Kill the King by Sandrone Dazieri

Kill the King (Colomba Caselli, #3)
by Sandrone Dazieri
5* out of 5

**DISCLAIMER: I received a digital ARC of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Well, it’s finally here: the finale of Sandrone Dazieri’s “Caselli and Torre” series. It’s been quite a ride since we first met these characters in Kill the Father, but these two have always stayed true to themselves — even while navigating a seemingly never-ending barrage of threats, tragedies, and shocking revelations.

And it’s all because of The Father.

Now, sure, we unmasked and even killed the Father in the first novel, but Kill the Angel proved that there was so much to more what that wretched excuse for a man was doing; there was a grander conspiracy at work. Kill the King lets us finally see just how far this grisy rabbit hole goes.

It goes pretty damn far…by the end I was covering my mouth because my jaw had dropped in horror. It’s a finale filled with endless emotion, heartbreak, twists and turns, and betrayal. It’s wholly satisfying, a rarity in many a series.

What I continued to love most about this series was (1) how violence is treated and distributed as well as (2) the treatment of mental illness, especially in the case of both Caselli and Torre. These are two extremely traumatized individuals, and for good reason. I noted in my review of Kill the Father that:

PTSD isn’t uncommon in characters, especially in thrillers, but I do admit that I often find it frustrating when it’s used as a seemingly convenient device to make a character seem vulnerable, yet never plays a greater role in the plot. The trauma of Colomba and Dante’s respective pasts constantly haunts in a painful, visceral way — sometimes it even gets in the way during important situations. The two are constantly taking both their own and each other’s internal temperatures, knowing that, at any time, something could set the either off into a full-blown panic attack.

Yes, the results of their own respective PTSD — anxiety, depression, panic attacks, claustrophobia — are treated with both realism and respect. When attacks are (understandably) triggered, it can affect both these characters’ ability to function in daily life. It’s taken very seriously and in no way treated with disrespect or as nothing more than a ‘character quirk’ by Dazieri. As someone with both depression and anxiety, it’s such a nice thing to see.

As for the violence: yes, these are thrillers and there is disturbing content. But in all the torture and death/murder…there is no sexual violence against women. What? A thriller with a female cop as the primary character and there’s no rape or sexual assault? LE GASP! (Please feel my sarcasm.) But yes, it is true. Sure, women are victims…of murder, but those who die (male and female) and are victims are treated with respect. There is no objectification, and what “sensational” or gory details there are are not lingered upon in a tasteless manner. Brownie points to you, Signore Dazieri. Grazie. Grazie mille.

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