I expected to be disturbed by this book, but not quite as much as I ended up being. For one thing, I wasn't previously aware of just how gruesome andI expected to be disturbed by this book, but not quite as much as I ended up being. For one thing, I wasn't previously aware of just how gruesome and protracted the murder was. And while it's bad enough that people couldn't be bothered to even pick up the phone while someone was being murdered outside their windows, the excuses made afterward are perhaps even more appalling.
Some people didn't call because they figured it was "just" a man beating his wife/girlfriend. One particularly disgusting man commented that "At one point I thought maybe a girl was being raped — but if she was out alone at that hour, it served her right." (This is the same guy who also blamed her for his inaction -- apparently it's her fault for not screaming loudly enough while being stabbed in the lungs -- and whined about getting "ribbed" by his coworkers for his inaction.)
Another woman's problem with the coverage of the event was that her neighborhood was described as middle class, when she thought it should be described as upper-middle class. Heavens, what an outrage! And of course, there's all the whitewashing that took place with people denying what actually happened decades later, because they have no shame whatsoever.
It says something about the people involved in this when you come out of a book about a hideously cruel, misogynistic, remorseless rapist and murderer like Moseley with the feeling that he's not the worst person you just read about.
This was a well-researched, well-written account of the crime and its aftermath. Just be prepared to come out of it with a lower opinion of humanity than you started out with.
Was this book proofread at *all*? I'm really resenting having wasted money on this collection of obnoxiously obvious errors. If you can't even be bothWas this book proofread at *all*? I'm really resenting having wasted money on this collection of obnoxiously obvious errors. If you can't even be bothered to read through your book twice to make sure you didn't do things like spell the same name two different ways on the same page, you shouldn't be expecting people to pay for it.
I'd recommend passing on this one unless you get it for free, and even then, keep in mind that it mostly consists of lists of passengers rather than any kind of organized narrative. I appreciate that some effort was spent to contact as many primary sources as possible, but this desperately needed a decent editor and several more drafts....more
Interesting premise that was, for the most part, well-executed. It's pretty disgusting, though, that to this author, everyone in the world is worthy oInteresting premise that was, for the most part, well-executed. It's pretty disgusting, though, that to this author, everyone in the world is worthy of sympathy and being regarded with some dignity, no matter how screwed up they are -- except the fat kid, who just gets to be the target of the usual size-bigotry and dehumanizing stereotypical bullshit. That chapter was so hateful, and was such a jarring departure into what felt like the author editorializing about his personal prejudices that it literally ruined for me a book which I otherwise enjoyed....more
EDIT: I'm removing my original comments on proofreading errors and adding a star as the author contacted me and said they'd be updated in the ebook. TEDIT: I'm removing my original comments on proofreading errors and adding a star as the author contacted me and said they'd be updated in the ebook. The prevalence of this problem is still frustrating, but it's fantastic to see that some authors are paying attention to it, and that it's not something future readers should encounter for this particular book.
This is a quick, fairly enjoyable suspense novel without a great deal of depth. It has the usual ingredients: two-dimensional villains with stereotypical motives, intrepid but under-appreciated investigators with no apparent personal lives, and an evil plot with enough thought put into it to be convincingly plausible. The author has clearly done his homework on the technical aspects, and for the most part does a good job of making them understandable to a general audience, though there are a couple of places where, in doing this, he began to sound like an encyclopedia article. The characterization could have been stronger, but was serviceable for what the book was trying to do. (Curiously, I often felt the minor characters were more interesting, as if the author has a particular talent for quick character sketches but isn't quite sure how to expand them.)
Where this book was strongest was in its very long build-up of suspense. This is tricky to maintain evenly across an entire book, and I thought the author did an excellent job of it, and of the pacing in general, enough that despite the other problems, I would at least be willing to give another of his books a try....more