by Zoe Rosi
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Pub Date 17 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2023
Amazon Publishing UK, Thomas & Mercer
You’ve done a bad thing. She has you in her sights. Now you’re going to pay.
Meet Camilla Black: an affluent, respected, influential fashion magazine editor, who lives it up in her beautiful Mayfair apartment. But Camilla’s glamorous life is a lie. Behind her poised exterior beats the cold dark heart of a vigilante killer, a murderer hell-bent on wreaking vengeance upon bad men.
Camilla expects to get away with murder. She’s careful. And anyway, it’s worth the risk. She’s making the world a better place with each predator she kills. But when one of her victims’ bodies is unexpectedly found, his gruesome death is splashed all over the papers.
To make matters worse, she’s now being pursued by Detective Wheelan, a new addition to the Met with laser-sharp focus and a worrying habit of solving impossible crimes…
She knows she should stop, but she can’t. Some men just deserve to die. Will Camilla’s insatiable appetite for justice be her downfall, or can she outsmart the police?
Revised edition: Previously published as Predator, this edition of Pretty Evil includes editorial revisions.
A Note From the Publisher
“An erotic murder thriller for the Me Too generation…Reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada but with the violence, psychopathy, and gore of American Psycho…A unique, modern, and compelling read.” —Daily Express
“The ultimate revenge story.” —The Independent
“Dexter in stilettos.” —Keri Beevis, bestselling author of Dying To Tell and Deep Dark Secrets
“Tantalizing and heart-pounding from page one, Zoe Rosi’s Pretty Evil is intelligent, steamy, and a wild ride. I hope Rosi does more with Camilla Black, a brutal, sensual, relatable and truly engrossing protagonist.” —Roger A. Canaff, award-winning author of City Dark
“A kick-ass, sociopathic anti-heroine with a razor-sharp mind and an insatiable appetite for revenge: all the ingredients for a jaw-clenching, gritty, roller-coaster of a read.” —Carol Wyer, bestselling author of the DI Kate Young series
“Camilla is the new Villanelle, a character you know you shouldn’t love but you can’t help yourself! A delicious tale of revenge which left me wanting more.” —Gemma Rogers, bestselling author of Stalker and The Feud
“Rosi fires on all cylinders in this stylish erotic thriller. A dark, hugely enjoyable read that had me rooting for the cold-blooded killer.” —G.D. Abson, bestselling author of Motherland and Black Wolf
“Oh-my-word! A seriously dark, explicit, no-holds-barred novel that will send shivers down your spine!” —Noelle Holten, bestselling author of Dead Inside and Dead Wrong
“One of the best books I have read this year. Simply outstanding.” —Keri Beevis, bestselling author of Dying to Tell and Deep Dark Secrets
“If you enjoyed American Psycho, you will love this!” —AJ Campbell, bestselling author of Leave Well Alone and Don’t Come Looking
“Super-taut and pacy thriller. This novel will have you on the edge of your seat.” —Sophia Spiers, author of The Call of Cassandra Rose
“Dark, twisted and satisfying.” —JA Andrews, bestselling author of You Let Him In and Mummy’s Boy
“What you might get if Sophie Kinsella and Steven King decided to collaborate—a pretty Prada bag filled with severed body parts. Pretty Evil is addictive and delicious. It’s the revenge book we all need.” —Alisa Valdes, bestselling author of The Dirty Girl’s Social Club and Playing with Boys
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Average rating from 92 members
Sex and debauchery, murder and mayhem, evil manipulating men preying on women, evil predators preying on children and finally REVENGE. Zoe Rosi has combined them all to script an explicit and frightening story that is hard to put down. Well written with strong characters and a surprising finale.
Gore score 3/5
This is a book that has re titled from Predator, and the author has changed their last name.
Camilla Black a fashion magazine editor/ vigilante serial killer. Although she enjoys her mission a bit to much for a vigilante 😳
As you would expect from a fashion editor there’s lots of mentions of couture names(which were lost on me 😂) there’s also some graphic sex scenes with men and women.
There’s good detailed character background, so we understand not only Camilla’s driving forces, but also those of detective Wheelan.
It’s got a cracking good pace, with lots of interest from the outset, it kept me hooked throughout. It’s quite dark and gritty with some gore.
