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When a brutal and sadistic serial killer begins stalking the streets of Moscow, Xenia, an ambitious young newspaper editor, takes it upon herself to attempt to solve the mystery of the killer's identity. As her obsession with the killer grows, Xenia devises an elaborate website with the intention of ensnaring the murderer, only to discover something disturbing about herselWhen a brutal and sadistic serial killer begins stalking the streets of Moscow, Xenia, an ambitious young newspaper editor, takes it upon herself to attempt to solve the mystery of the killer's identity. As her obsession with the killer grows, Xenia devises an elaborate website with the intention of ensnaring the murderer, only to discover something disturbing about herself: her own unhealthy fascination with the sexual savagery of the murders....

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Butterfly Skin Reviews

  • Kelly
    2018-11-16 10:15

    I didn't finish this, which is rare for me, and I even persisted for one more chapter to give it a chance to get better. The descriptions sounded like it would be right up my alley: psychosexual crime stuff is interesting to me, if done right. The fact that it's translated suggested that it might have some substance—no one bothers to translate a terrible book ... usually.The biggest problem is that it's written in second person. It's not something you often see, because it doesn't really work. The suggestion that I am the protagonist of the novel might seem like a way to involve me more intimately in the story, but the effect is quite the opposite."Yes, your name is Ksenia," it reads. "You live in a rented flat, cheap, found through friends." No it isn't, and no I don't. I'm also not thin and short. Second person is a quick way to remove me further from the character. It might work in a choose-the-ending book, but not here.Even more alarming is the fact that the author himself can't control the p.o.v. very well, switching to third person in the middle of paragraphs for no good reason. Perhaps it's a translation issue, but the result is so muddy, that it's difficult to read. I couldn't find anything to latch on to, or any signs that I could trust the writer to tell this story well.

  • Adela
    2018-12-12 11:53

    No,no,no,no,noooooo! Stvar ukusa ali i ova jedna zvijezdica je mnogo!

  • Feerena
    2018-12-03 08:14

    Mir hat "Die Hülle des Schmetterlings" kaum gefallen, und das nicht wegen der Brutalität. Wenn ich behaupte, dass diese noch das Beste am Buch ist, mutet das wahrscheinlich seltsam an, aber es ist so. Die Gedanken des Killers werden schon fast nachvollziehbar gut beschrieben, und an einigen Stellen, wäre es nicht so abstoßend, klingt es fast wie Kunst. Doch die Geschichte selbst zieht sich - auf meiner Edition steht auf der Rückseite, dass Arturo Perez-Reverte das Buch "in einem Zug gelesen" hat, "schlaflos, atemlos". Ein Punkt, den ich so absolut nicht nachvollziehen kann. Ich habe zwischendurch immer wieder abgebrochen, weil die Handlung viel zu gedehnt ist, man den Überblick über die Charaktere verliert und nach einer Pause kaum noch Lust hat, wieder hineinzufinden. Die eigentliche Spannung ereignet sich erst nach der Hälfte des Buches, was ich inakzeptabel finde. Ich will nicht sagen, dass man sich durchquälen muss, auch die kurzen Handlungsstränge, die nichts mit Xenia zu tun haben, sind zwischenzeitlich okay, aber wenn sie sich doch so häufen und im Grunde vermeiden lassen, geben sie einem nur das Gefühl, hingehalten zu werden - wozu also? Auch die Wiederholungen wirken am Anfang wie ein gut eingesetztes Stilmittel, doch nach einer gewissen Zeit hat man sie über, die Mantras, die Gedanken, die Sticker in der U-Bahn. Diese Redundanz und die Tatsache, dass man mindestens ein Drittel der Seiten hätte weglassen können, machen das Buch für mich kaum empfehlenswert, außer vielleicht für Menschen, sie sich besonders für Thriller dieser Art interessieren - mein Genre ist es nicht.

