|3 out of 5|
Rebekah had vowed to stop killing for love, but she finds herself unable to stop. Scott still knows nothing about her secret life. She is happily attending graduate school when the unthinkable happens--she is arrested and charged for one of the murders she committed last year. She spends a few nights in jail before she goes in front of a judge, who sets the bail at an exorbitant $1 million. Her father and Scott are able to raise the necessary money and get her out on bail. She kills again, even when she is out on bail. Rebekah has hired an excellent criminal defense attorney, but she's afraid it won't be enough and she'll go back to jail.
In Judgment Of Evil, Rebekah is put on trial for a murder that she committed in the first book, Instrument Of Evil. Although Rebekah doesn’t seem to be too affected by this (I expected from her apathetic personality), her husband isn’t concerned by the fact that his bride is on trial for a murder. He seems just as apathetic as her, and unconcerned with the fact that she was in a hot tub with another man while they were deep into their relationship. Her husband, Scott, seems to brush it off as if it were nothing.
After a whirlwind relationship, the newly wedded couple has to break the news to their families that they have eloped. Their time between meting family and the trail was filled with tedious areas about shopping, and opening gifts. The passages were a constant whirlwind of designer clothes and furniture, which seemed to string into unnecessary detail.
Even though she vows to cut back on killing, she still does it from time to time, but the intermissions between them are filled with everyday living descriptions, without any real cause other than to write another sex scene between Rebekah and her husband. The potential of writing first person would give you an extraordinary amount of room for internal conflict of fighting the inner demon, which I think the writer fell flat on. It just seemed like there should have been a bigger internal debate, instead we got pages of a normal happy life with a little sentence drop every now and then of: “I should stop killing.” And then back to Prada, IKEA, Burberry, and Fifth Avenue.
At first glance I want to compare it roughly to American Psycho, but Patrick Bateman showed us an opinion of consumerism, materialism, and everything that is wrong with society. Rebekah’s personality just doesn’t seem to flesh out at all, leaving you to wonder if her story would be plausible, and just like the first book, I was left arguing with myself whether or not I liked the story. The character does fall loosely into the traits of a psychopath, leaving it debatable to the reader as to whether or not they find the story intriguing, and again I will have to fall into the middle.
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