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While They Slept by Kathryn Harrison
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Mar 01, 2009

it was ok
Recommended for: no one really
Read in March, 2009 , read count: 1

id never heard of this but its requested on my book swap and i got it for $2 at the airport.

i have a few problems with it. kathryn harrison previously wrote books on her own experiences with abuse, which i have not read and know only about from this book. in this book before telling the story of which she is supposed to be writing, she talks about herself. a lot. and it comes across that when she was 20, she met her dad, he tongue kissed her at the airport and shes been a mess ever since.

based only on that incident (she talks of no other incidents in this story) she constantly compares herself to the two main people in this story. um- being tongue kissed by your dad when you were a gorwn adult is nothing like having your brother MURDER your parents and little sister when youre 16 because of abuse. NO comparison.

she also compares herself to the brother. um- yeah, you had some eating disorders and some insanity- you did not freaking beat your parents and little sister to death with a baseball bat!!!!

i also have a problem with her believing everything the living sister says and beliving nothing of the brother (who murdered the family.) he was obviously a mess and had some major problems but i do think there is some truth to his account.

it seems as if all jody (the living sister) and kathryn harris write about are the murders and abuse. thats all there is to them. theres nothing more to their lives. is jody the murders? is kathryn harris her dads kiss? is that all they have? appears so.

im glad i read the reviews before starting this because they all do say that she talks way too much about herself. if ihad any interest reading her memoirs- i no longer do after reading this.
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Reading Progress

02/28/2009 page 99
34.14% "more on the story- less on kathryn harris please"
03/01/2009 page 181
62.41% "why is she so quick to believe everything the sister says and nothing the son says? ugh!"

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