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Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle meet Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club in this fiendishly clever blend of classic and modern murder mystery. I was dreading the Cunningham family reunion even before the first murder.Before the storm stranded us at the mountain resort, snow and bodies piling up.The thing is, us Cunninghams don't really get along. We've only g Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle meet Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club in this fiendishly clever blend of classic and modern murder mystery. I was dreading


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Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle meet Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club in this fiendishly clever blend of classic and modern murder mystery. I was dreading the Cunningham family reunion even before the first murder.Before the storm stranded us at the mountain resort, snow and bodies piling up.The thing is, us Cunninghams don't really get along. We've only g Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle meet Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club in this fiendishly clever blend of classic and modern murder mystery. I was dreading the Cunningham family reunion even before the first murder.Before the storm stranded us at the mountain resort, snow and bodies piling up.The thing is, us Cunninghams don't really get along. We've only got one thing in common- we've all killed someone.My brother.My step-sisterMy wifeMy fatherMy motherMy sister-in-lawMy uncleMy stepfatherMy auntMe

22 review for Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    The first two lines of the novel make me stop dead which is a highly appropriate reaction in the context of what unfolds. Ernest Cunningham is our narrator and explains all about his family. Apparently, they’re not a family of psychopaths, just unlucky, some are even good people who get caught up with a bad penny or two. Is he believable? The burning question is, which category does Ernest fit into? Do we trust him? I mean… Would you?? In the present day it all starts with the family “reunion“ i The first two lines of the novel make me stop dead which is a highly appropriate reaction in the context of what unfolds. Ernest Cunningham is our narrator and explains all about his family. Apparently, they’re not a family of psychopaths, just unlucky, some are even good people who get caught up with a bad penny or two. Is he believable? The burning question is, which category does Ernest fit into? Do we trust him? I mean… Would you?? In the present day it all starts with the family “reunion“ in a somewhat jaded ski resort with aspirations of being The Ritz and a mystery two or three blows in pretty much like the all enveloping snowstorm trapping them in the resort.I’m all in with this one from the get go as it most definitely appeals to my dark sense of humour.I love the sense of irony and some remarks literally have me snorting with laughter. It’s very creative and it could even be described as quirky and this is especially evident in the tone as it’s as if Ernest is chatting to us, divulging things or keeping us in on the secret! It’s very well written, there is a vibrancy in the descriptions of place and of the characters who spring to life before your eyes.There’s plenty of tension especially between the family and also suspense as it becomes more mystifying and entangled as time goes on with some jaw droppers chucked in for good measure! It’s dark (obviously!), exciting and complex as past and present collide as someone seems to be cleaning up.Yes, it does become convoluted and OTT but that is exactly what the author intends and it works. I love the big nod to the Golden Age especially via Ronald Knox’s 10 Commandments of detective fiction (1929)which Ernest definitely adheres to! As for the title… well, if that doesn’t lure in mystery thriller fans then I don’t know what will! It’s marketed as Agatha Christie meets Arthur Conan Doyle meets Knives Out and the Thursday Murder Club (though it’s probably more intense than the latter) but overall that is a pretty accurate description!!With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Michael Joseph for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    So clever and fun! It is no secret that I am a big fan of Benjamin Stevenson’s 2 previous books, Greenlights and Either Side of Midnight. I will tell anybody that will listen that they are must reads. Now I have a new book to add to that list.How can you not be intrigued by a book called Everyone in my Family Has Killed Someone. Seriously, How good is that title!! I just had to read it so when Penguin Australia asked if I was interested in an ARC, I could not reply to that email fast enough. As So clever and fun! It is no secret that I am a big fan of Benjamin Stevenson’s 2 previous books, Greenlights and Either Side of Midnight. I will tell anybody that will listen that they are must reads. Now I have a new book to add to that list.How can you not be intrigued by a book called Everyone in my Family Has Killed Someone. Seriously, How good is that title!! I just had to read it so when Penguin Australia asked if I was interested in an ARC, I could not reply to that email fast enough. As soon as it arrived I had to start it.You won’t have read a book like this one before. Our reliable (yes he is reliable and will keep telling you that!!) narrator is reluctantly attending a family reunion in the snowy mountains. As always with family, there are tensions and bad blood. He is a writer, known for his books on how to write books. He follows Robert Knox’ 10 Commandments of Detective Fiction. These are listed on the first few pages and referred to often. When the weekend turns deadly, he uses everything he knows to solve the case.This book is really smart. How Benjamin Stevenson wrote this baffles me. So many threads and clues. It was so very well done and I applaud him. It is written in a conversational style, as if our budding detective was talking just to us. There is so much that I loved about this book and I look forward to talking to people once they have read it. It will be interesting to read it again knowing how it ends now and find all the clues that I missed the first time.A fantastic read and one that highly recommend. It will be in my top reads for 2022. Published March 29th, thank you so much Penguin Australia for my advanced copy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    You cannot possibly read the brief prologue to Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson and not be immediately intrigued by the promise of this quirky murder mystery that breaks all the rules.“Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the high achievers, have killed more than once.”Though Ernest Cunningham self publishes ‘how-to’ books for crime fiction writers, he can offer no special insight when a stranger is found murdered during a high country snowstorm in You cannot possibly read the brief prologue to Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson and not be immediately intrigued by the promise of this quirky murder mystery that breaks all the rules.“Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the high achievers, have killed more than once.”Though Ernest Cunningham self publishes ‘how-to’ books for crime fiction writers, he can offer no special insight when a stranger is found murdered during a high country snowstorm in the midst of the Cunningham family reunion. However when the sole police officer who responds to the report arrests Ernie’s brother, Michael, whose release from prison for killing a man is the celebratory reason for the gathering, his mother insists he clears Michael’s name. After all, Ernie is the reason Michael went to jail in the first place.“Call me a reliable narrator. Everything I tell you will be the truth, or, at least, the truth as I knew it to be at the time that I thought I knew it. Hold me to that.”Related by Ernest in the first person while writing a book in the aftermath of events, the storyline is roughly chronological, though with necessary digressions to explain the family dynamic, and with unnecessary, but often amusing appeals, directed towards the reader, and his editor. Ernie’s conversational tone is delightfully at odds with the escalating drama as death follows death, presumably at the hands of a serial killer with a distinct and unpleasant MO.“Look, we’re not a family of psychopaths. Some of us are good, others are bad, and some are just unfortunate.”Family reunions are rarely free of conflict but the Cunningham’s are besieged by it. Ernie is currently person non grata, having testified against his brother in the trial that jailed Michael for three years to the great disappointment of his mother. Ernie’s wife is attending the gathering as his brother’s girlfriend, while Michael’s wife is in attendance hoping to win her husband back. Ernie’s stepsister seems particularly annoyed with everyone, while his Aunt Katherine is demanding everyone sticks to her carefully planned colour coded schedule. And of course, people are dying.“Ronald Knox's '10 Commandments of Detective Fiction', 1929”More akin to the classics, Stevenson cleverly subverts many of the expected conventions of mystery fiction, for example, though there is a locked room element to one of the deaths, the door is not actually locked, and he even foretells each murder, including page references in the prologue. Yet there are plenty of surprises, and importantly the pace never drags.“Family is not whose blood runs in your veins, it’s who you’d spill it for.”A creative and compelling whodunnit perfect for today’s jaded mystery readers, Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone is witty, entertaining and ingenious.

