ARC Review: The Killer You Know by S.R. Masters

I received a signed ARC copy of The Killer You Know through a giveaway that the author was hosting on Twitter. So thank you S.R. Masters for my copy!

“I’ll murder three strangers, and you’ll know it was me.”

The Killer You Know follows the story of a small friendship group from Blythe. When Will jokes that in 16 years time, he will become a serial killer, the group laugh it off.

15 years later, the group return to Blythe for a reunion, but Will doesn’t show up. While reminiscing about old times, Will’s killing spree is mentioned. The group decide to look up murders that match the vivid detail that Will gave them all those years ago, only to discover that two recent deaths match those descriptions perfectly. Will’s little joke suddenly doesn’t seem so funny.

As the group try to track Will down, and solve the mystery, they realise that this is all part of a big game. A game very much like one they used to play during their childhood. But this time, there’s a lot more at stake.

The Killer You Know is S.R. Masters debut novel, but it really doesn’t show. The story is so well written, with a fantastic plot, and brilliant characters, that will keep you guessing until the very end.

I really enjoyed that the chapters alternate in time between those childhood summers of 1997 and 1998, and the reunion in 2015. The 2015 chapters are all told from Adeline’s point of view, as she is the novel’s main protagonist (and my favourite character), and the chapters of 97 and 98 alternate from the perspective of each teenager. I think this kept the story fresh and captivating, and it also gives the readers a chance to get to know each character individually.

The way Masters shows that friendships aren’t always what they initially seem is particularly relatable, and old friendships coming together isn’t always going to be what you expected. Childhood innocence, and similar perspectives can lead you to ignore the facts in front of you, and to draw a conclusion that isn’t necessarily the right one. How much do you really know about your closest friends? Probably not as much as you think you do.

I thoroughly enjoyed this reading experience, and I can not wait to see what else S.R. Masters has in store! He’s definitely one to watch! I give The Killer You Know a 5/5 rating!

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