An authorized, literary biography of crime writer Anne Perry, formerly known as Juliet Hulme, one of the murderers immortalized in the acclaimed film Heavenly Creatures. In 1994, director Peter Jackson released the film Heavenly Creatures, based on a famous 1950s matricide committed in New Zealand by two teenage girls embroiled in an obsessive relationship. This film launched Jackson's international career. It also forever changed the life of Anne Perry, an award-winning, best-selling crime writer, who at the time of the film's release was publicly outed as Juliet Hulme, one of the murderers. A new light was now cast, not only on Anne's life, but also her novels, which feature gruesome and violent deaths, and confronting, dark issues including infanticide and incest.
Acclaimed literary biographer Joanne Drayton intersperses the story of Anne's life with an examination of her writing, drawing parallels between Anne's own experiences and her characters and storylines. Anne's books deal with miscarriages of justice, family secrets exposed, punishment, redemption, and forgiveness, themes made all the more poignant in light of her past. Anne has sold 25 million books worldwide and published in 15 different languages, yet she will now forever be known as a murderer who became a writer of murder stories. Drayton was been given unparalleled access to Anne, her friends, relatives, colleagues, and archives to complete the book. The result is a compelling listen which provides an understanding of the girl Anne was, the adult she became, her compulsion to write, and her view of the world.
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I couldn't finish it. To much info of her books and her after prison, but not much about the crime.
It should be shorter and more about the crime.
I couldn't read far enough to know.
- Leilah "Say something about yourself!"
Thank You Joanne Drayton!
Joanne Drayton has woven an amazing story of not only the life of Anne Perry but also given a history of her search for who she was and who she would become. The empathy she shows in her writing draws you in and makes you want to understand a very complex situation. Much like Anne Perry herself she does not try to excuse what happened but helps inform the reader of the entire story. Her ability to not only tell main story but also weave in the stories that Anne Perry has written through out her carrier seamlessly is a true talent that I have not seen in a very long time.