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I personally was able to overlook my feelings at many points in the book where I couldn't help but sarcastically say to myself, out loud at times, "oh you poor baby!" I had to keep an open mind and remind myself that she had come to befriend this man. I also wrestled with believing him in his "quest" for understanding, forgiveness, and peace for everyone involved. I go back and forth with it all. That aside, this story was perfectly told. The author did a great job in laying out the timeline of events. This story took up a big chunk of her life. The narration was perfect as well. It was a page-turner. I blew thru this one in a day and a 1/2. Very interesting and I can't think think if any point in the book where my mind wandered, or I subconsciously stopped paying attention which always leads to me thinking about my next purchase! Nope, this was a really good listen. Great job to Martha and Kyra. Thanks.
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Regardless of one's feelings about 'The Death Penalty' debate Martha Elliot's ten year Odyssey will, without a doubt, give the reader food for thought.
Martha's original mission is a fact finding mission consisting of research including a few conversations with serial killer Michael Ross. Little does she know where it will take her and us as we walk with her vicariously on this agonizing journey.
This book is descriptive. Very descriptive so be warned that it is not for the faint of heart. I found myself hating Ross but then I started to feel deep compassion for him as we learn so much about him as a man and his humanity. However was it really his humanity or yet an illusion? Someone so corrupt, so evil, so apparently without a soul. Was he even human?
The ultimate punishment that is not reversible under any circumstances. Ross wanted to die. We allowed it. Why? Shouldn't we have made him suffer for the rest of his life in a prison cell?
Prior to reading this most thought provoking book I had pretty well made up my mind on the death penalty issue but now I am conflicted. Personally I really enjoy books that make you question yourself.
An excellent book well research and a brilliant performance by Kyra Miller