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  • By: Kerri Rawson
  • Narrated by: Devon O'Day
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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A Serial Killer's Daughter

By: Kerri Rawson
Narrated by: Devon O'Day
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Summary

What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer? 

In 2005, Kerri Rawson opened the door of her apartment to greet an FBI agent who shared the shocking news that her father had been arrested for murdering 10 people, including two children. That’s also when she first learned that her father was the notorious serial killer known as BTK, a name he’d given himself that described the horrific way he committed his crimes: Bind, torture, kill. As news of his capture spread, the city of Wichita celebrated the end of a 31-year nightmare. For Kerri Rawson, another was just beginning. In the weeks and years that followed, Kerri was plunged into a black hole of horror and disbelief. The same man who had been a loving father, a devoted husband, church president, Boy Scout leader, and a public servant had been using their family as a cover for his heinous crimes since before she was born. Everything she had believed about her life had been a lie.

Written with candor and extraordinary courage, A Serial Killer’s Daughter is an unflinching exploration of life with one of America’s most infamous killers and an astonishing tale of personal and spiritual transformation. For all who suffer from unhealed wounds; the crippling effects of violence; betrayal; or anger, Kerri Rawson’s story offers the hope of reclaiming sanity in the midst of madness, rebuilding a life in the shadow of death, and learning to forgive the unforgivable. 

©2019 Kerri Rawson (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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True crime? Nope!!

Honestly the worst audiobook I’ve ever had the misfortune of listening to.
I’m not sure what I expected with this book, as a true crime ‘enthusiast’ I at least expected to learn something about the BTK case I hadn’t already known. I finished this book not having gained a single fact. About anything.
I cannot stress enoughthat this is NOT for fans of true crime, if that’s you, keep moving, this book is not for you. You will be extremely disappointed, it shouldn’t be listed in true crime, because apart from the fact the authors father is Dennis Rader, it may as well be listed in cooking for all the similaries it shares with true crime!
This book starts out like a bad entry into a teenage girls diary and the only time it diverts from that narrative is when it segways into bible verses! Neither of these areas hold any interest for me!
I have read other books by relatives/friends of serial killers and found them a fascinating insight into the struggles to accept, understand or even forgive what their loved one has done, this book? Any time that she begins to face any kind of peril she simply recites verses of the bible.
Four years ago she publicly attacked Steven King for basing one of his books on her parents marriage, she said that King was ‘exploiting my father’s 10 victims’, I should have known this book was utter rubbish when she personified hypocrisy by writing the damn thing!

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Just wanted to write an autobiography

“A Serial Killer’s Daughter”
Synopsis: although the title leads people to believe it’ll be about the heartbreak of the author’s discovery that her Dad is BTK, actually is the autobiography she wouldn’t have been famous enough to publish without using the name Dennis Rader.
This comes after recent digs at established authors and documentary makers for giving her Dad the attention he “doesn’t deserve” and profiting from the heartbreak of the victims’ families. Guess she wanted in on those profits.
I mean, none of us would turn down the chance to make some cash and she’s doing it the only way she can, but she could at least TRY and make the content match the title and she really should have asked someone to write it for her because she never was and never will be a writer. And to be honest, I think she’s said too much about how she feels about giving BTK any more notoriety to suddenly appear with her book and it’s just too late.

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Fascinating insight into a struggle for survival

I know these memories and reflections must have been exceptionally painful to write. My heart truly breaks for you. I hope that it was at least to some extent therapeutic for you to write and I pray you find some peace as you make new and better memories with your children. The book has been so illuminating into just how devastating one person's actions can be on so many lives.

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A missed opportunity on telling a story from an interesting perspective

It’s a unique perspective on the story but she spends an awful lot of time on what seems like an attempt to prove she is a christian aka a good person. This book would be a lot more readable if less time was spent on inner dialogue with god.

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The honesty

A story that had to be told- very brave. Hopefully this will give some insight inti how a ‘double’ life is a cry for help.

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Didn’t enjoy the narrater

Slow story , Some interesting parts but overall I just wanted it to end . The narrater was my least favourite part of the audio book

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Repetitive and boring.

Don’t waste your time. I understand this was probably an act of therapy for the writer but frankly, it’s incredibly uninteresting of a story. There’s endless chapters about a hiking trip that were vastly unnecessary, constant repetitive psalm readings and frankly - an over romanticised memories of little substance. I understand this is about the authors experience and not necessarily her fathers crimes but it felt full of flowery descriptions of inanimate objects and more about God than much else.
I forced myself to finish it but I really wish I hadn’t, save yourself a credit. There’s much better stories out there, from people who have also experienced the trauma of a relative having committed terrible crimes (such as Love As Always, Mum xxx)
This just really wasn’t for me.
The voice actor was decent though.

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utter rubbish

this was the biggest waste of 9 hours of my life. it has very little to do with her dad being a serial killer and all to do with her "wow is me" attitude to life. if you want to be preached at give it a read, otherwise note, this is just her making money off her dad's name, not story

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Awful and somehow boring

Very poorly written, boring. Don’t know how this got published other than to capitalise on serial killer father. Narration was terrible. Lasted just under two hours and gave up.

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This is about Christianity not really BTK

I didn't manage to finish. I can sympathise with the author through the tragedies in life, but this is a "come to Jesus book". Unless you're very religious or looking for a story about finding God I wouldn't bother.
The narrator does a good job, but I just didn't find this interesting.

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