  • Josh
    2018-11-16 08:58

    Crime is on the peripheral in BUTTERFLY SKIN as the author, Sergey Kuznetsov instead draws attention to his core group of characters and their subtly deliberate fusion with the darker elements of the novel - the Moscow serial killer. I found this approach both refreshing and believable. Ksenia is a career driven young woman looking to further her professional aspirations in the journalistic and information technology fields in Russia. Running an online newspaper that regularly sits outside the top ranking, she concocts a plan to draw new readers by capitalizing on the fear associated with Moscow's yet to be captured serial killer. Aided by her co-worker Alexei and close friend Olya her venture brings instant fame and the unwanted attention of the killer. Graphic, evocative, blatantly sexualised - BUTTERFLY SKIN is not for those easily put off by descriptive dissection, and explicit sexual acts (though this isn't overtly so, and is well within context). The novel, as I mentioned earlier isn't all about the heinous crime that binds the characters and drives their motives but it does loom omnipresent. This is a dark novel that should be read as such to fully appreciate how good it is. This is the first book by Russian author Sergey Kuznetsov I've read and the only one I believe (though I could be wrong) that has been translated into English. Personally, I hope to read more. Review first appeared on my blog: http://justaguythatlikes2read.blogspo...

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-20 07:06

    This book is not your typical horror/serial killer book. It reads a little slow but it also reads like the poetic diary of a serial killer. Which sounds both intriguing and scary to climb into the mind of a psychopath. I am going to stop right here for a moment and throw out a huge warning that if you do not like gore then do not read this book. There is a lot of details spent talking about the murders. Which for me was not a problem. But for others it could be and even cause nightmares. One thing I did find interesting was how the killer talked about killing the women but in seasons. So, how spring affected the woman and how she died did differ from if the crime took place during winter. As much as I did like this book and the concept of it being very poetic, this very idea also kept me distant from the characters in the book. I did not become as emotionally attached and thus the reason that sometimes I struggled with the book in parts and stating it read slow. Overall, though I did like this book. International authors need to be recognized more for their work. With books like Butterfly Skin it does help.

  • Elisa
    2018-12-02 11:15

    This book is undeniably well-written and it may be a masterpiece of serial killer literature... I just didn't like it. The constant changes in points of view is distracting and confusing. All the stream-of-consciousness makes for well-developed characters who could not be any more self-centered and unlikable. It is too hard to read. In the tradition of Russian literature (at least the books I've read) it is heavy and complicated. I don't give it more stars not because I believe it's a bad book, it is just that it didn't hold my attention.

  • Clara Black
    2018-11-20 11:08

    Absolutně netuším, co jsem od téhle knihy čekala, protože to je snad ta nejhorší knížka, jakou jsem kdy četla. Autor neví jak by už psal - nejdřív píše v ICH formě, pak přesedlá na přístup, kdy jakoby děj plyne spolu s čtením, kdy je jakoby čtenář jednou z postav (nevím přesně, jak se tomu říká, příklad: Prošel jsi, viděl si...) a pak se opět stočí jinam, k R formě. Námět sice nebyl špatný, ale provedení je skutečně mizerné, stejně jako postavy. I kdybych se snažila sebevíc nebýt kritická, tak na téhle knize není vůbec nic, co bych označila za klad.

  • Tricia
    2018-12-06 07:16

    I could not find anything to like about this book.It was repetitive, unfocused and tremendously boring.The repetition is so often (like it will talk about something or describe something several ways several times or more within the span of a page.)I did not find any of the characters to be interesting or at all likeable.When I put this book down I dreaded to pick it back up; in fact I read 3 other books while trying to get through Butterfly Skin.There are way better books to spend my time on.

  • B
    2018-12-04 12:56

    I honestly still do not know how I feel about this book. I have no idea what to think. I cannot even rate it right now. I shall get back to you on that one.

  • Daisy
    2018-11-30 08:08

    Troubling. But interesting.Extreme violence and gore. But also a look at modern characters in today's Moscow.

