Tuesday 8 February 2022

Book Review | How To Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie | prettylittlewriter

‘I have killed several people 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.

When Grace Bernard discovers her absentee millionaire father has rejected her dying mother’s pleas for help, she vows revenge, and sets about to kill every member of his family. Readers have a front row seat as Grace picks off the family one by one. But then Grace is imprisoned for a murder she didn’t commit.’


This book was a strange one for me. I enjoyed the dark humour and the clever ways that Grace kills her family members, however, I did find that there was an awful lot of waffle within just for the sake of it. I couldn’t tell whether we were reading the internal monologue/thoughts of Grace, or whether we were reading her diary (turns out it was neither of those things). There was just an awful lot of extra detail that wasn’t required.

I felt like the author was trying to showcase that she is a strong feminist with a strong and empowered main character, however, there was A LOT of anti-feminist remarks within, with Grace often commenting on another female characters appearance in a belittling way. Overall I did like Grace as a character though, and her revenge story was a brilliant idea, I just don’t think it was particularly well executed.

The main reason I am giving this book a low rating is the ending. It was such a huge disappointment. I’ll admit I didn’t see it coming at all, but the surprise of it was ruined by the fact that it basically rendered Grace’s story pointless.

I was hoping for a lot more from this book given the hype, and was left feeling underwhelmed.

2.5/5 stars

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