22918 by Kimberly A Bettes

22918 by Kimberly A Bettes Book Cover

AUTHOR: Kimberly A Bettes – Author Website HERE

TITLE 22918

SERIES: Held, Book 3 (Find Book 1 HERE and Book 2 HERE)

PAGES: 184

GENRES: Abuse/Torture, Dark, Potential Triggers, Dub-Consent, 

GOODREADS: Page HERE

AMAZON UK: Page HERE

ISBN/ASBN: ASIN: B00P1Z8K7O

MY STAR RATING

5/5

SYNOPSIS

Lester Wine is a serial killer. Having brutally murdered dozens of women, he serves out his final days on death row. As his execution date nears, he recounts his story to a young journalist and budding author, telling every gory detail of his life and of the crimes he committed, all while fantasizing about the chance to do them one more time.

MY REVIEW

22918 by Kimberly A Bettes

So this is the final book in the HELD series and after about five pages I figured out what was going on, lol. And I loved it. 

I was unsure if it was going to pick up with Nicole or Ron after the end of PUSHED and wasn’t sure how that would play out but, I needn’t have worried because this one takes place before the two ever met.

 

It was very cleverly written and gave you an insight into what got Ron going in the first place. If you paid attention to all of Ron’s talk about his earlier life, and his pen name, then this would fall into place very quickly.

 

Although Ron is in this book it’s mostly about Lester and his unquenchable thirst for prostitutes and murder.

 

LESTER 

So this is back in the 1990s and Lester is being interviewed by a very curious young reporter for the local paper as he’s soon to be executed for multiple murders.

He sees something in this young man that reminds him of himself and so decides to tell his story in full and gory detail.

Lester is in his 50’s (I think) and has been killing for a long time.

He describes in detail how it all began and his first brush with death.

 

I’ll be honest, this story didn’t make me feel as ill or anxious as the first two. Instead, it absolutely fascinated me! 

It’s something I’ve always wanted to study (criminal psychology) and I wonder just how close to reality this interview would be. Pretty close, I would imagine.

 

It was gory and sick in places, yes, but also pulled at my heartstrings a little too. 

Some of the situations described in the book are real for so many women and that saddens me but also it made me realise just how dangerous that lifestyle is.

 

But for Lester too, he was missing that connection with another human soul. 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS on 22918 by Kimberly A Bettes

I feel that although this was a dark and sometimes freaky story, it was also more thought-provoking than the first two books. It gave you a glimpse inside the head of the “bad guy” and you could almost see how these things escalate.

This series will stay with me for a long time. It was excellent!

5 Stars

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