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Audiobook Review

How to Kill Your Family

Bella Mackie
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average rating is 4 out of 5
average rating is 4 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


A Compelling Seduction to The Dark Side


💜 I do enjoy a spot of vicarious revenge. And that is the theme of this unexpectedly dark story. This is very much a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin situation. Main character, Grace, recounts killing her family. But there's much more than that. This is an insight into the psyche of the worst kind of humans; the truly ruthless, the deeply selfish, the uninhibitedly ambitious unconstrained by morals or ethics. And it is a story that seduced me to root for one such person: Grace.

💛 Grace is a compelling antihero. She sounds so reasonable, so self-assured, so refined, that she lulled me into complicity. I was driven, as she was, to see it through to the end.

🧡 Would I call this funny? Not exactly. My descriptor would be wry. But as to whether I would recommend it, the answer is yes, in a heartbeat.

💚 In summary, I now know what Clarice Starling felt like when confronted with Hannibal Lecter...

Big thanks to Bella Mackie, HarperCollins UK Audio, The Borough Press and NetGalley for providing me with an audio ARC in return for an honest review.


Charly Clive is the main narrator. Both she and Paul Panting were excellent. Both had an inherent arrogance and confidence in their delivery, but managed to imbue even the craziest of things with nonchalant normalcy.


💥This book deserves the rating I gave because:

a) All of it is well written and interesting; and
b) I enjoyed 90% of it.

However, the ending is incredibly frustrating. I thought the twist might have been that Grace's dad didn't die and then there'd be a confrontation. Even if he had managed to kill Grace, that ending would have been less maddening than the introduction of a new character who swept in and destroyed everything Grace had planned. Does that mean I'm sad the possible psychopath was bested by another possible psychopath? Yes. Yes it does. And am I comfortable with that? Um.... 💥
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How to Kill Your Family


1. Kill my family.
2. Make a claim on their fortune.
3. Get away with the above.
4. Adopt a dog.

Meet Grace Bernard.

Daughter, sister, colleague, friend, serial killer....

Grace has lost everything. And now she wants revenge.
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