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the most memorable story in the book described the terrifying disappearance of an entire family while they were camping deep in the woods of Oregon and the horror that surely followed in the hands of their stalker. I listen to a lot of Ann Rule and true crime, yet somehow the description of this disturbing crime chilled me deeply and kept me up all night.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. Ms. Rule's descriptions feel like they never escaped the 70s. All of her cases seem to hinge on the 'inexpressible barbarity' of the crimes with a complete lack of self-awareness of the fact that none of was shocking in 2014 when this was released. (Terrible crimes, yes, absolutely, but they act as if the audience had never heard of a brutal crime before.) Her character portraits are all filled with discredited psychological terms that also makes this feel very dated. Anybody looking for a psychological insight that are remotely interesting in 2016 should skip this.Many of the tales are pretty boring. There are some very interesting descriptions of investigations, but only in a few cases. Most of them seem to be of the "how could this person be such a heartless killer ???" variety, which strains credulity. Perhaps people really were that sheltered in the 70s when most of these crimes were committed, and the transcripts of what the victims and investigators said at the time make sense, but the matching narratorial tone does not.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Yes, which is part of the problem. It's narrated by someone who sounds like an old woman, and it makes the entire production feel like something designed to titillate a woman in her 60s whose sensibilities never caught up with the new millennium.
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