Sex and the Serial Killer
Sex and the Serial Killer certainly features an eye catching title and it does have its moments of fun and appeal. Unfortunately, I questioned the heroine and her actions too many times for the book to be ideal…or much more than average.
When Roberta Jones Spivey decides to help her husband confront an ex-girlfriend, she certainly doesn’t expect him to leave her to live with his ex. Then again, she shouldn’t be too surprised since it’s been ages since her often-depressed husband wanted to be intimate. Still, one would assume that fifteen years of marriage would count for something. But Roberta will be damned if she’ll sit around pinning for her husband while he is shacked up with another. It’s time for a change, starting with appearance, attitude, and name.
Roberta – or Bobbie as she is now called – has no desire to let her new red hair and lean body go to waste. What better revenge than to show up in her husband’s new town and show him what he’s missing? Just to prove that she is no longer a weak woman, Bobbie moves in across the street from an alleged serial killer. Even though the town thinks that Nick Angel is a murderer, Bobbie must admit that he is a gorgeous one at that. Before she even lays eyes on Nick, Bobbie plans on getting back at her husband by starting up an affair with the alleged murderer.
But seducing the local serial killer is much more difficult than Bobbie expected. For one, Nick refuses to be seduced and quickly sees through Bobbie’s scheme, and then there are the plans of the townspeople who want to fix Bobbie up with the local sheriff. As long as Bobbie sticks with what the town wants, she will be in their good graces. The moment she is seen with Nick, though, the locals are not too happy. But how is she supposed to stay away from Nick when she is so attracted to the man? Bobbie though, has even more yet with which to deal. When the wealthiest man in town turns up dead, Bobbie’s ex is the prime suspect and, even though he admits to the crime, she is sure he is innocent. But who could have done the deed? Bobbie is intent on clearing her ex, even if it makes her an enemy of the town and ruins any relationship she has with Nick. But the real killer is out to make sure that Bobbie is kept silent.
Even though I don’t usually like the “woman gets scorned and gets even” storyline, Bobbie is a fairly likable character who actually made me chuckle a few times. In fact, both Bobbie and Nick are likable characters. It is also somewhat interesting that Bobbie’s ex is not portrayed as the bad guy of the story, but just a man with normal problems. The book was fun, the reading smooth and fast, but when the suspense kicked in, the fun disappated.
There are obviously some clichéd moments, including the entire premise of another woman scorned, becoming beautiful, and getting revenge. And then there are all those nagging questions: For instance, why does Bobbie chase after her husband to some podunk town? Does the reason for her wanting to seduce the local serial killer make any sense? I mean, come on, if you moved to a new town and there was some weird guy who buried dead animals in his yard and kept to himself all the time, I doubt you would want to seduce him. Why does Bobbie actually like the townsfolk when they seem rather close-minded and annoying? Lastly, why is she so intent on freeing the husband who left her, particularly if it condemns Nick?
Sex and the Serial Killer is not a bad time-filler, but between the clichés and the unanswerable questions, it is also imminently forgettable.