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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review: Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Simon & Schuster

First I need to say that I LOVED that this was set in Italy.  I lived in Italy from '88-'91 and would love to go back.  For some reason, even just reading the short stints of language or the different areas just took me back to a different world.  I was then catapulted back into this one because this story is ADDICTING!  Read below and you'll see why Kill The Father is a VERY apt title!

A woman is found beheaded and her 6 yr old son is missing - all signs seem to point to the woman's husband, who is arrested while law enforcement wait for his confession. The Chief of Rome's Major Crimes Unit goes around the typical procedures and brings in Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre. Colomba has been off duty after surviving a bombing while on duty and is struggling with her PTSD. Dante Torre is the only known survivor of a kidnapping, in which he spent most of his childhood trapped in a concrete silo at the hands of "The Father". He also deals with his own PTSD issues, claustrophobia and OCD tendencies. They work together to solve this puzzle and end up finding out more than they had expected.

I can't remember the last time I've read a thriller where I didn't start trying to figure out what was going to happen, how it was going to happen and who committed the crime. I was so involved in the characters of Colomba and Dante that I just let the story roll through my head without any expectation or anticipations. The author did a fantastic job with their story lines and growth in their relationship as they worked together through the main plot of the story. He really brought everything together in such a seamless manner. I was surprised a few times and even when I thought it was over, there was another slap in the face that had me gasping.

Please, do NOT sleep on this one. I was hooked from the very beginning and did NOT want to put it down. You won't either.

Big thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and Scribner for this advanced copy.

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