This is the average true crime book, nothing outstanding. Springer is one of the better t.c. authors and I do have to admit this kept my attention longer than I expected. The part of the story where Smith is in court is kept to a minimum which is a plus for readers like myself who are more interested in the lives - and deaths - of the people involved.
The description is slightly off. I don't remember any one crucial statement and I only put the book down a half an hour ago. It's surprising Smith got away with it for so long.
My sympathy is for the child. She went through a living hell and all because of this mans rage. I would have liked to know if Smith did indeed molest his daughter. The reader is able to make their own assumptions based on certain facts. I believe he did.
I guess it really wouldn't have been the place but I wouldn't have minded more at the end concerning the cold case team whose first case together was the Smith case. A few paragraphs about a few cases are thrown in, not much at all. Apparently at the time they were 8 for 8 with the cases they reopened which is impressive to say the least.
I've been rather disinterested in t.c. lately so I'd have to say this is worth reading.
Reading the story you also get a smallish glimpse into the kind of woman who would date someone like Smith, the kind of woman who would put her child in harms way, the kind most of us know. It's scary how many needy women are out there claiming love for their babies yet allowing men like Smith access to them. :-(