#Bookreview : Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri #crimefiction


In this fascinatingly complex thriller, two people, each shattered by their past, team to solve a series of killings and abductions a ruthlessly planned escalation that turns 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 sees an easy solution: they arrest the woman s husband and await his confession.

 But the chief of Rome s major crimes unit doubts things are so simple. Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy s top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed by the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself the Father, Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and hyperobservant capacities.

All evidence suggests that the Father is back and active after being dormant for decades. Indeed, he has left telltale signs that signal he s looking forward to a reunion with Dante. But when Colomba and Dante begin following the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they grasp that what s really going on is darker than they ever imagined


Most people will have heard the saying, ‘you should never judge a book by its cover’; and for the first time, those words have really resonated with me. 

When I saw this book, the design and colour of the lettering on the cover immediately caught my eye. The design and layout of the title of the book encapsulated a vulnerable looking child and this intrigued me.  
I judged the cover of the book; it was the cover that attracted me and the cover that had me wanting to read it. Ok, there was a little more to it than that, but the biggest driving force was the cover. 

Kill the Father sees the unlikely pairing of a disillusioned copColomba; currently on sick leave, and a man, Dante, who had been abducted as a child and held prisoner for years by a man known only as ‘the Father’ before he managed to escape. 

As the result of the disappearance of a young boy, Colomba and Dante are begrudgingly paired together. The Chief of police believes there is more to the boy’s disappearance and is not convinced that the investigating officer’s theory is right. So, he calls on Colomba and suggests she works this case on the quiet and also advises her to speak with Dante as he may be able to offer some insight in to the case. 

On arriving at the scene where the boy disappeared Dante starts to believe this is no ordinary disappearance and begins to believe that perhaps ‘the Father’ has struck again. 

The combination of these two characters works well; Colomba is battling her own issues and questioning if she should be doing her job, whilst Dante is deeply troubled by his earlier experiences of having been held captive for the majority of his informative years.  

Both are lost, vulnerable and looking for answers. 

The story promises so much; murder, intrigue and excitement; characters to entice you and draw you in to their worlds: a real page turner. But sadly it didn’t quite hit the mark on any of these things. 

The story felt heavy and as such, difficult to read for any length of time. 

Nothing happened quickly; and whilst pitched as a thriller, I found there was no real suspense to execute that with any force. 

It failed to keep me gripped. Whilst there was scope to get to know the characters it felt too drawn out to stick with them and as such that attachment to Colomba and Dante was constantly challenged. 

I wanted to know who ‘the Father’ was, to play detective, but again, this proved difficult because of the pace and style of the storytelling.

I was left feeling disappointed with this book as there was so much more potential with it. It could have been a real edge on your seat, page turner, but instead it left me struggling to stick with it. 

I wanted to like this book. I liked the cover, but remember, ‘never judge a book by its cover’.  


★★ ★  ☆ ☆

Review by my co-blogger Hannah. You can find her on twitter HERE

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