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The Bad Seed by William March
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Nature vs nurture is at the heart of this female-driven thriller. Are the daughter and granddaughter of an infamous female serial killer, who are raised in loving homes without any knowledge of their background, still at the mercy of their genes? Can you inherit a serial killer gene?

Rhoda Penmark is a charming 8 year old who is nearly perfect in every way except that beneath the surface she is a homicidal liar who will stop at nothing to obtain the trinkets she desires. Her distraught mother is at the center of the story, wrestling with the knowledge of her daughter’s actions and the need to protect her from harm. How can she stop her daughter without sending her to prison? She goes through this ordeal alone while her husband is out of the country on business. Worked into the narrative are multiple homicidal cases which Christine devours from her true-crime writer friend, Reginald Tasker. The constant shifting in perspective can be unnerving, particularly when we get into Leroy Jessup’s head, a man who sees the true Rhoda and taunts her relentlessly with threats of the electric chair. Recommended for adults who don't want to have children...

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Reading Progress

October 19, 2011 – Shelved
November 4, 2011 – Shelved as: book-becomes-movie
January 9, 2020 – Started Reading
January 15, 2020 – Finished Reading

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