Camilla isn’t really likeable, but she did grow on me. I was rooting for her in the end 😂 between the demanding job, side line/ hobby and busy sex life I was exhausted just following her exploits.
It’s certainly one of the best female killer thrillers I’ve read, and it’s one I’d recommend.
Thank you Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. IYKYK, my reviews are always honest.
3.5 rounded up
One sentence review: A passionately written tale of revenge
Camilla Black is a rich bish with a penchant to kill r@pists and pedos... but can she keep getting away with it?
Ight so I'm gonna be a lil messy (tbh when am I not?) but THIS is everything How to Kill Men and Get Away With It was trying to be. I gave How to Kill Men 2 piddly ass stars because the plot had more holes than a cheese grater and was more a PETA ad than anything else. Now, keeping in mind that Pretty Evil was originally indie published in 2020, it seems How To Kill Men was VERY, VERY inspired by this book........................ but it ended up being the Great Value version.
If you've read How To Kill Men, I implore you to read Pretty Evil to see the similarities yourself. Pretty Evil is head and shoulders above How To Kill Men for two main reasons:
1. Ironically, How to Kill Men and Get Away With It was more about how to NOT get away with it. Homegirl said forensic countermeasures? Never heard of her. In Pretty Evil, our fashionable serial killer has more sense than to use her personal cell phone to track down killers. Zoe Rosi clearly took her time to research how to cover her tracks, which a h0e like me always appreciates.
2. In the author's acknowledgments, Rosi says she wrote this book after a traumatic experience. And you can tell. It's passionately written and comes from a place of hurt, of confusion, of loss for one's former self. Instead of pandering to the boss babes with lines like "men have nothing but the audacity", Rosi shows how Camilla's childhood trauma and personal experiences leads her down this path. You can feel her character's anger, distrust, and brokenness. With all this said, know thy triggers.
I wouldn't classify this book as a "popcorn thriller". It's very character driven with more windup than action (if this makes sense). Also it is SURPRISINGLY SPICY (another aspect that How To Kill Men seemed inspired by......................). There's two graphic sex scenes: one f/m and one f/f. I was clutching my pearls LOL. I know thrillerheadz don't like spice in their books, but you can easily skip these parts and not "lose" anything. And yes, there is a romance storyline as well (f/f). This is more prevalent and is key to Camilla's character arc.
I gave this a 3.5 because the ending was VERY rushed. I was at 94% on my Kindle and homegirl was just getting on the bus to the final showdown. It had me thinking there was either gonna be a crazy cliffhanger, or maybe the file got cut off? But nope, Rosi wraps it all up in the last 6%. I think if Rosi had cut down on some of the inner thoughts and filler scenes and given more time for the big twisty twist, it would've had more of an emotional impact and "wow" factor. Instead it felt like when you're giving a presentation at work and realize you had 6 slides left with only 5 minutes remaining so you bum rush through the rest.
I rounded up because I appreciate the message of the book and how she didn't pander to the audience. Rosi actually looks beneath the surface to uncover the whys and hows of the power imbalance between men and women, whether that be in the office or in the bedroom. Also, despite being published nearly 3 years ago, it is still relevant and fresh.
All in all, I recommend to those who like revenge stories and bougie living, but also want to get a lil deep with it.
PROS AND CONS
Pros: passionately written ("write what you know" really applies here), funny at times, strong character voice
Cons: ending is very rushed, filler scenes
I love a good vigilante / revenge thriller. I've seen some great reviews for Zoe Rosi's other book so was excited to try this.
Camilla Black is a fashion magazine editor by day and a serial killer targeting rapists and child abusers by night. Described as The Devil Wears Prada meets American Psycho I was hoping this was going to be at the darker end of the scale...
There's plenty of fashion brand name dropping early on, but as it progresses the story and the portrayal of Camilla gets deeper and darker. The kills get grittier and the tension rises as Camilla fears arrest while still having targets on her radar.
I loved it, it ramps up the tension very nicely and Camilla's character is nicely self aware with some great introspection and reflection on her 'shadow self' identity.
It ticks all the boxes, sets up the character and her world really well, before delving deeper and darker for a very compelling character thriller.
One of the best, most satisfying vigilante vengeance thrillers I've read.
