Review – Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell

Posted July 6, 2021 by Carole in Reviews / 9 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – Kill All Your Darlings by David BellKill All Your Darlings by David Bell
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin on July 6, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 416
Format: ARC, eBook
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four-stars

When an English professor’s student disappears and is presumed dead, he passes off her manuscript as his own—only to find out it implicates him in an unsolved murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of The Request.

English professor Connor Nye is worried about making tenure. He’s struggled to write after the tragic deaths of his wife and child five years ago. He’s finally just published his second book, a thriller about the murder of a young woman in a small college town. He’s now guaranteed tenure, and feels that his life is back on track.

There’s just one problem: Connor didn’t write the novel. His missing student did. And someone knows. And wants to make him pay.

When the police arrive at his door, asking questions about a murder from two years ago because of the striking similarity to the crime in his book, Connor realizes he’s in over his head. To clear his name and protect his career and his life from the person threatening him, he has to unravel the frightening secrets buried in the manuscript.

I really enjoyed this book! I have read several books by this author in the past and have had a lot of luck with each of them. This book was no exception. I was hooked by this story from the very beginning and it was able to keep me guessing until the very end. I found this book to be an incredibly entertaining read.

As the story opens, Connor Nye has just published his first novel. This book almost guarantees that he will finally get the tenure that he needs as a professor. There is a problem though. He didn’t write the book. He has been barely functioning at times in the years since his wife and son died. When he finds himself in possession of a student’s manuscript, he decides to publish it as his own since it is presumed that the student is dead. He will soon learn that there is another problem. The book he published implicates him in an unsolved murder.

This book was filled with twists and turns. The story started with a bang and I couldn’t wait to see how Connor would deal with the situation he found himself in. Things just seemed to get more and more complicated for him and it was soon evident that things were a lot bigger than he could have ever known. It was almost painful at times to watch these characters make decisions that I knew would most likely come back to haunt them. I had no idea who was guilty and I loved the fact that there were a lot of surprises along the way.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a well-crafted and complex mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. I definitely plan to read more of this author’s work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

About David Bell

David Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author whose work has been translated into multiple foreign languages. He’s currently a professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he directs the MFA program.

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