The Killer in Me

The Killer in Me

by Margot Harrison


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Hasn't he lived long enough? Why not? I could take him like a thief in the night.

This is how the Thief thinks. He serves death, the vacuum, the unknown. He's always waiting. Always there.

Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She's intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims' bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.

Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf-the deserts of New Mexico.

But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she's had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?

From debut author Margot Harrison comes a brilliantly twisted psychological thriller that asks which is more terrifying: the possibility that your nightmares are real . . . or the possibility that they begin and end with you?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484727997
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Margot Harrison is an award-winning journalist and author, whose fiction has appeared, among other places, in The Saint Ann's Review. The Killer in Me is her first novel.

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The Killer in Me 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh I was so super excited to read this book. I love thrillers and I feel like we don't get enough of them in YA, so I was hooked on the premise alone. And the book did not disappoint! Nina has secrets. Secrets of her own, yes, but also the secrets of a man who calls himself The Thief. And who sneaks through the night, looking for victims. And who hides their bodies where no one can find them. No one but Nina, that is. So she sets out across the country, determined to be the one to catch him. But when she comes face to face with him, her secrets start to unravel, and Nina begins to wonder if maybe The Thief isn't the killer she thought he was. This book. The mysteries in this book. I couldn't put it down. I just needed to keep turning the pages, trying to figure out what was going on and what was going to happen. And the characters! I loved everyone so much. Yes, even The Thief. Harrison did such a good job, because I felt as tormented as Nina, not knowing what the best way out was. And when she finds her way out, the ending is wonderfully satisfying. I was lucky enough to read an ARC in return for a fair review.
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
Ever since she was a little girl, Nina Barrows has shared the thoughts of another in her sleep. When she was younger, it was a comfort to slip into the boy’s mind. But then he grew up and started murdering people. Now, at seventeen, Nina spends her nights watching the boy plot untraceable murders and her days trying to track down his victims and prove to herself that the things she has seen are real. When she has the chance to disrupt a murder in another state, she enlists the help of her estranged friend Warren to drive through the night to get there in time. Warren is determined to help her see how she has been imagining all these frightening things – but then both of them are slammed with the truth of Nina’s connection to the killer. The point of view alternates between the haunted, determined Nina and the smart, wry Warren, with the shifts both building character insight and ratcheting story tension. I read the last quarter of the book in a late-night rush, then hid under the blankets with the light on. A psychological thriller deeply rooted in the relationships that define us, with gaspy twists that are one hundred percent earned.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
WHAT EVEN WAS THIS BOOK? And I mean that in an I'm feeling everything, but I don't know how to process it kind of way (not the terrible kind) THIS BOOK IS MADNESS PERSONIFIED. Nina Barrows can see a serial killer in her head. She can see him when he's driving his car, when he's with his family, when he's in his secret lair with all of his weapons and she can see him killing people. And she's inside his head when she does. At first, she tried not sleeping. After all, if she never sleeps, she can never see him, right? But after a pill incident and rehab and a brutal murder, Nina Barrows decided that if she was the only person who knew this man - The Thief - then she has to do something about it. She looks into his mind, into everything he does, trying to find the next opportunity to take him down. There's just one problem - she doesn't know if he really exists. I LOVED THIS. AND ALL THE CRAZY IT BOUGHT WITH IT. Never in my life has a book caused me to question it and myself so much. There were these bouts of insanity from Nina, where I thought that she was making all of it up in her head, then it switched to Warren (poor, sweet, SWOONY Warren) who was a reliable narrator and he found evidence, and I was believing EVERYTHING, until he started second guessing himself and then I went WHAT. I loved that Margot Harrison had the power to keep me guessing and FEELING ALL THE MADNESS until the very end. If you're looking for a book to play with your mind, THIS SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT ONE.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
This book sounded like everything I could have ever wanted and yet, I was so disappointed. I liked Nina well enough. She's got this weird thing happening and she tries so hard to do right by it. For most of the scenes, she fell flat. Perhaps that was all a way of showing how exhausted she was and if that's what it was, kudos for it being super effective. I did like Warren and the history he and Nina had. I liked that he was so loyal to her and willing to help in whatever way he could. The plot was much slower than I was expecting. There were some things I didn't see coming and the explanation for what was happening was intriguing, but I just had a feeling of meh the entire time. If I would have stopped reading at any point, I wouldn't have been compelled to know the ending. Overall, it was a clever idea, but for me, it lacked the spark that would have captivated me. From the reviews that are already up, I'm clearly in the minority. **Huge thanks to Hyperion and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
E_A_Walsh More than 1 year ago
( I received this book free through The Fantastic Flying Book Club Book tours, in exchange for my honest review ) My Rating: ★★★1/2 I'm a sucker for murder mysteries, especially when there's a hint of paranormal or supernatural elements. So needless to say when this little wonder came across my email, I was instantly intrigued. Nina, she was something else, and for a time there I didn't quite know if she was crazy, delusional, or magical. I'm not going to tell you which one she is, because that will ruin the ending. Margot Harrison did an magnificent job at building Nina's character. I loved her voice, the way she was wore down from her sleepless nights, her need to stay awake so she didn't have to be sucked into the evil that was hunting the streets. She made Nina real. I can't get too much into Nina, it will ruin the story. Warren, I liked him, he was Nina's rock. Though at the start I wasn't sold on him. He was shady in his younger years and I had problems with his former line or work and, how he was part of Nina's problem for a bit. He did, step up, grew some balls you could say, and I became a fan. He saved Nina just as much as she saved him. I'm cheering for them. There were a few things that bugged me, as to way this book gets the 3 1/2 stars. For one, as much as I loved the characters, and their growth through out this thriller, there were some flow issues. It was a slow go, there was filler at the start that didn't need to be there. In truth, it would have been better placed in a prolog then in the middle of the story. I got lost at times, with the way this story jumped from past to present. Not only that, it did it at the most oddest of time. There was one scene were Warren was confronting Nina, when bam, we're tossed back to there Jr,high days and how much he had a crush on her. So that not only threw me but it was annoying. There are also some plot issues, but I'm not going to point those out, as it will give to much away to the overall story. The ending, I'm not sold on. It felt rushed, unfinished and left too many questions unanswered. But, there is a but, at the same time I loved it. I loved how Nina wasn't just over the trauma of the events after the fact. She stayed true, though stronger. Warren, as I said is her rock, and no matter what happens he's going to be there. The ending touches on how though her nightmares are over, the whispers will never truly go away. She will always have that ghost, that fear, and the reality that she will never be normal. It was bittersweet, but it didn't leave me feeling empty. As I said I do have questions, but I feel like this ending was done in a way, that if the authors choses to write another, the building blocks are already in place. In all I recommend this book. This thriller will mess with your head and have you second guessing your sanity. Happy Reading -E.A. Walsh