Anne Perry

  • by Peter Graham
  • Narrated by Eric Brooks
  • 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The spellbinding true story of Anne Perry, her friend Pauline Parker, and the brutal crime they committed in the name of friendship.
On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme - better known as best-selling mystery writer Anne Perry - and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline’s mother, Honora. Half an hour later, the girls returned alone, claiming that Pauline’s mother had had an accident. But when Honora Parker was found in a pool of blood with the brick used to bludgeon her to death close at hand, Juliet and Pauline were quickly arrested, and later confessed to the killing. Their motive? A plan to escape to the United States to become writers, and Honora’s determination to keep them apart. Their incredible story made shocking headlines around the world and would provide the subject for Peter Jackson’s Academy Award-nominated film, Heavenly Creatures.
A sensational trial followed, with speculations about the nature of the girls’ relationship and possible insanity playing a key role. Among other things, Parker and Hulme were suspected of lesbianism, which was widely considered to be a mental illness at the time. This mesmerizing book offers a brilliant account of the crime and ensuing trial and shares dramatic revelations about the fates of the young women after their release from prison. With penetrating insight, this thorough analysis applies modern psychology to analyze the shocking murder that remains one of the most interesting cases of all time.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Two teenage girls who murder the mother who intends to separate them - it sounds like the stuff of pulp fiction, but it's the true life story of best-selling mystery writer Anne Perry and her friend Pauline Parker, as revealed by New Zealand true crime writer Peter Graham in Anne Perry: The Murder of the Century. Performer Eric Brooks narrates this fascinating investigation into the horrifying murder and the sensational, attention-grabbing trial that followed, including allegations that the girls were lesbians. Brooks maintains a dramatic tension in his narration throughout, enhancing an already-fraught story with even more interest. Listeners will be enthralled by this shocking story of real-life murder and the wildly different lives the now-adult women live today.

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Gratifyingly detailed.

I was pretty familiar with this story already, having seen Heavenly Creatures when it came out and having read a few things about the case, but there were many details included in this book that I hadn't known and enjoyed reading. The detail available, including actual testimony from the case, lengthy passages from diaries, and information from many close to the case, was very impressive. I was frankly astonished to hear accounts of the way both girls maintained their sickeningly grandiose superiority complexes well after they were separated and in prison. I suppose I had imagined that it wouldn't have taken long for them to come back down to earth, but this was not the case at all.

Knowing that Juliet Hulme would go on to become a famous and well-respected author, I had hoped to see some iota of remorse or guilt, but the book ends with no such epiphany. It was very discomfiting, actually, to consider the possibility that perhaps Anne Perry truly is not and was never able to appreciate the wrongness of her conduct. Likewise I would have liked to have heard more about when and whether Parker came to truly regret what she had done. There are no answers about this to be had, however, as neither woman was involved in the research of the book and there is little information available about what either thought of what they had done when they were adults.

The narrator was a bit annoying to listen to, primarily because of the mechanical way he was reading, but it didn't bother me unduly.
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- ricketsj

Longest listen ever!

Would you try another book from Peter Graham and/or Eric Brooks?

I seriously doubt it.


Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Graham? Why or why not?

My answer would depend on the subject matter of the next book. This book was titled "Anne Perry: The Murder of the Century" but it should have been titled something like "A Deep Psychiatric Dive into Mind of a Possibly Homosexual Murderer that Lived in Wonderland." There was far too much psychiatric analysis - and I enjoy that perspective but, this was overkill.


How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator could help but I would have preferred reading it myself to the dull narration.


Did Anne Perry inspire you to do anything?

Nothing new.


Any additional comments?

Read the book if you want the information but be prepared for excess droll. The timeline and subject jumps around constantly too.

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- Sharon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios