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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • melinda
    should’ve been filed as some religious memoir
  • ♥ 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Jennifer
    Just one long poor me self-serving pity party.
  • 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 ...
  • Amanda
    This book is uneven in both writing style and narrative. The story, of course, was compelling: how a daughter can overcome the grief and shame associated with the fact that her father is a famous serial killer. However, there were several chapters that seemed to have little to do with the story itself and felt more like filler than anything else. In addition, this book, in many places, reads more like a Christian inspirational than a traditional ...
  • Aurora
    Plenty to discuss here, but no one has had a life like Kerri's. This book is Kerri's voice with her wise, unique perspective throughout. Some other reviews are complaining about "God stuff," but the "God stuff" is pretty key to Kerri's life and coping, whether it's what you imagine you would turn to given her circumstances or not. Hope that you will never know what you would do in this situation, and then read this book to get to know Kerri and h...
  • 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 ...
  • Nessa
    I will admit it: I am a true crime addict. Books, documentaries, articles....you name it and I will devour it so it really takes a lot to make me sit down and think twice about something. Kerri Rawson has made me think. Of all the books I have read about serial killers and mass murderers (and it's kind of a lot) I have never read a book written by the child of one of those killers until now. I am in awe at the strength this woman must have to be ...
  • Amanda
    Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down so it was an easy, quick, and interesting read. It followed her life before her dad was arrested and her life after and what she went through afterwords in the aftermath of finding out her father was a serial killer and wasn't who she thought he was. Her life descended into a living hell of anxiety, depression, PTSD, night terrors and having to somehow live with the fact that her dad was indeed a ser...
  • Mariejkt
    "A Serial Killer's Daughter" by Kerri Rawson is the story of Kerri, not just her dad who is the convicted BTK killer. Before you throw this book out saying oh she is just trying to make her dad look no that is not it at all. She is sharing how she grew up with a man as a dad that she had no idea led a behind the scenes life of being a serial killer. It does start out with her giving some history of her dad's life before he married her mom and the...
  • Kate (kate_reads_)
    When learning about a serial killer - do you ever wonder about his friends and family? Wonder what it was like for them to learn this about someone they loved or if they had always known there was something off? Kerri Rawson gives us the answers of her experience in this book - learning she is the daughter of a serial killer.The book starts on a cold February day when an FBI agent shows up at Kerri’s apartment to tell her that her father is in ...
  • Tracy Wood
    When you find an FBI agent outside your house you would probably think the worst but nothing could have prepared Kerri Rawson for what she was about to learn. Raised in a Christian household, close to other family members on her mom and dad's side she spent most of her time with them and outside if she could. Although Kerri and her brother knew to keep on their dad's good side their lives were pretty happy but all this meant nothing when she lear...
  • Andrea
    More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile & Andrea RBKA Serial Killer's Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love and Overcoming by Kerri Rawson is by a woman who is the daughter of BTK. Given this occurred in Kansas, I was quite familiar with Kerri's father's crimes. However, this story, above all else, was about Kerri. It was about the before of her life and then the after. Before, she was living a relatively normal life, as she went to scho...