made me think the killer was simple-minded.
I could not have been more wrong.
When Jake decides it’s time to add to his ‘doll collection,’ and his attention fixes on his new coworker Cassandra, he shows just how competent he is. He ingratiates himself into her life by degrees, both through personal contact and anonymous methods–texts, emails, pornographic videos, even murder. Jake doesn’t just stalk Cassandra, he utterly breaks her. Then the police get involved, and Jake gets more than he could have hoped for…
As a former librarian I’m a wee bit nitpicky about the grammar in spots, but that aside, this is a fascinatingly complex and creepy story. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down till I’d finished. I see this is first in a series, and I’m looking forward to the next installment–I’d love to get more of the “inside the mind of the killer” perspective!
Dearest Cassandra by Royal Henry Bleu is available here.