I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Only 40 pages, Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer, by Ryan Suvaal, is more accurately described as a novella or short story, than a novel. Suvaal is an impassioned writer of psychological thrillers, and has written several books of this genre.
I admit I was all set for a long investigation by local police and the FBI, with a dramatic takedown of the serial killer. I was just getting interested when I turned the digital page to see “Epilogue” at the top of the next chapter. I thought, “What?! Already?” Yep, that was it. End of story.
Stella Davidov, guilty of run-on sentences and missing commas, is in a remote house in a remote village. With her kids away for a week, she expects to get some writing done. She awakens to find herself in the bathtub filled with epoxy, not water. Grazine Greta Gones, the Grammar Nazi Serial Killer, is standing over her, telling Stella why she is about to become the 18thvictim.
Grazine’s ego has grown so much, she agrees to a live interview in a dark net chatroom. Does she have an ulterior motive? Who will be the next victim? Does she live an otherwise normal life? You may be surprised.
What Makes This Reviewer Grumpy?
The usual things, but a lot of them. There were so many errors, I can’t help but wonder, if this book was written “tongue-in-cheek”. After all, it was funny at times. Either way, this book includes some of the very things the main character complained about to her victims: run-on sentences, a serious lack of commas, in addition to singular vs. plural disagreement within sentences, split infinitives, misplacement of the word “only” within sentences (we all do this when speaking, but in writing, it is much more important), and failure to capitalize a word in a title.