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The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
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did not like it
bookshelves: true-crime


This felt like The Devil in the White City all over again. I'm here for the crime, not to find out random facts about people tangentially involved in the case or the various towns/cities that the crimes took place in. My experience of this book puts the actual crimes as a footnote. I didn't feel like Preston really explained them to me. His focus was on the things that came way later. I found it very boring and hard to read. I came for the crimes, not for random little things that barely had to do with them or hinted at a broad conspiracy theory.

Just not for me.
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Douglas Preston
“We all have a Monster within; the difference is in degree, not in kind.”
Douglas Preston, The Monster of Florence

Reading Progress

August 4, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
August 4, 2014 – Shelved
April 8, 2019 – Shelved as: true-crime
August 6, 2019 – Started Reading
August 6, 2019 –
page 83
25.78% "This book really operates under the assumption that I know this case. And I don't."
August 7, 2019 –
page 206
63.98% "This is just not a great true crime book."
August 7, 2019 –
page 322
100.0% "Meh. RTC!"
August 8, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Denise Garnett I could not agree more! I too picked up devil in the white city and made it about 3 chapters before throwing in the towel. You hit he nail on the head...too much side story and not enough crime.

Caidyn (he/him/his) Thanks, Denise! Glad I'm not alone.

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