It’s very, very rare that I do not finish a book or leave a one star review but I couldn’t help but feel this way about this book.
Sunday Times-bestselling author Christopher Berry-Dee is back with a companion volume that delves even deeper into the savage world of psychopaths and their hideous crimes. This time, however, he combines sections on killers whom he has known, interviewed or corresponded with, with studies of psychopathic serial killers from the past, including Peter Kürten, the ‘Düsseldorf Monster’, John Christie, responsible for the killings at 10 Rillington Place; and Neville Heath, a ladykiller in every sense of the word.
The result is a chilling narrative that sets the forensic examination of killers and their crimes within the context of murder in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, an examination of the evil mind set against the insoluble problem of identifying psychopaths who kill.
This is not a book for the squeamish, but it is undeniably fascinating in its portrayal of just what one human being will do to others – while all too often moving among us unnoticed and unhindered. If their crimes seem as incomprehensible as they are horrific, it is undeniably true that the world’s most savage killers may be much closer than we think . . .
My thoughts: This book is not what I thought it would be at all I thought it would be interviews with psychopaths and savages but I was wrong.
55 pages in, all I had had was the authors opinion about killers, his political views, and not much else. For such a thin book, I would think that at 55 pages in, we would be on to the ‘main show’; talking with psychopaths and savages.
On to chapters titled with a killers name I finally thought I was getting there – the whole reason the book was produced; I finally thought we were going to have an interview with said psychopath mentioned in the title! Yet the writing includes many other killers quotes and isn’t solely about the killer who the chapter was named after. Furthermore, the chapter still isn’t an interview, it is more a history of the psychopath. Like a fellow reviewer of this book proclaimed, ‘All of this information can be found on Wikipedia’ and Yes, the reviewer was correct!
Still confused, and still waiting for these talks with the psychopath the title of the book promised me, I decided to continue to read but the interviews never came, just more history of the killer and what he did as well as more of the authors opinions.
106 pages in… I have to give up 😦
So, on this occasion, this is a book I would NOT recommend. Have you read any great books about Serial killers? Let me know!
Gee Liz ❤