The Serial Killer's Daughter
But Don only met Sophie onc ...more
This was a likable story that other readers will enjoy but it just wasn't entertaining enough and only a couple POVs genuinely interested me. Ultimately, I didn't connect with any of the characters and the way the flashback/ reminiscing scenes mixed into the text wasn't appealing. (view spoiler)[Not to mention how highly unappealing it was for a daughter to read about her estranged father's sexual exploits in graphic detail.
The upside? This book is perfect for the reade ...more
Now however Suzanne's life is changed completely when she receives a visit from Rose Anderson, a woman who claims to have been her father's girlfriends and was with him in his last ...more
The title alone made this a must read for me, if you’ve been following me for more than a week it’s no secret that I have a sick fascination with serial killer novels. Then the blurb drew me in even deeper as I was intrigued by the idea of dead serial killer leaving a journal full of horrors behind. This book is definitely not as straightforward as I was expecting it to be and the author had some wicked twists up her sleeve that shook me up.
A serial killer in a novel is very much one that the reader has a love/hate relationship with. We love them because they give us thrills whilst hating what they do to their victims. Don was a new one on me. I don’t know if it’s because the author has written him as a very dark and disturbing character or it’s the way that she goes into details with the killing ...more
Don, he is a character and a half. He’s a smooth talker, ladies man but he can move from smoothie to bully without a breath. Suzanne has her dad on a metaphorical pedestal until his visit to her during her uni years, she only saw the smooth talke ...more
Oh my goodness what a dark and twisted read The Serial Killers Daughter by Lesley Welsh turned out to be. Gripping from the first page, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its shocking conclusion. The author has given the reader a roller coaster of a thriller that’s for sure, but this crime thriller is also a gripping story of the psychology of evil and the lengths people will go to meet their own needs.
Usually I love an insight into the mind of a serial killer but here I did not enjoy reading the killer’s journal articles that featured in this novel. It felt too much like the entries were written to repulse [which they certainly did], rather than to add to the plot. Usually I look for the logic the serial killer uses to justify th ...more
Suzanne discovers a number of diaries and notebooks which are about to make ...more
Have you ever put down a book with a sense of relief? Not because it was a painful read, but because the darkness were so thick you felt the oxygen was starting to lack for you to breathe properly and you were starting to forget what the sun looks like? This is what happened to me with The Serial Daughter's Killer!
Openings play an important part in how I welcome a book. Lesley Welsh had the book welcome me, not the other way around, with a cold and compelling start. This is when I knew I woul...more
I sort of wish the book had a different title... I feel like I would have enjoyed it slightly more by going in blind to the fact that, well... her dad is a serial killer! That fact is not revealed initially... Sure, dad is weird, raunchy, even creepy and clearly has secrets, but there are all kinds of dirty deeds that could have been hidden... I might have even been a little surprised to find that he was a serial killer - if it weren' ...more
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 ...more
Finished reading: May 29th 2017
"She remembered her mother telling her that discerning the truth in Don's lies was like unravelling knotted string."
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
Call me weird, but mention a serial killer and I instantly want to read your thriller. So mention one in the title and I'm sold as soon as I first hear about it... And that is exactly what happened when I s ...more
There are some human beings in this world who have absolutely no redeeming features and Don is such a creature. The twisted way his mind and actions dominate this story makes it an addictive read.
Right at the outset it becomes clear that this is going to be a gruesome tale .. the title kinda gives it away. I can’t imagine how Suzanne felt when she finally realises what her estranged f ...more
Suzanne Woods hasn't seen her dad, Don Tyler, for 10 years and the last time left a nasty taste in her mouth so she isn't too bothered when Rose Anderson, Don's latest girlfriend, phones her to tell he is dead. She is, however, interested in his diaries when she learns she might have half siblings. As she investigates she realises how nasty her father was - the hint's in the title - but what she do ...more
Don Tyler, Suzanne’s estranged fa ...more
Suzanne has settled into her life, it's not exactly where she wanted to be but she's comfortable until she receives a phone call from Rose Anderson, someone she doesn't know but who has been living with her estranged father for years. She agrees to meet Rose to collect the belongings Rose says she has for her, thus starts the descent into the despicable mind of Don.
Manipulative, cruel, heartless and sociopathic, he's just the kind o ...more
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I started The Serial Killer's Daughter. Obviously I wasn't expecting a lovey dovey romance, given the title, but I was not prepared for the truly awful crimes committed by this evil psychopath. This story isn't for the faint-hearted or for anyone who is easily offended by vulgar language, but it is an interesting insight into the mind of a seri ...more
Reading about Don’s twisted point of view and convictions about himself, others and the world about him, was fairly interesting. This kind of characters always feels like a train wreck to me: you know it’s going to be horrible, yet you keep on reading nonetheless, to see if the monster is truly so abject or if there’s anything else. I definitely won’t empathise with the guy (no kidding), but... yes, I find that interesting.
My major problem with ...more
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 D ...more
After Lesley Welsh's editor at Bookouture read The Serial Killer's Daughter for the first time, she turned to the author and said, "I do sometimes worry that Don Tyler came out of your head".
As a reader and lover of psychological thrillers, I've often wondered about that. And not only for Lesley Welsh, but for numerous other well acclaimed authors as well. What is going on in your head for you to make up characters like t ...more
The character of Don is a twisted, evil individual who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. His main goal, as we discover quite quickly, is to reunite with his estranged daughter Suzanne. This plan is seemingly put in jeopardy as Don dies quite early on in the story. But, as is always the case in stories like this, all is not as it seems.
The story picks up pace after a bit of a sl ...more