  4. 5 out of 5

    bookswithpaulette

    Very enjoyable read, full review to come

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    I've very much enjoyed Stevenson's previous novels, Greenlight and Either Side of Midnight. They both featured a crime documentary-maker and were set in TV land. The lengthily named Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone is a departure, but almost certainly my favourite (of his) to date and I can't imagine it not being one of my favourite books of the year. And that's all because of its telling.Stevenson's writing and the telling of this story (in first - or second - person) is astoundingly cl I've very much enjoyed Stevenson's previous novels, Greenlight and Either Side of Midnight. They both featured a crime documentary-maker and were set in TV land. The lengthily named Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone is a departure, but almost certainly my favourite (of his) to date and I can't imagine it not being one of my favourite books of the year. And that's all because of its telling.Stevenson's writing and the telling of this story (in first - or second - person) is astoundingly clever. Something incredibly difficult to achieve without the narrator getting in the way. And Ernie doesn't. There are probably occasions on which there's more self-awareness than we'd normally see or perhaps a level of self consciousness but we're very much privy ONLY to what Ernie himself sees and knows. And how he interprets it.The book centres around a family gathering - a reunion of sorts and we learn Ernie had a role in sending his brother to prison, much to the horror of his family. He's been invited to Michael's homecoming however and reluctantly attends.Stevenson manages to eke out parts of this story (the past and present) expertly so reveals are timed perfectly. Of course it's enabled by the storytelling approach he's adopted as Ernie fills us in on what we need to know when we need to know it. Though even he has no idea what's coming next. Or why. 4.5 stars Read my review here: https://www.debbish.com/books-literat...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bianca (Belladonnabooks)

