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Instrument of Evil by Lori Lowthert
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Dec 13, 11

Read from November 24 to December 06, 2011

I finished reading Instrument of Evil by Lori Lowthert a couple of weeks ago, but had to wait writing this review so I could digest the story. Instrument of Evil traces the life of Rebeka, your average, everyday, girl-next-door, serial killer, from her time as a young girl through adulthood. Although this isn't normally the type of book I enjoy, I found Instrument of Evil an interesting read, especially because the story is told in the first person, so the reader gets a look inside the head of a sociopath. It was intriguing, and a little disturbing, to see how Rebeka negotiated her life as a college student and graduate school applicant with her life as a serial killer. The story is well written, with good detail, and although it describes each of Rebeka's "kills", Lowthert doesn't go into the gory details, she simply describes them in an almost clinical fashion. I think Rebeka's relationship with Scott adds complexity to the story, as Rebeka tries to be good for the man she loves, despite her clear desire to continue killing.

The one thing I think this story is missing; however, is tension. I think the story would have benefited from someone piecing the murders together, maybe a police detective who is possibly on Rebeka's trail, or even some suspicions from Scott. As the book stands now, it appears that Rebeka has killed with impunity with no mention of police investigations or even suspicions that a serial killer is on the loose (maybe this is fodder for a sequel). All in all, I enjoyed Instrument of Evil, I just feel it would have been better with an added layer of tension.
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