The Diary of a Serial Killer’s Daughter by L.A. Detwiler

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

This entire book is written as diary entries from the perspective of the daughter of a serial killer. I really liked the changes made as the daughter grows. Her sentence structure changes, her view on the world, and her vocabulary, all evolve as she grows.

How I Felt:

I was somewhat disturbed by this book, and yet I could not stop reading it. That doesn’t happen to me often. I’ll DNF a book if I find the subject matter to be too much for me, but in this case, I just couldn’t put it down. It was a well-written and extremely intriguing story. I’m putting my CONTENT WARNINGS at the end of my thoughts, so please read them before deciding if this is a book for you.

The story starts when Ruby is 6 years old. She’s just gotten her diary and discovers how much she enjoys writing in it. She shares all of her thoughts and secrets with her diary and we, the readers, begin to see that Ruby views the world differently than many people. I think that she may have had some OCD and autistic tendencies. She repeats words a lot, always in threes, and she likes the number 7 for things. Schedule is extremely important to her, and she is bothered by loud noise, among other things. Her diary entries begin to discuss the game her daddy plays in the garage, where there is always red, red, red.

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