Book Review: Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell @getredpr @BerkleyPub @DavidBellNovels #KillAllYourDarlings #summerreads #thrillerbooks #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksof2021 #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLICATION DATE: July 6th, 2021

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Happy Publication Day to Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell!

Thank you to Berkley and Get Red PR for my copy of this book.



After years of struggling to write after the deaths of his wife and son, English professor Connor Nye publishes his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman.

There’s just one problem: Connor didn’t write the book. His missing student did. And then she appears on his doorstep, alive and well, threatening to expose him.

Connor’s problems escalate when the police insist details in the novel implicate him in an unsolved murder from two years ago. Soon Connor discovers the crime is part of a disturbing scandal on campus and faces an impossible dilemma–admit he didn’t write the book and lose his job or keep up the lie and risk everything. As the murders pile up, Connor must clear his name by unraveling the horrifying secrets buried in his student’s manuscript.

This is a suspenseful, provocative novel about the sexual harassment that still runs rampant in academia–and the lengths those in power will go to cover it up.



I am a huge fan of David Bell’s novels so of course I was thrilled to hear about his latest book, Kill All Your Darlings!  If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it!

The novel is told in varying timelines and different POV’s. Parts are told in the present, when Dr. Connor Nye comes home to find a woman from his past sitting in his living room – her name is Madeline O’Brien. What could she want from Connor and why is she sitting in his home? Parts are told from Madeline’s POV from 2 years ago – she was a student and Dr. Nye was one of her professors. She suddenly disappeared without a trace. What happened? Did she leave on her own? Did something terrible happen to her? Parts are told from Connor’s POV from 2 years ago.

I enjoyed getting pieces of the puzzle bits at a time as we slowly get the idea of the fuller picture of what truly happened. I enjoyed reading this novel from the different POVs and from the different timelines, and it worked well in the novel to grab your attention and make you draw your own ideas of what is going on and what happened 2 years ago. There were many shocking revelations and twists that I did not see coming!

A definite must read that you must go read right now! I’m looking forward to the next David Bell novel!


MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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