One goal, get out alive.
Release Date: November 10, 2020
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Price: $18.99 (hardcover)
Seventeen-year-old Signal Deere has raised eyebrows for years as an unhappy Goth misfit from the trailer park. When she’s convicted of her best friend Rose’s brutal murder, she’s designated a Class A–the most dangerous and manipulative criminal profile.
To avoid prison, Signal signs on for a secret program for 18-and-under Class As and is whisked off to an abandoned sleep-away camp, where she and seven bunkmates will train as assassins. Yet even in the Teen Killers Club, Signal doesn’t fit in. She’s squeamish around blood. She’s kind and empathetic. And her optimistic attitude is threatening to turn a group of ragtag maniacs into a team of close-knit friends.
Maybe that’s because Signal’s not really a killer. She was framed for Rose’s murder and only joined the program to escape, track down Rose’s real killer, and clear her name. But Signal never planned on the sinister technologies that keep the campers confined. She never planned on the mysterious man in the woods determined to pick them off one by one. And she certainly never planned on falling in love.
Signal’s strategy is coming apart at the seams as the true killer prepares to strike again in Teen Killers Club.
This YA was unique, as it was about a group of teen killers that are training to become assassins. The only caveat? Our protagonist Signal Deere didn’t kill her best friend, although she was framed for her murder. She’s innocent. The group is taken to a camp where they must train to take out other murderers, and the cast of characters we get are all uniquely different from one another. I really enjoyed the fast neck break pace, there was never a dull moment! Yes, the book is a little campy but once I found out that the author had penned the script for the new Heathers TV show (that sadly never aired) it all made sense. If you can simply sit back and enjoy the ride, then you’ll find this book entertaining, if you happen to nit-pick about how credible it could all be, then you Downer Debbie are gonna be sourly disappointed! The murder mystery was fun and the twist was something I didn’t suspect and it actually worked (I despise twists that just come out of the left-wing with no context). And for being someone that always complains about how books end, this one actually ended with a bang!
I couldn’t recommend this book enough if you love thrillers with a satirical spin.
*Thank you so much to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
3 thoughts on “Book Review: Teen Killers Club by Lily Sparks”
Great review! I also read this one, but missed the part about the author writing the Heathers script. You’re right, it totally makes sense. I’m hoping there’s a second book – I’d like to know more about Erik’s backstory.
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I know, right?! I don’t get why we never got to know more about Erik since he was a cool character. I didn’t think he died at the end so was expecting him to show up!
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