Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Book Review: 'Wicked Fallout' by Kelly Charron

‘Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.’ - Marcus Aurelius

The beautiful young Canadian author Kelly Charron writes YA and adult horror, psychological and urban fantasy novels - all with gritty, murderous inclinations and some moderate amounts of humor. With this book she continues a series aptly title Pretty Wicked for which this is Book 2. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Some authors who tackle subjects such as serial killers or mass murders or pathological minds that thrive on killing clutter the subject matter with an excess of gore so that the storyline becomes diluted. That is not the case with Kelly Charron: she opts to relate her horror story from within the brain of the perpetrator and this makes her tale not only gruesome but also adds enough strange humor to provide escape windows.
In the first book of this series PRETTY WICKED we met and followed the strange killer Ryann Wilkanson. And successful as that book is, WICKED FALLOUT feels more developed 

Remember the manner Kelly introduces her grim series Pretty Wicked: ‘Some people are called to certain things in their life. That’s what hunting is for me. An urge. A desire. The closest thing I have to a calling. My name is Ryann Wilkanson. I’m fifteen years old. And I’m a killer.’ With this Book 2 Ryann Is frustratedly imprisoned, unable to carry out her killings – until certain people intervene – ‘Convicted of six murders when she was just fifteen, the notorious Ryann Wilkanson hasn’t been able to act on her darkest, deadliest urges for twelve years. She’s exhausted her appeals and has little hope of ever getting out of prison and back to hunting. Until a media-hungry legal team mounts a campaign to have her immediately released with a commuted sentence. Forensic psychiatrist Nancy Clafin has mere weeks to evaluate Ryann’s current mental state against her grisly past to determine if she’s changed. But under the shadow of her own questionable history, it’s not easy to separate her personal life from her professional duty. At least that’s what Ryann is counting on. Behind the cold steel doors of a Colorado maximum-security prison, will Nancy find a cold-blooded killer or a newly redeemed woman determined to right her past wrongs?’ And so we are informed of Ryann’s schizophreniform disorder and it is up to the reader to participate in the conclusion. 

Kelly writes very well indeed with just the right balance between dark and light. She obviously is becoming established as a pro in her chosen genre. 

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