Author: Cecily von Ziegesar
Genre: Young Adult
Welcome to New York City’s Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep-sometimes with each other. It’s a luxe life, but someone’s got to live it . . . until they die.
So begins Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer, a re-imagined and expanded slasher edition of the first groundbreaking Gossip Girl novel, featuring all new grisly scenes and over-the-top gore by #1 New York Times bestselling author Cecily von Ziegesar.
Just as in the original story, Serena returns from boarding school hoping to make amends with her BFF Blair Waldorf–things just haven’t been the same since Nate Archibald came between them. But here’s where our dark tale takes a turn: Serena decides that the only way for her to make things right with Blair is to eliminate Nate. If that means killing him, well, c’est la vie. Her attempted murder doesn’t go unnoticed by Blair, however, who isn’t about to let Serena kill whoever she wants-not when there’s Cyrus Rose and Chuck Bass and Titi Coates and everyone else who’s ever irritated Blair to get rid of first . . . .
American Psycho‘s Patrick Bateman has met his match in Manhattan’s newest, most fabulous trendsetting serial killers, Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen.
I honestly don’t know what to think of Psycho Killer. The characters are so messed up in the head, it didn’t bother them that people around them are dying, like killing spree is as natural occurrence as rain. If it were me who spotted a bloody body in the dump, I wouldn’t get my camera and be like, “A dead body! Perfect for my school project!” No. I’d be like, “Holy molly! Ugh gross! Call an ambulance people.” They really lived up to the title of the book.
I wish the author would justify more why everybody wants to kill everybody. I mean, I thought there would be some kind of psychoanalysis, or a deeper venture into the minds of the characters. I don’t know much about the slasher genre but I’ve always thought there is more reason why people go around killing everybody than meets the eye.
It’s also a mystery for me that a lot of people have died and the characters in the book are just cool about it like it’s no big deal. It’s a wonder it didn’t stir quite a commotion in the book.
Just because you mentioned rotten flesh, blood, corpse, disembowelment and dismembering a few times in a chapter doesn’t make the atmosphere of the book terrifying. The book is trying too hard to be that horrifying, suspense-packed slasher novel but fails.
I had high expectation for this book and I’m disappointed at how it turned out. If you’re into slasher novels you might want to give this a try but don’t expect too much.