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The Killer You Know ★★★

- @gabrikwa Gabriella Bekes

SR Masters, Sphere, R315

Five teenaged friends sit around a fire talk­ing about their fu­ture plans. Will, a weirdo, jokes about be­com­ing a se­rial killer. He will kill three strangers, mak­ing their deaths look like sui­cides. Fif­teen years later they have a re­union in the vil­lage where they grew up. Ade­line, Ru­pesh, Jen and Steve meet at the lo­cal pub but Will doesn’t pitch. The four have not changed much. Nor have their in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tions and power play. Will was al­ways the out­sider. The con­ver­sa­tion turns to Will’s planned “mur­der spree” that he said would in­volve some­one found dead at Loch Ness and an­other at a mu­sic fes­ti­val. For the hell of it they Google the words and find a re­cent sui­cide at Loch Ness and at a fes­ti­val nearby. They be­lieve Will is in­volved and de­cide to track him down. This book moves at a slow pace with too much su­per­flu­ous de­tail but picks up at its sur­pris­ing cli­max.

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