FIVE STARS OF SHAMELESSNESS Initially, the reader may wonder which istwisted, master or pet Master will accept nothing but a flawless killer, one that will be legend She is very thorough, leaving no detail unaddressed I was enthralled while wondering how long the current state of things could be maintained and anticipating how things might unravel Would the pet lose his fight This would certainly not be acceptable The killer must have all of the natural qualities and be truly obedient to become the best at what he does Recurring themes were this fight and the relevance of mystery The author utilizes many tools to make My Pet Serial Killer unique An example of this would be the inclusion of what are deemed optional scenes in italics They added another dimension to the story, like a movie that is running parallel to, and taking license with the main plot The commentary within these scenes gives another point of view into something that in itself is purposely mysterious in nature The 2nd half of the book and its focus on filming something monumental kept the pace and interest going strong till the end The refreshing format and writing are highlights My Pet Serial Killer speaks to our obsessions and our culture in an unexpected way, looking deep into why mass murder is such a commodity. She winks at him There s a killer on every corner, even if they don t know inside if they have what it takes She ll show them how My Pet Serial Killer is unlike any novel I ve read before Flipping the script on the traditional method of storytelling, the book really throws the reader in at the deep end Concentrate or capitulate Alternating between sequences of pure violence, pick up schemes, study, and filmography, My Pet Serial Killer maintains a consistent rapid fire pace in which the reader never quite knows what to expect next The interesting plot device invokes reader participation as a voyeur to the characters violence This method makes for a unique perspective as we follow Claire, a professional chameleon, as she sates her bloodlust vicariously through serial killers under her control Claire doesn t have relationships She has pets and we re not talking fluffy cats and timid dogs, we re talking dangerous humans who revel in the demise of others in the most macabre manner they can fashion As the story progress it becomes apparent Claire isn t as put together as she makes out There s an unreliable narrator theme which poses a constant question about the stability of Claire and the gruesome events which take place in her apartment, at night clubs, on the side of highways, and in prison The omnipresent instability heightens the reader experience as you never know what level of debauchery true or imagined lays in wait on the next pages I thoroughly enjoyed My Pet Serial Killer, in part because of the unique storytelling butso due to the complexities of Claire and the horrors she so willingly brought to life.My rating 5 5 stars. I read this book in a single sitting at work I thoroughly enjoy this book and I can honestly say I have never read anything like it I love Claire and felt a very deep connection and I love the symbolism of the pet and the master This book is fucked up andpeople should read it because it is fucked but also beautiful and incredibly well written so go read it now shitheads 5 motherfucking stars Now I need to go read everything else that Michael J Seidlinger has written. Be Mine Be Mine, She Said I Didn T Know Anything Until She Came Along She Told Me I Had Full Of Fight Tattooed On My Insides And Then She Made Me Believe It The First Time I Took Someone For Her I Knew It Was True I Was A Taker She Told Me She Only Loved The Takers Of This World Of Course, We All Eventually Get Taken In The End You Know What I Remember From That First Time Though The Sounds It Almost Like The Sound A Baby Makes When It S Sighing That S How Quiet It Is I Just Kept Needing That Sound Over And Over Again So I Took And I Took And I Took And I Took And I Took Some Of Course, I Couldn T Go Deep Enough For Her In The End She Poured Salt On Me And I Melted Into Nothing You Know That Old Saying She Was The Type Of Person Who Tells You That Dragons Don T Exist, And Then She Leads You To Their Caves I Never Even Really Called Her By Her Name Even I Never Really Called Her Claire I Just Thought Of Her As God I Asked Her What It Was Like Studying Forensics And She Told Me That Once You Know About The Invisible World Then The Visible World Didn T Matter Any She Told Me The Visible World Is What We Re All Trying To Get Away From I Just Wanted To Become Invisible With Her Scott M Aka Scott The Slaughter, Serving Back To Back Life Sentences At Montgomery State Prison This Book Defies Categorization A New Kind Of Serial Killer Story That Pushes And Prods In All The Unexpected Directions You Ve Never Read Anything Quite Like This Carlton Mellick III, Author Of Kill Ball Michael Seidlinger S Swift Moving Novel Is An Interesting Addition To The Genre, With All Kinds Of Offbeat Touches There For The Connoisseur He Reminds Me, In Style, Of Some Of The Swedish Crime Writers We Ve Seen The Narrative Moves Quickly Towards A Satisfying Payoff Todd Grimson, Author Of Stainless And Now They Re Talking About Media Icons And Murder Michael J Seidlinger S Strange Tale Of Claire Wilkinson, Forensics Major, And Her Gentleman Killer Is A Wonderful Romp Through American Wound Culture, Exploring The Connection Between Art, Media, Serial Killing, Romance And Anonymity It Reshapes The College Romance Plot As A Wing Of JG Ballard S The Atrocity Exhibition Johannes G Ransson, Author Of Entrance To A Colonial Pageant In Which We All Begin To Intricate A Rowdy Menagerie Of The Unexpected, This Book Will Delight And Disturb Even The Bravest Of Readers All Preconceptions Of What To Trust And What To Fear Are Masterfully Upended Within These Pages Alissa Nutting, Author Of Unclean Jobs For Women And Girls Dark, but better than I was expecting Claire is a complex character, and I am still pondering all the symbolism. In a crowded bar, you watch the patrons around you, sizing up a potential partner and the potential competition You see something you like, a particular hair color or style, a smile, nice arms, nice legs, a nice chest, a pretty face or a handsome jawline They catch you watching Signals are exchanged, subtle but inviting You make your move, your approach invited, expected, desired There is, for at least a brief moment, and maybe longer if you re lucky, potential You ve been looking for certain attractive qualities, waiting for that one person who is a match Such is the way of dating But, what if you re looking forthan a common date What if you re looking for, say, a serial killer This