Kill the Father, the new release by Sandrone Dazieri, is a complex and thrilling murder mystery that will take you on quite the ride. Fast paced plot, dynamic characters, and intelligent writing had me reading late into the night. I couldn’t put this one down.
The novel opens with a bang. A boy is trapped in a silo. He explains that he is known as a “beast” when he does something horrible and as “son” when he does something good. He knows his keeper, the man who has kidnapped him and kept him captive, as “the father”. Super creepy right?! The tension, and pace, escalates as a mother is found decapitated and a son is missing. The case appears to be open and close, they arrest the woman’s husband and wait for a confession. The Deputy Captain call in Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre, both reeling from personal tragedy, must work together as they begin to unravel a case, far darker than either of them could imagine.
I was completed engrossed in these characters as the plot played out. In fact, the plot became secondary to me because these characters were so phenomenally written. Both characters were broken and dealing with their personal struggles but had some seriously redeeming qualities that it hard not to connect with them. Colomba was one of those kick-ass women characters that you want to see more of; she was smart and powerful. Dante was similar bringing comedic relief and wit. However, do not get it twisted, this plot was intense and complex. A perfectly blend of a mystery thriller and political police procedural, this one was intricately written. Truly, the author spared no detail. By the end, as the novel came to the conclusion, I was in complete shock.
As much as I loved this story, it is important to note that it is a longer read and I did find that some parts dragged a little (mostly in the middle). That is truly a small complaint compared to how much this novel had to offer. I cannot wait for more of Dante and Colomba and will be waiting patiently for the next installment. I gave this one a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher (Simon & Schuster) and the author for a digital copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.