Sometimes it feels as though we've read all we could ever possibly read about serial killers. It seems as though every plot twist, every shocking act and every eventual capture, or otherwise, have been played out in full by the legion of writers scribbling away in the genre for our murderous delights.
And ultimately "You Are Next" is yet another tale of a serial killer with all the usual hallmarks - ex-police officer living life at a low point after said serial killer wipes out her direct family then, surprise, surprise, manages to escape from prison to hunt her down. As is also usual with these sorts of tales, the serial killer frequently leaves a calling card, in the form of a novel use for a set of dominoes, which indicate who will be next for a killing, at the scene of the crime. What discerning serial killer doesn't have this dead-giveaway affectation I wonder - they must have a handbook to serial killing somewhere, and leaving a token / symbolic trail must be on page 1 of chapter 1.
That said, this book makes for good reading as long as you're not hoping for anything original. It is also pleasantly quick and easy to read with only a few of the plot twists (including a whopping one half way through) being of the non-signposted variety. I read it in a day, lying on the beach, and I was done before the sun started going down, which was handy. Also, the main character, Karin, is well written and it's hard not to become wrapped up in her plight.
All in all then, this book makes a good holiday read providing you can read past the stereotyping and the standard serial killer script. I'm not sure we can blame the author for being unoriginal. It could be that simply there is no more original serial killing to be done....