I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on August 16, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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Turns out that reading nothing but true crime isn't exactly conducive to modern dating—and one woman is going to have to learn how to give love a chance when she's used to suspecting the worst.
PhD candidate Phoebe Walsh has always been obsessed with true crime. She's even analyzing the genre in her dissertation—if she can manage to finish writing it. It's hard to find the time while she spends the summer in Florida, cleaning out her childhood home, dealing with her obnoxiously good-natured younger brother, and grappling with the complicated feelings of mourning a father she hadn't had a relationship with for years.
It doesn't help that she's low-key convinced that her new neighbor, Sam Dennings, is a serial killer (he may dress business casual by day, but at night he's clearly up to something). It's not long before Phoebe realizes that Sam might be something much scarier—a genuinely nice guy who can pierce her armor to reach her vulnerable heart.
I had such a great time with this book! I was first drawn to this book by the catchy title and decided to give it a try. It didn’t take long before I realized that I had made a very good choice. The characters in this book were amazing and I kind of fell in love with each of them. I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end of this wonderful romance.
I loved Phoebe and Sam and really wanted to see things work out for both of them. Phoebe had a lot of things that she was dealing with during this story and I thought it was great seeing her face those issues. Phoebe is slightly obsessed with true crime novels and knows what to watch out for when it comes to serial killers. Once she figures out that the next-door neighbor isn’t dangerous, they become close. Sam was such a nice guy and I really liked the way he was always there for Phoebe. These two were perfect together and I loved the chemistry they shared. Phoebe’s brother and girlfriend also added a lot to the story and I loved the way their relationship grew as they learned to depend on each other.
I would not hesitate to recommend this book to others. This was one of those books that was very hard to put down once I started reading. The book was a wonderful combination of great characters, a swoony romance, serial killer trivia, and a touch of humor. I will be looking out to read more of this author’s work in the future.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group.