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Close to a Killer

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The murders of two prominent citizens cause police to suspect a group of ex-cons who happen to work together at a styling salon. The owner's 17-year-old daughter tries to ignore the uproar by immersing herself in her writing. But when she shares a troubling suspicion with a homicide detective, Barrie suddenly finds herself pulled deep into a frightening situation.
Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 8th 2000 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1999)
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Jan 01, 2013 Billy rated it really liked it
When I began reading Close To a Killer, the book started slow. The main character Barrie is a seventeen year old girl. She is relatable and has a really nice personality that makes people happy. This book has some really great characters. There are so many of them that are introduced to you that it’s easy to relate to at least one of them. The many characters in the book all have their own contribution to the book, it’s not like there are a lot of characters who are pointless. This book did star ...more
Nov 17, 2015 Shaniah rated it did not like it
The book I read was Close to a Killer. I think this book was boring and confusing. Barrie, TaNeece, Daria, and Wylie are the characters. The setting took place in the beauty shop mostly. The mother committed a murder, but moved and started her life again, she opened the beauty shop and started taking care of Barrie when suddenly her clients start getting murdered. Who is the killer?
Although this book sounds interesting, it is really confusing. I did not enjoy anything about this book. The chara
Mar 22, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
Close to a Killer falls in the genre of mystery and thriller. I enjoy myteries and the cover of this book looked interesting, so I decided to try it. It turned out to be a great book.

The first thing I liked about the book is the wide range of characters. There were about two main characters, but there were at least a dozen characters that played important roles in the story too. The town that the characters lived in was poorer, so many of the characters had different issues surrounding poverty o
Alejandro Fernandez
Sep 25, 2012 Alejandro Fernandez rated it liked it
When I saw this book it caught my attention. I am a mystery book fan and I love reading about mysteries. Close to a killer is a book that in the beginning you really don’t know what to expect. The book has to do with a girl named Barrie who works at her mother’s salon called killer cuts. Her mother was in jail for the death of an officer who died on a protest that her mother Daria began. While Barrie’s mother was in jail she stayed with her father until her mom got out. After moving with her mom ...more
Ryan Hunley
Jun 05, 2014 Ryan Hunley rated it liked it
Summary: A young girl named Barrie is working at a hair salon with her mother. Her mother started the business with her ex-cellmates, which is doing pretty successful. Although Barrie's mother's murder wasn't intended, it is still considered a murder and is sent to jail. After one of the regulars has passed away, her mother and her friends are main suspects. Barrie has a feeling that they're being watched and followed. Their house is vandalized and their salon is burnt down. If you want to know ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Madison rated it liked it
I liked it. Barrie moved in with her mom Daria. Daria accidenaly killed someone. The people that work in Daria's hair style place have all killed someone except for Barrie. The place is called Killer Looks. All of them say it was accidental, but was sure it was. Barri says she wants to move around like her father does, she says she wants to go with him. I would to with all of the vandalyisms happening. While Barrie and Daria were out of the house someone vadalyzed them. They wrote in animal bloo ...more
Sandra Strange
Sep 03, 2009 Sandra Strange rated it liked it
Barrie’s mom is a beautician, owner of “Killer Cuts,” a salon staffed by beauticians who met in prison, where each was serving time--for murder. Then two people connected to the shop, one a client, another a client’s husband, are brutally murdered. The shop almost closes because people are spooked. Barrie struggles to live her own, “normal” teen life while her mother struggles to keep the shop open, her workers and customers happy, and help the police solve the threatening crimes. Positive and m ...more
Morgan Tourangeau
Jan 09, 2017 Morgan Tourangeau rated it it was ok
This book is about a girl named Barrie who's mother is an ex con and owns a hair salon called Killer Looks, that is caught up in a murder mystery. Honestly, this book is quite confusing. It is hard to follow Barrie's personality as her traits do not continually flow. There is also many characters and so it is hard to remember who is who all the time. I recommend this book to people who like to keep track of characters in a book.
Justin Klingbeil
Mar 20, 2014 Justin Klingbeil rated it liked it
This book was a good book, it was better then other books I have read. This book was meant for a teen age person, because of the way the words where set and the style of the writing. I would not recommend this book to many people. It had a lot of action and was confusing at some points and can makes you surprised and you will question what just happened.
Oct 18, 2009 Taylor rated it liked it
"Close To A Killer" was a really good book. At first, it seemed like I wouldn't like it but after I got a little less than half way through it, I found it had sucked me in. Also, the ending has a suprising, and positively shocking twist. Enjoy!
Jul 02, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
I believe I won this on goodreads last year. It's a young readers book, good story line, easy to read and not gory!
Oct 22, 2013 Karnoh rated it really liked it
it was a good book it was so boring at first was first going to put the book down but then it got interesting and i learned something from this book that popping pimples can kill you
Katrina Knittle
Dec 07, 2013 Katrina Knittle rated it liked it
Definitely a good little mystery that kept me on my toes. Throughout the short book I kept trying to guess who did it, but finally when it came to the end I was totally off.
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Jessica Herald
Awesome completely interesting until the end.
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