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Evil Twins: Chilling True Stories of Twins, Killing and Insanity (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
The subject matter the author chose was interesting and I was hoping for some psychological insight to think about. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The only reason I gave this book two stars instead of the one the author deserves for his writing is that I did manage to scour some interesting tidbits from the facts here and there and others may well do the same, since several of these cases are not well publicized.
The author almost immediately establishes himself as an unreliable narrator by choosing to fictionalize many scenes, peppering them with information he cannot possibly know. As a reader, this strikes me as a ploy to keep the reader from guessing he has not done much original research on the cases by simulating knowledge. My impression was that this book was lifted piecemeal from media coverage.
To further add insult to his subject matter, he not only fictionalizes the scenes, taking unforgivable liberties, he over indulges in adverbs and adjectives, making the tragedies he's describing remind me of a Monty Python farce.
Rather than continue my little diatribe, I'll let the author kill potential sales himself with a quote taken from the book:
"Her eyes blazed as she walked into the bedroom with the knife hidden behind her.
"'Can you come downstairs for a second, honey?' she called gently..."
Skipping forward a paragraph, as she gets her young son down to the kitchen, the author continues with what appears to be glee, letting loose with some of the worst prose I've ever seen slathered on a page.Read more ›
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a great book to read if you love to read stories that seem unreal but are scarily true. Them being twins makes it more fascinating.Published 24 months ago by Julie C.
This book was very sad and enlightening. It's bizarre how some of the twins had such close bonds but at the same time had serious love/hate relationships.Published on September 1, 2013 by legra
This is an author that I consider the best next to ANN RULE. His books are easy to read and very interesting. I keep a lot of his books as possible re-reads.Published on July 18, 2013 by 1112221924bg
One of the most intriguing books I've ever read. The fact that murder plays a role in this, makes it that much worth reading.Published on May 27, 2013 by Sharline Bertram