Love in the Time of Serial Killers
My rating: ⭐️⭐️/5

Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson, is a story about a phD candidate who’s obsessed with true crime stories and serial killers.

My Overview

I was drawn to Love in the Time of Serial Killers simply based on the cover and title. I thought it’d be a perfect romance story for Valentine’s week! Unfortunately, it wasn’t as fun and enjoyable as I’d hoped.

The story begins with Phoebe, a PhD candidate, arriving at her father’s house in Florida late one night. Her father has recently died, and her plans are to help her brother (Conner) get the house ready for sale, and complete her dissertation. Phoebe arrives with her desk strapped to the top of her car, and is unsure how she’ll bring it in the house. Out of nowhere, a handsome and barefooted guy (Sam) shows up, offering to help with the desk. Being that Phoebe’s obsessed with true crime stories and serial killers, she’s guarded, rude, and tells him to go away. Imagine her surprise the following morning, when the desk has been removed from the car and brought to the front of the house!

Based on that, I was intrigued by the premise of the story. Unfortunately, though off to a great start it soon fizzled. Why?

  • Phoebe wasn’t likable throughout the entire story. She was generally rude and self-centered.
  • Sam was likable and reasonable, but he and Phoebe didn’t make sense as a couple.
  • There wasn’t much growth for Phoebe, so the storyline felt stagnant.

Something I liked about this story, is that it presents past situations of childhood trauma and their lasting impact into adulthood. These instances are presented from the points of view of different characters, showing how everyone copes differently. Phoebe and Conner had less than ideal childhoods with dysfunctional parents, and grew up separately after their parents’ divorce. Conner is a big part of this story, so we get to see the adult he’s grown into, and how he’s handled the past. I also liked the fast-pacing of the story, which made it a pretty quick read.

My Recommendation

Overall, I’d expected a fun and enjoyable romance story, and this wasn’t it. It’s my first book by this author, so perhaps I had the wrong expectations. Also, her books are probably just not for me, and that’s ok. I enjoy trying out different authors, and I’m still glad I tried this one. Keep that in mind, as I don’t want to discourage anyone from giving this story a try.

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