How to Kill Your Family

How to Kill Your Family

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 14/04/2022
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How to Kill Your Family
Dazzling, Dark & Hilarious
It has been a long time since I've read anything akin to Patricia Highsmith's classic "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and Bella Mackie did not disappoint! The... READ MORE
Katrine Solvaag
How to Kill Your Family
Deliciously brilliant
I mean, it’s a naughty title, isn’t it? And it deserves every head turn it gets. HTKYF lives up to its billing, and then some! We probably shouldn’t root f... READ MORE
Phill - Waterstones Bookseller
How to Kill Your Family
This book got me out a reading slump!
This book got me out a reading slump! How to kill your family and get away with it follows a woman called Grace as she annihilates her family one by one. ... READ MORE
Mia Marchant


I have killed several people (some brutally, others calmly) and yet I currently languish in jail for a murder I did not commit. When I think about what I actually did, I feel somewhat sad that nobody will ever know about the complex operation that I undertook. Getting away with it is highly preferable, of course, but perhaps when I'm long gone, someone will open an old safe and find this confession. The public would reel. After all, almost nobody else in the world can possibly understand how someone, by the tender age of 28, can have calmly killed six members of her family. And then happily got on with the rest of her life, never to regret a thing. A wickedly dark romp about class, family, love... and murder.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008365943
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 320g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm

