Secrets of a Serial Killer by Rosie Walker


EXCERPT: (She) remembers the woman’s words, hours ago in the caravan:’He doesn’t work alone. He likes to share.’

She knows why he hasn’t raped her, like she initially feared. As if that was the worst thing that can happen. She knows better than that, now.

And why he took her to the caravan and left her there, like it was a waiting room. Because it was a waiting room: waiting for something far, far worse than she could imagine. Something was there, all along, lingering on the other side of a flimsy partition wall in that caravan, listening to her wail and struggle and cry. She knows why that man only taped her eyelids, and did not slice them.

The real threat is standing next to her in the darkness, digging the burning end of a cigarette into her ribs.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: There it is: fear. It’s crawling all over her face and in her eyes, like a swarm of insects, and it’s all because of him.

A serial killer has been terrorising Lancaster for decades, longer than should ever have been possible. The police are baffled, eluded at every turn by the killer whose victims span generations. Speculation is rife among the true crime forums; is someone passing on their gruesome trade?

Every local mother’s worst nightmare has become Helen Summerton’s reality; he’s taken her daughter, Zoe. As the clock runs down so do her chances of survival. Can Helen unearth the secrets of the killer before it’s too late?


Serial Killer – urban legend or reality?

Creepy old lunatic asylum

Missing teenager

Two kids egging each other on to explore

All the ingredients for a great creepy thriller. And it was, in parts. The beginning. And the end. But in the middle, it lost impetus.

There are probably too many threads to this story.

The serial killer who adopts other people’s identities is an excellent premise. But we only got a superficial look at this.

There’s a journalist, certain that a, or more than one, serial killer has been operating in the area for years. The police say her theory is not credible, even though there are striking resemblances between the missing girls, who the police have classified as runaways, despite the fact that they have never been seen again, and nor have their bank accounts been touched. Again, this storyline isn’t fully explored.

I didn’t think that the dark web inserts added anything to the story.

Gripes: I have never been in a caravan where the door opened inwards.

Tony, father of the abducted Zoe, had been a policeman who worked on the Mr X serial killer case which was never solved. So why would the police be denying the existence of a serial killer?

And why was he delaying reporting Zoe’s disappearance?

The knife – it’s not a pocket knife. Driving it through someone’s eye is going to put it into the brain. Is someone going to be able to escape after that?

Secrets of a Serial Killer (for the record, I don’t like the title) is a debut novel, a good one, but not a great one. I can see the potential, and with a good edit, it could be greatly improved.

Note to the author: less is often more. Don’t overcomplicate the storyline.

Will I try this author again? Probably.


THE AUTHOR: Rosie Walker is a novelist who lives in Edinburgh with her husband Kevin and their dog Bella. ‘Secrets of a Serial Killer’ is her debut novel, “an edge-of-your-seat serial killer thriller that you won’t be able to put down”.

Rosie has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter, for providing a digital ARC of Secrets of a Serial Killer by Rosie Walker for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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