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The Killer Inside Me

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

crazy mind blowing book

All is not as it seems in this is chilling account told by Lou Ford, a sheriff's deputy in a small town in Texas. This easy-going, well-liked man is a respected citizen of the town and is well known for his quiet, gentle nature. But it's all an act and as Lou tells us a...
All is not as it seems in this is chilling account told by Lou Ford, a sheriff's deputy in a small town in Texas. This easy-going, well-liked man is a respected citizen of the town and is well known for his quiet, gentle nature. But it's all an act and as Lou tells us a little about his past, the demons in his head that are behind his secret, violent nature.

This is a serial killer book with a couple of very interesting features. The first is, it was written back when stories about serial killers weren't very common and so, was pretty groundbreaking stuff. The second is that it is written entirely in the first person from the point of view of the killer. We get the total range of emotions from before, during and after each murder. The thought processes that prompt every action and the way he goes about covering up his tracks satisfies the stream of consciousness style writing that makes this book so chilling. We get a terrific example of the grim style of Jim Thompson's storytelling that is captivating and slightly horrifying. The book is a great example of the excellent usage of stream of consciousness to better understand the intricate inner workings of a psychotic man.

posted by 3075680 on February 25, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Worst. Book. Ever.

The only reason I can see that Stephen King would have endorsed such a piece of trash, is that the "author" was blackmailing him.

Did anyone actually believe that she was really dead?? The only good thing I can say about this crap is that it is only 200 pages long.

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The only reason I can see that Stephen King would have endorsed such a piece of trash, is that the "author" was blackmailing him.

Did anyone actually believe that she was really dead?? The only good thing I can say about this crap is that it is only 200 pages long.

The writing was shoddy, boring, and poorly thought out. I would have dropped it like a hot rock if I wasn't OCD about finishing a book I have begun.

Save yourself the torture and don't bother with this book. (Unless you happen to be out of toilet paper.)

posted by 489090 on September 19, 2012

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    Boring as Hell

    I struggled to read this title because the narration was boring. I sense that this title would have been better if it was a movie because reading the internal musing of the main character turned out to be uninteresting and tedious.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Luke Warm

    I don't understand the controversy with this book. I read it because it was a list of the 25 most disturbing books of all time. I thought it was not very disturbing at all... I compare it to Albert Camus' The Stranger, only not even close to as good. Obviously the main character and narrator is a psycho, and he obviously thinks he is just fine and reasonable for the most part. I don't understand what is odd about that for a crazy person. Anyways, I give this book 2/5 because it held my attention but I was expecting SO much more!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Not that great.

    I bought this book and the Talented Mr. Ripley at the same time. 80 pages into this one I put it down. The book was hard to follow. You couldnt see in your head what was going on. If your looking for what I was looking for in this book, go for The Talented Mr. Ripley.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 20, 2010

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