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Kill the Father

(Colomba Caselli #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  4,391 ratings  ·  657 reviews
In this fascinatingly complex thriller, two people, each shattered by their past, team up to solve a series of killings and abductions—unspeakable crimes that turn out to be merely the visible surface of something far more sinister.

When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case arrests the woman’s
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Scribner (first published May 27th 2014)
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Paula That´s the restaurant where what Colomba refers to as "the Disaster" occurred. A bomb exploded, killing most of the people there, injuring her severel…moreThat´s the restaurant where what Colomba refers to as "the Disaster" occurred. A bomb exploded, killing most of the people there, injuring her severely,threatening her career. That´s why she´s on leave when the book starts. Both the main characters have had shattering experiences in their pasts.The explosion´s hers.(less)

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Diane S ☔
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
First in a series, translated from Italian, I have to admit I was enthralled. Not necessarily for the storyline, thought I thought is was well dome with multiple layers and new revelations, the requisite twists and turns that we don't see coming.

It was the characters I found extremely interesting. The young woman detective suffering from anxiety, on leave at present, but brought into the case as a favor to her mentor and friend. Then there ids Dante Torres, kidnapped as a six year old, for eleve
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was CRAZY!!! Just when I thought I was figuring things out, the plot throws a monkey wrench in my thought process. Fantastic writing, detailed, intricate, and complicated. Wow!!!
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars. Kill the Father is not a book to read in fits and starts as I did over the Christmas holiday. It's a long book with a complex plot, lots of characters and endless twists and turns. Translated from the Italian, Kill the Father is a psychological thriller focused on two parallel child abductions -- one takes place at the opening of the book and the other one takes place 25 years earlier. The main two characters are a female police officer on leave and the victim of the older abduction, ...more
Linda Strong
Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre .... two protagonists that make up this part psychological puzzle, part conspiracy theory, and part police procedural .... characters you will never forget.

Caselli --- recuperating from a bombing, suffering from PTSD, trying to decide whether she wants to continue as a detective.

Torre - a man held captive from the age of 6 to 17 in a one room chamber with no light, no windows, only the voice of his captor ..Father. He escaped only to live his life
Dannii Elle
My full review can be found over on United by Pop.

On first glance, this appeared to be a rather unoriginal crime thriller. Don't be deceived! This is full of the action, suspense and intrigue that marks this genre, but the focus on mental health is what really drew me into the story.

This psychologically complex and emotionally moving story is set in alternating past and present sections, that chronicles two separate but converging narratives. A past crime bears a startling resemblance to a prese
This intricate Italian thriller introduces one of the oddest couples in crime fiction. Neither one is a poster child for mental health and with good reason. The real question lurking behind their present case is not whether they’ll get their man but if they can survive what they discover.

Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli is officially on leave. She was a rising star in Rome’s major crimes unit until “the Disaster”. Now she’s trying to decide whether she still wants to be a cop & her panic attacks m
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

Kill the Father was an exciting thriller featuring two of the most memorable characters I've come across in years!

Deputy Captain Columba Caselli is recovering from a horrible bombing when her superior requests she look into a kidnapping case, even though she is still officially on leave. Dante Torre is a man still recovering from his boyhood kidnapping and subsequent 11 year incarceration by a man known only as "The Father." That's all I'm going to say about the plot.

These character
Liz Barnsley
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure brilliance. Totally absorbing and also two main protagonists to die for. And a proper sprawling story too that not once loses cohesion or quality. I love a tome, we don't get that many authors these days that write the almost 500 or + pagers I like it when they do and they are this bloody good!

Full review to follow on publication day (9th Feb UK)

Louise Wilson
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two people who are shattered by their past team up to solve a series of killings and abductions.

When a woman is beheaded in a park her 6 year old son goes missing. The police unit investigating arrest the woman's husband. The Chief of Rome's Major Crime Unit has his doubts that things are not normally as simple as the case appears to be. Will Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre be able to get to the bottom of it all?

This book certainly keeps your interest all the way through. Nicely written.

I would
Katheryn Thompson
A six-year-old boy and his mother have gone missing from a family picnic. The boy's father is immediately under suspicion, even more so when evidence emerges that suggests he was abusive towards his wife, and when that wife is found beheaded. So the police unit assigned to the case arrest him and await a confession. But Rovere, the Chief of Rome's Major Crimes unit, doubts that things are so simple. Rovere is aware of the consequences of investigating the case formally, especially given his mist ...more
This intricate Italian thriller introduces one of the oddest couples in crime fiction. Neither one is a poster child for mental health and with good reason. The real question lurking behind their present case is not whether they’ll get their man but if they can survive what they discover.

Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli is officially on leave. She was a rising star in Rome’s major crimes unit until “the Disaster”. Now she’s trying to decide whether she still wants to be a cop & her panic attacks m
2 stars--it was okay.

I think this was a case of wrong reader. There's nothing really wrong with this book. If you like thrillers, this has all the exciting thriller elements of explosions, high-tech hacking, and police intrigue. There's a big twist in the killer's identity, and lots of action.

For me personally, I thought the translation was pretty dull. There was a lack of sentence variety and clunky dialogue. Also, I had a bit of a hard time suspending my disbelief regarding how much the police
Lorraine Southern
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
1/100, 5 stars *****
Can't recommend enough!
I LOVED this book!! Loved the main characters, Caselli & Torre, they are a pair who the reader is actually interested in learning all about. I loved the excellent, compulsive, fast-paced writing of this big book that was in no way slow or laborious at any point. It made me stay up that bit later at night and in the bath that bit longer (try til the water was cold!), just so I could read 'just one more chapter'! Oh, and I had NO idea who the Father was u
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

An ARC of Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri was provided to be by Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my rating in any way.


