From a Killer’s Mind by Jason Helford
Warning: scenes of violence, gore, murder, torture, child abuse, and suicide
From a Killer’s Mind is author Jason Helford’s debut novel. It follows John, a successful serial killer with serious psychological issues due to a horrific childhood. He relies on meditation and strict rules to allow him to funtion semi-normally. He’s meticulous in his planning and clearly one of the smarter and scarily successful serial killers. We watch John hunt and see his shaky mental state, but when his latest kill goes wrong, something odd and terrifying happens to John, tipping him into a terrifying spiral.
When I read the synopsis for this book, I was intrigued. I thought it would be something like Criminal Minds. I was wrong. It’s more like Silence of the Lambs meets the gore of Saw which is not my book of choice. Some of these scenes are going to stick with me for a while and I have to congratulate the author on impacting me in such a way. I admit I had to skim a couple times when the descriptions played themselves too vividly in my mind. That being said… wow. This author really knows how to evoke emotions, whether it be horror, fear, and even compassion. All of those graphic, gory scenes that I warned you about shone through his writing and played in HD quality in my mind. (I suggest not reading at night before bed or while eating) Jason Helford knows how to handle all the little details that makes a story come to life. Furthermore, the word choice the author used was great; there were quiet a few new words I added to my vocabulary while reading this book.
As for the actual story, I enjoyed the pace at which this book moved, but all of the flashbacks, while shocking and horrific, were repetitive and predictable after I knew what to expect, and in my opinion, slowed the book down a bit. There were a few twists I enjoyed and the pace really picked up at the end.
While I felt pity for John once I knew his story and admired his meticulous (borderline obsessive-compulsive) tendencies when it came to planning his abductions, I really lost compassion for him when he started rambling and freaking out. It happened a lot and got old though it was necessary for the plot. As for John’s minions, those really freaked me out. I liked how they were portrayed and explained.
Overall, this isn’t my usual genre but I really enjoyed myself, though I’m still reading light-hearted romances to make myself feel better. Kudos to the author for making such an impression on me with his writing.
My Rating: 3.8/5
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