Thanks to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK
Well here is a book you wont forget after reading
Successful top fashion mag editor by day
Stalker and killer of those who have raped and sexually abused by night
Camilla is complex, narcissistic and powerful but that is in her day job 😁 as a predator she serves justice to London’s most heinous and depraved and she does it with relish, double helpings
She had me wincing and yet cheering her on and also at times she made me LOL with her rye dark as night humour and observations and also her description of Hayes ( where she commits one act of retribution )
She has a full sex life with men and women and I was exhausted reading these assignations, goodness only knows how she felt
I liked her brand snobbery and googled a few things to add to the picture of her flat in Mayfair (I had in my mind) and her wardrobe of top designer clothes
Yet she had a heart, a feeling of righting very bad wrongs, it’s just she enjoyed righting them so much!
I meet many characters in my book week but Camilla will stay in my mind as will this book
A good, if maybe very quick ending and I wasn’t sure if glad or sad at the ending
Bravo to the author for tackling such issues and creating such a character
5 Scary Stars
I just finished this book two minutes ago and WOW! I couldn't wait to sit down and write my review. I read this book in less than a day. I absolutely devoured Camilla's character, she's totally wild, larger than life, and yet I sort of found her believable. Camilla is a vigilante on a mission, and she will stop at nothing to get her own version of justice. I appreciated that Rosi made sure that even though Camilla is evil, she has depth. This book felt really different than a lot of the thrillers I have read recently, and not only because it was a flipped perspective (from the perpetrator instead of the victim). Camilla may be ruthless, but she has a dedication to her own code, and some of her internal reasoning is so well written that by the end, I was rooting for Camilla. The writing itself was balanced, not to heavy on either description or dialogue and I felt like the story moved at an appropriately fast pace for a thriller of this kind. I appreciate that even though there is obviously some violence and depravity, the gore was kept to a minimum and didn't feel overly gratuitous.
I could have used more of her backstory and would have enjoyed her digging into her totally twisted psyche, but that would make a great sequel ;)
Oh, my days!
When asked whether I may be interested in reading an ARC of Pretty Evil, I read the blurb and thought, “Why not? Sounds like an intriguing read.”
Well, intriguing is perhaps not quite the word to describe it.
Hugely dark and (excuse my language, but) bloody fantastic!
Camilla, our protagonist, is a woman with a past that is ingrained so deep within that it’s almost hollowed out any other emotion in her body.
Wronged as a child, growing up, and abused as a young woman, she casts herself in the role of vigilante for womankind, wreaking havoc, and her version of revenge, upon unsuspecting predators
I found myself strangely aroused, a bit disturbed, and definitely sympathetic towards the woman with what appeared to be no emotion but whose heart is beginning to feel again.
Laced with sex, gore, and all manner of suspense, I was kept on my toes, reading the book almost in one sitting, and I truly didn’t predict the ending, either.
What a dark, kinky web the author has weaved…
You definitely kept this reader guessing!
Fab read. I can’t wait to get my hands on another book by Zoe Rosi.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for an ARC.
Camilla Black, Couture editor by day, serial killer by night, although, some may say she is a vigilante. Being inside the mind of a woman that is at the top of the fashion world while she wears a mask for those around her, you feel Camilla’s raw emotion throughout the book. Some of the details may be too graphic for some as Camilla targets predators and in her own mind, brings them to justice. Zoe Rosi’s writing is absolutely amazing throughout the story, as you embark on a wild ride through Camilla’s everyday life in her office at Couture, down to Camilla talking about her first murder. So for all my fellow thriller fans, Pretty Evil is for you because Camilla Black is always two steps ahead.
Wow! I really really enjoyed this. It was a real treat. I love books about women getting revenge against men, especially if it’s done by killing.
Thank you Amazon Publishing UK and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Ok, I seriously loved this book! The acknowledgements in this book described it as a cross between American Psycho and the Devil Wears Prada - this is so spot on! As someone who absolutely loves designer fashion, I loved all the outfit descriptions and name drops for high-end brands. And then mix that with a mind-bending thriller and you have an excellent read!I was immediately roped in. This book is extremely fast-paced. There is no boring filler content. I found it incredibly hard to put it down!
Our main character, Camilla, is a well-calculated, stylish, and rich vigilante. She hunts down pedophiles and rapists, taking the law into her own hands. I ended up really liking her character. The dark humour interlaced throughout the novel killed me (no pun intended).
Zoe Rosi did an excellent job confronting such difficult issues. It was well-written and left me wanting more! Cannot wait to read more from Rosi.
