Review: Psycho Inside Me by Bonnie R. Paulson

Posted January 22nd, 2014 in book review / 18 comments


by Bonnie R. Paulson

Publisher: Captiva Publishing (Nov 2013)
Genre: Dark Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
Format: eBook (Novel length)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: ½☆☆☆ (1.5 stars)

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.

At A Glance
Not what I expected. The plot and concept just didn’t come together for me.

The Good
I do love me a good vigilante book. I love when people get to get revenge or justice on the bad people of the world, and that’s what Psycho Inside Me provided.

I did enjoy some of the story. It was nerve-wracking and exciting.

The Bad
In the end, I think this book was written more for the author than the readers. If you read the acknowledgments at the end, you find out why Bonnie wrote this story. I am happy that the author found a way to deal with her past, good for her. But I do feel like you can tell that Psycho Inside Me was not written with an audience in mind. There was not much of a plot. There was not much of a romance. The story was not well thought out. It just fell flat in almost every aspect.

I was most disappointed with Cassie. I thought I was going to meet this strong heroine that took out justice on the asses of rapists and child molesters. Yeah, no. She was too impatient, which made her sloppy with every kill. If not for Deegan, Cassie would have been raped and/or killed from the get-go and with every target afterward. Deegan is the one who did most the work. Cassie was just the bait. Cassie wasn’t the organized, meticulous killer I was hoping for.

The Snuggly
Deegan was too bipolar when it came to Cassie and him. They never really had a relationship even though they obviously liked each other all because of stupid reasons. I found it more frustrating than tantalizing. Even at the end, I was not satisfied with their relationship.

Warning, this book contains uncomfortable topics like rape and child molestation. Some scenes are graphic.

Final Thoughts
This was not my cup of tea. Psycho Inside Me had a rough but interesting concept but the execution was lacking in a lot of areas. I would not recommend this book to anyone but I can say people on Goodreads seem to love it, so it might just be me. No recommended.

“You, doll. You’re the someone else. I can’t feel like this about you and really be with anyone else. Having a girlfriend holds the other chicks at bay. Plus, she doesn’t ask questions. She doesn’t care. I can’t have you like I want, so I make it seem like I have what I want.”

I smiled at Deegan, who watched me with a territorial glint in his eyes. The thought that he considered me his, if only for the night, lightened me even more. I had no guilt, not for a few minutes. Not then. Not when we’d succeeded – again.

He pushed me forward on the swing. “You’re so pretty. I just thought you should know that.”

“Every time I’ve met with you and one of these guys has gone down, a small piece of me feels avenged. We can’t stop, not yet. I just don’t want you getting hurt. I can’t handle that you’re touched and injured every time and I don’t know about it until afterwards.”

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18 Responses to “Review: Psycho Inside Me by Bonnie R. Paulson”

  1. Melanie

    A pity that this one wasn’t really well constructed, or intended for an audience in the first place. I won’t be trying this, so thanks for the review! <33

  2. sherry fundin

    I have seen this book before and the premise sounds fantastic. I appreciate your honest reviews, so I will have to think about this. I have so many books I want to read, that I will keep this on my TBR for now and think about it later. Thanks! ^_^

  3. Braine TS

    I generally steer clear of “based on my life” novels. Not that it’s bad but like you mentioned, it’s more of a cathartic story and there will be times where some things feel like an insider story and the meaning of the moment is lost to me.

  4. Blythe Harris

    This title is so intriguing! It’s a shame it didn’t live up to your expectations. I’m sad that it was so flat; it really sounds like it could have been good.

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