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Beyond Reason

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The Woman: She was a beautiful, gifted descendant of Lady Astor. But Elizabeth Haysom was also a spoiled, willful daughter of privilege.

The Lover: He was the brilliant young son of a German diplomat. But his love for Elizabeth would draw Jens Soering into a web of madness and murder.

The Murder: When Elizabeth's parents were found savagely butchered in their elegant
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 1990 by St. Martin's True Crime
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Mike Horton
Aug 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book took one of the most sensational crimes to ever happen in the state of Virginia and managed to turn it into an absolute snoozefest. It escapes me as to how this book won "awards," and the only two excuses with which I can come up are that it must have been the only book nominated or the author clearly knew people on the committee that awarded the prize. The only suspense here is whether or not the next page will finally be the last, and the only horror is the poor organization and ...more
Heather Ostendorff
Jan 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was painfully slow and tedious. I usually love a good true murder novel, but this fell short of good.
The only reason I kept reading was the fact I'm to stubborn to leave a book half read.
Toni Hoffman
Feb 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I had higher hope for this book, I found it slightly confusing and not so easy to read, maybe it was the subject matter Im not sure but I didnt enjoy it very much
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Tedious recounting of a true crime in Virginia where the perps nearly got away with murder, and did escape full and just punishment for their crime. Elizabeth Haysom was a rich spoiled brat who invented grievances against the parents who doted on her, their youngest child. Elizabeth paired up with neurotic misfit Jens Soering while away at college and manipulated him into killing her parents. According to Elizabeth, she and Jens loved each other "Beyond Reason". The couple fled to England to ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
This is the true crime story of the double murder of Derek and Nancy Haysom, which occurred in 1985 in my hometown of Lynchburg, VA. Daughter of the couple, Elizabeth Haysom and her boyfriend, Jens Soering, were eventually tried and convicted of the crime. It seemed that the book was, in large part, a psychological study with Elizabeth as the subject. Both perpetrators were extremely intelligent. I was particularly taken aback with Elizabeth's intellect, as she was only 20 years old at the time. ...more
Jun 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
Ugh. Rich girl and her creepy boyfriend murder her parents, then some Virginia law-enforcement types bring them in. I didn't care about any of these people, but it was another schadenfreude event in my summer!
Feb 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
True crime at its worst. Boring, overwrought...overtly sexist. Blech.
Suzana Ahmad
May 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
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