This is a good book. It tells you about how the author prosecuted the criminals. Unfortunately, it isn't a great book.
The difference between a good tThis is a good book. It tells you about how the author prosecuted the criminals. Unfortunately, it isn't a great book.
The difference between a good true crime book and a great true crime book is the sense of evocotaveness. You feel like you're getting to know a people, a place, a time. I read this and came away with zero feeling about the victims. The book mentions maybe a scant five thousand times that they were found shot in the head, the woman holding her still-living albeit blood-soaked baby boy. (He was not shot.) That one bit of info is repeated any time the author wants to remind us that people died. Other than a short biographical sketch at the beginning, where everyone is named Bill, that's all we get to know about the dead. We don't get to know much more about the killers. More time is spent on the emails to and from the fake CIA agent than anything else. And boy, howdy, if there's one thing that makes for great reading it's 50000 pages of subliterate emails transcribed exactly--typos and all--between a mentally damaged woman and her equally unbalanced mother.
If you're fixated on poor, unemployed crazy people you will love this book. If you're interested in this particular case this book has all the detail you could want about the prosecution. Otherwise, find a Wikipedia article. It takes far less time and has more detail about the victims. ...more
**spoiler alert** I have always been fascinated by the Barbizon. It seemed like a glamourous place for a girl to stay safely grounded while evolving i**spoiler alert** I have always been fascinated by the Barbizon. It seemed like a glamourous place for a girl to stay safely grounded while evolving into a NYC professional woman. I grew up in the 70s and 80s. Barbizon Girls were from my mother's era and a sort of role-model. Also: Bosom Buddies was an awesome TV show. So when this book was $2 I jumped on it. Ugh. First warning that it's going to suck is the dual timeline. I am sick to death of this trope and of the idea that the past is only interesting if it somehow facilitates the happiness of a modern character.
Second warning: The modern main character is a mistress turned girlfriend who thinks her man friend is going to propose, only to have him tell her he is returning to his wife and kids. And we're supposed to feel sorry for HER? Yeah no.
Third Warning: The book is barely underway when one of the lead characters is sexually assaulted on a blind date.
It's not at all worth your time. Even for $2. ...more
I loved the first two books in this series; they explored everything i adore about gothic ghost stories--the history, the mystery and the mysticism. TI loved the first two books in this series; they explored everything i adore about gothic ghost stories--the history, the mystery and the mysticism. They were wonderfully absorbing as long as I paid little heed to the "romance". This "romance" is the Achilles heel of the series. For starters it isn't the least bit romantic. The characters have maybe two conversations and one makeout per book. The rest of the time the increasingly unsympathetic "heroine" Amelia just tells you how attractive he is and how obsessed she is with him, how he's the love of her life and there will never be anyone else. She sounds like a 14yo writing in her diary about the guitarist in a boy band. And the "relationship" between her and Devlin the bad boy cop is on that celebrity stalker level. She spends far more time driving by his house, eavesdropping on convos and pestering their mutual friends for details about him than she actually spends _with_ him. (Devlin. Get it?? He's hot but bad news. Get it?!?!!! Ugh) Honestly I get the impression that gothic horror is the author's strong suit but she had to have a romantic angle to catch the interest of this particular publisher, a division of Harlequin.
As for this book, it feels hollow. Both of the first two books had complete stories with solid mysteries and several intriguing plot points. In comparison this story limps along without any key mystery to hold the reader's interest. Characters are introduced and made much of only to be forgotten for a bulk of the story. There are no intriguing plot points. There's a lot of discussion about zombies, none of which is remotely interesting.
I am no longer impressed by this author and have no particular hope for the rest of the series. ...more