Loved this book so much! Kept me gripped all the way through, I couldn't put it down and I loved the twists. Looking forward to more from this author!
Pretty Evil by Zoe Rosi was one heck of a wild ride!
Sharply written with characters that keep you guessing, and immediately drew me into Camilla's life.
This is a super fast-paced thriller, with characters who drew me in almost immediately.
Well written, grabbed my attention from start to finish. Fast paced.
Rosi's writing was captivating. And now I'm on my Kindle getting Someone's Watching Me!
"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
Amazon Publishing UK,
Thank You for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this eARC!
The world is full of very bad guys and Camilla Black is taking things into her own, very manicured, hands.
Name dropping magazine editor by day and vigilante pedo/rapist/bad guy killer by night, I loved her. She embraced her own sexuality, had surprisingly good self-awareness and was often funny.
Very satisfying read!
Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a copy. It is my pleasure to write an honest review.
By day, Camilla Black is a glamorous fashion editor and by night something entirely else.
In a bar a predator meets a predator with opposite results to what one of them expects as tables are well and truly turned. Here we have a justice seeker, a righter of wrongs, an avenging, vigilante angel and it’s a chilling tale.
This is not an easy story to tell or to read by any stretch of the imagination as it’s certainly a twisted story but it’s one heck of a gripping experience. I loudly applaud the concept of the novel, of fighting back against those who have the advantage of greater strength especially as it’s very sobering how few rapes and sexual assaults end with successful convictions.
However, it’s definitely not for the faint hearted as nothing is sugarcoated. It’s very dark and graphic in places, not just of violence but there is a big dose of hot and steamy too.
The author has created an unforgettable character in Camilla. Through the developing plot, you learn about her background and her raison d’être. She’s a very complex woman and dare I suggest a fascinating one? I really like how during the day Camilla dons the Ferragamo, McQueen or Burberry and clads her feet in Jimmy’s, the tone is lighter, brighter and there’s humour. However, nighttime Camilla contrasts starkly with Primani outfits and the matching, appropriately black tone and intense scenes. I would have preferred a stronger ending as it feels abrupt although that’s not to say I don’t like it.
Overall, this is well written, the message and the storytelling is powerful and it’s genuinely hard to put down. The pace is fast, there’s never a dull moment, you hold your breath in anticipation of what might come next and it pulls no punches.
With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Amazon Publishing for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.
Pretty Evil has been described by author Zoe Rosi, as a cross between The Devil Wears Prada and American Psycho. Despite her very public profile as a top fashion magazine editor Camilla Black has a secret sideline as a vigilante, hunting down and killing sexual predators in very imaginative,and quite disturbing ways.
This is an excellent book, what could easily have been an exploitative story given the subject matter explores many important societal issues, not least events that "made" Camilla what she had become and fuelled her need to dish out retribution. Unlike Brett Easton Ellis's Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) Camillia isn't a cold-hearted monster and I'm sure more than a few readers will find themselves sympathetic with her choices of target and somewhat extreme methods of meting out justice.
A good story ,but one not for the more sensitive reader, there's violence, some pretty extreme swearing , subjects many might find upsetting and a couple of quite explicit sex scenes. Hopefully that doesn't give the wrong impression of what is actually a well-written and thoughtful book.
Zoe Rosi is a new author for me so i had no idea what to expect,this is very,very good .
Wow...... this was sooo much more than I had expected! I was just thinking a wee vigilante type domestic noir type range thing but it went above and beyond. It felt very much the film promising young woman. Which was amazing and I absolutely loved so if you liked that then you'll like this. It is an interesting concept though about what would it look like if there was someone avenging the many wrongs done to people where conventional justice is never seen. It's very dark and a bit graphic for some but it's well worth a read
Fantastic book! Fast paced, loved the main character the excellent writing made you sympathize with her. I wanted her to find love in the end. Love a vigilante !story
Camilla is BADASS
Yes, she is a serial killer, but in her defence, she only kills the absolute scum of the earth
Pretty Evil was a very fun read, I hope we get some more with Camilla in the head role
I love Camilla Black!! This is a great story of female revenge against scuzball men. It was a great read and I could not put it down! Certain parts were not for the squeamish
I originally read this book when it was under a different name of Predator and I just loved it. When I got the invite for its new release, I knew I needed to be part of the tour.
