Beauty is his obsession...
It started with the mannequin heads.
They were my escape, my solace, my companions in the darkness.
But the day came when they weren't enough. That's when I started taking the girls.
But Avery? She's not like the others.
She's beautiful - so beautiful - but I can't hurt her.
I need to keep her with me...forever.
He should terrify me.
I'm his prisoner.
I've seen what he did to the others. How can I believe him when he says he won't hurt me?
But there's more to him than darkness. There's a terrible sadness.
And as strange as it sounds, a kind of beauty.
I wonder if I can ever make him see himself the way I do?
Please note: This is a dark romance with violent and unsettling themes of an adult nature that some may find disturbing. Colin: A Serial Killer Romance is a standalone novel of 66k words with a HEA.
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Well, hmm. Sorta.
The reason I came to this is in the first place is that I am always game for anything narrated by the great *Lynn Norris*. First, there's the sheer pleasure of having her clear, mellifluous voice filling the room as I kick back and enjoy. Second, she's simply a genius at naturalistic dialog, and elevates the quality of everything she reads with lucid intelligence and deep but invisible emotional range. Love her character delineation. Her choices are impeccable, always. And she brings a side of lightly applied humor to the content. Always, always worth it, no matter what project she appears in.
(Plus, the book title was titillating. I admit I wanted to know more.)
Now, let's talk about the story. Can a college kid in her right mind fall for a serial killer? Who (spoiler alert) abducts her and holds her against her will? It's an extreme fantasy — Stockholm Syndrome and Co-Dependence On Steroids — and might represent the farthest end of the My-Love-Will-Heal-Him-And-Make-Him-All-Better spectrum, making my childhood fantasy of bringing Mr. Spock alive emotionally — the ultimate unavailable-man fantasy — seem like, well, child's play.
I'm a deep believer in bringing non-judgment to every encounter with another human being. Having worked at an agency that helps people involved with the criminal justice system turn their lives around, I've had strong friendships with people who've killed people, among other things, and we are all infinitely more than the worst thing we've ever done. But a love relationship with a serial killer, when you're little more than a kid yourself? Not a good idea, y'ask me. Way too complicated a pathology, way too malleable a mind; maybe one or 86 things to work out before you go all in, I think it's fair to say.
That said, the writing's pretty clean, plot-wise, though it's not stylish for my money, and needed some serious editing (e.g., "eyes big as saucers" used twice to describe the same character within a couple minutes; clichés galore; big ol' grammatical errors that contributed nada to character or color, in my view). For mindless fun, it's fine. It's certainly an original story idea, at least in my experience! And, as I said, Lynn Norris can read the phone book, or the cliché of your cherce, far's I'm concerned.
If Lynn Norris is reading it, yes.
Yes, I'm a huge fan of Lynn Norris, and have heard several of her audiobooks; I go out of my way to check them out. She's always fantastically talented, and leaves it all on the table every time. Comparing one performance to another is apples to kumquats, as she is entirely committed to each book, seems to me, and is such a pro that her energy and her sublimation of ego to the text are always 110%.
Yeah, I could, if it were done in a tongue-in-cheek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer kind of way. Otherwise, the moral relativism would make for a lousy role model. No one in particular comes to mind to play the leads.
Check out anything read by Lynn Norris. It will be unforgettable.
Four Star Fiction
- K. Mann