Nothing Can Hurt You

Bloomsbury. Jun. 2020. 240p. ISBN 9781635574883. $26.00. THRILLER
DEBUT On a winter day in 1997, college student Sara Morgan was killed by her boyfriend, fellow student Blake Campbell. Blake confessed but as a diagnosed schizophrenic was found not guilty by reason of temporary insanity. The murder received much more coverage than the simultaneous discovery that local serial killer John Logan had killed six women that few people cared about. But a number of strangers, all women, are affected by Sara’s death. There’s the woman who discovered her body in the woods and another who met Blake in a recovery center. A reporter covering Logan’s trial wants to tell Sara’s story. Blake’s sister worries about her own daughter because of her brother’s mental problems. Luna doesn’t remember older half-sister Sara but tries to find a way into Sara’s life and eventually Blake’s. Told from multiple viewpoints and unfolding over several time periods, this creepy, disjointed story has a flat tone, as if Sara’s death drained the emotion from everyone’s lives and even the author’s storytelling.
VERDICT This unconventional psychological thriller is recommended only for readers looking for a more literary approach to murder depicting little emotion or passion.

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