As a doctoral student in forensic psychology, I appreciate Brown's "toning down" of normally complex and often disturbing facts about serial killers. Her efforts to dispel common myths about these monsters is a public service, as she tries to alert everyday people about the importance of maintaining a state of suspicious alertness as you go through your daily life; serial killers, as well as murderers and rapists, CAN be in your neighborhood, at your workplace, waiting on you at the store, gas station, or even in your home as they install the alarm you believe will keep you safe. Remember BTK worked for an extremely well-known, national home security/alarm company, as a means to gain entry to the homes of at least one of his victims. She is not a professional narrator and her sometimes awkward pauses and drawn-out phrases bear that out, but her natural dark sense of humor bleeds through and she is quite effective at making her main points easily understood. The pace of the book proceeds very smoothly and quickly for the most part, and I found the book to be largely entertaining and it should prove very informative for anyone who is not technically or professionally trained in the relevant fields. Pat Brown has a entertainingly quirky way of presenting her book. Bear in mind that there is some disturbing material contained therein, and Brown's dark humor regarding that material will be offensive to people not accustomed to dealing with forensics, violent crime, and criminology.
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