Thursday, July 29, 2021

Review: Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell

Kill All Your Darlings
by David Bell

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  After years of struggling to write following the deaths of his wife and son, English professor Connor Nye publishes his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman.

There's just one problem: Connor didn't write the book. His missing student did. And then she appears on his doorstep, alive and well, threatening to expose him.

Connor's problems escalate when the police insist details in the novel implicate him in an unsolved murder from two years ago. Soon Connor discovers the crime is part of a disturbing scandal on campus and faces an impossible dilemma--admit he didn't write the book and lose his job or keep up the lie and risk everything. When another murder occurs, Connor must clear his name by unraveling the horrifying secrets buried in his student's manuscript.

Kritters Thoughts:  Connor Nye is an English professor that has been in need of a book to publish to get tenure at his university and one has fallen in his lap when a student submits a thesis and then disappears.  He steals the manuscripts and publishes it as his own, but upon publication she returns and then the dominos start to fall.  

Before reading this book, I was already a David Bell fan, so I didn't even read the synopsis before starting and just dove in.  It was so easy to get into these characters and get attached to each of them and want to know everything about the situations they found themselves in.  Not only were the characters built quickly, the plot was moving fast from the very beginning.  

I tend to judge a mystery book based on the final culprit and while this book had some great twists and turns, I was completely satisfied with the culprit and how the book came together.  This book solidified my love for David Bell and I will keep reading his books without any synopsis!

Rating:  absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 91 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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