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Just Things

(Diary of a Serial Killer #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Sometimes, the cravings just take over.

Jimmie Putnam is an ordinary man by any measure. By day, he works as a law clerk. At night, when he can't fight the cravings, he becomes a collector. He takes great care of his human Things; buying them cherry lipstick and reading to them from his journal. When they've been on their best behavior, he even takes them out of his
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Chelsi Tauscher
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am horribly fascinated with this book. It was amazing. Dark and fascinating. It dives into a serial killers mind, actions, and thought process. It also shows the other side of the law enforcements frustrations in trying to catch a serial killer that thinks he knows the game.
Erin's writing is amazing. Character development is crucial in a story like this and she absolutely nailed it on the head.
The plot was just as amazing as the characters.
Can't wait to read more about Jimmie!
Lisa Roberts
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is diving deep into seriel killer Jimmies mind and his story of past and present along with his frozen things and what he does specificalty to each one and in very graphic detail on how he picks and chooses and cares for them and no one would know any difference hes a normal guy in the outside world and it is terrifying to think of something like that out there just lurking. Dectective Floral Ross is determined to catch this physco and we get a lot of her imput and why this case is so close ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark
Oh my dayz. What a story. I believe I must have a dark soul as I loved this story. It truly is all sorts of dark and disturbed. Lots of what the heck moments had me gripped from start to finish. I could not put it down.

The story is told through two points of view. Jimmie the serial killer and Florel the FBI Agent trying to catch him. Jimmie is a serial killer who collects things- human bodies.

So looking forward to reading more about these two characters.
Janneke Wolbers
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aww Jimmie, how i love the way you think.. Well not really but this was exactly what i have been looking for lately.
I really enjoyed this book but i must say its not for the faint of heart.
Cant wait to read the next one!
Paula  Phillips
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it

I had previously read a few of Erin Lee's books and loved them. I had found her like the teen version of Torey Hayden who writes true stories of tragic lives and children that she has counseled. So when I saw this one, I was excited as it touched the base of a few of my other favorite things to read or read about - Diaries and Serial Killers. Unfortunately, I think for me I had built up the hype of this book in my head and found it wasn't as good as I was expecting. I did however still managed
Karen - Kazza's Books Blog and Reviews
I absolutely love dark reads but this one is one of the darkest that I have read. We get to dive into and swim around in the mind of Jimmie, the Serial Killer. His actions are so disturbing I just wanted to know everything that he did to his Things (guess I'm just as disturbed as he is, lol).
The characters, Jimmie and Florel are well developed and to a certain extent they are two peas in a pod. They are both striving to please others, even if it is all in their mind. I'm going to enjoy reading
Yolanda Olson
Ever since I've watched the movie Legion, I have been absolutely terrified of the ice cream man. Understand that now so that this review makes some kind of sense.

This book didn't help that fear. It's dark and powerful; stupendously written and will leave you in a psychological turmoil when you're done. Or maybe that's just me, I don't know. But seriously, Jimmie likes ... things. What he did to his mother is the stuff of nightmares, but he's a serial killer so you have to expect crazy ...
Kayla (kaylareads)
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
“I hate odd numbers more than mocha with extra cream. I despise odd numbers even more than I hate Halloween-a holiday for posers. Odd numbers are the worst, especially thirteen” - Jimmie

I recently tried to read American psycho and failed miserably. I was so excited to read it and when I eventually did I was bored out of my skull. I was a little apprehensive to pick up another serial killer novel. But I’m so glad I did.
I’ve not heard of this author prior to this little find. And what a gem it
Danetta Sutton
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Dive into the mind of a serial killer. This dark and fascinating read is about Jimmie the serial killer and his lovely Things, along with Florel the FBI agent trying to catch him. This one will keep you up at night, searching behind the curtains, looking under the bed, and constantly looking over your shoulder. This is Horror at it's absolute best. Scared the hell out of me. You will never think of Ice Cream quite the same after this one. If you are into dark horror that raises the hair on your ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Oh my dayz. What a story. I believe I must have a dark soul as I loved this story. It truly is all sorts of dark and disturbed. Lots of what the heck moments had me gripped from start to finish. I could not put it down.

