Book Review: Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson

“Call me a reliable narrator. Everything I tell you will be the truth, or, at least, the truth as I knew it to be at the time that I thought I knew it. Hold me to that.”

Benjamin Stevenson, Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone

Title: Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone
Series: Ernest Cunningham (Book 1)
Author: Benjamin Stevenson
Genres: Mystery, Humor, Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 384 (Kindle)
Published: March 29th, 2022

My Rating: ★★¾
Read: 9/4/2023 – 9/16/2023


As the title suggests, this book is chaotic. An oddly fun kind of chaotic, but chaotic all the same. 

It can’t be stressed enough that everyone in Ernest Cunningham’s family has killed someone including Ernie himself. With a narrator who breaks the fourth wall (and an author who knows which format of the book you’re reading…) and delivers his testimony with dark wit, it’s a good time. Unfortunately, I couldn’t follow a dang thing. 

I blame a hectic month for my inability to retain any of the information being presented more than the book, but I just kept forgetting I was reading it. By the time I got back to it, I’d forgotten where I was. The writing/delivery is super fun and maybe if I’d chosen the audiobook I would have been more engaged. Wrong time for me I guess, but the hype is understandable. 

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • The narration is fun and engaging.

What I didn’t like:

  • I couldn’t get invested in the plot at all.


This is September’s group read with the Global Book Nook. It seems like so far a lot of us are on the same page with how we feel about the book.

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