How to Kill Your Family Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The number one Sunday Times best seller
They say you can’t choose your family. But you can kill them.
Meet Grace Bernard.
Daughter, sister, serial killer....
Grace has lost everything.
And she will stop at nothing to get revenge.
How to Kill Your Family was number one in the Sunday Times paperback chart on 26/04/2022
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 49 minutes|
|Narrator||Charly Clive, Paul Panting|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.co.uk Release Date||22 July 2021|
|Publisher||The Borough Press|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 56 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
2 in Dark Humour Literature & Fiction
3 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
43 in Teen & Young Adult (Books)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2022
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The way Mackie splits the story between Grace’s incarceration and how she proceeds to eliminate those members of her family is entertaining. Then dropped in sporadically are snippets of Grace’s childhood and teen years – these are heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time as Grace goes through more in her formative years than most do in their first 30! I really took to Grace despite her intentions. She’s a focused young woman and is determined to complete her mission. She’s thorough in her planning and execution, her dedication to her own cause admirable.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mackie’s debut novel. Her writing flows smoothly between past and present. This isn’t a regular crime novel; it’s kind of a cross genre kind of book. If you’ve read Jog On, you’ll be in for a surprise; this (unsurprisingly) is nothing like Mackie’s first foray as a published author. Mackie inserts a bucket load of dark humour into the story of real vengeance. I really hope this is the start of some dark and twisted novels from Mackie’s keyboard.
Whilst I don’t necessarily approve of mass familicide, the main character of Grace Bernard is such an empowering woman and I feel like I absolutely love her - which seems completely wrong.
Bella has a way of crossing between the past and present, and even characters, smoothly and I never once got confused as to where in her story we were. The amount of description used is just right; it gives you enough to cling to when reading the story, but it doesn’t overwhelm it and become one of these “why use one word when you can use five” kind of books.
And that twist at the end!!! I’m not saying anything, but boy did I not see it coming, any of it, which to me is the sign of a good thriller/murder mystery writer.
This is Bella’s debut fiction book and I truly hope it’s the start of a long line of others. It’s so unusual to anything I’ve read before and I can really see Bella being a real tour de force for the future.
Also, it’s just screaming out for a TV adaptation starring Jodie Comer.
I don’t think the chapter lengths helped, each one felt like a book in itself and I found myself plotting the author’s demise and how I could have done it in one sentence so why did she need 60 pages. It would have been beaten to death by hardback but as I had a kindle copy she had a lucky escape. I found it ironic that it says in the book “Life is so short, and we spend so much of it talking to terrible people about the minutiae of their nothing lives”. Change talking to, to reading about and it was very apt.
So why did I keep on reading you may ask. Well as much as I hated Grace and the chapter lengths I wanted to know what got her caught and would she get out of prison. Also did she kill the one person she had saved for last and the murder that would mean the most. It was even more ironic that of all the murders she had committed she was in prison for one she swears she is innocent for.
The majority of this book was 3 stars and I struggled each day to pick it up and that sucked a lot of joy out of my reading experience. However I’m glad I stuck with it as the ending was the full five stars and it was not only very clever it made me look back and see things completely differently. So my personal opinion is to definitively read it, but go in expecting this as one to slowly savour rather than a fast paced thriller which is the norm.
Others have said it and I'd agree that it's unnecessary, lengthy descriptions add nothing to the book and that the main character is so unlikeable. She really is! I kept trying to be on her side and put myself in her shoes but after every b****y comment she made about people's appearances or lifestyles I just hated her more and more. It felt like the whole book was just one long (and unasked for) opinion on every other character. Constant digs about how people walk, talk, dress, look, work....honestly, just filler.
No real substance to anything and I felt no connection or empathy for any character. It took me about 4 months to read the whole thing and it felt like a massive chore. Someone should check on the author, felt like a lot of projected feeling and thoughts!
Give it a miss.