Thursday 21 July 2022

Book Review: The Serial Killer's Daughter by Alice Hunter

The Serial Killer's Daughter by Alice Hunter book cover

AD* | Is murder in the blood?

In a sleepy Devon village, a young girl is taken from the streets. Local vet, Jenny, is horrified. This kind of thing doesn’t happen here.

But it’s not the first time she’s been so close to a crime scene. The daughter of a prolific serial killer, she’s spent her whole life running from who she really is.

And the crime is harrowingly similar to those her father committed all those years ago…

But she’s not her father’s daughter.

Is she?

Creepy and unsettling, The Serial Killer's Daughter documents one woman's journey from the perfect life to questioning everything she thought she knew about herself. 

As Jenny's life starts to fall apart, you find yourself digging deeper into her past, uncovering long-buried memories and childhood trauma. It's well-written and expertly paced, keeping the story moving along while still building suspense.

The plot moves from scene to scene, tense yet engaging from the very start. The concept of the book is also excellent - definitely a great hook to draw you into the story and keep you reading!

Whilst the plot is good and the writing style excellent, I do feel that the main character, Jenny, lets the story down a bit. She's unrelatable and difficult to like - frustrating when you feel as though you should be on her side.  

Jenny suffers from night-time blackouts - whole hours disappear while she's out of the house, and then when she wakes, she doesn't remember a thing. While this is initially an intriguing concept to sow the seed of doubt, it quickly becomes overused and repetitive, to the extent that it loses some of its power.

The Serial Killer's Daughter is a solid suspense novel, bound to keep you guessing!

Rating: 3 stars

The Serial Killer's Daughter is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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