How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie

I could tell you I bought How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie because I’d read good reviews of it or I like the cover, but I’d be lying. I bought it because Bella Mackie is married to Greg James and Greg James is one of my absolute favourite people. Luckily, it turns out that’s a good reason to buy a book.

For anyone concerned, and I did have to reassure my family, it most definitely isn’t an instruction manual!

How to Kill Your Family is the story of Grace Bernard, only child of a single mother, abandoned by a father who wanted nothing do with them. Her father is rich and ruthless, and Grace feels he deserves to suffer for the way he treated her mother.

So she sets out to kill his family…

Ironically she then ends up in jail for a crime she didn’t commit. How to Kill Your Family is her life story, written in jail because she has nothing else to do.

Grace has little time for anyone apart from her friend Jimmy – not rich people, not poor people and definitely not anyone who watches ITV or has chrome in their house.

While not the most likeable of characters, Grace is still appealing and you do find yourself rooting for her, despite what she is doing. The murders are all ingenious and as funny as murders can be. Her victims are all the worst type of people and Mackie’s descriptions of their shallow lifestyles seem spot-on.

How to Kill Your Family is dark comedy, rather than properly dark. It actually has more in common with The Thursday Murder Club than it has with Sixteen Horses – a very dark book I read recently.

If you’re looking for a humorous read and you don’t mind a murder or two, I can definitely recommend How to Kill Your Family.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Sounds like a fun book, I like a bit of dark humour sometimes.

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    • Dark humour is definitely good! I’m sure you would enjoy this one.

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  2. I had to read your review twice, as I went from thinking it was fiction to true story, before settling back at fiction again. Sounds a good read

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    • Oh yes, it’s definitely fiction! I’m sure you would enjoy it.

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    • You will have to give it a go, in that case! I’m sure you will enjoy it.

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