Review: Be My Killer by Richard Parker

Be My Killer: A completely UNPUTDOWNABLE crime thriller with nail-biting mystery and suspense by [Parker, Richard]

3 stars

Synopsis:

You set the trap. Now you can’t escape.

When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman, is the next victim and Hazel knows she has to find out what happened to her.

Is it one killer or more? Random acts of violence, or part of a bigger, twisted plan?

The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove – and she also has a film crew. She’ll make a documentary, catch the killer, and give Meredith justice.

Her stage is the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found.

Her cast are the family and friends the killer left behind.

And her crew? They keep disappearing, one by one…


Review:

Initially, I really hated the title of this book, it sounds super cheesy and weird, but after finding out it relates to the Twitter Killer plot, I actually thought it was quite cool. The plotline here is that there was Twitter thread called ‘#BeMyKiller’ where you could advertise yourself up to be killed (in a pranky way) but then a few people who responded to this thread were murdered. I thought this was a really unique motivation for the crimes in this and so my hatred for the title dissipated.

This is a fast paced book, with never a dull moment! If you’re one of those people who pushes themselves through “just one more chapter”, this book is going to stop you from sleeping… There are 130 chapters in this book, with some of them being just a page long!

I liked the plot for this, that they were making a film about the murders, that then turned into more murders. The setting was in the dark and dreary murder place of Meredith, “Fun Central”  and because it was an old kids play area, with ball bits and go-kart tracks, it had an eerie feel to it that worked well alongside the gruesome murders. And yes, they were gruesome murders.

Writing was well done. It’s not a challenging book to read, there’s no amazing descriptive passages or hard-hitting themes, it’s just an easy thriller read. One problem I did have with the writing is something so stupid and very specific that it almost seems pointless in saying it, but it got on my nerves enough times that I have to mention it. “So why did you use the #BeMyKiller hashtag?” – how do you read that sentence? I read it as “hashtag Be My Killer hashtag”… yes that’s all that’s annoyed me, the double use of the hashtag… don’t use a # if you’re then going to write out hashtag!!!

Our main character in this novel is Hazel, and while she’s creating this film to get justice for Meredith’s killer, I didn’t particularly like her. The blurb makes it sound like Hazel is doing her documentary to get justice for Meredith, but to me, it felt like she was making the film to save her company from going under. She was too deceptive with all the characters about her reasoning behind creating this new film, that her passion to catch the killer felt fake. As for Meredith being a “childhood friend”, I’d say that wasn’t very realistic, the book makes it feel like they were more acquaintances than anything, and that Hazel just sort of pitied Meredith. It’s never good when you don’t like the main character, but I was reasonably happy still going along with this novel. Hazel was dislikable but she was tolerable.

I had my suspicions of who the killer might be, which turned out to be wrong, but I think I would have preferred my scenario to play out because the real reveal was pretty dramatic and out there. Although the last 40% of the book was super tense and horror-movie-like it got a little OTT in my opinion.

Overall this is a great thriller if you’re looking for a book with non-stop action, but it’s not particularly clever and it’s very dark, so if you’re not into that kinda thing, you won’t enjoy this one. It’s clear that Parker has a talent for writing and I will definitely look out for more books of his, but this, for me, was a very mediocre thriller novel.

Buy it here: Amazon UK | Book Depository

Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

10 thoughts on “Review: Be My Killer by Richard Parker

  1. Those little annoyances can add up, lol. I think I may try this one since it kind of reminds me of that movie “Unfriended” where everything is seen through a computer screen. I know they’re probably leagues apart, but I’m kind of fascinated with the technology/Twitter end of things.

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