A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming by Kerri Rawson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If you’re considering reading this book, take heed of the subtitle. It is indeed about Kerri’s struggle with faith and how she coped with learning the truth about her father. There is very little about her father in here, actually. If you are looking to find out more about BTK, it isn’t in this book. Kerri does talk about what kind of father he was, but mentions of any sort of abuse or oddities are brief and glossed over. If you are wanting to learn about regaining faith in times of trouble, this is for you. I found the first half of the book quite boring, to be honest, although I know it was Kerri’s way of explaining how normal her dad was to her growing up. There are pages and pages and pages about their hike in the Grand Canyon, but very little of it is about her father during the hike. There are brief things about what he said during the hike, or what he did, but mostly it is descriptions of the hike as any other person would describe it, not as the daughter of a serial killer remembering it in hindsight. I really wanted more of his personality, other than that his eyes could go dark and he could lose his temper and talk in a clipped way. I am left feeling that there was nothing out of the ordinary about this man when there just had to be things, other than the one time he put his hands around his son’s neck in anger and kicked Kerri’s bedroom door. That could be lots of fathers. I wanted to know what was different about him. She mentions that her husband first thought he was odd, but doesn’t elaborate as to why he thought that. What was it he found odd? In interviews, her husband says that he was like any dad. But her book states he found him odd. I just wanted more of the specific things her father did that were odd other than putting ice in his milk. But again, this is really a memoir about Kerri. It is about her memories of her dad and how it affected her to learn the truth.
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