Book Review

KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS by David Bell (Out Today!)

I received a gifted galley of KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS by David Bell for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!

Publication Date: 7/6/2021

Rating: 4 / 5

KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS follows struggling English professor and writer Connor. The death of his wife and son have wrecked him and he’s been unable to write ever since. Knowing he must produce something in order to solidify his position with the university, he is getting desperate. When one of his students turns in a handwritten manuscript and then disappears, his desperation has him making the decision to publish the book under his own name.

Problems begin when his book about the murder of a young woman is targeted by police who feel the plot too closely resembles the death of an actual woman in the area to be a coincidence. Connor is therefore an obvious suspect and he must weigh the potential risks and benefits of admitting to what he has and has not done. More and more secrets around the case, his missing student and the university life around him begin to emerge.

I enjoyed KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS, though I’m not sure that I ever really enjoyed Connor himself. The man brought all of this on himself making very bad decisions and that track record pretty much continued throughout the rest of the novel with bad choice after bad choice. I think the fact that his life held such heartbreak did allow me to feel for him and give him some grace.

I thought the author did well at bringing some twists to the story that I didn’t see coming. There were moments toward the middle and the end that got a bit slow for me, but even so I was hooked to see how all of this resolved. I did have a couple of questions still at the end, but overall thought this was a solid thriller read!


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