Monday, December 19, 2022

Book Review: How to Kill Your Family

By Becky Gulc

‘I  have killed several people (some brutally, others calmly) and yet I currently languish in jail for a murder I did not commit.

When I think about what I actually did, I feel somewhat sad that nobody will ever know about the complex operation that I undertook. Getting away with it is highly preferable, of course, but perhaps when I'm long gone, someone will open an old safe and find this confession. The public would reel.

After all, almost nobody else in the world can possibly understand how someone, by the tender age of 28, can have calmly killed six members of her family. And then happily got on with the rest of her life, never to regret a thing.

A wickedly dark romp about class, family, love... and murder’. (Synopsis courtesy of Waterstones.)

How to Kill Your Family is the debut novel from journalist Bella Mackie. It quickly gathered fantastic reviews upon release so I had to buy it and read it for myself.

Grace Bernard is not someone you initially expect to champion, as outlined in the synopsis she kills several members of her family, planning each and every murder meticulously. Somehow however Grace as a protagonist is someone you will route for throughout. 

Grace is cold, calculating and hellbent on revenge for her late mother’s wishes not being granted. Grace is vulnerable and I felt sorry for her at times. She’s certainly an interesting character to get to know.

The book manages to be darkly humorous and I laughed out loud a fair few times reading this novel. It also felt extremely fresh, it’s not easy to compare it to any other books I’ve read as it’s simply unique and I loved that. I also didn’t see the ending coming and I was so mixed up by how I felt about this and that is no bad thing!

If you’d like to read something a little darker, but something which brings humour too, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

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