From the back cover - In the morning of December 31, 1994, a little girl ran barefoot through the streets of quiet Saugerties, New York, clad only in her night clothes and crying out in fear and pain. The story she told would shock the town: of a vicious murder and a teen couple's obscene, three-day orgy of sex and junk food. When police investigated the girl's claims, they found the body of her grandmother stuffed into the trunk of a car and began their pursuit of a killer.
If you're like me and the first thing you think about this book, is "Wow, what the heck?!" Then you're in for exactly what you would probably expect. A murder mystery. But, if you read the back of the novel & noticed the "orgy of sex and junk food" you will be surprised. Because I most definitely was. There is more sex in this book than you would imagine.
The girl, Wendy, is 13 and her boyfriend, James, is 15. And they are extremely sexually active. This is the first thing that makes this book weird. But really, I have heard my friends claim they hate their parents or their aunt or uncle or something, but Wendy REALLY hates her grandma. I don't even understand why, and I guess this is what bothers me most about this book. She wants her dead because she doesn't approve of James as her boyfriend. Heck, me and my parents have argued before about who I chose to date sometimes, but never to the point I wanted to KILL them.
Some readers might think the sex and the "offensive language" ruin the book, but I think it ties in perfectly. These are two "emotionally disturbed" kids and they murdered an elderly woman. When it gets to the court case, I began to get a little irritated because...well.. read for yourself and find out. But, I don't think justice was served like it should have been.
It really was a good book. Just... different.
True crime. I enjoyed the book.
true story of a teenage couple who killed one of their grandmothers to get her out of the way...chilling and disturbing..
"This is the graphic and shocking account of one of the most bizarre killings ever committed in the state of New York.From the heinous crime itself to the sensational trial,Jim DeFelice tells the story of depraved teenage lovers who made a game out of killing an innocent elderly woman, and used vicious murder to prove their love."
It's been some time ago that I read this book but I do remember being horrified that a child this young could be so cold-hearted as to arrange the murder of her grandmother and with no remorse. Well written and easy reading true crime.
This is definitely an interesting true crime book - if only because of the fact that two kids murdered one of their own grandmothers. There aren't many mistakes in the book that I caught so that was refreshing. I don't know what kind of allowances the author took with the conversations and the "feelings" - because of the wording in some parts I think he possibly took a little more allowance than I feel is okay - but I can't be positive.
It bothered me that the author repeatedly referred to the girls grandmother as "the bitch" or "the old hag" or whatever else. He did it to make the reader aware of her granddaughters feelings I'm sure but that doesn't sit well with me. He could have gotten her feelings across without using his words to call her these things. I'd have done things a little differently there. This woman has sisters and family out there somewhere and even if she didn't it's just not right.
I didn't like the insinuation that rap music caused the boy to kill. It didn't. The boy caused the boy to kill. He could have listened to Olivia Newton-John and still killed. Irresponsible on the part of the author IMO.
Am I just naive or did everyone else believe that doctors who were felons could no longer be doctors? Well, apparently, in at least one state, they sure as hell can. That's a tad bit scary to find out.
The book is written okay and I'd read another of the authors t.c.'s sometime.
these are some sick kids, seriously warped and callous!