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

Reviews A Serial Killer's Daughter

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • melinda
    should’ve been filed as some religious memoir
  • 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...
  • ♥ 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heather
    While Barnes and Noble had this book under "True Crime" I feel it would be more aptly shelved in Christian Living or Christian Memoir. While Kerri does recount the traumatic events of discovering her father is BTK, she beautifully weaves her faith journey throughout - from walking away, to coming back, and ultimately God working through her to forgiveness.
  • 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 ...
  • Caleb Hoyer
    I had no idea this book existed until I came across it in the bookstore. I've been interested in this case for a long time, particularly the family aspect of it, and I'm really impressed that Kerri Rawson had the courage to write this book and share this story. The book itself is a mixed bag. I always appreciate when people who aren't writers by trade still write their books themselves. But the risk of that is that the writing is not of the highe...
  • Kimberly Lund
    As someone who has lived in Park City, KS for the last twenty years, I couldn't not read this book. I've been a true crime reader for 30 years, long before I moved to the area, and having BTK arrested in a place that was home to me was jarring. Reading this book -- one of dozens of true crime books I've read over the years -- and knowing the places she mentions and having lived much of the same life made me think and evaluate. However, I would no...
  • 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 ...
  • Jennifer
    Just one long poor me self-serving pity party.
  • Niklas Pivic
    This is the introduction to the book:On February 25, 2005, my father, Dennis Lynn Rader, was arrested for murder. In the weeks that followed, I learned he was the serial killer known as BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill), who had terrorized my hometown of Wichita, Kansas, for three decades. As he confessed on national television to the brutal killings of eight adults and two children, I struggled to comprehend the fact that the first twenty-six years of m...
  • 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...
  • Amanda
    It’s rare we come across a book that is from a different perspective from the killer or someone just investigating a murder. This is from the perspective of Kerri or what she calls herself “the BTK’s daughter”. She discusses her life with her dad. The hiking trip they took and many other good memories she has. She also discusses her mental health issues after she realized who her Dad really is. The devastation it caused her family and mos...
  • Wendopolis
    Only God could have enabled Kerri Rawson to truly forgive her serial killer father. I can’t imagine
  • Donna Hines
    Anger. Trauma. Rage. Recovery.These are just some of the words I'd use in regards to reading A Serial Killer's Daughter.In fact this is the first time in quite some time that I've written more than a page or two in journalistic notes.So for starters and for others not aware of NPD and Narcissistic Abuse please let me tell you it's hell.In this one there's plenty of warning signs that one must stay alert too and please don't cover it up, make excu...
  • Jadrian Wooten
    I'm mad at myself for not quitting this book.
  • Katie
    Not sure what I was expectingSo this wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great. I appreciate Kerri letting us in on her life with Dennis Rader as her father, but the writing was elementary, at best. Interesting point of view, learning who the other side of BTK was, but far too much emphasis on God, which I could have done without, in general.
  • Nancy Hudson
    Horrible narrator but I tried to ignore her and really listened to the heart of Kerri Rawson aka Rader. She was brave to write this book and she gave the victims due respect. She named them and described how her fathers confessions sent her reeling for years. I don’t understand people who found her disingenuous. Either they didn’t finish the book or let the narrator affect them. I totally recommend you eye read this book, not listen to it. An...
  • Jessica White
    Kerri Rawson's life was forever changed on February 25, 2005. FBI.... Your dad.....B.T.K.... That's how Kerri found out her father was the notorious Wichita serial killer known as B.T.K. Dennis Rader chose that name for himself when he began writing letters to the police to claim his murders. He called himself B.T.K. because it stands for how he killed his victims. "Bind. Torture. Kill" He hid this side of his life from his family for 31 years. ...
  • Sue Fernandez
    Thank you to Net Galley, Nelson Books and the author for an e-ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I will say that I'd purchased a copy, then, the same day received the ARC. I should also say that I am an online sleuth, so I'm more than picky about true crime. That said, I'm afraid this book will be a bit misclassified. If true crime scares you, this won't. I'm also seeing it classified as Christian. Yes, she references God, but I ...
  • Paula
    I believe what this murderer did to his family is inexcusable along with his victim’s families. 7 families destroyed by actual murder and as Kelli writes, an 8th, hers also destroyed. Her pain is unmeasurable and I cannot fathom.I absolutely 100% disagree with this murderer saying “I was a good man who just did bad things.” This quote is on the jacket of the book and in the book. Those words make my skin crawl. He is evil through and throug...
  • Merry Brown
    I was expecting more of a detailed description of BTK and his life while he wasn't out murdering people. However, this was more of Kerri's life, with her Dad more of a complimentary character to her story. While I devoured it and couldn't put it down, I was overwhelmed with how much of a downer Kerri is. She can barely make it through college, she can't hold down a job, her life is so overwhelming she can barely get out of bed. And then, her dad ...