Review: Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone – Benjamin Stevenson

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone

Benjamin Stevenson

Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9780143795650

Description:
Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle meet Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club in this fiendishly clever blend of classic and modern murder mystery.

I was dreading the Cunningham family reunion even before the first murder.

Before the storm stranded us at the mountain resort, snow and bodies piling up.

The thing is, us Cunninghams don’t really get along. We’ve only got one thing in common- we’ve all killed someone.

My brother.
My step-sister
My wife
My father
My mother
My sister-in-law
My uncle
My stepfather
My aunt
Me

My View:
This book got me at …”Call me a reliable narrator. Everything I tell you will be the truth ,or, at least the truth as I knew it to be at the time. Hold me to that….I am both Watson and Detective in this book, where I play both writer and sleuth, and so am obliged to to both light up clues and not conceal my thoughts. In short: play fair…Actually I will prove it. If you are just here for the gory details, deaths in this book happen or are reported to have happened on p14, and page 46, and page…..” p2

And in a blink I am hooked! I loved the style, Golden Age cross…modern mystery?? the voice, the “writer” talking to the reader, the jokes, self depreciation , the mystery…the thrilling end.

A great read I hope you enjoy it too.

** Margot this is one you must read! **

9 thoughts on “Review: Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone – Benjamin Stevenson

  1. I think you’re right, Carol; I must get my hands on this one! It sounds like a great story, and such an interesting mix of GA, contemporary context, and narrator. Definitely something I need to look up!

  2. Heard so much about this book. It’s already been optioned by Hollywood. Unfortunately must be patient, can’t get a copy until 2023.

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