    Not really my sort of book unfortunately.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Camila - Books Through My Veins

    - thanks to @betterreadingau and @penguinbooksaus for my #gifted copyMy first Stevenson book was The Other Side of Midnight, which I read last year. Because I enjoyed it -even though I read it without knowing it was a sequel- I couldn't help diving into his latest novel without expectations, especially considering the vast marketing campaign the team at Penguin have been putting together for months. There are only eight reviews in Goodreads as I am writing this, and it suffices to say that my ra - thanks to @betterreadingau and @penguinbooksaus for my #gifted copyMy first Stevenson book was The Other Side of Midnight, which I read last year. Because I enjoyed it -even though I read it without knowing it was a sequel- I couldn't help diving into his latest novel without expectations, especially considering the vast marketing campaign the team at Penguin have been putting together for months. There are only eight reviews in Goodreads as I am writing this, and it suffices to say that my rating is the solely lowest at the moment. Meaning? Everyone is definitely enjoying this book way more than I did.Admittedly, it's not like I did not enjoy this book, because I did. I read half the book in a sitting -something I rarely do- because I was genuinely invested in this contemporary Australian whodunnit Mystery, full of suspense and enigmas that did not seem to stop accumulating. However, my rating system does not apply correctly here because these two stars do not mean that it was an OK novel. It is more of an it-was-disappointing issue thanks to an unlucky combination of hype and probably unrealistic expectations. Sadly, this is one of those reviews where it is hard to give evidence of my disappointment without getting into spoilers, so I'll only limit to say that there's no way on Earth that several people fail to recognise a VERY close family member, regardless how long it has been. Regrettably, the main plot twist is based on this far-fetched assumption, which, personally, dismissed all the fantastic and quite impressive deduction tale the author created.I also must remark that, even though I never thought I'd say something like this, there is such a thing as too much witticism. I did not appreciate how the narrator -and protagonist- constantly addresses the reader directly. I understand how this is meant to be funny and witty, but halfway through it stopped being amusing.Overall, Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone is a fast-paced, page-turning Mystery, sadly too witty and far-fetched for my liking.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Danielle {halfdesertedstreets}

    Can a book about multiple murders really be that fun? YES.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kimmy Classic Australian Crawl C

    The review panel dropped out as I was typing, so form your own conclusions.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum

