Love Letters to a Serial Killer

Berkley. Jun. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593640272. $29. THRILLER
DEBUTAs for many millennial women, being comfortably middle class and in a happy, committed relationship seems painfully out of reach to Hannah. After a breakup, she finds herself drawn to true crime. She becomes obsessed with the murders of four women in Atlanta, and when a suspect is put on trial for the crimes, she becomes obsessed with him as well. While he is in jail, she writes him letters. What starts out as venting her disdain for him becomes an exchange of personal reflections that turn amorous. When William is unexpectedly acquitted, their romance escalates. But Hannah is not sure that William is innocent—and she’s also not sure if she cares. Coryell’s engrossing bent comedy isn’t afraid to delve into scathing and frank analyses of modern dating culture, American classism, and serial killer fixation, while still being a thrilling read with twists throughout. Hannah is a forthcoming narrator with very real flaws, and the often-relatable motives behind her questionable choices are part of what will keep readers glued to the novel.
VERDICT Witty, shocking, and wild, this is a must-have mystery.
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