By: Tasha Coryell
Publication Date: 06/25/2024
My Rating: TBR (ARC)
An aimless young woman starts writing to an accused serial killer while he awaits trial and then, once he’s acquitted, decides to move in with him and take the investigation into her own hands in this dark and irresistibly compelling debut thriller.
Recently ghosted and sick of watching her friends fade into the suburbs, thirty-something Hannah finds community in a true-crime forum that’s on a mission to solve the murders of four women in Atlanta. After William, a handsome lawyer, is arrested for the killings, Hannah begins writing him letters. It’s the perfect outlet for her pent-up frustration and rage. The exercise empowers her, and even feels healthy at first.
Until William writes back.
Hannah’s interest in the case goes from curiosity to obsession, leaving space for nothing else as her life implodes around her. After she loses her job, she heads to Georgia to attend the trial and befriends other true-crime junkies like herself. When a fifth woman is discovered murdered, the jury has no choice but to find William not guilty, and Hannah is the first person he calls upon his release. The two of them quickly fall into a routine of domestic bliss.
Well, as blissful as one can feel while secretly investigating their partner for serial murder…
“I read this book in a single weekend and have been recommending it to people ever since.Fast-paced and thrilling, Love Letters to a Serial Killer is also a compelling character study of a woman who loves the man who might kill her. Coryell’s fiercely witty, intoxicating prose hooked me on page one and never let go.”
—Ana Reyes, New York Times bestselling author of The House in the Pines
"Oh my god. Utterly brilliant. Hannah is so painfully relatable I didn't know whether to shake her or hug her, but what I could not do was take my eyes off her. I was glued to the very end and I am begging for a sequel!"
—Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of You Will Never Be Me
“Compulsive, twisted and darkly funny—you'll gobble this one up."
—Sally Hepworth, New York Times bestselling author of The Soulmate
"A delightfully dark and deranged romp through the mind of one of 'those women'—you won't be able to look away from this high-stakes trainwreck of a relationship between Hannah and William, a match made in heaven for the true-crime obsessed."
—Rachel Koller Croft, author of Stone Cold Fox
About the Author
Tasha Coryell’s debut novel, Love Letters to a Serial Killer, is forthcoming from Berkley (US) and Orion (UK) in 2024.
Her book of short stories, Hungry People, was published by Split Lip Press in 2018. Purchase Hungry People here.
Tasha holds an MFA in
creative writing and a PhD in composition and rhetoric from the University of Alabama. She currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband, son, and greyhound.
In her spare time, Tasha likes to run, cross stitch, and watch copious amounts of television.