Imagine parachuting off an airplane. From the moment the doors are opened till your two feet touch the ground, there simply isn’t an instant where you can stop to take a breath or pause to embrace the excitement. Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri delivers a just as electrifying read with his first American debut. This page-turner is a chunk of enthralling police procedural. Translated by Anthony Shugaar, Kill the Father gives any crime novel enthusiast exactly what they crave for. The story follows two individuals carrying completely different backgrounds that still affect their present day in so many ways. First, we have Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli who is currently still on leave after surviving a horrible disaster and, second, we have Dante Torre, a man who was trapped inside a concrete silo by a person who proclaimed himself as The Father during more than a decade of his childhood. Dante Torre has since then become a consultant with hypersensory perception for countless specialists. After the discovery of a horrendous crime scene, these two individuals are brought together on a mystery that will soon expand into a disaster of a much grander scale.
Kill the Father is an amazing book that sucks you right into a world closely similar to reality. The writing, well-translated by Anthony Shugaar, does a wonderful job in delivering Sandrone Dazieri’s mystery novel. Filled with plot twists and constant action scenes, the story was fluid and everything moved on cautiously, always leaving space for doubt. I however didn’t find the writing singular, but still thought that it managed to be straight-forward and did exactly what it needed to do: tell a compelling crime story. Sticking strictly to the essential, every word packed a punch and every chapter left you at the edge of a cliff. Sometimes you just couldn’t help but wonder if it was legal to have characters hanging by a thread so often throughout a story. Thankfully, things are never stagnant and a sense of progression always envelops the reader as they proceed through a third-person omniscient narration. Although such a narration could’ve easily kept the readers distant to the story and the characters, Sandrone Dazieri does an impeccable job at creating some of the most interesting characters who are individually far from perfect, but together, a godlike duo.
The chemistry and evolution of the two protagonists is phenomenal and truly genuine. Upon reaching the end, the realization that these characters had developed a relationship far more complex than what they first gave impression of was staggering. Coming from completely different experiences in life, both Dante Torre and Colomba Caselli end up working together on one the most unusual cases they had ever encountered. While Dante Torre deals with claustrophobia and Colomba Caselli fights with her post-traumatic stress disorder, Sandrone Dazieri doesn’t shy away from incorporating both of their mental health issues into the story-line. Added with a couple of their own addictions—oh, you’ll easily see this one—you’ll be impressed by how conveniently and cleverly each of their problems were intertwined with the plot to the point that you’ll foresee the obstacles that they are bound to encounter at particular moments throughout the adventure. The flaws that both of these characters have, however cumbersome they are to a reader’s ability to relate and love them, manage to add complexity and realism to both protagonists.
Kill the Father is definitely a great crime novel for anyone looking for an entertaining police procedural. Of course, an entertaining police procedural with plenty of unorthodox methods, including insane observational skills, to answer the innumerable questions that come flying at them. Following two special characters in their quest to rid the world of those who indulge in hurting others, this crime novel delivers an adrenaline-filled ride till the end. While it can sometimes be quite predictable, it’s the rush and the feelings that come with all the twists and turns that make this read so compelling and addictive. To top it off, there’s simply enough content in this one book to make a whole 20 episode season TV show. If that’s not an indicator of how often the author loves to integrate surprises to keep you hooked to the story, then I don’t know what is. As Jefferey Deaver says it so well, this novel is “absolutely electrifying”.
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MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★☆/