Thursday, January 23, 2014

#54 : Kill Daddy by Gerald Freeman : A Review

BOOK TITLE: Kill Daddy


AUTHOR: Gerald Freeman

GENRE: Fiction


FORMAT: Digital - Epub


REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: The writer sent us a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. We thank him for it.

SUMMARY : Trauma from the past becomes a part of who you are. It weighs down on the present, suffocating life and preventing you from healing and moving on. If you continue to carry this baggage around long enough, you will eventually become who you are not. Believe in the essential goodness of your true self, however, and you will accept the past, but let go of the burden and finally become the real you. This is the story of one man's struggle to accept the past and move on before it destroys everything he is and could ever hope to be. In desperation Gerry flees society to save his sanity and ends up in the remote villages of East Africa. Midst the poverty, he encounters hope and more love than he could imagine. Will it be enough to save him? Can he repair the damage done to him in his childhood or will his abusers win in the end?

 When the writer contacted us for a review, we were in the middle of the #Womanifesto campaign planning. Here we are running a campaign to make a change in women’s lives and a book about an abused man’s road of recovery lands! Ironical isn’t it?

The characterisation was pretty good. More than the characterisation, the process of repairing an emotional damage was brought out beautifully.

The writer made an exemplar job of portraying various emotions along with their shades of variance.

The book was akin to a tour guide to Africa. Of course, unlike a conventional tour guide this book brought out the psychology of African People and their culture. One thing that is clearly evident is that the writer either has travelled extensively. But if this is his memoir I’d say, it’s really not up to the mark.

The process of healing isn’t as simple as the writer portrayed it to be. It’s complicated. But there is another angle of looking at it. May be the process of healing is so subtle that our protagonist didn’t even realize he has been healed.

The writing was pretty much simple. Though the emotions were portrayed beautifully, I felt they lacked the conviction and that depth. I felt the writer sorted of underplayed it out of the fear of writing a book with heavy emotions which might not go down well with many people.

SUBTLE would be the perfect word to describe this book.

One thing I really didn’t understand was the “lady love” part. Gerry’s love interests seemed very superficial and a bit confusing. It sort of left me wondering if the readers were supposed to feel that or was it just me?
The best thing about this book – The Irony – A depressed protagonist in search of “an emotional cure”/ seeking to be healed in a poverty ridden and struggling country and ends up getting his wish fulfilled.

What could have been better: More emotions. A bit of depth to the emotions would have done the trick. The title of the book could have been something positive.

VERDICT: It’s a slow and subtle inspiring read. Do not expect a racy plot line.

RATING: 4 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  The Writer was inspired to write Kill Daddy after he returned from his roller coaster ride In Kenya and Uganda where he spent almost 2 years living with the local people.


PRICE: Rs. 249 ( Kindle Edition)


Note : This review was first posted in 
Readers' Muse


  1. please unpublish, if I shouldn't do this. But, a review has never hit the mark so well. You know me x

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