A Serial Killer's Daughter by Kerri Rawson

A Serial Killer's Daughter

What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer?  In 2005, Kerri Rawson heard a knock on the door of her apartment. When she opened it, an FBI agent informed her that her father had been arrested for murdering ten people, including two children. It was then that she learned 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: bi...

Details A Serial Killer's Daughter

TitleA Serial Killer's Daughter
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Mystery, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews A Serial Killer's Daughter

  • Lisa Elizabeth
    This was really boring. I kept losing interest. I didn’t need to know the minute details of a summer camping trip in the early 90s to understand that BTK masqueraded as a good father for decades. I wanted to hear about the process of reconciling the father and the serial killer. That’s why I wanted to read this book. However, I don’t need the author’s entire life story to get there. —-I received a copy of this book from the publisher in...
  • melinda
    should’ve been filed as some religious memoir
  • Michelle
    It is a serious and terrible sorrow when others must carry the burden and fall-out of someone else’s criminal acts. “The Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming” (2019) fortunately is a rare and highly articulate memoir written by Kerri Rawson. Rawson’s father, Dennis Radner, the self-identified BTK, ruthlessly murdered 10 people, (2 victims were children) in Wichita, KS. (1974-1991). Radner is serving 10 conse...
  • Mariah Roze
    This was a great story. My heart goes out to Kerri and her family. I am so glad she wrote a book and was willing to share her story publicly."In 2005, Kerri Rawson heard a knock on the door of her apartment. When she opened it, an FBI agent informed her that her father had been arrested for murdering ten people, including two children. It was then that she learned her father was the notorious serial killer known as BTK, a name he’d given himsel...
  • ❤️
    So, I'm feeling kinda like an asshole giving this only one star, but hear me out.Kerri Rawson, who, of course, is the daughter of Dennis Rader aka the BTK serial killer, starts off her book well enough, offering a concise history of her family and her parents' relationship up til when Kerri and her brother are born. She then begins to recount her childhood, spending chapters upon chapters narrating her vivid memories of camping and hiking trips w...
  • Mel
    4.5 stars.I will always forgive memoirs for things I would not forgive a novel for. The reasoning being: people who write memoirs are not authors. They are in the sense that they've published and written a book, but this isn't their job, this is them telling their story to the world. So while yes, I had some issues, I also didn't really let them affect my reading.I'll start off with my minimal issues before I get into the things I really enjoyed....
  • Valerity (Val)
    A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and OvercomingI approached this book with my mind and feelings completely open and was really surprised how much I came away with from it. Kerri Rawson is fresh and likable as she tells her story of growing up in her family in Kansas. She describes it as just a totally normal, semi-dysfunctional family who works, goes to school, has vacations. Pretty typical family, it seems. She comes across...
  • Ashley Rayford
    I’ve always been fascinated by true crime and serial killers. I remember when they found out BTK was Dennis Rader. When I heard his daughter was writing a book I was very intrigued. I can’t imagine finding out someone you love so dearly has done such unimaginable evil. That said, I did not enjoy this book. It is poorly written and it’s basically Kerri being very long winded about how much she suffered. I understand there is going to be an e...
  • ♥ Marlene♥
    Not sure if I can finish this because I am so bored by it it makes me fall asleep. She talks about her father a bit but she talks about her faith so much more.I should have known looking at the title. That being said her life is not anything special except for the disgusting cruel things her cowardly father did. This book would never have been published and certainly not purchased if not for her infamous father.-------Okay I finished it yesterday...
  • Kimberly Dawn
    3.5 StarsThis was an okay to good listen on audiobook. It was a little repetitive, which is understandable, perhaps, because of the ongoing spiral of shame and the painful fallout the family experiences as they learn the details of Dennis Rader’s murderous actions. What I find curious is the lack of dysfunction in the family that was reported as a result of this man’s dark personality. There were a few incidents in which he lost his temper. I...
  • Kristy K
    2.5 StarsI commend Kerri Rawson for having the strength to write this and carry on after finding out who her father was.I think this would have done better as an essay. The first third to half of the book was basically a normal girl with normal problems lives a normal life. I know it was there to show how we never know what may be hiding in the shadows, but it really dragged. Once Rawson got to the part where her dad was arrested, things picked u...
  • Myrna
    Kerri wrote an honest and eye opening book. It’s about her life with a serial killer for a father and how her life spiraled after finding out. She does talk quit a bit about her faith too. I hope and wish the best for her.
  • Rachel Smalter Hall
    I've grown to love what memoirs can reveal about our shared humanity when the author is willing to dig deep. True crime, on the other hand, has always given me nightmares. Enter the true crime memoir. It turns out I love true crime memoirs! When super creepy, criminal acts are filtered through the very personal, introspective lens of a memoir, I can handle it. I can stop covering my eyes. I can peer a little more closely into the depths of humani...
  • Jadrian Wooten
    I'm mad at myself for not quitting this book.
  • Jennifer
    Just one long poor me self-serving pity party.
