Review: My Father Didn’t Kill Himself by Russell Nohelty

My Father Didn’t Kill Himself by Russell Nohelty
Release Date: March 4, 2016
Publisher: Wannabe Press
Pages: 305
Source: book provided by the author for review



Delilah is a teenager who adores her father, so when he commits suicide it’s devastating to her. He was the perfect dad in her eyes, and her family had the perfect life.

When her father’s life insurance policy won’t pay out on a suicide, she sets out to prove he was actually murdered so she doesn’t lose her childhood home.

Set in 2007, My Father Didn’t Kill Himself is told all through blog posts between Delilah and her best friend Alex as they battle through the emotional turmoil of the death somebody they love…and the realization they might not be the perfect person.

But before you think the book is wholly depressing, don’t worry. I don’t roll like that. In fact, my thing is kind of taking wholly depressing loglines and stories, then injecting humor and warmth into them. I’m like John Green meets Kurt Vonnegut, or at least that’s who I aspire to be one day…they both have amazing hair.


Review: This book was unexpectedly good. I mean, really good. This book falls under the category of young adult mystery; I didn’t know this book was going to be that good, good. I love surprises like that. This is not exactly a romance, however, there are small romantic elements throughout the book. It’s more teen based, but I think that adults will be entertained and enchanted by this book as well.

I have to warn the reader though that there are some unexpectedly dark moments in this book. They aren’t graphic or hard to read. I just thought I would be remiss as a reviewer if I didn’t touch on that point at least once during my review.

I think this review is going to be a bit strange because I’m not focusing on a romantic relationship. I’m going to be writing about best friends. However, aren’t couples best friends? I guess it won’t be as strange as I thought it was going to be. I love the writing process. The writer learns more, develops their writing skills, and the reader gets entertained. At least I hope so.

Delilah and Alex have to write in a journal for the entire school year for their English class. They decide to do this assignment online and post it so that the teacher as well as the class, and everyone online as well, can see their daily entries. The whole book is written as journal entries.

I think this is such a cool and different idea. Meg Cabot has written books where the whole book was written in e mails, she even wrote one in entirely in text messages. I think this is such an innovative way to catch the reader’s attention.

I also loved that the writer is male, but his characters are female, and their “voice”, and mannerisms are entirely female. It’s the mark of a great writer that they can write in the opposite sex that they are, at least in my opinion.

Delilah and her best friend Alex are the protagonists in this book but the reader is focusing and dealing more with Delilah as it was her father’s death that is the focal point of the story.  There are some very sad, but extremely funny moments throughout this book. I won’t lie, the reader is going to get a little emotional, but it’s worth it.

Go ahead and check this book out. Find out if this is something any readers out there will find worth reading. I think the reader will enjoy it.