Book Reviews

Book Review: Love in the time of serial killers by Alicia Thompson

Happy Monday bookish people! I hope you are all having a good day today. I am excited to be bringing you my book review for Love in the time of serial killers by Alicia Thompson.

I will be giving star ratings to four categories and writing a little bit about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible.

Love in the time of serial killers plot:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book is about Pheobe, a PhD student studying true crime who becomes suspicious of her new neighbour. I will be honest I was expecting a lot more tension from the whole ‘is he dangerous’ plotline than there actually was. For me, it ended way too quickly because I would have liked a development from this suspicion into actually trying to figure out if he is and from there the romance could bloom as they say but the book decides he isn’t dangerous only a few chapters in. I did like the PhD plotline, I mean I am also doing a PhD in crime fiction so I saw a lot of similarities between myself and Pheobe in this bit.

Love in the time of serial killers characters:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I am actually struggling to write this bit because I can’t remember much about the characters, I wasn’t invested in them or what happened to them enough to actually remember them.

Love in the time of serial killers writing and dialogue:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The writing in this book was good, it was clear and well structured. I did like the pacing of it in terms of the length of the chapters.

Love in the time of serial killers overall:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I gave this book three stars overall because it was okay, it definitely was not the worst book I have read but I don’t think it was for me.


Turns out that reading nothing but true crime isn’t exactly conducive to modern dating—and one woman is going to have to learn how to give love a chance when she’s used to suspecting the worst.

PhD candidate Phoebe Walsh has always been obsessed with true crime. She’s even analyzing the genre in her dissertation—if she can manage to finish writing it. It’s hard to find the time while she spends the summer in Florida, cleaning out her childhood home, dealing with her obnoxiously good-natured younger brother, and grappling with the complicated feelings of mourning a father she hadn’t had a relationship with for years.

It doesn’t help that she’s low-key convinced that her new neighbor, Sam Dennings, is a serial killer (he may dress business casual by day, but at night he’s clearly up to something). It’s not long before Phoebe realizes that Sam might be something much scarier—a genuinely nice guy who can pierce her armor to reach her vulnerable heart.