REVIEW: Kill All Your Darlings

“… you have a doctorate, right?”
“Is it in stupidity? Is that what you studied?”


Have I read two books about people who stole the plot of a book this summer?

Yes, yes I have.

The first one missed a lot of elements for me. This one is exactly what I was looking for.

Have you ever done something really stupid, but you knew would come back to haunt you later but you just couldn’t resist. The chance that if you did everything exactly right, that you could pull it off? Well, that’s what happens to Conner in Kill All Your Darlings.

He has stolen someone else’s work, published it as his own and gotten away with it.

Or has he?! Conner is a professor in a small town university, his career is barely floating and he can’t get tenure without a publication. He decides to use the thesis of one of his students who has gone missing. As the book becomes a blockbuster she resurfaces demanding her fair share. But why did she disappear in the first place? Could it have something to do with her book? A book that mirrors a murder that happened in town?

As a story and rivals you begin to wonder which characters you should actually feel sorry for and which ones are wolves in sheep‘s clothing. I’ll admit I figured out the real culprit pretty early, but that doesn’t detract from me enjoying the other characters figuring it out.

If you enjoyed The Plot, I’d suggest you check this one out. I think it was a better execution of a similar premise. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to Berkeley Books for a copy of this novel. All opinions above are my own.

When you read two books with a similar premise do you find yourself comparing them or are you able to separate them when you rate?

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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