Kill the Father

Kill the Father

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Book - 2017
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In this fascinatingly complex thriller, two people, each shattered by their past, team up to solve a series of killings and abductions--unspeakable crimes that turn out to be merely the surface of something far more sinister.

When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case arrests the woman's husband and awaits his confession. But the city's Chief of Major Crimes has his doubts and assigns two of Italy's top analytical minds to the case: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from a horrific mass killing she survived, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed through the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself "the Father," Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

All evidence suggests that the Father is back at work and wants a reunion with Dante. But when Colomba and Dante begin unraveling the truth, they find themselves wanted for murder. Now Dante and Colomba must travel down a number of dark tunnels, both literal and figurative, as they confront the question that may solve it all: what lies beneath the water in a remote Italian quarry? And what might that revelation mean for ten children who have recently gone missing?

An instant breakout novel in Italy, Kill the Father boasts a brilliantly layered plot that offers new and more haunting revelations at every turn. Not since Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs has there been as intriguing a pairing of hard-charging female detective and "damaged" savant, and not since Jo Nesbo has there been a foreign thriller talent as promising.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Simon & Schuster Canada, 2017.
ISBN: 9781501157950
Branch Call Number: FIC Dazie
Characteristics: 498 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Shugaar, Antony - Translator
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.

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heavenne
Sep 21, 2017

This was one of the better thriller/mystery novels I have read so far this year. Wow. It was well written, filled with lots of twists and turns and the way everything is tied together is fantastic and makes the writing flow to keep you engaged and the pages turning.

The characters speak for themselves. They’re heavily flawed and are dealing with horrible pasts. I like both of them and Dante and Colomba do make a great team. Dante certainly has his quirks and his mannerisms due to his being a previous kidnapping victim. It feels like they certainly complement each other and they have an amazing chemistry when working together. They’re both very strong characters, no doubt.

If any of you have read The Monster’s Daughter by Michelle Pretorius I found some similarities between Colomba and Alet in the fact they both don’t take crap and go beyond their limits to solve things and they’re certainly not afraid to take a swing or kick to make their point across (Colomba has a good share of that throughout the book)

The plot was really good and what I really enjoyed reading the most was the way everything was seamless and how it was put together. Everything that happened to Colomba and Dante was related and well explained. The explanation as to the origins of Colomba’s situation was very well done! I enjoyed that aspect of the plot. The only thing is, the book is rather long and the plot a bit on the slow side but it’s nevertheless a great read and going through the twists and turns was completely worth it.

And yes, there’s a cliffhanger ending. I can’t wait to read the second one.

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Feb 01, 2017

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Kill the Father, the new release by Sandrone Dazieri, is a complex and thrilling murder mystery that will take you on quite the ride. Fast paced plot, dynamic characters, and intelligent writing had me reading late into the night. I couldn’t put this one down.

The novel opens with a bang. A boy is trapped in a silo. He explains that he is known as a “beast” when he does something horrible and as “son” when he does something good. He knows his keeper, the man who has kidnapped him and kept him captive, as “the father”. Super creepy right?! The tension, and pace, escalates as a mother is found decapitated and a son is missing. The case appears to be open and close, they arrest the woman’s husband and wait for a confession. The Deputy Captain call in Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre, both reeling from personal tragedy, must work together as they begin to unravel a case, far darker than either of them could imagine.

I was completed engrossed in these characters as the plot played out. In fact, the plot became secondary to me because these characters were so phenomenally written. Both characters were broken and dealing with their personal struggles but had some seriously redeeming qualities that it hard not to connect with them. Colomba was one of those kick-ass women characters that you want to see more of; she was smart and powerful. Dante was similar bringing comedic relief and wit. However, do not get it twisted, this plot was intense and complex. A perfectly blend of a mystery thriller and political police procedural, this one was intricately written. Truly, the author spared no detail. By the end, as the novel came to the conclusion, I was in complete shock.

As much as I loved this story, it is important to note that it is a longer read and I did find that some parts dragged a little (mostly in the middle). That is truly a small complaint compared to how much this novel had to offer. I cannot wait for more of Dante and Colomba and will be waiting patiently for the next installment. I gave this one a 4/5 stars

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