Killer's Cousin

The Killer's Cousin - Nancy Werlin One of the fascinating things about "The Killer's Cousin" is that it's a story covering multiple dimensions, even considering the tough subject matter that it takes on. Nancy Werlin creates a sympathetic story for 17-year-old David, recently acquitted for the crime of murdering his girlfriend. Yet while the charges are dismissed against David, he does not absolve himself from wrongdoing because, in his mind, he's still a murderer - and he's no longer the same person following that experience. While haunted by his internal demons, David's sent to his aunt and uncle's place to complete his senior year of high school, away from the media spotlight. It's not an easy transition since David misses his parents and never wanted to leave in the first place. He finds it difficult to make friends given the negative publicity surrounding him as well as his own internal issues. But he's also not exactly on the best of terms with his extended family. Part of that relates with a tragic incident in his family's past - the unexpected death of his elder cousin Kathy. But David's aunt, uncle, and younger cousin Lily seem reluctant to take him as well. Lily, in particular, seeks to make David's stay as unwelcome as possible - pulling vicious pranks and acting in ways that make David believe he's teetering on the edge of his own sanity. Yet David realizes there's something off - that there may be more to Lily's behavior and a deeper, more sinister secret lurking within his family. The only way he can uncover it is by using his own instincts and the delusions that seem to grow louder inside him until they're ready to burst."The Killer's Cousin" is a fascinating read, giving enough tangible mystery/suspense, with even a few paranormal elements, to keep one on the edge of their seat waiting to see how things unravel. I thought David's voice was very strong and it was easy to follow him through the events of the novel. Lily is undoubtedly the creepy kid who comes across as the perfect angel in her parents eyes - reminiscent of stories like "The Good Son." But even in the turns "The Killer's Cousin" takes, it's also a tale of moving forward and living with the consequences of one's decisions and actions. I think that's something that will resonate with readers long after they finish the book.Overall score: 4/5