Killing Me

Putnam. May 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780593540749. $27. THRILLER
A moment’s inattention while walking back to her Tennessee apartment was all it took for college student Amber Jamison to find herself trapped in a serial killer’s van. Waking up from a drugged stupor in the killer’s basement and strapped down to a worktable, she is saved by a stealthy ski-masked woman with a passion to hunt down serial killers. Amber’s sketchy childhood has her skittish about involving law enforcement of any kind, so she packs up and heads west. In a shabby motel in Las Vegas, Amber learns that she is the target of a more cunning and dangerous serial killer. With the help of true crime-loving motel manager Dot, motel room neighbor/sex worker Marcella, and the ski-masked woman, Amber must match wits with the killer through the streets and casinos of the Vegas Strip if she is to survive.
VERDICT Veteran novelist Gagnon (The Tunnels) offers up a fun, quirky thriller with a flawed yet likable main character surrounded by a wacky supporting cast. For readers who enjoy a bit of dark humor, like in Jeff Lindsay’s “Dexter” series.
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