Book Review: In My Father’s Basement

Title: In My Father’s Basement (A Serial Killer Novel)

Author: TJ Payne

Narrator: Joe Hempel




Just your average father-son story. But with abduction, torture, and murder.
Out of nowhere, a retired 60-year old handyman goes on a murder-spree, abducting healthy young people and torturing them with hand-tools.
After he’s caught, a media fascination in The Handyman swells. People want to know why he snapped. They want to hear all the grisly details.
But he’ll only tell his gruesome story to one person – his estranged son.
Full of dark twists and turns, In My Father’s Basement will have you on the edge of your seat. It is a must-listen psychological thriller for anyone who is fascinated by serial killers.



My Review

4/5 Stars

When a 60-year-old handyman goes on a killing spree, no one sees it coming. When he’s caught, he only wants to tell one person why. His son who’s he had a falling out with, Isaac.

Psychological thrillers are a favorite of mine, and this book was a reminder of why that is. Though it started off slow, and at first, I found it hard to keep my attention, the suspense eventually hooked me to the point where I wanted to listen to the entire thing in one go. The present/past layout built the suspense really well.

The relationship between father and son was interesting. It was almost tender even though their reason for connecting was totally wrong. Both Issac and Walter had their own interesting character quirks. I usually find myself liking the sociopaths in serial killer stories, and this one was no different with Walter though I did like Issac too. Even though he was hard to connect to, I found that I could understand why he did the things he did.

Narrator perfectly brought the characters to life.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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