The story is told through two points of view. Jimmie the serial killer and Florel the FBI Agent trying to catch him. Jimmie is a serial killer who collects things- human bodies.

So looking forward to reading more about these two characters.
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
A dark, creepy and fantastic read. The story was well constructed and the author has such a way of writing that you want to keep turning the pages to discover what comes next. My only gripe is that to me at least, it felt like the story ended abruptly.
Amy Lynn
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just Things is the first book I have read by Erin Lee, but it will most certainly not be the last. I'm going to start out by saying, this book DOES end in a cliffhanger, but it's part of a series, so if that bothers you, then just wait until the entire series is out to read it.

Jimmie Putnam is not your average killer. He will make you feel for him, and sympathize with his reasoning. You start to see yourself understanding him, and then it's like WAIT A MINUTE, HES A SERIAL KILLER. He makes sure
Yvonne Davies
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
Jimmie loves ice cream, he also loves collecting things. The difference between his collection and others are his used to have a heartbeat. Detective Florel Ross, a forensic psychologist in the FBI, knows that at least 13 women have gone missing and although she can’t prove it, she thinks the Ice Cream Killer is behind it.
Jimmie was a quiet man that tended to be walked over, either by his ex-wife or his bosses. A man not to draw attention to himself due to his speech impediment. Jimmie was
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give Just Things (Diary of a Serial Killer book 1) by Erin Lee 5 stars.

Jimmie is a collector. That is his hobby. He takes care of his Things. He treats them well. He buys them gifts and stuff to keep them happy. He is more than good to them. Most of them even have it better than they used to have before they met him. A lot of people collect things. His mamma collected figurines. See Jimmie is normal. Of course his Things just happen to be humans he keeps in freezers....

Florel works with the
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is superbly written - Erin Lee is very adept at storytelling, and this book kept me interested throughout. It's not my normal genre, but I enjoyed it immensely. I also learned a lot about sociopaths and serial killers. There was a lot of great information that came along with this chilling and disturbing story.

Jimmie Putnam is a Momma's boy. He views the world a little differently. When he encounters certain women, he finds himself wanting to add them to his collection of "Things." He
Karen Hartsfield-Voliva
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book is fantastic it dives into the psychic of the a serial killer and the FBI officer that is to close to the case. James William Putnam Jr. is a collector but what he collects is creepy and would give a sane person nightmares. The author gives you details of Jimmie's life from the his birth to why he turns into a killer. Jimmie always refers to the women as "just things" that he can do what he wants with them, and does. The things he does will be hard to read but is true to form for ...more
Angi Burns ~Rabid Readers Book Blog
Just things by Erin Lee

Dark and twisty......
That's the best description, and I'm not talking Meredith Grey, Grey's Anatomy dark and twisty. I'm talking soul blackening, mind screwed, dark and twisty.

Most books will lead you thru by the serial killer some will use the detective. Erin lets them both take you for a ride. And what a ride it is. You won't know which way your leaning. You'll hope you come out of this story feeling happy feelings... you should rethink that. The author even warns you
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Do you like being inside the minds of the sick and twisted? Then Erin Lee wrote a perfect book for you with Just Things! I can't even explain how fun this book was to read... I know, I sound totally sick! This is just utterly fascinating to me! I can't wait to break into the second book!

We meet Jimmie... we get to go through his diary and learn all about his depravity through his own eyes. His obsession with things and why he's so attached to some and why he still keeps his others. We also meet
Dawn Yarrow
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Erin and it will not be my last.
The story is told between two peoples view points, the killer and a police detective and it was done in a way which was like reading a journal of theirs, it was a unique twist to the book.
I loved the story as a whole, i only haven't given it 5 stars as there are a few lists in the book and i found myself skipping over those parts but the main chapters in the story i absolutely loved and i will be reading the second book straight after as
Sharon Obelenus Holland
2 sides to every coin!!

Holy.....I picked this book up for two reasons. 1. My favorite murderous author recommended it and 2. I saw book 2 and thought, hmm interesting. I could NOT stop reading!! This book follows a serial killer and the profiler on the case. The similarities are crazy! What causes someone to kill? What causes someone to go into their minds? All I know is, I will never look at ice cream the same way ever again! If you like crime stories grab this one!!
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mind of a Serial Killer

I devoured this book in a couple hours! You want to look into the mind of a serial killer? Watch out for what you wish for. Just Things could be a story that could come to reality. That is scary, I have to get the next book Jimmies Ice Cream. Great job Erin Lee
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got the cravings.....

