Book Review: Kill the Father

Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

Dates Read: 20/01/2021-28/01/2021

My Rating: 2 of 5 stars

It has to be said at the outset that this is a weighty tome. Not the longest I’ve ever read but at times you certainly feel it could have benefitted from some trimming. The premise is interesting – bringing together 2 characters suffering from severe PTSD, one as a result of sustained abuse and the other stemming from a single catastrophic event, to investigate a murder/kidnapping which will resonate with them both. They each struggle to engage with others but both recognise the damage in the other and manage somehow to work together to manage their symptoms and solve the case.

Ah, the case. Well, there’s my problem. The actual crimes are believable but the motives and complexities just simply aren’t. I got the feeling that the author was trying to be too clever, but conspiracy theories just aren’t my thing and the supposed scale of wrongdoing and the agencies implicated just made it contrived which was a massive turn off for me! It would have worked better with a more personal, less institutional enemy but then I guess that wouldn’t have left the opportunity for a series available, so what do I know?

Some of the passages are pretty graphic which weirdly, I emjoyed. I like the method of slowly revealing the rolling impacts of a momentary, catastrophic event. For two thirds of the novel it’s an entertaining read but ending it at that two thirds point would proably have worked better.

I find that it’s always better reading in the source language but since my Italian only extends to ordering pizza and wine, I read this in translation as a necessity. I know it’s a difficult task, but at times the translation feels clunky which probably spoiled my enjoyment somewhat. Maybe read it in Italian, if you can?

As reads go, for me it was ok, but I won’t be delving any further into the series.


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