THE CHRISTMAS KILLER by Patricia Windsor


Age Range: 11 & up
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 Rosecleer's heartbeat stopped for a few days when she was in the womb; as a result, she has a heightened sensitivity to the supernatural. Recently, she has become the receptor for beyond- the-grave communications from a serial killer's most recent victim; Rose's twin brother Jerram, to whom she has always been close, feels excluded from these missives. As news of her skill gets around their small town, Rose becomes the murderer's next target. Rose's point of view dominates, with periodic inserts offering insight into the killer's motives; readers who believe evil-twin theories will not be disappointed--nor will those who like a concluding twist. Windsor's pacing and characterizations are steady and sure, bringing an atmosphere drenched in horror to the holiday period. Although Rose's combination of intelligence and preposterous naivetÇ will give some pause, fans of Christopher Pike-like thrillers will find this good and eerie. Hints point to a sequel. (Fiction. 11+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-590-43311-3
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1991