Being a woman can be hard and scary enough and I think we all need to have a bit more Camilla in us.
I love her fight and passion in life, she just wants protect those who are vulnerable.
I really enjoy Zoes writing style and can't wait to read more of her books.
And THIS, my friends, is why shady, awful men should be quaking in their boots. 😉
A SHORT PREVIEW:
Camilla Black has been honing her identity for a long time now. She's become a successful magazine editor up there with the likes of Miranda Priestly (ikyk), casual lovers, and a great apartment. Under that perfect veneer, though, Camilla has a secret. She murders bad men. It's not like they don't deserve it right? Who's even going to look for them? But when her latest kill ends up in the papers, and Detective Wheelan, a renowned investigator, comes on the case.. who will win this battle of the minds? The secret vigilante or the black-and-white thinking detective?
-Is there really anything more quietly vicious than an enraged woman? The sheer number of women I know who listen to straight-up murder podcasts while doing their 4-step skincare routine every night? Mind-blowing.
- I loved the story premise, and that's why I requested to review Pretty Evil. There aren't many stories about female vigilantes because women don't usually make their kills so ostentatiously. (Funny how we're called emotional, but we're not the ones murdering people with axes usually, right?)
- I don't know what I expected - perhaps something lighter..? That is not this book, lol. Not for the squeamish; much of this is gory and graphic in terms of violence and s3xuality.
- Random thought... What do you think of vigilantes? Personally, I could never become one. I don't like to spend energy on things that could land me in prison. I'm not meant for prison life, ya know? However, I have to say, after having my own #metoo experiences, I'm not opposed to her style of un-aliving bad men lol... I think if this was really happening, I'd probably not be too upset about it. 🙊
FAVORITE QUOTE (S):
'I tried to date, like a normal twenty-something, but it didn’t work out. There’s something off about you when you’ve been abused, when you’re damaged, broken. You’re different. Men can sniff out the pain in you, like dogs picking up on a scent.'....'My pretty face isn’t valuable enough currency to make up for the scars. The men I dated picked up on the trauma, the voids, the hurt, and they didn’t want it in their lives. They didn’t want it in their homes. They didn’t want its legacy in their children.'
-- This stood out to me because it is absolute truth. It's the reason I married someone older. Someone who could understand imperfections and darkness. Once you have scars of any kind.. people of your generation don't seem to cut the emotional/maturity mustard, and I've met many women in my position who say the same thing.
- This book is one giant trigger with some catharsis blended in for good measure.
- Definitely written from a place of rage. The writer notes that she wrote this after #metoo experiences, so it was cathartic in a way for her to write and can be cathartic for us to read IF you've dealt with your trauma or have none.
- Written from the killer's POV - so one would assume they're automatically an unreliable unstable narrator, but that's not the case. I actually found her to be quite level-headed throughout the whole thing. (Which might say more about me really? lol)
- LGBTQ+ representation
- Read at your own risk!!
**I received this book as an advanced reader copy, but all reviews are my own. - SLR
An incredible read that had me absolutely gripped and also wanting to sleep with a ligyht on a little bit. Engaging writing style, gripping storyline infused with a tense and suspenseful atmosphere and well developed characters that only added more to the plot and atmosphere as it went along. I loved it.
Wow what a book. This had me totally gripped from the first page. It is definitely not one for the feint hearted and is quite graphic at times. Camilla is the editor of Couture magazine, lives in luxury and can buy anything she wants. She also wants to rid the world of rapists and the like. I thought that this was very cleverly written and it’s outcome wasn’t obvious. I liked how the different characters were described and how their connections to each other were easy to understand. This was easy to read and follow and was an absolute cracking read. Thank you to the publisher Thomas Mercer, Amazon Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.
A really enjoyable read about a one woman vigilante choosing her victims from the evil things they have done - well written the main character Camilla is a high end fashion magazine editor by day and a serial killer by night - definitely kept gripped although I felt the ending was a little rushed as I wanted more !!
A female killer like no other. A Hunter looking for rapists, peodaphiles to capture and kill. This lady takes her work very seriously and has some novel and very creative ways of dispatching her prey. Revenge is at the top of her list and boy does she need revenge. Camilla is the hunter and I did not like her at first but I was soon rooting for her. Blood soaked , brutal and I loved it!!!!!!
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.