  • Anna
    2018-11-27 10:06

    DNF after about 150 pages.Here's the thing- this is just my personal opinion, but I feel like this book could have been considered shocking in 2003, but now, fifteen years later, it just feels... dated. It feels tired, rather than scandalous, and it feels like it ran out of ideas even before the main action would have started. (To be fair, I already found myself kinda rolling my eyes at the dedication, so I may not have been in the right state of mind to begin with, but nevertheless.)I won't blame it for the many Russian pop cultural references (although in the Hungarian edition the half-page footnotes explaining the context in EXCRUCIATING DETAIL do make it feel tedious and I confess I skipped the overwhelming majority of them), it keeps referencing the most cliché things it could that I can think of (The Silence of the Lambs? Seriously? Bringing up that is not going to make you seem edgy, champ, it's just gonna make me think about a much better book), and the parts that are supposed to be shocking (I think) just remind me of frat boys' bad slam poetry, aka. a lot of mentions of blood and nipples and clitorises and very awkwardly written masturbation that just fails to elicit any reaction from me other than an exasperated roll of the eyes.In short, it is the most arduous concoction of the pretentious, the sensationalist, and the tedious that I did not think was possible. I did not think I could be so bored with so much blood and sex and misogynistic violence in front of me, and yet, I was.The search for the horror that will make me shiver continues. This is just boring.

  • Shawn
    2018-12-15 12:16

    Needs some serious editing. Second-person viewpoint is unnecessary and distracting. Less focus on the secondary characters would have made the heroine and the killer more compelling. Weak, predictable ending after wading through 300 pages of boredom. Not terrible, but certainly not worth a recommendation.

  • Heather
    2018-11-29 10:16

    If you want to be bored and disgusted go ahead and read this book because I felt nothing else

  • Natalie Pavlis
    2018-12-13 08:16

    Deeply disturbing. Well written but the ending seemed rushed. I would definitely read more from this author

  • Nicole
    2018-11-19 05:56

    Téma super, způsob zpracování o dost méně... Ale co by chtěl člověk za dvacku, že.

  • BookNerdsBrainDump
    2018-12-10 13:59

    Short Take: Sometimes, catching the bad guy isn’t the best part.I’ll be honest. I didn’t have high hopes going into this one. Crime thrillers that take place in other countries can sometimes be frustrating for me to read. I’m used to my good old US of A rules and procedures, and sometimes, when reading a mystery that takes place elsewhere, I get annoyed with the way they can’t just put on their Criminal Minds hats and solve the damn thing.But Butterfly Skin was different. In this one, there’s so much wearing of the Criminal Minds hat that it’s almost too much at times. I think that Sergey Kuznetsov read “Silence of the Lambs” and said to himself “You know, I could push this so much further.” And oh, did he.Ksenia is a rising star in the world of journalism. At twenty-three, she is already a senior editor at the website, a Russian news site. She’s also heavily into the S portion of BDSM, and can only find release when in pain. She keeps her personal and professional lives perfectly separate, until a serial killer begins stalking the streets of Moscow.Ksenia’s fascination with the killer, which she expresses through long, thoughtful articles on the site, turns into his fascination with her, and from there, into a deadly cat and mouse game. That sounds unbearably cliche, I know, but stick with me for a minute.For starters, the setting (Moscow, present day) is so weirdly exotic and normal at the same time. I mean, I’ve watched a lot of youtube videos of crazy-awesome stuff that happens in Russia. Usually there’s vodka involved, and some kind of explosive material, and lots of loud laughter, and people being thrown through the air at dangerous velocities while seeming to have the time of their lives. And it always seemed to me that the Russians knew something about life that the rest of us may have missed, this kind of joy and adventure and big deep lust for experience that those of us who wither in cubicles for decades can only admire from the outside.But Butterfly Skin showed me something else, something darker and more complex, a fatalism running beneath the outward jubilance, a sense of “eh, we could all be dead tomorrow, might as well have fun tonight.” This is a book about a killer who does terrible things (and even a hardcore horror lover like me had trouble getting through some of the descriptions of murder and mutilation in this one), but it’s also a book about what it’s like to be a young woman on a path that looks great, but who never really knows if it’s the right one.Ksenia has two close girlfriends, Marina and Olya, and through them, we see other people she might have been, or could yet become: Marina is a single mother to a toddler whose father has long disappeared, Olya is a professional businesswoman who owns her own home and car. Formerly promiscuous Marina has embraced motherhood to the exclusion of nearly everything else, Olya’s long-term affair with a married man can’t end any way but badly. More than anything, this is a book about obsession. Ksenia is obsessed with the killer, but not in the way that most of us would be (seeing him brought to justice). She is obsessed with the horrific things he does to women’s bodies. In him, she seeks a kind of transcendent experience, being pushed beyond all of her previous limits of pain and pleasure. It’s kinky, but not in a fun way. Did I mention that many of the descriptions made me cringe? The language of Butterfly skin is lush, bordering on purple prose, and there’s a rich vein of sensuality that runs alongside descriptions of removing body parts. (Note: this was a translation from the original language; I can’t say what the “real” book sounds like.) At times, it got a little dense, and a bit repetitive. But there was still something so compelling about Butterfly Skin.I probably sound kind of conflicted, and all over the map. That’s really how I felt reading this book. There was just so much to it. So much beauty and ugliness all tied together, and joy and fear, and lust and rage. Definitely one to check out if you want something darker and deeper, but absolutely not for the squeamish.The Nerd’s Rating: Four Happy Neurons (and a bottle of vodka because of course.)

