Kill The Father
Author: Sandrone Dazieri
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre/Themes: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Release Date: January 10th 2017
Page Count: 496
Format: ARC provided by Simon & Schuster Canada
*Disclaimer* An ARC of Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri was provided to me through Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour. This does not effect my opinion in any way.
First of all, I’d like to quickly give myself a little pat on the back for even finishing this novel. My attention span is actually pathetic, so big books tend to make me feel slightly intimidated. 500 pages may not be a lot for some people, but for me it’s quite the achievement! I’m so glad I stuck with it as Kill The Father turned out to be the thriller I didn’t know I needed.
In this fascinatingly complex thriller, two people, each shattered by their past, team to solve a series of killings and abductions—a ruthlessly planned escalation that turns out to be merely the visible surface of something far more sinister.
When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case sees an easy solution: they arrest the woman’s husband and await his confession. But the chief of Rome’s major crimes unit doubts things are so simple. Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy’s top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed by the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself “the Father,” Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and hyperobservant capacities.
All evidence suggests that the Father is back and active after being dormant for decades. Indeed, he has left telltale signs that signal he’s looking forward to a reunion with Dante. But when Colomba and Dante begin following the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they grasp that what’s really going on is darker than they ever imagined.
What I Liked
The mystery and suspense. Typically, when one picks up a thriller, they except a great deal of mystery and suspense…and Kill The Father did not disappoint. This book had me hooked right from the start. The suspense started early and it did not let up until literally the final chapter. Oh my god, and that ending…there’s going to be a second book right? RIGHT?!
Dante. I absolutely loved the character of Dante Torre. He is a character with a terrible past and just knowing what he had to overcome to be able to even slightly function socially makes him a complex and well thought out character. Learning about his past was probably the most intriguing part of this novel as it plays a huge part in the story. A lot of the characters within Kill The Father were completely unlikable (even Colomba Caselli bothered me slightly and I’m still not too sure why) and it was really hard to trust anyone completely, except for Dante. There was something about him that felt pure and I’m so excited to read more about him…because there will be a second book, RIGHT?!
The flashbacks. There were a few chapters at the beginning of the novel that felt out of place at first. I was a little confused as these chapters didn’t seem to fit with the story that I was reading. Finally, it hit me that these were little vignettes of the past. Each of these little vignettes revealed more about Colomba Caselli’s past which eventually all made sense. One of these chapters was so vivid in gruesome detail that it felt like a scene from a Quentin Tarantino film. Needless to say, I loved it.
The connections. Moments that you didn’t think would connect ended up connecting. Characters that you thought had nothing to do with one another ended up connecting. Everything in this novel was a connection to something else. At times, this was completely mind-blowing!
What I Didn’t Like
A little too complex. I will admit, there were a few moments where the book lost me. There were so many things happening and so many characters and it was all so fast paced that I missed key details here and there. There were moments that I had to go back and re-read the paragraph that I had just finished to figure out what the heck I had just missed. There was a lot going on and as I mentioned there were a lot of connections, but sometimes I missed HOW they were connected.
Overall, Kill The Father was intense and one hell of a thrill. I hadn’t read a good suspenseful novel in a quite a while and Kill The Father has restored my love for the genre! So, there will be a second book, RIGHT?!?!?!?!
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About The Author
Sandrone Dazieri is the bestselling author of eight novels and more than fifty screenplays. Kill the Father, the first in a planned series featuring Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre, is his American debut.
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