January 16, 2014

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway ~ Psycho Inside Me by Bonnie R. Paulson

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Psycho Inside Me Blog Tour hosted by IFB Tours. Click here to follow along with the full tour schedule. :D

Title: Psycho Inside Me
Author: Bonnie R. Paulson
Release date: November 30th 2013
Publisher: Captiva Publishing
Source: Review copy 

~ Synopsis ~ 

I killed my first victim at thirteen years old - my age not his. He was going to rape me, him and a couple of his friends. And so, I killed him. And then...I killed again. And again. 

At seventeen, I'm killing four to six times a year - maybe more. Don't stress out. I only go after the pedophiles and rapists. There are more out there than I could cover in a lifetime. 

Saying I did this on my own would be selfish. Enforcing justice holds a glory all its own. But now, my lifelong friend and backup, Deegan, has been arrested. I have to decide if I want to give myself up and take his place or leave him with all the damning evidence. I don't want to stop killing. But if I let him take the fall, I can't kill anymore. And I need to keep doing that.

But the worst part of it all? I love him.

~ My Thoughts ~

If Dexter were female and had a partner...

After reading the synopsis for this book, PSYCHO INSIDE ME, how could I not want to read it? I've never read a book like this before. Once finished, there was so much for me to process I needed time to think about everything that happened and what it all meant to me. I'm still not sure I can explain it all.

Cassie is almost raped right after her thirteenth birthday, and her friend Deegan stops it from happening. He's there when the would-be rapist is accidentally killed by Cassie and hides the body. And so they share this terrible secret. Every year, right after her birthday, Cassie puts herself in more and more danger to catch a rapist and kill him. And Deegan always happens by to help her out. Until he's caught, and Cassie has to decide what she's going to do.

I didn't understand the relationship between Deegan and Cassie. It sounded like they had grown up together but acted more like strangers when they were around each other. Cassie obviously had a crush on Deegan and hoped her feelings would be reciprocated, but Deegan told her they couldn't act like they were "together" or else they would be suspected in the murders. If they knew each other well, wouldn't it look more suspicious if they acted like they DIDN'T know each other? They ran together everyday, so I didn't understand his reasoning.

I understood what happened with the first death, and even the second death, but after that I started thinking about whether they were serving out justice or turning into the very monsters they hated. And although this is what I consider a dark contemporary novel, the science fiction part of me started wondering what if the consequences of their actions rippled into something worse than what they were trying to change? What if another fate had been in store for those rapists? It's a lot to process. 

Definitely an interesting story, PSYCHO INSIDE ME will have you on your toes the entire time and will swiftly have you thinking about what constitutes right or wrong and what would you do if you thought you could get away with the very same thing. 

My Rating: 4 / 5 

~ About the Author: Bonnie R. Paulson ~


There are people who know a lot about a little, we'll call them experts. Then there are people, like Bonnie, who don't specialize, but rather gather information like pebbles in their pockets and drop them like Hansel & Gretel in the stories they write. 

The question is, do you want to follow them back?

Certified as a Radiologic Technologist, Bonnie prefers a touch of medical in her storylines. Don't be surprised if romance somehow runs through a hospital or comes in contact with a paramedic. It's just how she rolls. And you know there's nothing more romantic than an 18 gauge needle poking your vein! 

She and her Hubs delight in dirt biking, snowboarding, fishing, cooking, eating, spending time together and more with their adorable children. 

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  1. [ Smiles ] Now, that was some rather exciting literature.

  2. I'm intrigued! Your review has me thinking........

  3. Really good review. Thanks for participating!

    1. Thank you, Shane! Thanks for having me! :D

  4. I was happy to see your review, Jennifer. The synopsis is definitely intriguing. I'm still curious after reading your review. :) You brought up some great questions - and I'm wondering if they were answered. Wonderful review, my dear! And happy Friday!

    1. I really hope you read this one so we can talk about it, LOL! Thank you, Brandee! :D


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