Wow! I am blown away by Just Things. It's from the POV of the serial killer and draws you in on the very first page. I had a hard time putting it down. Just Things is NOTHING like I've read before.

You can't help but LIKE the killer and you know who it is from page one. The agent looking for him is fascinating as well. I cannot wait to read book 2.
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Just Things, the first book in the Diary of a Serial Killer series, is a hard book for me to review. On the one hand, I was addicted to this story. On the other hand, it wasn’t quite everything I had hoped it would be. I know that many people will positively love this book, yet I’ve read so many books written from a serial killer’s point of view that I fear I’m becoming jaded. These stories will always scream out to me – I’m a disturbed individual in that way – yet it takes a lot for me to fall ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The warning in Just Things really laid the cards out on the table and had me wondering if I would come out on the other side of this book unscathed. The journal scenes were quite a chilling glance into the mind and inner-workings of a killer. Picturing him and the things he had done was a bit startling.
I found it interesting to be in both the mind of the killer and the detective trying to catch him. They had similar methods and thought processes, which intrigued me. I was also able to see what
Dsjm Reviews
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*This book was provided for an honest review
Reviewed by Demetrius Svette
What would it be like to be inside the mind of a serial killer, to know what’s going on in their heads to make them kill? What kind of horrific images would we be able to see and feel as if we are the ones experiencing this first hand? Just Things allows us to do just that. It takes us into the mind of a serial killer and gives you the views inside his head through his personal journal. The dictionary describes the pronoun
May 15, 2017 added it
Just Things puts us into the mind of a serial killer and the detective obsessed with tracking him down.
Written in journal format, Lee gives us a perfect view into Jimmie's mind and why exactly he is a collector of "things". Dubbed the Ice Cream Killer because of the clothes he always nabs his "things" with, Detective Florel Ross is intent on finding out who he is before the case is taken away from her. Ross's obsession with the case sometimes takes us to some crazy places as she associates
Becky Baldridge
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, just wow. I'm not sure what I expected when I started reading this one, but I have to say that there were times I thought I may have bitten off more than I could chew. Parts of the story are a bit dry and feel more like a case study than anything else, but even those parts were oddly compelling. Jimmie is a deeply disturbed man, but at times, I still found myself empathizing with him - a disturbing thought on its own. This is certainly not one for the squeamish and the descriptive writing ...more
Gemma Price
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I made a point of not reading anything about this book before I started it. This is a very cleverly written story of a criminal profiler and a serial killer. They are similar and yet so different.
The book is written in a very interesting way, party diary, part case notes and in dual POV. I was hooked from the first page and could feel the character Jimmie, getting under my skin.
It is a real page turner and if it hadn't been for other commitments, I would have finished this book in one sitting.
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting read (and I mean that in the best way possible!!) Erin Lee has given her readers a little snippet into her upcoming book - Just Things (Diary of a Serial Killer Book One). The first 3 chapters of this book give a glance into the lives and minds of both main characters - Jimmie and the FBI Agent chasing him. I was hooked and cannot wait until the release of the full book to find out what is going to both of tortured souls!!

Erin Lee is a master storyteller and knows how to give
Terra James
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a creepy book but held my attention. It was a dark psychological thriller. The killer and the agent after him have similar personalities. They are both addicts. One is addicted to killing. God, some of the things his mother did to him was horrific. The agent is addicted to finding him so that she can get justice for her twin sister's death. I reaad this book in one sitting, because I was intrigued to figure out what was going to happen next. I picked out a few mental illnesses that kind ...more
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Erin Lee is a USA TODAY bestselling multi genre author and therapist chasing a crazy dream one crazy story at a time. She also writes under the name EL George.

She is the author of Crazy Like Me, a novel published in 2015 by Savant Books and Publications, LLC,, Wave to Papa, 2015, by Limitless Publishing, LLC and Nine Lives (2016). She’s also author of Alters, Host, and Merge of the “Lola, Party

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