How to Build A Killer is an extremely disturbing story that includes graphic descriptions of the horrible things that happen to the most vulnerable amongst us. This book is not for the faint of heart, or for anyone who doesn't want to have a light shone on a sordid corner of society. You'll want to believe that this is all fiction, but in the end you'll realize that the crystal clear mirror that Vicki Williams holds up to society reveals truths that few of us want to admit. Tommy describes how "humans want to believe there is a guiding force that controls everything and cares about them, but so far I haven't seen any proof that if there is a supreme being, he or she or it gives a damn." Tommy goes on to describe how "God tosses life out with a wildly profligate hand and if much of that life ends up as collateral damage, he appears perfectly comfortable with that."
At its heart, this book addresses the classic question of Nature vs. nurture. Would Tommy/Ethan have turned out differently if he'd been loved instead of tossed in a dumpster? A psychiatrist in the story wonders "how much of who Tom became was innate and how much was causation? Did society share a large part of the blame for literally creating a killer by failing so spectacularly to protect a child?" One possible conclusion is that "an uncaring and negligently society deliberately molded him and shaped him into what he was and then punished him for being their own creation."
I recommend this book, but warn the reader that it contains graphic sex, graphic violence, and disturbing imagery of child abuse.