THE 'PEYTON PLACE' MURDER: The True Crime Story Behind The Novel That Shocked The Nation Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B095V4C235
- Publisher : WildBlue Press (June 15, 2021)
- Publication date : June 15, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3273 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 160 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,607 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The True Crime Story Behind The Novel That Shocked The Natio
For those of us of a certain age, we remember when Peyton Place was a TV series beginning in 1964. Before that was a book written by Grace Metalious written in 1956.
At the time the book came out it created al sorts of havoc. Grace was the wife of a school principal, a former mill worker, with no advanced education .. and the mother of three. Peyton Place was her debut novel ... about a murder in a small town.
BOOK BLURB: In THE 'PEYTON PLACE' MURDER: The True Crime Story Behind The Novel That Shocked The Nation historian Renee Mallett skillfully weaves together the lives of Grace Metalious and Barbara Roberts, the confessed killer behind The Sheep Pen Murder. In her book, Mallett shines a new light on the inspiration behind the shocking best-selling novel and explores what happens when true crime and literature meet.
The Peyton Place Murder takes the reader from Grace's first days of her writing to her death at age 39. Her life, even when earning large amounts of money for her book, was not a happy one. She was not well-liked in the small town where she lived because everyone was scandalized by her book ... all swearing that she was using them as characters in her book. That never changed in her lifetime.
This is a most interesting book. I remember seeing Peyton Place on TV as a child .. I think, perhaps, my mother was addicted to the series. When I received this book, I thought it was going to be something wholly different. As such, I am not disappointed at all.
It's well-written with numerous facts I had never heard. How different people were in those days compared with today. I couldn't help but wonder how the small-town people would have reacted to something like ... 50 Shades. This is a great book for any true crime aficionado. It's a short read .. I was so engrossed I read it in one sitting.
As someone coming in blind I found this easy to understand and read.
Switching between the murders and the author of the scandalous book loosely based on them this is a fast paced but in depth glimpse of a murder that time forgot.
I highly recommend this for true crime fans looking for something different.
Renne Mallett has written an exceptional account of Grace’s book and Peyton Place seems like a nice, quiet little town, until you peer behind the curtains, and nothing is as it appears with affairs, unhappy marriages, abuse, drunken benders, swearing, abortions, religious crises, legal and political machinations. it is all there. I felt the book to fizzle out bit at the end but all in all an extremely memorable book.
I received an advance review copy for free from Wildblue Press, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.