ARC REVIEW: The Serial Killer’s Daughter – by Lesley Welsh @bookouture

Title: The Serial Killer’s Daughter
Author: Lesley Welsh

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: June 14th 2017
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: May 29th 2017
Pages: 335

“She remembered her mother telling her that discerning the truth in Don’s lies was like unravelling knotted string.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Call me weird, but mention a serial killer and I instantly want to read your thriller. So mention one in the title and I’m sold as soon as I first hear about it… And that is exactly what happened when I saw The Serial Killer’s Daughter mentioned. One of my absolute all time favorites (hint: Jasper Dent) features the son of a serial killer, so having another story focus on the child of a ‘monster’ had me hooked instantly. Now I’ve read The Serial Killer’s Daughter, I do have to say that it’s the first time that the title is actually a spoiler for me. Why? As much as it was what first peaked my interest, I would have liked not knowing the dad was a serial killer beforehand and it takes away some of the suspense around Don’s character. The character development in this psychological thriller is sublime though and this is without doubt one of the most twisted serial killers I’ve encountered with. I liked that it’s not just about the killer and both the daughter and other characters play an important role in the story. There are some very dark and gruesome details in certain parts of the story, so beware if you are sensitive to those. They fit remarkably well in the story though and it only adds to the description and characterization of an extremely violent, arrogant sociopath and manipulator. The pace is a tad slow and there is less action that I would have expected, but the focus in The Serial Killer’s Daughter is on the characters instead and the plot is without doubt very twisty.

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Suzanne has never been close to her father Don and hasn’t been in contact for years… But still her life changes forever the day she receives a visit from Rose Anderson, the woman who has been living with him. She tells Suzanne that her father died she wants Suzanne to have his possessions; including a series of notebooks and a mysterious collection of photographs of various women. One of the women is actually her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in a mysterious fire, and she wonders why her father would have a photo of her. Suzanne’s mother warns her to stay away, but Suzanne cannot let the past rest and decided to read the journals to find out more about her father’s life. But she might end up finding a lot more than she had signed up for…

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Although the title The Serial Killer’s Daughter is actually sort of a spoiler of what is to come, there is no doubt that this story is a well written character-driven psychological thriller with a sublime character development. The pace is a bit slow and there might not be as much action as you would suspect there to be in a serial killer thriller, but the story is full of twists and the characters more than make up for it. You will be able to meet one for the most twisted and creepy serial killers I’ve encountered with to this date and get to know him (almost too) intimately; definitely the stuff nightmares are made from.


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28 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: The Serial Killer’s Daughter – by Lesley Welsh @bookouture

    • Thanks! I’ve tried long reviews, but they just don’t work for me… I guess I prefer reading other people expert reviews instead and keep to ramblings for mine. 😉

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    • I don’t think I ever saw a spoiler in the title before, but I guess it did help me want to read this story in the first place. It’s still a very good read though!

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    • The excellent characterization of the serial killer definitely makes up for the spoiler! It took away some of the suspense, but since it’s a character-driven story in the first place it wasn’t all that bad.

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    • If you don’t like a slow pace this one isn’t the best for you… The story focuses mostly on the characters and their development; very interesting, but there wasn’t as much action as I would have expected initially.

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    • That’s great to hear! Enjoy definitely isn’t the right word for this one haha, but I’m glad you found it to be a great read! The dad was seriously creepy and messed up; he took the whole serial killer creepiness to a whole different level. 😉

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  5. Oh my god. I have to admit that a story where you learn later on that “my father is a serial killer” would have been absolutely amazing. I totally understand what you mean. Sucks that the book couldn’t have incorporated that plot twist into the story instead of being a lure for readers! Great review. 😀

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    • I would probably have given this story the extra star without the title spoiler, since it just would have added so much suspense to the plot… It’s still a solid character-driven story, just slightly less good as I would have hoped.

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