    Absolutely brilliant! And to use the words of Jane Harper when interviewing Aussie author Benjamin Stevenson for Dymocks recently, "What a triumph!!"Ernest Cunningham (Ernie) is a self-published writer who publishes how-to books for readers learning to write a crime novel. Naturally he reads a lot of crime novels himself, and when the book opens Ernie's on his way to a family reunion in the Australian high country. Things are tense in the family and he's on the outer, with references to being th Absolutely brilliant! And to use the words of Jane Harper when interviewing Aussie author Benjamin Stevenson for Dymocks recently, "What a triumph!!"Ernest Cunningham (Ernie) is a self-published writer who publishes how-to books for readers learning to write a crime novel. Naturally he reads a lot of crime novels himself, and when the book opens Ernie's on his way to a family reunion in the Australian high country. Things are tense in the family and he's on the outer, with references to being the primary reason his brother went to jail."Without seeming too interested, I tried to read my mother's expression. It was unfamiliar to me, so I figured it must have been warm and welcoming." Page 93In a surprising opening, our narrator - aptly named Ernest - breaks the fourth wall to inform us he's a truth teller and he promises to tell the truth (or at least the truth as he knew it to be at the time) about what happened at the reunion. Breaking the fourth wall happens when a character or narrator addresses the reader or audience directly. I've just started watching a British crime series called Annika which does this, as does Markus Zusak in The Messenger and of course Charlotte Bronte, famously in Jane Eyre.Ernie insists he won't be an unreliable narrator and even provides a list of rules from one of his books at the beginning of this one while encouraging the reader to hold him to account.This isn't the only time he addresses the reader, there are plenty of side notes and easter eggs for the attentive reader to collect and enjoy along the way. Ernie often foreshadows events to come that somehow ratchet up the tension and pace without spoiling a single thing. At one point, a character vomits, but our narrator stops to point out, that 'no, she isn't pregnant.' Ernie hates how a woman throwing up in books or on the big screen is almost always a pre-cursor to finding out she's pregnant. I hate that cliche too and boy does Stevenson tear this one - and others - down in this novel.Bodies start piling up at the family reunion and we begin to learn the back stories of each of the family members and how they were responsible for killing someone. This refreshingly modern mystery novel is inspired by the likes of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, but don't be fooled by thinking that it'll be old fashioned or contrived.Witty, fresh and unique, there are also plenty of funny moments and Stevenson's background as a comedian ensures humour is deployed throughout the novel."You're a fantastic surgeon, Sofia. Marcelo trusted you with his shoulder, and he needs that for slamming his fist on the table dramatically in court. That's like operating on Beyoncé's voice box." Page 127Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson is meta fiction of the very best kind, and the author has produced a set of characters to remember in the Cunningham family. I loved the Aunt in charge of organising the reunion with her spreadsheet."And I know I glossed over the fact that there's a freaking library with a fireplace in the building (which happens to be where I will solve the damn thing)." Page 79Despite telling us where he'll solve the crime, the page numbers for each of the deaths and more, the thrilling narrative drives the pace forward and had me questioning everyone! Brilliant plotting left this reader impressed and recommending this widely.In terms of reading experience, this is like reading The Martian by Andy Weir, you read a little, you chuckle, you marvel and read some more, racing to the end. I read and reviewed Greenlight recently and still have the second in the series to look for Either Side of Midnight , but wowee, the author has certainly signalled his arrival in the Australian crime fiction hall of fame with Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone.I already know this is going to be in my Top 5 Books of 2022 list and you can access a FREE extract on my website:https://www.carpelibrum.net/2022/04/r...* Copy courtesy of Penguin Random House *

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bernard

    Maybe 2.8 stars, rounded up to 3.0.I know I'm in the minority here, but while I thought this book to be okay, I didn't fully get into it the way others did.Having said that, it's still readable, if increasingly convoluted as the tale goes on. Set in the Snowy Mountains at a holiday resort, during a period of volatile weather, we meet various members of the Cunningham family at their family reunion. They are to welcome back Michael, who has done three years in jail for killing a cop, albeit a cro Maybe 2.8 stars, rounded up to 3.0.I know I'm in the minority here, but while I thought this book to be okay, I didn't fully get into it the way others did.Having said that, it's still readable, if increasingly convoluted as the tale goes on. Set in the Snowy Mountains at a holiday resort, during a period of volatile weather, we meet various members of the Cunningham family at their family reunion. They are to welcome back Michael, who has done three years in jail for killing a cop, albeit a crooked one. The story is narrated by brother Ern Cunningham, who three years prior alerted the law about Michael's misdeeds, resulting in his jail sentence. Ern is viewed by some as a traitor to the family, and is a somewhat reluctant attendee to this reunion.The stay at this resort is not going to be a trouble-free one, as we discover a murder (or two) and the individual members of this family have skeletons in their closets. They are each in their own different ways, under differing circumstances, responsible for someone's death. They have all killed someone - haven't they?Overall, this was a clever tale, and I was able to read it over several days. So why wasn't I as crazy over it as the majority seem to be? Not really sure, I'll just conclude - It's Not You Book, It's Me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Don Baker

