KILL THE FATHER BY SANDRONE DAZIERI
PUBLISHED BY SIMON & SCHUSTER
REVIEW BY AIDAN WHITEHURST
“The horror began at five in the afternoon on a Saturday…” This opening line from the first chapter in part two captures the tone of what is essentially Sherlock Holmes with massive egos. Sandrone Dazieri has taken some of the familiar elements of the crime novel and blended it together with gothic tropes to bring readers one of this year’s more interesting whodunnits.
Colomba Caselli is brought back from a leave of absence to investigate the brutal murder of a woman and the abduction of her six-year-old son. She is partnered up with Dante Torre, a man with a horrific past and an eye for detail. The police wish to prosecute the boy’s father as he seems to be the most obvious suspect, but like the dynamic duo of Holmes and Dr Watson, there is clearly more at play. Caselli and Torre must overcome their demons to avoid being caught up in an ever more, convoluted trap and solve the case before “The Father” gets away.
Fans of a good mystery will not find any surprises in this novel as the plot follows a routine pattern established by the many crime novels preceding this one; but one thing I will say is it will keep you captivated towards the end.
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