- The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison
ISBN 978-1-4847-2799-7 $17.99
Reviewed from galleys R Gr. 9-12
“My first memory of him is also my first memory of me,” says Nina about the anonymous boy she has dreamed about since she was four. At fourteen she saw, through the boy’s eyes, his killing of an old man, and since then the murders have only gotten worse. Now seventeen, Nina’s in a place to stop him—she’s got a name and location, and she manages to convince her friend Warren to take her on a cross-country road trip to the deserts of New Mexico. The serial killer she’s experienced in her sleep, however, is nothing like the man she confronts: a solid, decent guy looking after his girlfriend and kid. Dylan Shadwell also has a surprising connection to Nina herself: he’s adoptee Nina’s biological brother. in light of this new information, Nina wonders if she’s somehow the killer—or is she just nuts? Nina’s desperation is particularly authentic—she cares less about the truth than just getting an answer, since years of watching gruesome deaths is taking its toll. There’s still some evidence pointing towards Dylan, and Warren is growing increasingly wary of him even as Nina begins to believe that Dylan, the brother she never knew she had, is the brother she wants. The plot twists and turns like a sidewinding rattlesnake through the scorching heat of the desert setting; even savvy readers won’t be able to trust their instincts until all the clues line up, just before a startling ending brings painful emotional impact for Nina and Warren.