Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience. The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying. When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions. One is public murder. And the other one is her . . .
The Beautiful Dead was a quick and compelling read, a fun (and dark!) book that I managed to read in less than two days. And while I had a great time reading it, I can’t say it’ll become one of my favorites, although I’d still recommend it to all crime fans.
The theme was appealing enough: a crime reporter who is always the first one to visit the crime scenes. A serial killer who wants to be famous. What if the killer knew how to convince the reporter to do what he wanted? Imagine the possibilities… The idea reminded me of the movie Nightcrawler and I think this one could also become a great film, as it definitely offers all the right ingredients.
Maybe it was because I was expecting something much different, but The Beautiful Dead didn’t impress me as I hope it would. This was a proper thriller and I was hoping for a mystery instead. Anyway, you only need to know that this isn’t a whodunnit and there were no surprises or big twists. But it was a thrilling book, no doubt about that.
Curiously enough, what I enjoyed the most was reading about Eve’s relationship with her father. The dialogues were funny and sad at the same time and their relationship felt really tragic and poignant. There were a few chapters in the end where I couldn’t stop reading, wondering what would happen to our main characters.
If you love fast-paced thrillers filled with dialogue and dark scenes, then The Beautiful Dead is a real winner. A witty MC and some great secondary characters are what makes this one a worthy read. I guess liked the characters and the idea more than the plot itself.
Bantam Press, 2016 – Copy from publishers