    Thanks to Penguin Random House Australia for my advance copy:Engrossing and whip-smart, Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone deserves to be a bestseller, both here and internationally. Experienced author Benjamin Stevenson is also an award-winning comedian and those combined skills make this, his latest novel, a must-read. I’ll guarantee you won’t even finish reading Stevenson’s prologue before you begin flipping to page numbers he specifies just to be sure he’s telling the truth. And his de Thanks to Penguin Random House Australia for my advance copy:Engrossing and whip-smart, Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone deserves to be a bestseller, both here and internationally. Experienced author Benjamin Stevenson is also an award-winning comedian and those combined skills make this, his latest novel, a must-read. I’ll guarantee you won’t even finish reading Stevenson’s prologue before you begin flipping to page numbers he specifies just to be sure he’s telling the truth. And his declaration: “Have I Killed someone? Yes, I have.” just signals the start of what is a romp of a read. Basically, it's a story of a family gathering in the Snowy Mountains, a serial killer known as the Black Tongue and, of course, a bag stashed with cash. Stevenson sets the scene perfectly and once the family starts arriving, the pace never slackens. The suspense lasts until the very end of what is one of the best novels I’ve read in years.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kirstie Ellen

    Massive thank you to Penguin for a copy for reviewAgatha Christie has taken a bow, and Benjamin Stevenson has stepped on stage. Sign me up for every book that Stevenson writes from this point onwards because I could cry with joy over the sheer genius of this book.If you're a fan of murder mysteries, you'd be missing out on one of life's greatest pleasures by not reading this. It was exciting, hilarious, thrilling and thigh-slappingly good.This book is touted as different from the usual because i Massive thank you to Penguin for a copy for reviewAgatha Christie has taken a bow, and Benjamin Stevenson has stepped on stage. Sign me up for every book that Stevenson writes from this point onwards because I could cry with joy over the sheer genius of this book.If you're a fan of murder mysteries, you'd be missing out on one of life's greatest pleasures by not reading this. It was exciting, hilarious, thrilling and thigh-slappingly good.This book is touted as different from the usual because it has a reliable narrator. And that is was makes it so good. There are no real great surprises that the author doesn't sneakily prepare you for some way. You are walking through this brilliant tale side by side the narrator and frantically putting together the pieces he is rapidly handing you.I enjoyed this so much. I laughed out loud more than I have in a long time whilst reading a book. I was equally horrified, and banned myself from reading this after 7pm lest my wild imagination took the murdery tension into my dreams.If you've never found anything as good as Agatha Christie, it's because you haven't read this book yet. Go on, go get.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Carey

    Love this book. Who done it?? You'll be kept guessing the whole way. What a journey and I loved the conversational manner the book was written. Benjamin you are a genius and clever writer. Also now I understand the pigeon on the front cover 😂😂😂. Love this book. Who done it?? You'll be kept guessing the whole way. What a journey and I loved the conversational manner the book was written. Benjamin you are a genius and clever writer. Also now I understand the pigeon on the front cover 😂😂😂.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Ä¿icious

    So I picked this up because it was advertised as The Next Big Crime Novel, and compared to The Thursday Murder Club, which I love. Murder Club was super easy to read as someone who isn’t overly into crime - it was a cosy murder story and could easily be categorised in plain ol’ fiction. But this book, not so much. It’s very clearly crime. Grittier, more intense, had to concentrate a lot more, lots more death. Still, I enjoyed it, and I like the cheeky way in which it is written. It’s quirky and So I picked this up because it was advertised as The Next Big Crime Novel, and compared to The Thursday Murder Club, which I love. Murder Club was super easy to read as someone who isn’t overly into crime - it was a cosy murder story and could easily be categorised in plain ol’ fiction. But this book, not so much. It’s very clearly crime. Grittier, more intense, had to concentrate a lot more, lots more death. Still, I enjoyed it, and I like the cheeky way in which it is written. It’s quirky and amusing. Like at the start he’s all “I promise to be truthful. If you’re after the gory bits, people die on page x, y and z.” Which sure enough, they do. And there’s thorough explanations every now and then to make sure we understand what has happened. So it was good! Would recommend, but only if you like crime novels 😉

  16. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Whittaker

    This was such a clever book, with such a fabulous twist and reveal. I really loved how the narrator inserted his quips here and there and it just gave the novel such a unique vibe. The only reason this wasn’t 5 stars, is that at times it felt a little bit lengthy and could have been told a little more succinctly, but overall I would definitely recommend it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tundra

    A fun murder mystery with a chatty narrator. As the title suggests no one is beyond reproach and the killings tie the final death together.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Harriet Coombe