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How to Kill Your Family
It’s terrible
This is the most overhyped book ever. It’s dreadfully boring and I can’t believe the people who have reviewed it on the cover have read it. So many wonderf... READ MORE
Fiona Harper
How to Kill Your Family
I can't work it out
It's hard to know who this character (Author?) Actually likes. It is such a miserable read. The most unlikable main character I have encountered and makes ... READ MORE
Lee Porteous
How to Kill Your Family
Lost its way
This book had promise but unfortunately lost its way. It was like being at uni and trying to reach your wordage on an assignment by filling it full of unne... READ MORE
Joanna Shead
How to Kill Your Family
From entertaining to laughable
Bought for a holiday read, not the free copy as most reviewers. Started off inventive and entertaining although not quite believable but that’s novels for ... READ MORE
How to Kill Your Family
I tried to read this book ...
I tried to read this book, I really did. But in the end I couldn't finish it. It's hard to care about the main character, Grace, or her story. Which is ess... READ MORE
How to Kill Your Family
Very interesting book, but didn't feel the certain points of the book worked well, and were as enticing as the rest.
The first thing, and the one that is the hardest to miss, is the cold and emotionless voice with which Grace thinks. She is in prison, for a crime that she... READ MORE
How to Kill Your Family
Witty and intelligent
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put down. I found it very empowering (not as in a confident in my ability to kill) but to read abo... READ MORE
Philippa Rich
How to Kill Your Family
What a page turner
I am quite hard to please but this has to be my favourite book of all time. Was gripped the whole way through. Cannot wait for her to release her new novel... READ MORE
Ellie Roissetter
How to Kill Your Family
Brilliant summer read!
Took me a while to get round to reading this book but as soon I picked it up I couldn’t put it down! I’m not normally into ‘murder’ stories but this one ... READ MORE
Nia ST
How to Kill Your Family
.I gave this book 5 stars, I loved it. It was a bit far fetched at times but I think that added to the excitement. I realised I was rooting for the main ch... READ MORE
Deanne  Wallace
How to Kill Your Family
Disappointing end
I quite enjoy an antihero and some dark humour and reading the reviews for this book I was hoping for something a little Darkly Dreaming Dexter, but Britis... READ MORE
claire hill
How to Kill Your Family
Dark and Funny
As soon as I saw the cover of this book in my local Waterstones, I knew I had to read it, and I haven't put it down since. When Grace Bernard's mother dies... READ MORE
Steph R-T
How to Kill Your Family
Extremely enjoyable
A very enjoyable read! Grace is a narrator you try to hate but I really loved her sarcasm, humour and the way she guides you through her story. Also a fant... READ MORE
Clare Elbrow
How to Kill Your Family
This might literally be one of the best books I’ve ever read
Georgina Kelly
How to Kill Your Family
It begins with the gripping story of Grace, our anti hero who is on a mission to murder her entire family following her bio father’s cruel impregnation and... READ MORE
Jess Savory
How to Kill Your Family
Amazing book
This book was so brilliantly written, i was hooked from the three page prologue. The novel is a fun and unique idea with a fast pace and brilliant detail. ... READ MORE
Audrey Lewis
How to Kill Your Family
I LOVED this book, its compulsively dark and twisted with humour. Mackie portrays Grace (the main character) as a protagonist with flaws that mirror an ant... READ MORE
How to Kill Your Family
I hated this book. It was borderline incestuous which made it extremely difficult to finish.
Rachel Swindley
How to Kill Your Family
Gripping Story… so mad at the ending!
I loved this book, it was a good thriller, but in a kind of comical way. I just hoped for a different ending!! Still a good book, long chapters though so i... READ MORE
Hannah P
How to Kill Your Family
Completely compelling...
Not the kind of book I would normally gravitate towards, but I really enjoyed How to Kill Your Family. Told by the incredibly dry Grace Bernard as she syst... READ MORE
Elizabeth (Llandudno)
How to Kill Your Family
I enjoyed How To Kill Your Family more than I thought I would, Grace is a fantastic protagonist and the writing style is great. The only thing that let's t... READ MORE
Georgia Hannah
How to Kill Your Family
This makes me very excited.
This book honestly has me SO EXCITED!!!! Put simply: I need more! Mackie reinvents the modern murderer with skill, with a plot which thickens like good gos... READ MORE
How to Kill Your Family
Witty, dark humour
I really enjoyed this book and loved Grace as a character. I found myself weirdly rooting for her on her murderous journey hoping that it would all go to p... READ MORE
Jess Reads ...
How to Kill Your Family
A wonderful feminist Jaunt!
A thoroughly witty, murderous ride with some exceptional feminist quips. Covers interesting themes of class and femininity . The ending left a slightly bit... READ MORE
Mariama Connell
How to Kill Your Family
To keep it short & simple, this is one of my favourite books EVER. If you like gothic literature, dark humour and topics surrounding death & torture, you’r... READ MORE
Ayesha Lenadd-Carter
How to Kill Your Family
How to kill your family by Bella Mackie
How to kill your family by Bella Mackie is a very entertaining book, full of dark humour and an intriguing way to spin a tale of murder. I listened to the... READ MORE
Christine Rennie
How to Kill Your Family
Hilariously Dark
This is the first book I've been able to read since birthing mini-me 9months ago and I have not been able to put it down.. the book not the baby, she has t... READ MORE
How to Kill Your Family
How to Kill you’re Family
I’m not sure what to write regarding this book beautiful written and enjoyable from the first page too the last and I would definitely recommend it is both... READ MORE
Susan Henson
How to Kill Your Family
Wow wow wow
This book was something else. I have been recommending this book to my bookworm friends and they have loved it too. This book threw me a curveball I was no... READ MORE
How to Kill Your Family
More please
A great debut that had me up till 2am finishing to the end. Engaging right to the end, and just like a Dorothy Kooomson novel the twist you never expect a... READ MORE
Angieleonie Hinckson
How to Kill Your Family
Darkly hilarious and a fun and gripping read!
Grace isn’t exactly the most loveable character ever given her hobby (!) but she has a twisted, sarcastic humour to her narration and that it was a grippin... READ MORE
Lauren Brown
How to Kill Your Family
How To Kill Your Family
I absolutely loved this book, so gruesome but so funny too.Great ending. Got some strange looks reading this on a train
Beverley Burt
How to Kill Your Family
Poor writing
Really struggled to get through this, story was okay but just poorly written
A Mac
How to Kill Your Family
Made an account just to write this
I absolutely f***ing hated the ending. Completely ruined it for me. If it’s gearing up for a sequel, I won’t be buying it.
Emily Andrews
How to Kill Your Family
A recommendation...
I picked up this book after reading a review by Yours Chloe. It had been sitting on my TBR pile for a while. I knew, not only the plot, but the ending of t... READ MORE
Hannah Marie Brankley
How to Kill Your Family
A brilliant debut
"I have killed several people, some brutally, others calmly, and yet I currently languish in jail for a crime I did not commit..." Grace Bernard is cur... READ MORE
Emma Alvey