Her Father's Daughter by T. M. Dunn
7/18/23; 272 pages
Crooked Lane Books
Her Father's Daughter by T. M. Dunn is a recommended domestic horror story following a serial killer.
Anthony is devoted to his daughter, Linda. Now twenty-five, Linda is
working for her father Donovan and Daughter Exterminators in New
York City. While her father visits her mother's grave, Linda
continues on to an apartment building do her job. In an apartment she
finds the body of an elderly woman who was clearly murdered and sees
that rats have been at the body. This looks bad for their exterminating
Alternating chapters are personal written accounts by Anthony, detailing horrific abuse from his father and his subsequent life as an actor/serial killer.
In this case presenting the narrative through the alternating voices
of Linda and Anthony didn't totally work for me. Readers will know right
from the start that Anthony is a killer with major issues, which
reduces the amount of suspense and tension. Anthony's written accounts
of his actions are oddly paced and worded, which can be just as
off-putting as his actions. They do provide a deep look into his
insanity. Linda's narrative is more interesting, but uneven. This was
more horror than thriller or mystery.