Whoa. THAT was quite a book. I just finished reading ‘A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming’ by Kerri Rawson… daughter of the BTK serial killer. I have thoughts.

First, how my heart breaks for her.

The book begins with a play by play of her childhood. Totally. Freaking. Normal. Your basic situation. A couple of instances where her dad got really angry. But, I remember plenty of times my dad got really angry and he certainly wasn’t and isn’t a serial killer.

Then, one day out of the clear blue an FBI agent shows up at her door and tells her the news. Her dad has been arrested and is responsible for murdering MANY people.

I CAN’T IMAGINE. Like, at all. How in the world do you process that? I felt many of the emotions right along with her as she details her life from that moment forward.

I could not put this book down.

I hope society isn’t casting judgement on her. Wondering how she couldn’t have known ‘something’. Assuming that she must be crazy, too. Or, wondering how she could forgive him (which she has) or how she could still love him?

Some of those thoughts probably crossed my mind before I read it. Now, I have a different perspective. I whole-heartedly believe she was completely blindsided by the revelation that her dad had committed such heinous crimes. I also understand her need to forgive in order to move forward. And… love. That’s her dad. Love is there for the person SHE knew.

A really compelling book.


Jennifer Waldman