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Bella Mackie

Autor(a) de How to Kill Your Family

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About the Author

Includes the name: Bella Mackie (author)

Obras por Bella Mackie


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Data de nascimento
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England, UK
Locais de residência
London, England, UK
James, Greg (husband)
Rusbridger, Alan (father)
Mackie, Lindsay (mother)



After a few heavier reads and a rather hectic couple of weeks, I was longing to dive into a funny, comfort read. So, of course, I plucked How to Kill Your Family from my never-ending TBR. What better way to relax than with a book about multiple murders?

The premise for this was great, and I was super excited about it going in. I enjoy a good mystery, love an unreliable narrator and am all for irony and sass in my MCs, so this seemed like a perfect fit. Alas, this is one of those cases where the execution just didn't live up to my expectations. The book started out strong but slowly started its slow descent downhill, right up until it crashed and burned at the end.

Grace is the illegitimate daughter of a millionaire who abandoned her and her mother, ignoring her mother's pleas for help as she was close to dying. After discovering this, Grace vows revenge and decides to kill every member of her father's family, leaving him for last. The story is narrated by Grace in journal form, as she is in prison for murder... except it's the only one she didn't commit.

I enjoyed the journal form, even though it made very little sense to me why Grace should ever want to commit to paper a full account of every murder she committed and so far got away with. Still, her narrating voice was snarky and sarcastic and perfect to set the tone for the book. This unfortunately didn't last very long, as soon she just became annoying and borderline offensive. The story started to drag from very early on, and I almost started to feel like reading this book was a chore.

We have a front-row seat to Grace's attempts at social commentary, which typically reduce to her hating everyone and everything and resenting the world for all that she missed. Although her feelings could be understandable, and could have been written in such a way as to allow for her character to grow, there was a distinct sense that we should be agreeing with her full stop even when she is spewing hate for no discernible reason. There were also a few very uncomfortable scenes and behaviours, which I just could not get on board with.

I didn't DNF this as I kept hoping I would actually start enjoying it, or at least find it funnier than I had so far, but unfortunately I never did. There were a few funny scenes here and there, but they were sadly not enough to carry the whole book. I also absolutely hated the ending, which just felt like an afterthought tacked on for the sake of one final plot twist.

While I appreciate what the author was trying to do here, the class commentary was just not effective and in fact more often than not was reduced to a slew of stereotypes and never-ending judgment with absolutely no foundation to stand on. For me, Grace was not the witty anti-hero she should be, but rather came across as an extremely unlikeable, self-centred and, ultimately, shallow individual. Sadly, this one was just not for me.

CW:This book contains mentions of death, murder, car accident, sexual content, drug use.

I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book in any way.
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bookforthought | 19 outras críticas | Nov 7, 2023 |
Cuando Grace Bernard descubre que el padre millonario que la abandonó ha ignorado las llamadas de auxilio de su madre moribunda, jura venganza y se propone matar a todos los miembros de su acaudalada familia. Así que hace una lista de nombres y, decidida a tacharlos todos, se lanza en una misión despiadada para hacer justicia y, en el proceso, convertirse en la única heredera de la fortuna de los Artemis. Su plan es perfecto y confía en salirse con la suya sin mayores problemas, pero siempre hay variables que una no puede controlar... sobre todo cuando hablamos de matar.… (mais)
bcacultart | 19 outras críticas | Sep 27, 2023 |
AHH all the feels! I loved this book so much, if your a fan of Colleen Hoover's Verity or twist endings you will most likely enjoy this! 5*
KitKat101 | 19 outras críticas | Sep 13, 2023 |
I might not want anti-heroine Grâce as a friend, but I did enjoy her judgemental, snippy comments about everything from the Bored Rich to Manicured Influencers, as she does away with the family she never knew.

I could have done with shorter chapters, they always make for a speedier read, but it was fun to enter vicariously into the different worlds of each of her victims. And the twist was great.
LARA335 | 19 outras críticas | Aug 31, 2023 |



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