I have never read an Ann Rule book before and I was excited to read this one, but it turned out to be a big disappointment. I enjoy true crime novels and love trying to understand the why of serial killer however there was very little about the killer and way too much on the unimportant and un interesting information about the way the investigation went wrong or was stalled. To make matters worse, the narrator was horrible with no passion or interest in her voice. Very slow and not worth it –
My first Rule will be My last.
This is the second book I've listened to by Ann Rule, the first being The Stranger Beside Me. I appreciate all the research she does and how she is very victim oriented, reminding us that these women were human beings with families and dreams, not just bones in the woods or river. The narrator, Barbara Caruso, is also very good. Her tone adds to the story and never detracts from the evidence being presented. I highly recommend this, and any book by Ann Rule.
Like some other reviewers mentioned, the beginning of this book goes into great detail about certain victims. It gets a little too detailed and is hard to stay interested. However once you get past the first part of the book and Ann Rule finally starts discussing Gary Ridgeway, it becomes interesting and is a decent true crime read.
Most likely, yes. I have an interest in forensic anthropology and technology and this case was quite interesting. Ann Rule's telling of events was made even better by her being a local (I am too, now) and, especially in audiobook format, felt like sitting at home listening to an acquaintance talking. YMMV on whether or not you actually *want* this in a true crime novel. A friend (also local) gave up reading this particular book halfway through because it creeped her out so much, even though she'd read and enjoyed many of Rule's other works.
Caruso did a fantastic job in conveying the emotions presented by people without having to resort to exaggerated 'character' voices. The subject matter is disturbing at best and could easily have been sensationalized. Caruso found a great balance between clinical and dramatic.
She does seem to pause quite frequently, and for longer than necessary, particularly between sentences, but as the book went on this became less of an annoyance. She also mispronounced a small handful of place names, but given how many she got correct in an area with a massive number of non-English names this is also an incredibly minor nitpick.
It's a little mind boggling that the first Green River Killer victim was found a few months before I was born but he wasn't actually caught until after I'd graduated high school. In this day of advanced forensic science and police procedural TV shows I think we tend to underestimate the difficulty in catching criminals ten, twenty, thirty years ago compared to now.
I also found the two intertwining storylines, that of the investigation and that of the killer's life, an effective presentation. Many other true crime stories I've read follow the model of investigation > arrest > history of the perpetrator. The two simultaneous narratives that Ann Rule employs here seems better at helping the reader understand the killer's motives than just a big info dump towards the end.
As a person fascinated with true crime and forensics, as well as the study of human behaviors, I found Ann Rule's retelling of the facts of the GRK absolutely riveting. Also, excellent narrator.
This book was as much about Ann Rule as Gary Ridgway. I don't know why Ms. Rule felt it necessary to force her personal story into this book. It seemed gratuitous.
I also thought she made a potentially suspenseful story seem mundane. Parts were slow and tedious.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
Although this accurate accounting of one of history's most calculating and non repentant serial killers may well seem slow to start there is definitely 'method' to Ms. Rule's 'madness'! As with all good stories they are recalled in 'layers' and this is what Ann Rule does with excellence. Unlike so many authors in this genre we get the 'cake' before we get the 'frosting'! This makes a most welcome change.
We learn so much about the victims and what a relief as how many times do we learn all about the perpetrators rather than the victims who somehow get 'lost'. In this particular case it was so dreadfully sad as I remember hearing people say, "Well these women were asking for trouble weren’t they?" I look back and literally seeth when I think that I should have spoken up but it was the 1980's and 'ladies of the night' (Prostitutes) were deemed somewhere down there with roaches and rats where it came to priorities in some people's hearts. Now after reading Green River Running Red I know more about the victims and couldn’t care less about ‘what’s his name’s notoriety!’
Of course, as ever Barbara Caruso gives a simply BILLIANT performance. However do we think that she could do anything less? I think not.
I really enjoyed, it was very thorough, and I found myself getting super lost in all the details. I don't think that amount of detail is needed.