“Choices are like dominoes, one tumbling against the next and then the next until events go out of human control.”
There’s a crazy, manipulative lady in this book. Fair warning. As far as true crime stuff goes, the crazy lady gets me almost as much as the evil kid gets me in horror novels. It amazes me how some people’s minds work, and the things they’ll do, and the ways their brains can justify it all.
So, if you’ve read true crime before, you’ve probably read Ann Rule before. Her books are like an episode of Dateline, where interviews are interspersed with dramatic reenactments and dialogue.
This one is really no different from the standard format. There are bad people in the world, and they did some bad, twisted, maniacal things to one another. People were hurt, and some of those people were fairly innocent. Some of them weren’t so much. Some people got blamed; not always the right ones.
This was a super fast read for me. The writing is crisp and matter-of fact. Rule pulls no punches and lays out the facts clearly. While I like that (at least when reading in the True Crime genre) it just seems like I finish a book and feel like I didn’t read much of anything at all. There wasn’t a lot of substance, in other words. One of those times where you sit down to a huge dinner and it seems like you should feel like it was Thanksgiving, but an hour later you’re at 7-11 picking up a Slurpee and some nachos.
Would I recommend this book? Sure, if you have a couple of hours to kill and like true crime, or appreciate the reporting style of Dateline. Is it going to be super exciting or engrossing? Eh, no. I’m not even sure I would have finished it, had it taken me more than a few hours one evening.