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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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By Helen Poe on 05-20-13
What did you like best about Anne Perry? What did you like least?
I love the books written by Anne Perry. I am dismayed the story of her youth was so bloody.
What was most disappointing about Peter Graham’s story?
I think the story might be okay but I could not tolerate the reader.
What didn’t you like about Eric Brooks’s performance?
Eric Brooks reads like a four year old child reading to a three year old child. I cannot imagine a worse reader. PLEASE don't let him ever read another audio book!
Could you see Anne Perry being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
I don't know if this should be made into a movie, I will have to buy the book to know how it ends.
Any additional comments?
How can any author allow someone to read his work so badly?
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Jean on 04-12-15
Good Book/Bad Narrator
Exhaustive study of an interesting and unique crime. I believe everything known about this murder is covered here. I liked it in spite of the narration.
The narrator is simply awful. I've been a member of Audible for many years and never complained about a narrator before. This narrator reads as though he is addressing a kindergarden class -S L O W. It helps to dial up the speed on your Ipod.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful