Book Review — How I’ll Kill You by Ren DeStefano

I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group. This has not impacted my rating and this review is voluntary.

Your next stay-up-all-night thriller, about identical triplets who have a nasty habit of killing their boyfriends, and what happens when the youngest commits their worst crime yet: falling in love with her mark.

Make him want you.
Make him love you.
Make him dead.

Sissy has an…interesting family. Always the careful one, always the cautious one, she has handled the cleanup while her serial killer sisters have carved a path of carnage across the U.S. Now, as they arrive in the Arizona heat, Sissy must step up and embrace the family pastime of making a man fall in love and then murdering him. Her first target? A young widower named Edison–and their mutual attraction is instant. While their relationship progresses, and most couples would be thinking about picking out china patterns and moving in together, Sissy’s family is reminding her to think about picking out burial sites and moving on.

But then something happens that Sissy never anticipated: She begins to feel protective of Edison, and then, before she can help it, she’s fallen in love. But the clock is ticking, and her sisters are growing restless. It becomes clear that the gravesite she chooses will hide a body no matter what happens; but if she betrays her family, will it be hers?

via Goodreads

Rating: 3/5

This was an interesting take on the profile of serial killers. Instead of a lone male, we have female triplets: Iris, Moody, and Sissy. These are not their real names as the author likes to constantly remind us.

Narrated by Sissy, we learn that her sisters have murdered in the past and Sissy has helped dispose of the body, cleaned up the crime scene, and due to this has aided them to remain undetected. It has turned into a sort of game, where there’s a list of rules to murder and get away with it including a timeline and choosing the right victim.

This book was certainly entertaining and I loved the twisted sister dynamics between the triplets. Where it fell short for me was the lack of character development for Iris and Moody, but this made sense for where we enter into their lives. The author did give us a little glimpse into each girl’s upbringing as orphans in the system and there is a little commentary on nature vs. nurture for how serial killers come to be.

I really loved the idea of sisterhood in a thriller and personally didn’t care for the romance. I felt the focus should have been one or the other but having both left not enough development for either.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to know!

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