Author : Lesley Walsh
Pages : 335
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : June 14, 2017
Charmer, liar, father … killer.
Suzanne’s life changes forever the day she receives a visit from Rose Anderson, the woman who has been living with her estranged father, Don. Don is dead, but Rose wants Suzanne to have his possessions – including a series of intimate diaries and a mysterious collection of photographs of women.
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 journals? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move?
Well, I must admit I’ve never asked myself the question “what would I do if I found out my dad was a serial killer?” but that’s exactly the situation Suzanne finds herself in.
Suzanne’s life changes when she receives a visit from Rose, who’s been living with Suzanne’s estranged father for the past two years. Rose brings news of Don’s death and wants his daughter to have his possessions. These include diaries and photographs of various women. One of whom is Sophie, Suzanne’s friend who died years ago in a fire. But as far as Suzanne knows, her father only met Sophie once. So why does he have a picture of her? Who are all these other women? And what secrets are hidden in the diaries?
Despite her mother’s misgivings, Suzanne sets out to investigate her father’s dark past. Wouldn’t we all? I probably would. Too curious for my own good. But things quickly take a turn for the worst.
The Serial Killer’s Daughter is one gripping and absorbing psychological thriller, with a few twists along the way. I really enjoyed this author’s writing although her brain must have been a truly scary place to have come up with someone like Don. And don’t even get me started on those diary chapters! Those could very well be some of the most disturbing things I’ve ever read.
There’s only one word for Don. Monster. Pure and simple. An evil mastermind who made my skin crawl. He’s a manipulator, a narcissist, a liar, a charmer when he wants to be and amazingly capable of somehow always shifting the blame onto someone else. Lesley Welsh did an excellent job of getting into a serial killer’s head.
A truly absorbing read for anyone who likes the psychological thriller genre!
Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced copy, which I chose to review honestly.
The Serial Killer’s Daughter will be published on June 14th.