I actually really enjoyed this book, it’s a facinating tale, and a facinating place. But this book really drags out – and that is the reason for the low rating, it gets insanely long winded by the end. But if you enjoy a these type books I’d absolutely recommend you this if it’s below 2 quid.
very disjointed, jumbled and feels unfinished somehow. Also I was crossing my fingers for no weird alien/UFO theories, didn’t work, and that was the nail in the coffin. The cases are most of them slightly interesting, some are very intersting – but not enough of them to save this book.
I admit that I never read anything from this author, and therefor does not know anything about his authorship. I love dark documentaries and it was on this basis I bought his book. It was however in my opinion way too detailed, to a point where it read like the islandic sagas. Too much introduced at one time.. And it is something of a stretch to claim in the tagine that cannibalism is involved, it’s mentioned once and it’s a presumption. Is it a tale of child abuse, most definitely. I found the meticulous documentation boring, like reading a textbook at college, even if the over all theme is really so bizarre that you keep reading.
there was a few really well composed casefiles, and they earned all the stars. sadly it is in general just incredibly uninteresting and repetitive.
I feel like I should add that it sounds like I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I claim that thorough retelling of cases is boring. Problem is the book rarely takes a different take than any other book, it doesn’t bring anything new to the table.
If i wanted to read an essay, I would have bought me a collection of essays.
Such a damn shame, because I really, really wanted to like this book.
So this book was so mediocre that I apparently didn’t even bother writing something when I finished. I do love true crime stories and theories (more or less sane) about cold cases… but this book did not bring anything new to the table, and as far as I can see he wrote like a fuckton of these – I honestly reads like a wiki copypaste thing – just don’t bother.