  • Fleeno
    I hated this book more than words can say. If it were possible to give negative stars I would. I was expecting a books about what it was like to find out you've been living with a sadistic murderer and share DNA with a monster but instead it is more like someone's journey to christianity and someone who I don't think I like very much at all. The clincher for me was when she expressed hurt that when it came time for her father's sentencing they de...
  • Wanda
    I wouldn’t have requested this book from the library if I hadn’t heard the author interviewed on the radio. She sounded somewhat exasperated and I wondered why, driving me to look for her book. Now that I’ve read it, I understand some of her indignation.First, it seems that many people don’t read the title or don’t believe it. This is NOT a book about her father, this is HER story. Yes, her father appears in her account as a major playe...
  • Suzanne
    I feel bad rating someone's memoir only two stars, but this was not very well written. At all. First of all, the pacing was really weird. Rawson gives us a glimpse of her early years over a few chapters, which is fine, but then we spend SIX CHAPTERS reading about a backpacking trip she took with her dad to the Grand Canyon in the mid-nineties. I kept expecting something to happen during that trip that might tip her off as to her her Dad's dark si...
  • FabulousRaye
    It's okay. Kerri doesn't go into explicit details about her father's murders. It's not explotive or sensational.It is as advertised. Life with a serial killer for a father and the fallout when finding out what he is.I wasn't into the hour long section about a family camping trip, nor did I much care for all the god and religious parts.
  • Jay
    Ok...as you probly noticed I didn’t finish reading it. I made it a few chapters in and it’s literally the girl’s life story...”my uncle was great because he was always quick with a joke.....Grampa pulled me close and told me how proud he was of my graduation.....Dad killed the Otero family one morning when my Mom was pregnant with me...Grandma’s house was always my favorite place to visit, especially on the holidays, she always had the ...
  • Noorilhuda
    No one should buy or pick this book up. It’s an attempt to profit from the infamy of being BTK’s daughter and make a bit of money on the side by playing the victim card. An infuriating read. An apologist manual. Also a self-pitying exercise. Apart from great denial and support for BTK which oozes from every pore of this woman and her mother and in fact her entire family. Yes, Kerrie Lynn Rawson did not endear herself to me, neither did her ex...
  • Eadie
    This review was written for NetGalley and Nelson Book. I received a free copy for an honest review. What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer? Kerri Rawson writes an insightful and honest perspective of another side of her father, the BTK killer. She relates her growing up years with her father and shows a couple of traits that could have been clues but also shows a man of master deception. I was happy to see h...
  • An Aussie Book Nerd
    Fantastic. I've seen a lot of talk from people who, quite frankly, are plain ignorant stating things like the author just wants her "five minutes of fame" "she's not a victim" and worse things. I find it hard to believe that people are that heartless, but then I see it daily. I can't imagine waking up one day and learning that your father is responsible for murdering 11 people. However, the author does a wonderfully honest job of showing and tell...
  • Robin Bonne
    This is a memoir about her memories and love for her father, not so much about her feelings or healing process. This was very slow and could have benefited from heavier editing.
  • Carly
    Super disappointing. I was very excited to read this book and while it did have some interesting information, I felt like this was a book that was focused mostly on Kerri's religious experiences. I was not anticipating this to be so Jesus-y.
  • Peacegal
    First and foremost I'd like to praise the author's bravery in coming forward like this, speaking about a situation that's unimaginable. When we think of the victims of serial killers, we usually just think of the murdered themselves--we don't think about the family of the person who committed the crimes. This is the story of an ordinary person thrust into extraordinary circumstances no one would want to experience. The author's faith plays a big ...
  • Sally Lackey
    Read in a dayFor all we have been confronted with in the BTK story, this book was a glimpse into the personal devastation to Dennis Rader’s own family. Kerri weaves a story giving the reader the background of her growing up years with her father which allows us to truly understand the shock and trauma she has been through since the day of his arrest. I couldn’t lay this down.
  • Bridget
    I really wanted to LOVE this book, because I love memoirs and true crime most of nearly any genre... but I just didn’t love this book. There was too much born again Christian ideology in this book that felt just as alienating on the page as it does in life. However in Rawson’s defense, if there is ever a time to look to forms of fundamentalist faith for meaning I suppose it is when your dad is a serial killer and you’ve been traumatized to ...
  • KC
    In February 2005, Dennis Rader, also known as The BTK Killer, is arrested for the binding, torturing and killing of 10, 2 victims happen to be children. Kerri Rawson, Rader's daughter, recalls in detail her life growing up in Kansas; the family camping trips, summer vacations, holidays with grandparents, attending church and her brother's Boy Scouting events. While Rawson grapples with the facts while reluctantly having to face the despicable cri...
  • Luann Mailman
    I've always wondered what families of serial killers go through. This was a well written, easy to read and fascinating trip through the author's life. I started reading on Monday night, and finished in less than 24 hours. Living in Wichita, and having read over the years about the murders made it even more interesting to me.