July 7, 2021

Kill All Your Darlings

Kill All Your Darlings

by David Bell

Published July 6, 2021
by Berkley

Rating: 3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery

BOOK TOUR!

What I loved:
– the plot and general premise
– the varying timelines and narrators
– the red herrings and bread crumbs to solve the mystery
– the murder mystery

What I didn’t love:
– the dialogue felt forced and inauthentic
– I didn’t connect to the characters at all
– the book was longer than it needed to be
– pieces of the mystery were fairly predictable

This was a fun read about a professor who steals a student’s book and must face the consequences when the plot seems to closely follow undisclosed details of a murder in the town. Loosely it was very similar to ‘The Plot,’ but the murder mystery aspect made it different enough that I was also able to enjoy this book even though I read ‘The Plot’ quite recently.

I liked how the author used various timelines and narrators to let the mystery unfold. Much of the plot of the novel seemed to follow the plot of the book the professor stole as well. None of the stolen book was incorporated into the story but it may have been fun to read some chapters of that book to add another piece to the puzzle.

It took me a while to read this one and it felt a little repetitive and drawn out in parts, however, I suspect most people will be able to fly through this one and really enjoy it. If you enjoy a good murder mystery with enough clues to actually figure out, this is one I absolutely recommend.

Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this novel.

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