  • Rich D.
    2018-11-26 06:49

    Review copy provided by Titan Books in exchange for an honest reviewThe novel focuses on the life of 23-year-old Ksenia, the Senior Editor of the News Department of, an online newspaper who is trying to hold its own against established media heavyweights such as Tickertape and Despite being younger and not having the same formal training as her colleagues, Ksenia has established control over the newsroom based on her ability to bring out the best of her employees and her ability to transform even the most mundane stories into something that readers immediately identify with and can apply to their own lives.Ksenia loves her job, but wants more money from her boss and an opportunity to make a name for herself. He tells her that although she is an outstanding employee, the only way she will get another raise is to bring him a special project, something that will set their news site apart from the competition. This challenge sets about a chain of events that will forever alter the lives of Ksenia and those who are close to her when she realizes the perfect project will come from creating an extensive website dedicated to the Moscow Psycho, a brutal killer who has been committing horrific murders throughout the city. As Ksenia delves further into the project, she begins to develop a fascination with the savage sexual components of the murders as she begins exploring the darker side of her sexuality. The tension is amplified further after she falls in love with a mysterious person on ICQ chat, known only as "alien", who seems to be the only person who truly understands Ksneia's desires. Could this be the perfect partner Ksenia has been searching for since the demise of her last relationship or has she established a connection with the killer himself?While reading Kuznetsov's novel, I was torn on how I felt about it. The premise is extremely interesting - not only do we follow the characters tasked with tracking down the infamous Moscow Psycho, but we get an in-depth look into the troubled psyche of the killer himself. However, there are a few structural elements that really took me out of the story. Often time Kuznetsov switches between first, second and third person narration, often times within the same chapter. While some people may like it, it gets to be a bit confusing. I don't mind when an author switches point of view in the narration, but doing so too frequently often rips me right out of the story. There are also a few name changes that are often jarring in the context of the story. One of the chapters focuses on a minor character named Alexi Rokotov and delves into his back story. However, inexplicably, he is referred to as Lyosha in that very same chapter. Is this a nickname? A translating error? There are a few instances of this throughout the novel and they hinder the reading experience at times when you frantically flip back to see if you missed something.There is no denying that Kuznetsov is a talented writer, but at times the story is slowed to an almost glacial pace by focusing too much on the inner monologues of the various characters. While it makes the characters very complex and life-like, it hinders any momentum the story manages to build throughout the course of the coverage of the killer.Despite these concerns, Kuznetsov has crafted an intense and brutal novel that explores the depths of darkness that lurks within everyday people. That is what truly makes the Moscow Psycho such a terrifying antagonist - for all of his brutality and warped rationale behind his need to kill, he is still an average person. As Ksenia's boss states in the novel, he lives in the same city as the characters and probably visits the same places they do. His outward appearance of normalcy allows him to blend in with the rest of society and mask his capacity for violence until it is too late. This portrayal of a serial killer is certainly not a new phenomenon, but is utilized expertly in Butterfly Skin. While the novel does have some flaws, if you enjoyed The Silence of the Lambs or Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, Butterfly Skin is definitely worth a read.

