A young girl on the verge of becoming a woman - generous to those who didn't have the material things she did - murdered by people she knew and trusted. This is a horrific account of a young woman's abduction for ransom that went wrong that lead to her brutal death. Close to her loving father, her abduction was devastating and he made the search for her a personal priority. With the help of her friends, who had become close to her dad, the search took a bitter turn when she was found murdered. Worse for her father was when one extremely "helpful" friend became a suspect.
Admittedly, I am giving this book a slightly higher rating than I first wanted to do, but then again, it took place where I once lived! :D Those OUTSIDE of Woodhaven, Queens can make this true crime book a 6 -- not a bad read from a decent author.
Maggie M. - , reviewed Burned Alive : A Shocking True Story of Betrayal, Kidnapping, and Murder (St. Martin's True Crime Library) on + 302 more book reviews
I think it's already a given fact that this/these crimes are horrendous and I wouldn't hesitate to be the person to push the button to administer the lethal dose to kill these sociopaths, as well as their families, friends, and neighbors. Mother Nature can't thin the herd enough with these people (and I use that term lightly). How NO ONE turned them in, even after their bragging, is beyond belief and just strengthens my hatred for mankind.
My review, however, is on the book itself and how it is written. I found it to be distracting how the author doesn't give dates as to who said what or when, let alone jumping around from person-to-person and event-to-event. It makes it difficult to follow, promotes confusion, and takes away some of the authenticity not only of the story, but of the author. The cover of the book states there are "...8 pages of startling photos!" If headshot photos of the perps are considered "startling," then I guess that's true. Otherwise, there is absolutely nothing startling about it at all. Bottom line; if I were to seek out a true-crime novel again, I would not read another one written by this author...that's how much I disliked it.