CLICK CLICK CLICK by Anne Varner and Karen DeVanie
True crime enthusiasts, get ready to be captivated by Anne Varner and Karen DeVanie’s gripping novel, CLICK CLICK CLICK. This book takes readers on a dark journey through the small town of Franklin, VA, where secrets and lies lurk in the shadows until they’re finally brought to the light.
The story follows two true-crime podcast sisters who uncover intimate details about a murder cover-up in their hometown. The victim, a good-natured teenager, found himself on a kill list after a toxic friendship spiraled out of control. It was a clear Friday night when three classmates gathered, and a shot rang out. The victim lay dead, but nobody knew for over two years.
CLICK CLICK CLICK is a cautionary tale of teenage rebellion gone unchecked and a deadly collaboration that resulted in a murder. The Plan was set in motion, and there was no turning back. The story shines a light on the forgotten victim and resurrects his importance in the scariest event of his young life.
The book opens with the killer’s shocking inner thoughts immediately after the crime, and the authors expertly weave the inner workings of the crime throughout the story. The blood stains in the car, the disposal of the brain matter-stained clothes, and more – every detail is revealed. Readers will learn why two young men decided to become killers and how they carried out the grievous act.
What sets CLICK CLICK CLICK apart from other true crime books is the emphasis on victimology. The dedicated podcasters give a voice to the victim, and their storytelling reveals the full extent of the tragedy that unfolded. The authors delve deep into the psychology of the killers, their toxic friendship, and the secrets that led to the murder.
The writing in CLICK CLICK CLICK is crisp and concise, with a fast-paced narrative that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. The story unfolds quickly, leaving very little to the imagination. The book’s themes of secrecy and dark secrets are expertly explored, and the authors pull no punches when it comes to revealing the truth about the murder.
A chilling quote that captivated me, “The lethal formula, coupled with rebellion and youth, made for a deadly cocktail waiting to be served. Then, an idea to commit the evilest of deeds was born. They pondered how it would feel to kill a human being” perfectly captures the theme of the book. The story highlights how a combination of factors such as rebellion and a thirst for danger, can lead young people to commit unthinkable acts. It’s a sobering reminder of the potential dangers of negative influence involving teenagers and the importance of recognizing the warning signs. The authors do an excellent job of portraying the inner workings of the killers’ minds, their motives and their thought process leading up to the murder. The quote highlights the chilling realization that the young men casually contemplated taking someone’s life, which speaks to the power of dark secrets and the depths of human depravity. This book is a compelling true crime read that is sure to captivate adult readers who enjoy delving into the darker aspects of human nature.
CLICK CLICK CLICK is a must-read for true crime enthusiasts who love a good mystery. The authors have crafted a masterful tale of murder and deception that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. This book is a powerful reminder that what is done in the dark will eventually be brought to the light, no matter how hard we try to hide it.
“CLICK CLICK CLICK is a cautionary tale of teenage rebellion gone unchecked and a deadly collaboration that resulted in a murder.”
“It’s a sobering reminder of the potential dangers of negative influence involving teenagers and the importance of recognizing the warning signs.”