    Funny, clever and worth the hype!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    The first funny crime novel I’ve read. I enjoyed the sarcasm and cutting remarks of the protagonist. It did take a little while to get used to the conversational tone of the protagonist. He kind of addresses the reader, saying things like, you might think this thing, but actually you’ll find out on page 67 that this other thing happens. Which was kind of annoying at first cause it kept reminding me he was telling the story, so it was harder to become immersed in it. But once I read more I starte The first funny crime novel I’ve read. I enjoyed the sarcasm and cutting remarks of the protagonist. It did take a little while to get used to the conversational tone of the protagonist. He kind of addresses the reader, saying things like, you might think this thing, but actually you’ll find out on page 67 that this other thing happens. Which was kind of annoying at first cause it kept reminding me he was telling the story, so it was harder to become immersed in it. But once I read more I started to get used to it and could enjoy the narrator’s quippy remarks. And I definitely did not see the ending coming, which is always what you want from a good crime novel. I’d recommend it for a fun weekend read. Which is a weird way to describe a book with murders, but it was oddly fun.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie (insta: katie.reads.things)

    ⭐️REVIEW⭐️ {gifted} EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY HAS KILLED SOMEONE by Benjamin StevensonErnest Cunningham, aspiring writer and professor of crime fiction, was dreading the Cunningham family reunion, even before the first body turned up. But then he finds himself stranded at a remote mountain resort, trapped by the snowstorm, as bodies start piling up around them. The thing is – the Cunninghams don’t really get along. They’ve only got one thing in common: they’ve all killed someone. With the help of Ro ⭐️REVIEW⭐️ {gifted} EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY HAS KILLED SOMEONE by Benjamin StevensonErnest Cunningham, aspiring writer and professor of crime fiction, was dreading the Cunningham family reunion, even before the first body turned up. But then he finds himself stranded at a remote mountain resort, trapped by the snowstorm, as bodies start piling up around them. The thing is – the Cunninghams don’t really get along. They’ve only got one thing in common: they’ve all killed someone. With the help of Robert Knox’s 10 Commandments of Detective Fiction, can Ernest discover who is killing his family members before he becomes the next victim?This one gets full marks from me for originality and entertainment value. I loved the way the story was told, as if the author was talking directly to the reader, and loved how the shifting perspectives kept me on my toes. I don’t read a lot of mystery/thrillers so of course I had no idea who did it or what the big reveal was going to be, but when it arrived I thought it happened really quickly and felt a little rushed but still had me like 😱. There were a few points at the end that lost me a little but for me they didn’t take away from the overall enjoyment factor. It was also MUCH darker than I was expecting – I thought it would be more quirky and cute but it has pretty heavy themes – will post trigger warnings in the comments but they are a bit spoiler-y so proceed with caution!I would definitely recommend this one, especially if you’re looking for something bingeable and a little bit different. Have you read this one? What did you think?Thanks to @penguinbooksaus for sending me this free copy💫TW: death (including of a child), torture, kidnapping, fire, serial killerfollow me on Instagram for more book reviews: www.instagram.com/katie.reads.things

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shirlina

    I really struggled to get through this book, the conversational style of writing was incredibly annoying along with too many characters to keep track of. The reveal at the end reminded me of Ace Ventura Pet Detective solving the murder lol. I love murder mysteries but this one was not for me unfortunately.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    3.5/5A clever and enjoyable read that has fun playing with the tropes of crime writing. There are some truly funny and witty moments, as well as some shocking twists. I found the story to be a bit convoluted - there's a lot to keep track of - but the writer/narrator does his best to continually recap what's going on, even to the point of explaining the clues which he left behind in previous pages, which made for a very entertaining read. Fans of both true crime and crime fiction will no doubt lo 3.5/5A clever and enjoyable read that has fun playing with the tropes of crime writing. There are some truly funny and witty moments, as well as some shocking twists. I found the story to be a bit convoluted - there's a lot to keep track of - but the writer/narrator does his best to continually recap what's going on, even to the point of explaining the clues which he left behind in previous pages, which made for a very entertaining read. Fans of both true crime and crime fiction will no doubt love this, and it is refreshing to have an Australian crime novel set in the snow, as opposed to a hot dusty town or a remote seaside community.Thanks to Penguin and Better Reading for the ARC!

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