Title: The Killing Club
Author: Marcie Walsh with Michael Malone
Page Count: 276
In high school Jamie and some other students formed a club, The Killing Club. They would think of creative ways they would want to kill the people they dislike and write them down in a notebook. Now, years later, Jamie works for the Gloria Police Department and the sudden death of Ben Tymosz, a former Killing Club member, makes her question things. Like how his death, which has been deemed an accident, is almost identical to one of the killings in their Killing Club book. And when all the members of the club are reunited at Ben’s funeral, everyone thinks Jamie is crazy for thinking that the death of Ben is linked to the Killing Club. Until there is another death that is copied from the book as well. Now Jamie is getting mysterious notes at her door and she must solve this mystery before they all end up dead.
It was really hard to get into this book. The writing is very choppy and doesn’t flow when you read it. I had to read over sentences several times to make sure I made sense of them. I also felt like the main character had no personality. She was very boring and I felt like we didn’t really get to know her aside from the fact that she’s a cop, she’s engaged to Rob, who is also a cop and that she’s very invested in the recent killing of Ben Tymosz. When she visits the house of Ben and they tell her what happened, which Rob says is an accident, she immediately suspects that it is just like one of the killings from their Killing Club days. Also, SPOILER ALERT, she cheats on Rob several times and there are no consequences for her and it adds absolutely nothing to the story.
The whole idea of a Killing Club is quite disturbing to me. Maybe it might make for a good story, which this is not it, but it’s not realistic. I have never heard of a club like this and actually I don’t know if any schools these days would tolerate it. It would probably be considered bullying. I will say that I thought I absolutely knew who the killer was and I was completely wrong. So I did enjoy being surprised by that. The premise of this book isn’t one that appeals to me, so maybe that’s why I didn’t enjoy it. If you like the idea of this, you may like it, it just wasn’t for me.