A good read.
Meet Camilla Black: an affluent, respected, influential fashion magazine editor, who lives it up in her beautiful Mayfair apartment. But Camilla’s glamorous life is a lie. Behind her poised exterior beats the cold dark heart of a vigilante killer, a murderer hell-bent on wreaking vengeance upon bad men. Camilla expects to get away with murder. She’s careful. And anyway, it’s worth the risk. She’s making the world a better place with each predator she kills. But when one of her victims’ bodies is unexpectedly found, his gruesome death is splashed all over the papers. To make matters worse, she’s now being pursued by Detective Wheelan, a new addition to the Met with laser-sharp focus and a worrying habit of solving impossible crimes… She knows she should stop, but she can’t. Some men just deserve to die. Will Camilla’s insatiable appetite for justice be her downfall, or can she outsmart the police?
Thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for giving me an advance copy.
Camilla Black really is Pretty Evil. She is a brutal killer who chooses her victims due to their own evil ways. A succesful business woman by day, she kills at night.
This book is fabulous. Anyone who needs pure escapism with a touch of glamour will find it in this read. I loved Camilla, she is deliciously dark and reminded me of the TV character Dexter in some ways.
Woo hoo! You go girl! Ahhh if only! What a crazy read! I loved it! This book had suspense, intrigue, action, murder, mystery, serial killer, and plenty of really bad guys to go around! The storyline was very interesting and if it was actually a true story I would be all for the main character! Someone needs to protect certain people! The justice system does not get it right always! This book was definitely a page turner and I was glued to my Kindle! I definitely recommend reading this book as it was well worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!
Pretty Evil by Zoe Rosi is about Camilla Black, an affluent, respected, influential fashion magazine editor. But Camilla’s glamorous life is a lie. Behind her poised exterior beats the cold dark heart of a vigilante killer, a murderer hell-bent on wreaking vengeance upon bad men.
I almost did not finish this book. I might be in the minority regarding this story, but I just could not get into it. I did not like the main character. I've read other vigilant justice books before, but this one was hard to get through. I thought this was going to be different than it turned out to be. For me, there was just too much narrative and "explaining" rather than showing the action.
Be forewarned there are explicit sex scenes and swearing that may trigger or upset some readers. I'm not a prude, but some of the language in the book is a bit much.
The writing was fine; this book was just not for me in how the story was presented. At the end of the book, the author states she channeled some of the trauma she felt, and it shows in the story. The scenes just seemed so angry and were hard to get through and feel any connection to any character.
I give this book a 2.5 stars rating (rounded to 3).
#PrettyEvil #NetGalley @AmazonPub
This was a great book! It definitely leaves you wondering if people you know are really who you think they are. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat needing to know what was going to happen next. The twist was amazing! I can't wait to read more by this author.
I wanted to love this book,.. but somehow the writing did not grip me at all. And although the plot was interesting, I struggled to keep reading. for me, it was too much emphasis on the character's main job, her clothes, etc. It did not have the feeling I wanted from a thriller.
I love this intense, climactic thriller. I was incredibly invested in the characters and plot. Readers are going to love this incredible novel.
UPDATED RATING AND REVIEW - Review for new edition - Pretty Evil! I freakin loved the ending! That's how it should have always ended. Now I can upgrade my rating to 5 stars! The old ending just didn't make sense considering the Camilla's personality and her track record. I liked the subtle romance happening in the book as well! Really fun read!
Review for previous edition - Predator - Wow! This was fun! I loved being in the mind of a serial killer, more so when it's a vigilante! I loved the strategies used by Camilla! I have to admit the ending wasn't something I was expecting or wanted to see... That disappointed me slightly, which is why I can't give the book 5 STARS and will setlke at 4 stars.
thank you to netgalley for allowing me to read this before its official release in exchange for an honest review.
THAT ENDING OMG!! to say i didnt expect it would be a lie, but im super glad it played out exactly like i hoped it would!
i looove camilla. what a badass. 5 stars for her alone!!!! her character was so well written and consistent.
i wish this book was longer and i wish that the warehouse scene at the end was dragged out a bit more. i feel like it was cut a bit short and almost rushed?
despite that, 5 stars!
Based on the synopsis, I had high hopes for this book. It did not deliver at all.
I am a big fan of stories with women going absolutely feral, but Camilla is not a protagonist who can make you support her rights and wrongs.