  • Andrew
    2018-12-06 11:48

    Butterfly Skin is a Russian serial killer tale that has been translated into English. Our protagonist is Ksenia (sometimes affectionately called Ksyusha), the female editor of, a news website. The website is in desperate competition for hits with the other leading news websites. She is not the typical girl next door; she enjoys BDSM relationships and craves brutality. A serial killer has begun striking around Moscow and Ksenia sees this story as a sensationalist opportunity to launch a new site dedicated to covering the killings and pull in ratings, advertising, and fame. It is through this new website that she draws the attention of the killer. They begin an online relationship over instant message, although she doesn’t realize who she is talking to. (Internet safety, kids!) The results of this relationship prove deadly.This novel is very Russian and it’s interesting to have an insight into the culture, getting glimpses of the day-to-day in Moscow, which I don’t generally hear too much about. There are times when the book makes references that are difficult to understand, such as talk of political parties and events that took place. Russian names also take some getting used to. Of course, it’s much better than changing the names for Western audiences, but still, it was a bit confusing at times. The cultural differences immediately set this book apart and make it, to a degree, a refreshing experience. The writing style also is a little different, switching between first and third person.Some might debate over whether a book that follows a serial killer is a thriller or a horror. This is horror and has some truly horrific kills. You’re taken into the mind of a very sick individual and the level of sexual violence is truly grotesque. It’s certainly not for everyone. I carried out a little test where I opened the book to a random page five or six times, and every page I flipped to contained violent images, so I’d say the violence is consistent. The problem is that almost all of the violence is the killer recounting what has already happened. The past tense means you’re never there with the victim, hoping for escape. It really kills the tension, and that just drains the energy from the story and the reader’s engagement. You don’t find your heart racing as you wonder what will happen.There are many places where the story slows down to a crawl as we learn more about the major characters in Ksenia’s life. It was a chore to get through in places. Not much happens – just characters contemplating their lives and their pasts. Ksenia doesn’t even meet the killer until the last few pages, and despite a powerful twist near the end, the climax does not live up to expectations. I’m not sure if this is a case of lost in translation or cultural differences. This book certainly didn’t do it for me.

  • Rick
    2018-12-12 09:56

    For a novel I'm fairly ambivalent about, I've spent way too much time trying to figure out how to properly review it...or if I should even bother.As a thriller Butterfly Skin is a complete failure. It lacks any of the elements typically found in books of this genre: there's no police investigation, no cat-and-mouse games between the killer and the authorities, no clever taunts amid the increasingly frequent and violent murders of a deranged killer spiraling out of control. In fact, all the killings save one take place prior to the beginning of the story.The dark sexual themes hinted at provide a plot element to allow for the final confrontation between the reporter, Ksenia, and the killer, and allow the author to reflect on the conflicted desires that motivate human behavior. However, the writing in this regard is so flat that the characters might just as well be changing a tire as engaging in dark and deviant behavior.The killer does provide an unusual detour from the standard fair: a blend of Mr. Brooks and Hannibal Lector, his interludes devote a great deal of time to reflections on real-world killers like Henry Lee Lucas and Ed Geins and what their existence says about our own. And while the depictions of his violence are brutal, they contain a lyrical quality that I found extremely disturbing, such as this early passage:This is a comfortless world, a world that has no place for hope, where death is inevitable and suffering is routine and unendurable. This is a world where children's heads are piled up into pyramids in Rawanda, to make it easier to count them, a world in which a thirty-year-old man sits on the edge of his bath in Moscow and cries because he can't come, he can't come even when he imagines how, strip by strip, he tears the skin off a fifteen-year-old girl who is begging for mercy, a girl who has no more tears, because her eyes have been gouged out.He cries precisely because this picture is the only thing that arouses him. One thing is for certain, you won't encounter writing like that from the novels of James Patterson and Richard Montanari.Ultimately this is more Foreign Film than Hollywood Blockbuster, with far more time and expense paid to the internal motivations of the various characters and less to the physical manifestations those motivations engender.

