Very good book, but honestly, one of the more difficult true crime I've read. Such a sad story about two 10 year old girls abducted, repeatedly raped and tortured over a period of days. Each girl tells her story in first person and it's hard to read, but their courage comes through loud and clear.
Seeing the girls' eyes on the cover really sticks with you.
I'm EXTREMELY impressed with this book! M. William Phelps has certainly written some good books, but this one is exceptionally readable.
It grabs you from the beginning, with interesting characters - and very well written. It's a sad story, but if true crime is your cup of tea - you won't go wrong with this one!!!
Incredibly sad story of a very young boy, beaten to death and abandoned. It's hard to understand how someone could do this to a child, and for no one to ever come forward when a child disappears. Moving how the case affected so many lives of investigators through the years. It did get a bit side-tracked about other cases of children who were essentially "thrown away". Well written book. Be ready to have your heart tugged on if you read this one.
This was probably the best book I'd read about Jodi Arias, and I've read several. Written by the prosecutor, Juan Martinez, I appreciated this author's take on how he was able to pull back the curtain, and show what Jodi Arias was truly like. I admire him as a prosecutor, and he wrote a darn good book too!
I often heard that this book is pretty much the "Bible for survivors of sexual abuse". Wonderful resource - covers every aspect of recovery. The validation I found in this book, along with its resources helped give me the courage to reach out locally and find the help I needed for my recovery journey. I can't recommend it highly enough for survivors!
This particular book helped our family change our mindset about credit more than any other book I'd read!
So much that when I misplaced the book during reading, I bought a second copy to finish it. (And then, of course, found the original book! :)
After reading this, I was inspired to take Dave Ramsey's "Financial Peace University", and their program is wonderful, also!
I can't recommend this book highly enough IF you're really serious about getting rid of your credit card debt!
Excellent book that draws you in right away! It's about a female prison guard who becomes obsessed with one of her prisoners and the crimes that
I really enjoyed how Darcy O'Brien really brought depth to several of the characters, so whether you liked them or not - you were very interested in what the next chapter held.
Well written true crime. As a football fan, I enjoyed many of the football references (as the killer was a former football player). Perhaps someone not interested in football may find it less enjoyable, but in any case, it's well written and the storyline flows well.
Yes, parts of this book ARE graphic, but it's intended for young women, not children.
As parents, we can always decide if it's age appropriate for the intended reader.
My daughter felt she benefitted from some sections as they covered topics she wanted more information about, but wasn't as comfortable asking about. She liked the young person's perspective, as she "tuned in" easily.
It covers body changes, boys and girls, body image, peer pressure, PMS and periods, sexual urges, nutrition, contraception to dealing with your family and siblings...etc. Internet resources for topics ranging from nutrition to politics, adoption to skin care are included.
I felt it was an empowering book for my teenage daughter, but it's not for everyone.
Another excellent book from Kathryn Casey! The writing just flows and her writing style really helps draw you in as you learn each victim's story. One of my favorite things about this book is all the pictures. And they're integrated into each chapter and not in a picture section (where the pages frequently become loose!). Wonderful addition to a great book! Highly recommended!
Ann Rule books are always good, but this one is one of her better books
(in my opinion). Intriguing story involves a husband who arranges the brutal death of his ex-wife. You really want to see this jerk get what he deserves...
Good, but not as good a book as I'd hoped for. Having read "Picture Perfect" by Shanna Hogan, I was interested in the case and hoped to learn more.
The main new information I noticed was Jodi's early life and some possible root causes for her mental instability.
What I didn't care for was countless comments from the author sharing her opinion of Jodi Arias. Yes, I think most readers agree with Velez-Mitchell's assessment of Arias, but I much prefer a storyteller type of author who doesn't pound their opinions into the book. They let the reader make their own assessment. Velez-Mitchell really has strong opinions about Jodi Arias and it became distracting reading them so often (for me).
Other than that, and some punctuation issues that make my Word Nerd self a little crazy, it was a good book. I learned more about the case...I'd only hoped for more.
This an absolutely fantastic read that will keep you riveted from start to finish.
However, be careful! It appears to have been published in 2007 as "Fall: The Rape and Murder of Innocence in a Small Town", and reprinted in 2008 with the name changed to "The Darkest Night: Two Sisters, a Brutal Murder, and the Loss of Innocence in a Small Town".
But either title - it's a "must read" for true crime fans!
Very good true crime that I never would have found if not for the recommendation of a fellow reader. I liked the fact that the author let the reader come to their own conclusions about the main character. It was well written and not filled with trial transcripts, which was great. You follow the evolution of Charlie Cohen before the murders and for years after, and it's just different is all I can say. The only negative to me was you didn't find out from the book what the final outcome of his trial was, but it was easy enough to locate on the internet. This is one I can certainly recommend to other readers of true crime!
A TERRIFIC read that was super hard to put down!!! The writing seems more like you're reading a novel, but it really happened...
It's a unique story line where the husband from a young couple (married 6 months) is murdered. There's sex, drugs, a sociopath, lesbianism and a murder that all figure into this very compelling read. Highly recommended!
This is a very well written book about the oldest cold case to ever be tried in the U.S. A beautiful little 7 year old was kidnapped and murdered. It's a long book (over 500 pages), but a good one true crime readers will likely appreciate.
As an avid true crime reader, I really enjoyed this book, mainly because of Sarah Pender's unique combination of brains and manipulative skills.
Highly intelligent, this is a woman that could have achieved so much had she taken a different turn in life.
You can practically feel her parents' pain with what happened with their daughter...
Sarah and her accomplice, Richard Hull, both received long sentences for their participation in the murder of two people. Even after reading the book, it's not clear which of the two pulled the trigger, but it's obvious they're both involved.
After serving 8 years, Sarah feels she's served enough time and devises a remarkably well thought out escape. She changed her identity, found a man who was willing to sacrifice all for her, worked at a regular job and remained free for over 4 months.
Well written book - about your not very average criminal.