I was unable to root for her, and I certainly wasn't able to find any big thrills in the novel. She is an unreliable narrator and a murderer who believes what she's doing is justified... and I absolutely love to read about that kind of psycho character... but unfortunately, Camilla just does not give me the thrill that such characters usually do.
There is absolutely no need for a grey character to be sympathetic, but (s)he should have at least something in his/her perspective, that a reader can connect with or understand his/her twisted logic (not accept but at least understand) but that simply wasn't present here... that je ne sais quoi that a character like this needs was not found in Camilla.
PS: the amount of name-drops for big brands in this book... way, way, way too much.
Thank you for providing me with ARC to read for an honest review.
Camilia is working in the fashion industry as an Editor. She has the life she's always wanted. She has a fabulous job as a fashion editor at Couture magazine and she's financially comfortable. There's one small hitch - she is a serial killer who has penchant for reducing the population of male predators that drug and rape women and children. She is on the prowl to seek them out and has been quite successful on a few occasions. She's good at and has no plans on getting caught.
This book captured me and I felt like I was reading about the female version of Dexter. I found the book captivating and hooked me in. I know some people felt the book was tied up and ran a bit short near the end but I didn't feel that way. I am hoping this almost turns into a series so I can read another book about Camila's adventures. There were parts of the ending that I was able to guess and put together so it wasn't a complete surprise. I would recommend this if you are looking for a fast paced psychological thriller to read in an afternoon. I highly recommend this book as it's a solid 4.5 stars for me.
Wow! Great debut thriller from Zoe Rosi! So fun to discover a new author. This story was so well done and kept me turning pages long after bedtime. Really great characters that kept me totally invested in the book.
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book
I found this crazy little thriller tested the limits of the credible - seeming to forget that London has more CCTV than anywhere else in the UK. I liked the idea behind this novel - of a sleek fashionista mmasquerading as a vigilante. The novel was pacy and enjoyable overall.
If you liked Dexter, you’ll probably enjoy this evil little book as well. A female serial killer needing to satisfy her bloodlust by killing off creeps. Although I enjoyed it, I thought the author set the bar too high by being reminded of an unique tv-show. Sometimes I even missed Dexter and wanted to know how he would have thought and acted instead of Camilla. This aside, the book was well-paced and I was drawn in from the start. There was an underlying tension, perfect for feeling that delicious chill down my spine. I found the ending a bit abrupt and it left me with questions. There was really no hints as to what Camilla was thinking, so I was totally baffled by what she had figured out. But it was also interesting that the author just didn’t reveal all her thoughts.
The book was well-written and it flowed along easily.
Overall a decent read, but it didn’t blow me away.
Thanks to netgalley and Amazon publishing for the arc
I do love a good female psychopath on the warpath against the vilest of male predators. Camilla Black is a fashion editor by day, donning impressive designer clothing but by night she hunts sexual predators. This book is cleverly written and well thought out and highly entertaining. If you loved Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone or the Mindf*ck series then you will love this! Do be aware that there are a few super steamy scenes in this story, we thriller readers don’t usually expect that, but you can choose to skip right over those without missing a beat. Thank you Netgalley, Amazon Publishing UK, and the author for this eARC in exchange for my honest review. This book is available for purchase on January 17, 2023
Whether you came away liking this novel or not, Pretty Evil is a wild ride. Camilla is a serial killer who targets only bad people who have done horrible, horrible things. Sound familiar?? As a huge fan of the television series Dexter, it was difficult not finding myself comparing Camilla to Dexter. Of course, the obvious difference is that Camilla only targets evil men who have a history of abusing women. And by targeting I mean killing.
I found it a bit difficult to get through the first half of the book, not really finding myself invested in the story or Camilla as an anti-hero. However, once I learned more of her backstory and her own abuse, I began to warm up to her. It was more than simple bloodlust (at least a little more) — it was her way of standing up for those women who were unable to fight back against their own abusers. Nearer the end, I found myself rooting for Camilla!
I must admit that the incessant designer label mentions and brand-name dropping grew tiresome while reading, but I learned to overlook it. And the book is also not for the faint of heart, so be forewarned. But I think fans of Dexter might want to give the book a try!
