True Crime meets romance novels in Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson, a contemporary romance with a crime obsessed heroine with some sneaking suspicions about the guy next door: serial killer or genuinely nice guy?
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Phoebe comes back to her childhood house after her father’s sudden passing away to clean the home to sell it. While staying at her childhood home, she encounters her neighbor Sam who offers to help her out with minor tasks. Phoebe is writing her dissertation on the relationship between people and true crime so OBVIOUSLY her first thought goes to that he is a serial killer. But as she spends more time with him, she realizes he’s something more dangerous than a killer… he may just be the person to steal her heart.
Ok I loved Love in the Time of Serial Killers. It was adorable, witty, funny, and romantic all in one. And it had serial killer references (score!). As a person who is fascinated by true crime, this book was right up my alley. I loved the little references that were talked about throughout the book. It was great.
The references sometimes felt like a lot. In that if you didn’t know them, you would have to look them up and it would take you out of the story. I didn’t really have this problem (as I am a true crime fan), but I could see how many people could need to pause their reading to look something up.
This was a very typical rom-com, which was nice. There were no surprises and I could just sit back and enjoy the story. If you’re into that, you’ll love Love in the Time of Serial Killers. If not, this one may not be for you.
All the characters are very relatable and the author brings in real life experiences in this story, which made it feel really authentic. I never felt that this story was outlandish or unbelievable, which I absolutely loved.
Phoebe and Sam’s relationship was adorable. I love how different they were from each other. Phoebe is this awesome PhD candidate who was obsessed with serial killers and only dated casually. Sam is a music teacher with a heart of gold who wanted real romance.
I love how much Phoebe and Sam respected each other and focused on getting to know each other. If you prefer books where the characters get to know each other for a while before hopping in bed (a.k.a. Slow burn) this is the book for you!
The thing I loved most about Sam and Pheobe though was how mature they were. This made me feel like I was reading a real romance. I love mature, self-aware characters. And the author did a GREAT job at writing realistic and mature adults.
Overall, if you like rom-cons and true crime, you MUST read this book. I highly highly recommend. It was a very fun read and I can’t wait to read other books by this author!