  • Jitka Jitulisko
    2018-12-05 07:53

    Snad jsem se trefila do správné knihy, azbuku moc neovládám ;) Motýlí kůžePříběh se odehrává v Moskvě. Je zde pohled několika lidí. Novinářky Xenie, která má BDSM choutky. Dívka, která je neskutečně zvláštní. Její příběh je svým způsobem okouzlující. Během čtení Vám vyskočí oči z důlku. Její přítomnost na oslavě Matčiných narozenin provází divoké sebeukájení s kolíčky na Bradavkách. Jinak je celkem cílevědomá a úspěšná. Její Kamarádka Olja jí oslovuje Ksjuša. Toto mi z počátku dělalo v příbězích zmatek. Avšak posléze jsem si i toto druhé jméno dokázala ke Xénii přiřadit zcela automaticky. Na některých jménech by si člověk vylámal jazyk….Další velice zajímavou postavou je masový vrah. Z počátku se s ním seznamujeme. Podrobně a zcela bez cenzury nám popisuje své zvrhlé představy. Zároveň je zde vykreslena bezmoc a smutek nad skutečností, která je nutná pro jeho uspokojení v rovině sexuální. O tom, jak se od zvrhlých představ přesouvá k stále brutálnějším… A časem, ve třiceti letech, zjistí, že ani tyto ověřené představy již nestačí. Potřebuje víc. Padne zásadní rozhodnutí. V knize se s postavami, ale i kapitolami, kterých je celkem dost, mění i styl psaní. Jsou tu rozhovory, jak jsme zvyklí, avšak i ve stylu myšlenek. Dlouhé věty střídají úsečné. V některých případech je i několikeré opakování jedné věty, informace. V situaci, kdy čtete článek a v něm Vám autor 10x vloží „Xenie čte“, jsem měla nejednou pocit vyskočit a říct už dost, vím to! Celkově je kniha celkem napínavá. Příběhy aktérů Vás nutí chtít vědět víc. Zaujaly mi pasáže, kdy mě kniha vyzývá, abych si představila, koukla, dělala. Jakoby k Vám „promlouvala“ a diktovala, co si máte myslet. Hlavně Kapitoly z pohledu Xenie. Jako taková je psána absolutně bez skrupulí, cenzury. Tvrdě a nevybíravě řeší každý jeden aspekt sexu, dopodrobna. Celkově Vám přibližuje Moskvu v dnešní době. Jak lidé žijí, touží a mají své sny. Jak se vzdávají něčeho, pro docílení jiného. Kniha rozhodně není určená upjatým a citlivým lidem. Avšak pro ty co se nebojí něčeho nového, šokujícího a neslýchaného, je jak dělaná.Takže připravte si žaludky a pokud se na to cítíte, nechte se uchvátit tímto neskutečným světem, který je vlastně celkem skutečný….

  • Mark Underwood
    2018-12-09 14:08

    There is a mass grave outside Port-au-Prince in Haiti, where, as the Telegraph reported, "some of the more than 220,000 victims of the January 12, 2010 earthquake lie." As this review is being written, news outlets are doing their best to wrest attention to Haiti from the horror of terrorist attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which resulted in the deaths of a dozen French citizens. It is perhaps an understandable challenge.One might theorize a similar struggle when a novelist weighs the benefits of a story set in the Soviet Union of World War II, where perhaps 20 million died (around 8.7 million military deaths), versus a plot based on a modern day serial killer of women responsible for fewer than a dozen deaths. Both are daunting, both must examine the worst and the darkest elements of human character -- sanctioned or otherwise -- both must deliver sufficient evil to be true to their subjects. But the novelist who chooses the serial killer is likely to be held to a higher standard. The term "prurient" is not typically applied to wartime storytelling.Sergey Kuznetsov's Butterfly Skin (translated by Andrew Bromfield for Titan Books @TitanBooks) takes on this assignment, with the added difficulty of alternating the narration between perpetrator, victims, acquaintances and business partners. Imagine ending the first chapter withDays like this are excruciating for me. In order to cope somehow, I start remembering the women I have killed.Read the rest of my review at InsidetheOrdinary .com

