I LOVE Ann Rule...and The Stranger Beside Me was one of my favorites...but this book didn't have the same connection! Don't get me wrong! I still enjoyed it and would recommend this book to anyone who likes true crime! I leaned a lot about the monster that was known as the GRK.
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.
Ann Rule succeeds again with Green River, Running Red. This story will keep you captivated from start to finish. I was saddened to learn of Ann's passing right after I purchased this audio book. Thank you Ann, for the years of criminal knowledge you shared, about so many disturbing cases of some of the serial killers of our country. Your knowledge and writing expertise will define you forever.
Very interesting and well written. Yet another example of how many signs were there such as animal abuse and early violence.... Witnesses who were not believed-- We could stop these serial killers early if we just open our eyes. The research and detail here is helpful in understanding the full story.
Not sure why the book seemed a little flat. Could be all the murders seemed the same after the first few. Perhaps I was expecting a little more drama, or maybe this just isn't my style of book. Read it because friends absolutely loved the book.