is, at its earliest and most basic, the premise of Michael J Seidlinger s My Pet Serial Killer Claire is a student studying forensic science, but she has some very particular fetishes and she knows how to find those particular qualities that she finds desirable in a mate with unerring accuracy She could, presumably, easily become a victim, but some mysterious kink in the rules of attraction gives her an upper hand, as it has with Victor, dubbed the Gentleman Killer by the media at large.Serial murder is most often about power and control, and is typically inextricably tied to sexual pleasure In the world of BDSM, those who possess positions of power in their daily life often seek out sexually submissive roles in their carnal affairs I m sure we ve all heard stories about the powerful executive who absolutely dominates the boardroom during the day, only to frequent certain types of clubs at night where he can be handcuffed and spanked It makes sense, in certain perverse ways, that a serial killer, whose carnal activities are literally matters of life and death, who possess total and complete power over another, would enter into a submissive affair After all, don t serial killers need love, too, and what would be the nature of their relationships Enter Claire Smart and domineering, she makes killers her pets She breaks them down piece by piece, destroying their defenses until they are left entirely subordinate to her, until a serial rapist and murderer like Victor is left wearing nothingthan a leash and literally licking her kitchen floor clean My Pet Serial Killer is as much about psychosexual fantasy and fetishes as it is about murder, and Seidlinger puts all of it on graphic display for readers Perhapsthan any of these, though, My Pet Serial Killer is all about voyeurism Claire rigs her home with webcams so she can watch Victor at work with his prey, and they routinely speak via computer chat programs like FaceTime Written in first person, Claire tells her story directly to readers Other chapters tell us of the eventual movie and television series based on Claire s work and relationships Seidlinger himself uses these various techniques and this story as a whole to riff on the relationship between his readers and the appeal that serial killer stories hold for them Serial murderers are certainly fascinating taboo subjects, and it s fair to say there is a certain voyeuristic allure to such crimes In both fiction and true crime works, the serial killer genre allows readers to explore dark fantasies, real or imagined, and observe horrifying experiences, descend into psychological madness, and escape all of it free from any lasting harm We watch, disconnected and safe, seeking some degree of satisfaction from such stories We seek understanding in the unraveling of these mysteries of a serial killer s mind, and in this understanding we ve come to dominate the killer, being neither a victim nor the incarcerated murderer, reducing these crimes and the various actors within to littlethan digestible forms of entertainment, making these brutal acts of atrocity and those who commit them submissive to our own morbid curiosities We have made them into littlethan performers My Pet Serial Killer is an interesting and intense meditation on the relationship between killers and the women who derive companionship from them, while also establishing a meta connection between the readers and the material Claire is a forensic scientist, but Seidlinger demands that we be forensic readers, studying the crimes and the relationships presented to us to unravel the mystery, while also examining our own relationship to that which we are consuming Is Claire any better than the killers she has dominated since the burgeoning of her sexuality, directing them to kill for her entertainment, and even going so far as to supply them with their victims and bury the evidence Are we any better than Claire in our search and consumption of such stories, particularly true crime narratives in which actual human beings have been murdered in awfully grisly ways so that we can gaze salaciously upon them for a few hours of entertainment Seidlinger brings an uncomfortable fourth dimension into the equation, subverting ones typical expectations of a serial killer horror novel if you re willing to dig deeply enough and get your hands dirty You can certainly enjoy My Pet Serial Killer on a superficial level, digging into it for its brutal kill scenes and kinky sex, but it s a farengaging and rewarding read when approached with thoughtful deliberation and a bit of psychological studiousness To get the most out of My Pet Serial Killer requires a willing degree of complicity and submissiveness How you ll fare with it, though, is all part of the mystery Note I received an advance reading copy of this title from the publisher, Fangoria. This is the 2nd book I have read from the author, and a monster of a story Dark, and innovative, it is not your ordinary serial killer story Initially, the reader wonders who is the most twisted, master or pet Master will accept nothing but a flawless killer, one that will be legend She is very thorough, leaving no detail unaddressed I was enthralled while wondering how long the current state of things could be maintained and anticipating how things might unravel Would the pet lose his fight This would not be acceptable Recurring themes were this fight within and the relevance of mystery in the plot The author utilizes many tools to make My Pet Serial Killer unique and mesmerizing An example of this innovation as a trademark of Michael Seidlinger would be the inclusion of what are deemed optional scenes in italics They added another dimension to the story, akin to a movie that is running parallel to, and taking license with the main plot You are seeing the story through another lens The commentary within these scenes gives another point of view into something that in itself is purposely mysterious in nature Nobody I have read writes like Michael Seidlinger Recommended highly Video Review added reviewed this for HTMLGiant brief segment from the review I ve read a lot of serial killer books in the past two years, most trying to differentiate themselves by latching onto aunusual gimmick My Pet Serial Killer distinguishes itself with a unique foray into the world of mass murderers that s best encapsulated by Claire s proposition to the Gentlemen Killer I support you financially I give you a place to hide I make sure you are never under suspicion of being what you really are, a cold blooded psychotic killer so hot , and, in return, you clue me into your process You become mine. , , Goodreads 3,92, 89 , , , 2013 , , ,, , ,, ,, , , ,, , , , ,, , , , ,, ,, ,, ,, , , 3 4 , .