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Bright Young Women - Jessica Knoll

Author: Jessica Knoll

Started: October 4, 2023

Finished: October 6, 2023

Format: Print

Genre: Thriller, Historical Fiction

Two women's lives are devastated when the same serial killer kills the women they care for. Pamela is the person in charge of her sorority when the unthinkable happens. She hears someone running upstairs and tracks their movements until they are at the front door and she realizes he is a stranger. She is the only living witness to the damage the serial killer brings. Tina has been looking for the man who she believes murdered her girlfriend. Together they look for the evidence to make the killer pay finally.

This book is based on the killings and timeline of "America's Sex Killer." The main focus of this novel is the murders of Florida State University and the murders at Lake Sammamish State Park. The author does well with the timeline and what is proven or believed to have happened to the women. I also applaud the fact that the author never uses the killer's name, he has been mentioned enough. She merely calls him The Defendant throughout the book. This is a slow burn of a book with moments of writing that made me stop and re-read a paragraph. There are also times in this book when the contempt the characters feel toward the killer shines through their witty remarks and biting sarcasm. These women saw the killer for exactly what he was…a coward with mommy issues who just happened to be good-looking.

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