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Benjamin Stevenson | Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone

The Book: 

Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson
(Ernest Cunningham #1)
Published January 17, 2023 by Mariner Books
Date read: March 18, 2023

The Characters: 

See the beginning of the book, there are a lot!

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

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.

How did Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone end?

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The Spoilers

Ernest’s brother Jeremy was still alive, and was posing as the police officer. He’d killed the real police officer (that was the first body).

As a child, Jeremy has been kidnapped as a threat to Ernest’s parents. He was presumed dead but raised by a foster family. 

He’d killed a whole bunch of people to impress Michael, but Michael wasn’t impressed so he killed him too.

Sophia was an addict, which is why she needed money.

The Review: 

Thank you to @bookclubgirl for this gifted copy of this fun mystery!

I loved the unique language of this book. The narrator is really talking to the reader, promising to be as reliable as possible, with these literary fourth wall breaks throughout the book. I don’t think I’ve read an adult novel that’s quite like this, and I really enjoyed it. I also loved the fun little details like the “fold here” at the beginning, the list of all the pages someone dies in, and a “Chapter 14.5” with a recap of everything that had happened so far.

There was a LOT to keep track of in this book, so this is definitely one to read a physical copy of. The recap really came in handy as far as making sure I had all the characters straight!

I really enjoyed this author’s unique prose and am looking forward to the next in the series, Everyone On This Train is a Suspect.

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