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Some Families Just Can’t Hack It is a book of short stories inspired by real historical murders.

While most people are taught to beware of strangers the reality is that most murders are committed by someone closer to the victim. In these five tales of family dysfunction at its finest, Antonia Monacelli uses traditional research mixed with real genealogy to uniquely portray
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Paperback, 154 pages
Published December 22nd 2012 by Createspace (first published December 20th 2012)
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Antonia Monacelli
Aug 03, 2013 Antonia Monacelli added it  ·  (Review from the author)
REVIEWS FOR 'SOME FAMILIES JUST CAN'T HACK IT' FROM AMAZON.COM:

5 Star Review from 'Magnus';
"I bought a copy of this book after a friend recommended it. I convinced myself it would sit on my Kindle unread for months before I finally forced myself to read something so drastically outside of my favoured genre. I decided to just peek at the first page and ended up enthralled, reading right through in one sitting! The author makes sure to follow up each story with facts on the actual murders used to
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Keith Nixon
Mar 12, 2013 Keith Nixon rated it liked it
Some Families… is a collection of fictional short stories inspired by real historical murders.

This is an intriguing collection of stories. The author has combined historical fiction and real crime to produce something a little different to the norm. Additional interest is created by the endnotes to each case which describe the background and underlying occurrences – i.e. why a family member would choose to commit such gruesome acts on close relatives. I’ve deliberately kept the descriptions brie
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Christie
Jun 19, 2013 Christie rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a very intriguing look at how the true crimes could have actually played out! Historical crime reconstructions without all the modern instruments/techniques/science to solve the murders. Piecing together historical crimes can be incredibly challenging with fragmented information and lost (or even nonexistent) evidence. I thought the author did a wonderful job putting all the information together interestingly and cohesively to give a full picture of the events. It was a ...more
Lynda Kelly
Jun 25, 2013 Lynda Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I never read short stories as a rule and made an exception here as the stories were supposed to be based on true murder events in Canada. The real story was going to be mentioned after the fictionalised account. However, I read two and then in both cases the true case was just a repeat of what was supposed to be the fiction account. Parroted almost word-for-word. Just ridiculous !!
So I made it ony 38% in with those 2 stories and packed it in. It did earn an extra star for me as I didn't happen a
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Shannon Sekel
Nov 28, 2013 Shannon Sekel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book!

This book was just so intense. one story after another too good to put down. It made me cringe and cry to think of the stories especially the last. This was well written and just plain great. However most of it is just awful abuse especially the last story. good reading I would recommend it to everyone! ******
Elizabeth Holtsclaw
Feb 20, 2013 Elizabeth Holtsclaw rated it it was ok
It was a good idea and the writing was ok but the....execution (haha) was poor. She based these short stories on actual murders and included the historical facts after the short story. Strangely the short story was almost exactly what was written in the facts portion. It was as if you had to read the same story twice. So weird.
PacaLipstick Gramma
Apr 25, 2013 PacaLipstick Gramma rated it it was ok
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I received this as a Goodreads Giveaway.

Certainly not what I expected. I have to admit that I could not finish the book because it was just too graphic for me.

I did find that the "real" story at the end of the fictitious one was redundant.
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Antonia Monacelli was born and raised in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. She is an avid reader, obsessed with genealogy, fascinated by geisha, and addicted to coffee and tea. She inherited a love of true crime from her mother and an appreciation of history from her father. Antonia lives with her husband, an adorable beagle named Weezer and three cats in Kitchener, Ontario.
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