author: Benjamin Stevenson
series: Ernest Cunningham #1
published: 17 January 2023
publisher: Mariner Books
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Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the high achievers, have killed more than once. I'm not trying to be dramatic, but it is the truth. Some of us are good, others are bad, and some just unfortunate.
I'm Ernest Cunningham. Call me Ern or Ernie. I wish I'd killed whoever decided our family reunion should be at a ski resort, but it's a little more complicated than that.
Have I killed someone? Yes. I have.
Who was it?
Let's get started.
EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY HAS KILLED SOMEONE
a few notes
content warning: ❗some graphic violence❗
steamy rating: 0🔥s
language level: 0🤬s
POV: 1st person, fourth wall
keywords/phrases: murder, death, violence
awards: Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) Nominee for General Fiction (2022)
In a nutshell, this was one of the most creative and unique locked-room mysteries I’ve ever read. It was both dark and serious and yet hilarious, too. It completely broke the fourth wall, and the author did that extremely well.
I LOVED the homage to Ronald Knox’s Ten Commandments and the Detection Club. The author used them as part of the breaking of the fourth wall, which was endlessly entertaining. The narrator, the oh-so-reliable Ernest, tells the story of his dysfunctional family. Truly they are the epitome of dysfunctional, as they have all, as the title suggests, killed someone. Yet, in spite of the title, none of them are of the Bloody Benders ilk, but all people who tended to find themselves in situations that went, well, wrong. The story is told in an engaging conversational style that delved into the lives of each member of the family.
Call me a reliable narrator. Everything I tell you will be the truth, or, at least, the truth as I knew it to be at the time that I thought I knew it.
One day you’ll realise family isn’t about whose blood runs in your veins, it’s who you’d spill it for.
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