The Search for Anne Perry

  • by Joanne Drayton
  • Narrated by Susannah Tyrrell
  • 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I couldn't finish it. To much info of her books and her after prison, but not much about the crime.


What could Joanne Drayton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It should be shorter and more about the crime.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

She didn't.


What character would you cut from The Search for Anne Perry?

I couldn't read far enough to know.


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- Leilah "Say something about yourself!"

BORING beyond all description.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing could have helped this train wreck.

Thank to poor writing and a worse reader, I now know more about the inner workings of the Mormon Church and various book publishers.
I understand that the subject of the book is/was a Mormon, but the author seems to be pushing the Mormon agenda.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susannah Tyrrell?

Even the talents of Mr. Scott Brick couldn't have saved this train wreck


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None that I could find.


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- Michael "Over the road truck driver and an avid fan of audiobooks."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios