#TsundokuSquad Book Club – May 2022 – How To Kill Your Family

Hello fellow bookworms!

For this months Tsundoku Squad read we went with How To Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie. We also tried out using a new app called Bookclub to share our comments as we went along. The great thing about this app is it allows you to post comments without spoiling it for the other readers. This is our review of this months read.

Title: How To Kill Your Family

Author: Bella Mackie

Genre: Contemporary/ Thriller/ Humour

Goodreads Rating: 3.78

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

#TsundokuSquad Average Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Source: Audiobook


 I have killed several people (some brutally, others calmly) and yet I currently languish in jail for a murder I did not commit.

When I think about what I actually did, I feel somewhat sad that nobody will ever know about the complex operation that I undertook. Getting away with it is highly preferable, of course, but perhaps when I’m long gone, someone will open an old safe and find this confession. The public would reel. After all, almost nobody else in the world can possibly understand how someone, by the tender age of 28, can have calmly killed six members of her family. And then happily got on with the rest of her life, never to regret a thing.

When Grace Bernard discovers her absentee millionaire father has rejected her dying mother’s pleas for help, she vows revenge, and sets about to kill every member of his family. Readers have a front row seat as Grace picks off the family one by one – and the result is as and gruesome as it is entertaining in this wickedly dark romp about class, family, love… and murder.

But then Grace is imprisoned for a murder she didn’t commit.

Outrageously funny, compulsive and subversive, perfect for fans of Killing Eve and My Sister, the Serial Killer

#TsundokuSquad Review:

I think it is safe to say that this went down well with the group. A lot of us loved the narration as well as the back and forth between the story. Grace as a narrator was fantastic! We all agreed that we loved her dark, twisted nature and the sarcasm throughout her storytelling was perfectly delivered.

What we all found strange was that we liked her despite the fact that she had killed members of her family. We all felt a sense of injustice for the crime she was wrongly accused for and I think that just shows how great the writing is!

Through Grace’s own voice we learn the reasons behind the murders and how they were committed. Some of the killings were cleverly done and a few were a little gruesome but not enough to put us off reading it. What we loved was how well thought out everything was, she wasn’t going on a rampage these murders were planned to the nth degree. At times there was quite a bit of detail that some of us didn’t think was always necessary and the chapters could of been shorter, but these were very minor details that didn’t spoil the overall read.

What a lot of us hadn’t expected was the plot twist part way through! Don’t worry you won’t be getting any spoilers from me but lets just say it changes the whole dynamic of the book, in a great way!

For June the Tsundoku club are reading the Hive by Scarlett Brade so keep your eyes peeled for a review!


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