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While They Slept by Kathryn Harrison
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Dec 13, 2008

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A pop psychological study of the two survivors (a brother and sister) of the murder of their parents and youngest sibling. The brother committed the murders. Kathryn Harrison is the author of Kiss, which was a memoir of her own incestuous relationship with her father - started by her father when she was an adult. She continues to filter the world that she sees through the prism of this trauma. Therefore, she sees some underlying uncommitted incest in the relationship between the brother and sister even though the sister has fully repudiated her brother - actually, from the day the murders occurred since she is the one who made sure he was apprehended for the murders. However, the writing about her meetings and discussions with both the brother and sister are still interesting.

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