This is a very well written and interesting story. My only complaint is the reader. I'm actually from the Seattle area and I'm sure that this is merely a personal thing but the reader clearly took no pains to learn how to pronounce place names. Every time she refers to Spokane as Spokain instead of Spokann I want to turn it off. Not quite enough to totally ruin the story. I'd buy it again.
I would listen again. It's so full of detail I could listen many times and still find things I missed.
I didn't know who the killer was when I started the book I like the unfolding of the story through the stories of the victims. The name of the killer isn't even mentioned until well into the book.
Caruso is a wonderful narrator. Love her voice and her pacing.
For me, the best part about true crime stories is learning about the killer. What makes them tick? What happened in their childhood? How did they evolve into a murderer? The more details the better! This book had all of the dirty details that I wanted.
However, it took way too long to get there. The story is packed with useless information & details about things that do not matter. It is also SO repetitive! Example: The fact that deceased prostitutes are hard identify bc of their many aliases and changing appearances (hair color etc.) was stated about 15 times...maybe more. We understood it the first time.
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.