THE #2 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
‘An antiheroine able to best villainous male protagonists such as Patrick Bateman any day’ OBSERVER
‘Chilling, but also laugh out loud funny. Another corker of a debut’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
‘Deliciously addictive…brilliantly executed’ i PAPER
Cosmopolitan and Grazia’s best books of 2021
· Kill my family
· Make a claim on their fortune
· Get away with the above
· Adopt a dog
Meet Grace Bernard.
Daughter, sister, colleague, friend, serial killer…
Grace has lost everything. And now she wants revenge.
How to Kill Your Family is a fierce and addictive novel about class, family, love… and murder.
‘I’ve struggled to recover my reading mojo since lockdown. This turned out to be the thing that sparked it back to life… Funny, sharp, dark and twisted, Grace is a character I found myself rooting for even as she committed the most vile misdeeds’ JOJO MOYES
‘Funny and furious and strangely uplifting. Grace is a bitter and beguiling anti-hero with a keen eye for social analysis – even in her most grisly deeds, you never stop rooting for her’ PANDORA SYKES
‘Addictive… Grace Bernard is one of the most intriguing and bewitching protagonists I've read in years’ EMMA GANNON
‘A funny, compulsive read about family dysfuction and the media’s obsession with murder’ SUNDAY TIMES STYLE
‘You’ll be gripped… Grace’s emotional detachment throughout will give you chills’ Rated 5 stars by COSMOPOLITAN
‘Hilarious and dark’ ELLE
‘Ironic twists and caustic commentary on everything from liberal guilt to the consumerist con that is “selfcare” sharpen this debut novel’ OBSERVER
‘Brilliantly tongue-in-cheek stuff from the Vogue columnist’ IRISH INDEPENDENT
‘Witty, waspish satire of a murderer with no regrets’ GRAZIA
‘Original, funny, unique and such a refreshing read’ PRIMA
‘A deliciously dark debut novel’ RED
‘One very entertaining read’ WOMAN’S WAY
How To Kill Your Family was number 2 in the Sunday Times hardback chart on 27/07/2021
About the author
Bella Mackie has written for the Guardian, Vogue and Vice. She is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Jog On. This is her first novel.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
“You can’t choose your family. But you can kill them.” That’s the lapel-grabbing premise of the rollicking debut novel by journalist Bella Mackie, best known for running-meets-mental health memoir Jog On. When orphaned anti-heroine Grace Bernard learns the identity of her secret biological father—a mega-rich high-street fashion mogul—she wreaks revenge by picking off his ghastly family one-by-one. There are distinct shades of Killing Eve’s chic assassin Villanelle as savvy twentysomething Grace hops around Europe, donning disguises and methodically going about her murderous business. Fast, fierce and blackly comic with a couple of killer twists, this twisted tale displays Mackie’s journalistic background with its caustic eye for observational detail. The witheringly witty Grace simmers with righteous rage, while the targets caught in her crosshairs are a rogue’s gallery of surgically enhanced snobs, sexual predators and seedy hypocrites who frankly deserve what she’s dishing out. A beguiling crime caper with a subversive sting in the tail.
Best book I’ve listened to in ages
Outstanding. I’ve listened to it a number of times, great narrator. Well plotted. Each time I listen I get madder and madder with Harry. I’ve been plotting on how to get rid of him, and his family, there must be a way. And Roomie. Please write a sequel, Bella. Please. Grace MUST win.
HOW TO KILL YOUR FAMILY
This is truly one of the best audio books I have listened to. Amazing plot so cleverly written and pure genius. More please Bella!
Wonderful book badly read
Book is amazing but the reader read it like a car manual. I want to read the book for myself but already spent the money on the audiobook.