Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: November 10th, 2020
Synopsis: 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 up for a secret program for 18-and-under Class As and is whisked off to a 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 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 The Teen Killers Club.
I requested Teen Killers Club, because the idea of murderous teens being trained to become lethal assassins really appealed to me. For such a dark premise, there was a surprising amount of humor included albeit on the macabre side. Equally surprising was the likability of all the characters, well, except for Dave and Kate, the two adults running the camp. I spent most of the book wanting to smack the heck out of them. There’s something to be said when there’s a love triangle which is usually a pet peeve of mine, yet here I didn’t mind it because I just liked everyone so gosh darn much. I wish some of their backstories were fleshed out a little more, but as there’s obviously going to be a sequel, I’m not going to whine too much. There are quite a few huge twists not only concerning Signal’s own history regarding the brutal murder of her friend Rose, but also connections between her case and the camp. Some questions are answered by the end of the book, but others are not, which leaves me anxious for more revelations. Teen Killers Club has left me hungry for more which is a good thing. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a quick, exciting read filled with memorable characters.