The Killer in Me
Nina has known The Thief for many years – she only sees him when she closes her eyes at night. At first he was a comforting presence, but recently he’s taken a turn toward violence. She watches as he uses his military training and stealth to become an untraceable serial killer. She’s done her research and knows these places she dreams of are real, so she attempts to prevent the next killing. She coaxes her friend Warren into helping her, but they are too late. Her next step is to visit the thief’s hometown in Albuquerque to find evidence, but when she arrives, he is not what she expects. In fact, he seems more like a dream than a nightmare, and Warren just might be right: she’s losing it. Components of this story are similar to the Wake series by Lisa McMann and just as good. The big reveal comes in phases and will compel readers to continue turning pages until the last word. The alternating viewpoints build suspense and help to increase the horror of The Thief and Nina’s nightmare connection. Sometimes the monsters we fear are closer than our nightmares, even when they seem like dreams.