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Review: Kill all your Darlings


Title: Kill All Your Darlings

Author: David Bell

Release Date: July 6, 2021

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads


Synopsis from Goodreads: After years of struggling to write following the deaths of his wife and son, English professor Connor Nye publishes his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman.


There's just one problem: Connor didn't write the book. His missing student did. And then she appears on his doorstep, alive and well, threatening to expose him.


Connor's problems escalate when the police insist details in the novel implicate him in an unsolved murder from two years ago. Soon Connor discovers the crime is part of a disturbing scandal on campus and faces an impossible dilemma--admit he didn't write the book and lose his job or keep up the lie and risk everything. When another murder occurs, Connor must clear his name by unraveling the horrifying secrets buried in his student's manuscript.


My Review: I loved the concept for this book! A professor whose student goes missing and so he publishes a book she had turned in as his own. It gets great reviews but it turns out that it details a local murder. Such an interesting premise! This is definitely a plot driven book that moves along really quickly. I liked how fast paced it was but I feel like that pace came at the sacrifice of some of the characters. I think a little more depth for Conner and Madeline would have been appreciated. Overall though I really enjoyed it and look forward to Bell's next book!


*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*