I want to extend a huge thank you to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for an ARC of this book! I appreciate your trusting me with an honest review!!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I did enjoy the book as a whole, and was a rather quick read. I think that the female serial killer story is fascinating, and dives into her background leading up to why she does what she does. I absolutely love how the main character was confident in her sexuality. However I think that the main character goes into rants and made parts of chapters rather boring. I wasn't so much expecting the ending which was a nice twist. I would love to have less rants and more of a developed ending. I want to know what happened to her ex lover. I want to know if her current lover suspects anything. I feel that this book could have a sequel after the abrupt ending of this book.
I do recommend this to anyone who enjoys serial killer vibes, or secret lives.
Trigger Warning: description of rp,
Zoe Rosi crafts an intriguing story of a femme fatale who uses her wits to bring justice to evil men.
This femme fatale, Camilla Black, is a famous fashion magazine editor by day. Certainly, the last person anyone would suspect of being a vigilante killer. But, one day, one of her kills is discovered, and the renown Detective Wheelan is brought in to solve his murder. Camilla must try to outsmart the detective and still maintain her mission of making the world safe from the predators she kills.
Some may criticize Camilla for taking the law into her own hands. But, rarely do the kind of men she punishes receive punishment nor do their victims receive justice. In the first chapter we are introduced to her latest mark, a serial rapist and woman beater named Julian. Camilla does not just immediately assume he is evil. It is after she sees him lace her drink with a date rape drug during their first date, that she makes him her next mark. Ultimately, she finds the proof she needs in his phone of several women he has raped and abused. Knowing that he was recently arrested for assault and released, she knew those women in his phone and those who would cross his path in the future would likely not receive justice.
I usually shy away from novels involving portrayals or descriptions of rape but in a way, Rosi's heroine Camilla allows women to envision taking their power back. If you want a strong, unconventional female heroine, then this book may help quench your thirst.
*I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Thanks Amazon Publishing UK, Zoe Rosi and NetGalley for the issue.
When I read the synopsis of the book I was instantly interested and when I read it I'm not going to say I was "disappointed" but I think I was looking for another protagonist, another way of developing things, another type of analysis or psychology I don't know.
Our protagonist, Camilla, is a psychopath I would say, although the term is not well defined in my head (it is something that I would be very interested in studying and reading), who murders those men who attack women and abuse them. them.
By telling them that, they realize that there are going to be quite strong, harsh and sometimes very cruel situations when it comes to being denounced. But the author goes without holding back.
I don't know exactly what I expected, but that's not what I found. The way the book ends, the ending, seemed too fast to me, as I felt there were dots that weren't connected, that maybe it was going to be a book with a few more pages.
Woah! What a protagonist!! The psychotic saviour of women’s rights 😂
I really enjoyed this book, fantastic characters and situations, Even tho you know that Camilla’s actions are so wrong, you can understand why.
This is a dark and detailed read (I personally preferred the murders to the the steamy parts) but I also loved Camilla’s inner monologue, cracked me up.
A must for thriller fans
‘The date rape drug he’d intended to give me has knocked him out so hard he’s barely even flinched, despite being dragged to the top of a twelve-storey building, stripped naked and bound to a post.’
And that, friends, is how this book begins. WHAT A RIDE.
I demolished this book in one sitting - I could not put it down. Camilla is a fashion magazine editor by day and vigilante serial killer by night. She goes after the men who slip through the net of justice - rapists who have gone free, child molesters who were released early for ‘good behaviour’.
Camilla’s character is dark and complex, with an in-depth back story as to why she is how she is. This book also has one of the most interesting first lines that
I’ve come across lately (see above).
I did see part of the twist at the end coming (I had my suspicions!) but I really enjoyed how it came about, as while I’d figured a few things out I hadn’t ‘solved’ everything. I really enjoyed the ending, which also made me wonder if there will be a sequel at some point…
The sex steams included in the book were seriously steamy, which was a pleasant change from the brutal murder-y parts of the story. Variation is the spice of life, or something along those lines.
I don’t often give five stars but this was a truly unique novel. Not for the faint hearted!
Absolutely loved this!!!
A fast paced thriller revolving around a female serial killer who murders evil men!
I wasn't sure when I read the blurb if I would enjoy the fashion house part of the story, not something that interests me, neednt have worried, this was one of the best thrillers I have read for a good while!
Finished in one day I was glued!!!
Thank you to the author and publisher for an advance copy for an honest review
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