“Suzanne Tyler barely knew her father. But when she’s given a series of secret diaries and eight mysterious photographs of women from his possessions, she knows she won’t be able to rest until she knows the truth about him.
To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire.
But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death… So why did he have a picture of her?
Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his diaries? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move?
Chilling and utterly page-turning, The Serial Killer’s Daughter is a compelling thriller, perfect for fans of C.L. Taylor, Rachel Abbott, and Tom Bale.”
I am thrilled to welcome you to my stop on the The Serial Killer’s Daughter blog tour which I share with the very lovely Shell over at Chelle’s Book Reviews. The Serial Killer’s Daughter is written by Lesley Welsh and was published by the mighty Bookouture on 14th June 2017.
And what a novel! You know when you start reading a book but you ‘kind of’ know what to expect…? Maybe a variation on the theme of judging a book by it’s cover…? (Although I have to say that I love the cover of this one and if anything, it caught my attention and made me want to read it even more.) I was so totally, completely, absolutely wrong in my assumptions. This book packs one heck of a punch and I really enjoyed it, a lot more than I initially thought I would.
Don Tyler, Suzanne’s estranged father, is probably one of the most evil, manipulative and sinister characters I have ever met (in a fictional sense of course). The classic horror/noir novel, American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis is mentioned within the plot but I was drawing similarities between Don and Patrick Bateman waaay before then. And if you’ve read American Psycho you may now have some idea why I was so surprised by this book! The plot does contain some pretty hefty sexual content (which I do like to avoid reading about….normally) but it worked and was key to the storyline. Without certain aspects then Don, just wouldn’t be….well, Don! I felt uncomfortable, of course, but that’s what I believe the author was trying to do. I should add that The Serial Killer’s Daughter is by no means as graphic as American Psycho so don’t let that put you off. But I did feel there were similarities between the two.
I liked Suzanne. I liked how normal she was despite being the daughter of a serial killer. But my favourite character was Joan, Suzanne’s mother. Ex-hippy now happily settled with a nice, normal, stable man but still able to control her ruthless, immoral, psychopathic beast of an ex. Now that’s girl power, lol!
Would I recommend this book? I would. It’s dark, edgy and unexpected. I love a book where the body count is high and it certainly is in this one thanks to Don’s ‘talents’. All in all, a great read which I heartily recommend to all serial killer thriller fans. In fact, I would go as far as saying that this is one novel fans of the serial killer thriller should not miss!
Four out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of The Serial Killer’s Daughter. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
Lesley Welsh sadly passed away in April this year. Lesley was born in Strawberry Field children’s home and raised on a notorious council estate in Liverpool. Later she moved to London where she studied English and Drama and worked as a freelance writer specialising in alternative lifestyles. Her articles appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Red, Bite, Time Out and many others before she established Moondance Media, a magazine publishing company. Her dark and compelling short story Mrs Webster’s Obsession was turned into a film. Lesley moved to Spain and sadly passed away in April.