  • Clashton
    2018-12-03 06:11

    I struggled to give this one star. It is not a police procedural or murder mystery in any sense. I have the feeling that the author sincerely believes that he is making some kind of statement about the emptiness or meaningless of the modern (Moscow) world, but it is not that interesting of a statement. There is too much psycho-babbling, to much socio-babbling, too much time spent inside the empty heads and the empty lives of the main characters, as they ponder existence and why they do what they do.The main character is a journalist at a minor internet news company, who also happens to be into sado-masochistic/bondage-type relations so a lot of time is spent in detail discussing her practices and her sexual history. A lot of time is spent with the life and thoughts and memories of the serial killer, going into some detail about the various tools he uses and the acts he performs. A lot of time is spent with the personal lives of other characters not really central to the story - the affairs of a faithless husband, the promiscuity of a friend of the main character. I am not sure of the point of it all, if the author is trying to paint some gigantic canvas of emptiness, pointlessness and meaninglessness, but looking back, it is just one, long, boring yawn.On a technical level, there is no real action, no mystery, no suspense. I really think the book is just a vehicle for the author to spout off his own thoughts on life and society, which of course an author is going to do to a greater or lesser extent, but it should not impede the flow of the story. For me, the potential of this book was drowned in the author's own bullshit.

  • Karmen
    2018-11-27 09:12

    p189 serial killer listingInteresting look into our obsession with pain and suffering in the internet age. Ksenia works for an .com magazine that starts a website dedicated to a serial killer operating in Moscow. Drawing on psychology, public feedback, and crime data.In between it outlines the worlds of Ksenia and her friends Olga and Marina against the new Russia (?). Seems the Russian psyche is ever just a step above depression balancing any happiness with the expectation of pain & suffering. Ksenia, inadvertently, finds the killer on ICQ and they soon develop an online dom/sub relationship. He never discloses his name.The serial killer narration is interesting, detailed and yet one is still left in limbo. I may need to re-read the last several chapters as I did not understand how Ksenia and the killer (?) actuall

  • vorbore
    2018-12-04 06:54

    It does not deserve to be put on the shelf dexter-and-such, simply because it does not compare to the book and the character that named this shelf. I find this book pretentious, tiresome and deliberately full with disgusting details obviously aimed to shock, thus, to me, failing in that intent. That said, I'll quote a very good review I read here, in German, by Feerena (which I also gave a like to, and which basically lists all my complaints perfectly) - the brutality is actually the best part of the book. Each character, including the killer, just keeps on wining on Freudian issues (pardon my armchair psychology, I could be wrong, not that I am any kind of an expert in the field, I just write as I read it), meh.

  • Jade Allana
    2018-11-21 12:47

    i liked the premise, something a little different. however i found the constant changes in narrative perspective offputting - to the point where i wondered whether id skipped a few pages accidentally. it has a rather chaotic organisation to it. also the names of each character - why refer to each as a slightly different spelling/name ? i spent more time figuring out who i was reading about than enjoying the progression. i didnt like the ending neither (spoiler alert!) i felt that could have been developed a little more, as could the characters themselves. every character seemed conceited and very hard to connect to.

  • Ray Palen
    2018-12-01 06:13

    Brutal serial killer loose on the streets of Moscow. A young journalist by the name of Xenia goes way too far to get the story of these horrific killings, putting her own life in danger in the process.Perhaps it can be chalked up to something being lost in translation but this thriller severely underwhelms. There is far too much gore and graphic violence used for shock value and much less suspense and thrills as a result.Not necessarily predictable --- just not memorable.

  • Lee Sipler
    2018-11-25 12:07

    Very creepy novel about a Serial Killer and the young manager of an online news site that makes a webpage dedicated to him. It reads kind of dry because of the translation but it works well for this type of story. It also really paints a good picture of work/life in Moscow. If you are a fan of books like By Reason of Insanity (Shane Stevens) and Killer on the Road (James Ellroy) and even Silence of the Lambs you will probably enjoy this.

  • Amina
    2018-12-10 07:07

    I only got like half way through this book and only because I made myself, in hope that it turns to be better. It's awful, the writing is really not good, mostly doesn't make sense. It's hard to catch up with all the characters because it easily switches from one to another. The plot had a good potential, but it came out wrong. So yeah, I'm definitely not recommending this book to anyone.

  • Keri
    2018-11-30 06:16

    An odd book. The writing was poetic, sometimes to the point of overly repetitious. Switching between POVs was confusing with all of the names the characters went by, but I caught on after a bit. The story itself was interesting but I wouldn't say I loved it.

  • Bernarda
    2018-11-22 13:48

    Good book. Reminds me on the silence of the lambs. Maybe little bit too long introduction at the begging.