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Fred  Rose: The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester House of Horrors
Fred Rose The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester House of Horrors
Author: Howard Sounes
ISBN-13: 9780751513226
ISBN-10: 0751513229
Publication Date: 12/1/2002
Pages: 362
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 10
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mizparker avatar reviewed Fred Rose: The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester House of Horrors on + 87 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
If you're a fan of the true crime genre, you can't go wrong with this one! It paints the full picture, beginning with Fred and Rose's respective childhoods and mental states and continuing through the trial. Like all good true crime novels, this one gives the nitty gritty facts and gruesome details, but doesn't supply so much gore that nothing is left to the imagination. Often, what you picture in your mind is far worse than the reality, so reading a book that allows for a little of your own interpretation is particularly juicy. In the end, I found myself a little more sympathetic toward Fred, strangely enough - not, of course, that I was terribly sympathetic towards these monsters. A must-read for true crime fans!
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LaurieS avatar reviewed Fred Rose: The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester House of Horrors on + 504 more book reviews
This is an account of the true life multiple murder and bizarre sex perpetrated by an ordinary looking man named Fred and his frumpy wife Rose. Together they raped, murdered, dismembered and buried at least ten (but likely many more) innocent women who fell into their clutches. Together. {{{shudders}}} Can you imagine finding (and keeping) your soul mate when your obsession is violent, murderous sex? Can you imagine raising a family and keeping up a facade of normalcy while doing so? Well these two managed it. Its much worse than any horror novel could every try to be because, sadly enough, its all true.

The author states the story matter of factly, never getting preachy but just stating the facts maam. He starts things off with their childhoods which were a bloody mess of dysfunction. Both suffered their share of trauma, physical and sexual, before the fateful day they found each other, fell into a twisted version of love and began their spree of sexual abuse and murder. They both seem to be barely functioning people and never really had a chance what with their horrid pasts and all. But still it is very difficult to find any sympathy for either of them as their tale unfolds.

This book made me stop and wonder just what the hell was wrong with me. Why on earth did I want to continue reading about these horrible people? Why couldnt I put it down? Why did I have to keep reading just one more page? I guess its my terrible curiosity but these stories have some sort of pull on me and once I start them I have to see them through to the awful end even if means wishing I could scrub myself from the inside out to get some of the images out of my mind when Im done.

It amazed, saddened and sickened me how loyal Fred remained to Rose until the very end. Despite all of the hell the two created together, the countless sex partners and the sick secrets they kept, Fred loved Rose in his twisted way and couldnt live without her and still thought himself a nice man. Thats about the sickest and scariest thing Ive ever read.

I only recommend this to those with an interest in real life crime sprees and with an iron clad stomach. The content is extremely rough and hard to forget once read.


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