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True Crime: Real-Life Stories of Abduction, Addiction, Obsession, Murder, Grave-robbing, and More Paperback – June 11, 2013
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So don't buy this book if you want a whodunit. Buy this book if you want to read true stories about the way that life is usually messier and more perplexing than Hollywood would let you believe. This book will break your heart and give you courage.
The stories, being by different authors, were of varying quality, and some held my interest more than others. I think I liked the second one, "Leviathan," the best -- though it frustrated me that there was no ending to that story, no conclusion. However, as these accounts are supposed to be nonfiction, my guess is that it's still an unsolved case.
I'd say this book was worth reading, though I'm probably not going to read it a second time.
(I got this free from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.)
Before I start my review, I want to state that I won this book through a GoodReads First Reads giveaway. This is the first book that I won (which may or may not have swayed my rating of it...). The following is my honest opinion.
Edited by: Lee Gutkind
My rating: 4/5 stars
This book was different than what I was expecting (which is both a good and bad thing). This is good, as I am wanting to expand what I read (reading the same story with just different characters, etc. is annoying and tiring after a while). This is bad because (at first) it irritated me a bit. I was not annoyed enough to put the book down, but it did delay my reading of this book.
I liked that there was a collection of stories of various crimes. It was not just murder, rape, etc. ... The book talked about crimes that I feel are sometimes ignored by "popular media" (whatever that means). There is no thing as a "victim-less crime" and this book proves that.
These stories were written in first person. I loved that! Out of the few crime books that I have read, it is almost always "he did this" or "she ran away" and blahblahblah. (Yes, I understand that generally the murderer and/or victim(s) are dead / cannot be contacted, etc. ... It's just something I felt like pointing out.) Having a first person account of these things made the book feel a little more personal.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a slight interest in any of the items listed on the cover (abduction, addiction, obsession, murder, or grave-robbing). None of the stories were hard to read / follow. I think anyone in a high school level (or older) would/could enjoy this book.
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I expected this to be a factual book on crime. Instead, it was just peoples own stories about things that happened and none of them wrote like any kind of worthy author. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by mountainmaid