Book Review, Crime, One More Chapter, Serial Killer, Suspense, Thriller

Secrets of a Serial Killer by Rosie Walker


There it is: fear. It’s crawling all over her face and in her eyes, like a swarm of insects, and it’s all because of him.

A serial killer has been terrorising Lancaster for decades, longer than should ever have been possible. The police are baffled, eluded at every turn by the killer whose victims span generations. Speculation is rife among the true crime forums; is someone passing on their gruesome trade?

Every local mother’s worst nightmare has become Helen Summerton’s reality; he’s taken her daughter, Zoe. As the clock runs down so do her chances of survival. Can Helen unearth the secrets of the killer before it’s too late?


What do you get when you have sketchy neighbors, teen rebels, incredibly brave young explorers, a frantic mother, a psychopathic killer, and an abandoned asylum? You get a scream fest that is best read in the daylight hours…around people you trust…in a locked home.

Helen is an architect and a single mom to an angsty teenager with an older questionable boyfriend. Helen’s daughter, Zoe, disappears without a trace. With no time to waste and possible evidence of their own, Helen and her ex-husband, Tony, a retired police officer, are determined to find their daughter before it’s too late.

Thomas and Maggie are young cousins who are full of curiosity and recklessness which puts them in extreme danger. It’s a night they will not forget.

This terrifying story is told from four points of view including the killer. The slow-building thriller is eerie and bone-chilling in its engrossing details of how the killer came to be and how the victims fall into the killer’s hands. 

I recommend this heart-stopping suspense thriller to those who are fascinated by serial killers and who love shocking endings.

Thank you to Ms. Walker and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


Secrets of a Serial Killer

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Rosie WalkerRosie gained a Masters in Creative Writing with distinction from the University of Edinburgh in 2011, where she learned to talk about writing over a gin and tonic, and accept critical feedback with grace.

She also has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lancaster University, where she learned how to pull an all-nighter to hit a deadline right at the last minute.

She lives in Edinburgh with her husband Kevin and their dog Bella.

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