Book reviews

The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh

The Serial Killer's DaughterThe Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I’m sorry but this one was not for me. I read a lot of crime, serial killer, murder mystery, suspense and thriller books so I can manage gruesome scenes and unpleasant people but this, for me, had very few redeeming features.

The title gives away the entire first half of the book so there is no mystery or suspense in the story that is unfolding for the characters. All that remains – and continues throughout the book – is the repetitive, gratuitous and callous descriptions of rape and murder and misogyny, written to shock, but with no other purpose or psychological insight.

The antagonists are cartoonish and two-dimensional and I felt nothing for the remaining characters who were too stupid to even lock their doors! I had to skim towards the end of the book which was peppered with very convenient witness sightings and cliffhangers of details we already knew and had a ridiculous and almost comical final third.

I’m sorry I didn’t enjoy it but thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this ARC.

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