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Bad Girl by Blake Crouch
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Oct 27, 11

bookshelves: kindle, own, horror, read_2011, serial_universe
Read on October 28, 2011 — I own a copy

Intrinsically linked serial killers populate the works of the pseudo author’s many facades to deliver a perspective on life focused on death. In this instalment, the origins of the unassuming sadistic killer, Lucy are born in ‘Bad Girl’, the prequel to the disturbing anti hitchhiker movement that is ‘Serial’. At 15yrs of age, Lucy finds her way to a book convention held at a hotel and quickly lures one of the attendees into a hotel room where she satisfies her lust for blood only to be caught by two killers who share her enthusiasm for unwilling euthanasia. Touted as a novella, ‘Bad Girl’ is really a short story easily consumed in a single sitting with its intended purpose to wet the reader’s appetite for the proceeding books featuring Lucy’s serial killer accomplices ‘Desert Places’ and ‘Locked Doors’. While serviceable as a stand alone, ‘Bad Girl’ is best read in close proximity to ‘Serial’ where it adds context and a strong sense of continuity to Lucy’s story. Apart from being very short, ‘Bad Girl’ ticks all the right boxes, I just wish Lucy’s spree and ‘coming of age’ was further embellished. 4 stars.
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