First of all, I’d like to quickly give myself a little pat on the back for even finishing this novel. My attention span is actually pathetic, so big books tend to make me feel slightly intimidated. 500 pages may not be a lot for some people, but for me it’s quite the achievement! I’m so glad I stuck with it as Kill The Father
In Kill The Father
Horror began at five in the afternoon on a Saturday in early September. Stefano Maugeri waves at a police car to stop. Stefano had lost his wife and his six-year-old son. The family were having a picnic and he had fallen asleep. When he had woken up, his wife and son were gone. When his wife was found she had been decapitated. The police see the easy solution and arrest the husband and wait for his confession. But the question is was the police right to arrest the husband? Or
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abducted as a child and held during his formative years Dante Torre escapes years later. Not able to get past what happened to him he has tried to make a world for himself and can sense things others cannot. He has taught himself all the he has missed thru his abduction. Held by the Father it seems he is now back and Dante will stop at nothing to find him but he is thwarted at every turn by the police. Can he overcome his fear and catch the Father. I cannot wait to read the next Dante Torre stor ...more
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a huge fan of long books, this one took some effort to pick up (no pun intended, all ebooks weigh the same), but from that point on the only effort was putting it down. Seriously. This book is awesome. It's all the things I like in a mystery thriller. Exciting, loaded with suspense and twists, well written, great characters, genuinely thrilling sort of thriller, genuinely mysterious sort of mystery. I'm partial to quirky detectives or even informal detectives as the case may be here and ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
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 ...more
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

Imagine parachuting off an airplane. From the moment the doors are opened till your two feet touch the ground, there simply isn’t an instant where you can stop to take a breath or pause to embrace the excitement. Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri delivers a just as electrifying read with his first American debut. This page-turner is a chunk of enthralling police procedural. Translated by Anthony Shugaar, Kill the Father gives any crime novel e
Victor *I Was In The Pool!*
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, suspense
Fairly simple review to do because I will let the blurb and the following three points do all the work for me :)

Three distinct stories

In the first few words of the blurb it tells you that it's complex, yet it's so easy to dismiss or plain miss that because it's used so freely nowadays. Here, it is spot on. When I finished the book, I was able to identify three stories which were woven with precision to bring you this book; I should say at least three, there may have been more. Any one of which w
Colleen Fauchelle
For me this was a 3.75 story. I just felt it was a little long for me and I felt like it was never going to end. Also because it was set in Rome so I was hoping for more of Rome in the story, but this is a character story. It is cleaver in the way it brings all the different side stories in together.
Deputy Captin Colomba Caselli and Danta Torre are thrown together to solve the mystery of a murdered woman and her lost son. The both have issues, especially Torre and they have to find courage for
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A woman is found murdered, her six year old son missing. A broken detective who struggles with panic attacks is deciding whether to hang up her gun and career; a man who as a child was held captive in a silo by "the Father" now deals with all sorts of psychological issues but is blessed with a keen ability to read others. The broken partner up to find the killer and kidnapped.

I despise those monsters that prey on children but I must admit I enjoy it when they get their justice served.
Renee (itsbooktalk)
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4.5 stars

Kill The Father drew me in from the opening pages with writing so detailed and expressive I didn't have a choice but to keep turning the pages as fast as possible. I was immediately immersed in the life of Dante from "before" when he was the kid being held captive in the silo by a man known as The Father; the author brilliantly gives just enough info (not graphic though) so I felt disturbed, yet also connected to Dante before he ends t
Bethan Watson
Review to come soon - awaiting publication.
This is one of the best mystery/thriller police investigation stories I’ve ever read. I’m kicking my own arse that I bought it over a year ago and never opened it until now. Stupid me.

I don’t even want to tell you about it. Read the synopsis. I will NOT do this book justice. Do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy. I guarantee you will at the very least like it, but more likely you will love it like I do.
Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found here!

Sadly, this reread didn’t go as I wanted. My original review of this book was a four-star read. I remember it having great characters and being very intriguing. One of those “I can’t put it down!!” books.

But, my reread, it was good but I didn’t find it as compelling as before. I couldn’t remember a whole lot of the book but things came back as I read. Not everything — there were still places I was shocked at — but a whole lot of it.

Would I recommend the book st
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good, action on every page. A lot of melodrama, though. When things go wrong the characters scream, cry, fall to their knees, etc. It happens a lot, and being a New Englander - well, yeah, we do scream cry fall to our knees, just not as much.

Story: a boy is abducted, his mother found headless, a father is blamed. This is all in first few pages, no spoiler. An investigator who's on medical - psychological medical - leave, but who's an expert in this sort of thing is called in. HER name i
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book sets the bar by which all other thrillers I read this year will be measured. It was that good. Once again, a new (to me) author, though to be fair…my understanding is this is his first book translated to English (he’s Italian). And I’m fervently hoping that the next in series (I can see it on Goodreads, in the original Italian!) is translated to English and quickly. Now I know I say rather regularly that “I’ll definitely read the next in series at some point” (and I always mean it), bu ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank NetGalley, the Author and Publisher for this copy.

4.5 Stars rounded to 5.

It all stars when a child goes missing, his mother beheaded and his father held in custody as the only possible suspect. When Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli is dragged into this investigation with the eccentric Dante Torre, she had absolutely no idea about the pandora box she was about to open. It was much more than just one case of missing child!

What caught me at the beginning, before the complexity o
L.P. Logan
The thing about this book, is that I think a lot of interesting dialogue, emotion, character development, and perspective has been lost in translation. Literally. This book was originally written in Italian in 2014.
At least I'm hoping that this is the case because although the concept behind this mystery book was intriguing, it was not delivered well and was essentially a whole lotta blah mixed with scenes of depravity that made me queasy. Where is the interesting dialogue? The characters that
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