She's done it again.
Beginning with 'Stranger Beside Me', her story of her once good friend, Ted Bundy, and his hellacious killing spree, then moving onto Washington States most notorious serial killer, Ann Rule out does herself in this horrifying tale of a man gone mad.
The Green River Killer put himself on the map by inspiring use of the term, Serial Killer. Mass Murderer just wouldn't cut it.
Ann takes us behind the scenes with the detectives who worked for years on this case. They devoted their lives to catching one man; A journey that would last much longer than anyone had anticipated.
She dives into the lives of the prostitutes Ridgway chose as his prey. By telling their stories, she presents them as the wonderful women they were. Though their profession was anything but glamorous, she portrayed them as women with dreams, hopes, families, kids, and friends. The vicious cycle these girls were caught up in was pointed out and explained the way it should be, with an open mind and an open heart.
One of her best works, Ann has truly outdone herself in this tale of psychosis, murder, tragedy, and success.
I would recommend this read to anyone, especially in the state of Washington, as a reminder that the monster that can hold you in a grip of fear can be the last person you would ever expect.
A scary concept for many children would be losing their parents to some horrible disease, but what if that disease made them want to eat you?
Charlie Higson captures the way life would be in a world ruled by children while falling apart. The ups and downs in this novel are perfectly placed, and he switches between groups and scenes with well placed cliff hangers.
I definitely recommend this read to any teen who likes a good Zombie/Survival story that isn't riddled with teen romance and vampires.
However, there are several other books in this series that I would love to listen too. Where are they?
Ann has a way with bringing a story to light. She can lift the victims in a way that makes you feel like they were your neighbors, your friends, your family. But she has a way of making the killers seem that way as well.
A perfect murderer, intelligent and cunning, Bundy swept the nation with his killing spree from Washington to Florida. To this day there isn't an accurate body count, and now that he's gone, there may never be.
As her first official novel, Stranger Beside Me casts an eerie shadow on our beloved author as she narrates her friendship with one of the worst killers of the 20th century.
I couldn't imagine having to admit that one of my best friends was a mass murderer and a psychopath.
This book isn't just about Bundy and his slayings, though they do go into incredible detail, it's also about one woman's struggle to see the devil in the angel she thought she knew.
Her journey was long, exhausting, and disappointing, but she weaves her tale so wonderfully that it seems as if you were right there with her throughout the ordeal.
This book is a MUST READ for ALL Ann Rule fans. Again, as I've said before, it's a must read for all of those who reside in the Pacific North West.
I love this author. His amazing ability to find the humor in every day situations is outstanding.
Writing from personal experience, and over 35 years of journal entries, he weaves many stories in all of his essays and brings you into his world of the odd and interesting.
I would recommend this book for a good laugh, and urge you to hang on through the Stand By (talking about layovers and delays), and the essays written for debating teenagers.
I laughed out loud several times, and have purchased the hard copy to share with my friends.
So if you love a good laugh at every day situations, I would definitely recommend this book!
He's done it again! But this time, he's reunited us with one of our favorite victims, Danny Torrance.
All grown up, it seems Danny is a lot like dear ole' Dad. But does it have to be that way?
Giving him a purpose, and allowing him to help another with the 'Shining' was a wonderful way to bring Danny back.
Though this wasn't 'Balls to the wall' horror, the suspense and the action pick up about half way through. I found myself waiting for more and dreading the pause button. It really is a book for those who love King's twisted horror writing.
I personally think the Shining was a lot more scary, but the idea behind this villain is eerily familiar.
I also enjoy the way King and his son, Joe Hill, play off of each other's novels and create their own little 'other' world.
Pay attention folks, there are references to some of Hill's books in here!
All in all though, it was a great book that kept me on my toes and anxious for more.
Stephen King has always been the master of the 'What if' scenario, and he has done it again. He's taken an entire town and isolated it from the rest of the world then threw it into total and complete chaos.
From shock and confusion, to riots and chaos, this is an accurate depiction of what would happen should any American city be isolated. Blame is thrown around, and the worst man in the world assumes power in the absence of a working government.
But how did this happen?
King keeps you guessing up to the very end in this exciting thriller. This book is an example of why I keep coming back for more!
As a mother of an Autistic child, this scare encompassed my life for years. The lies were profoundly tossed around like facts, and real science took a back seat to peoples 'feelings'.
It's incredibly difficult for a scientifically minded person like myself to debate in an arena where the opposition only offers false information and the excuse of 'I just know!'
So many books have been written about the mercury in vaccines that DOESN'T EXIST, and no one tries to tackle the truth.
The narration was wonderful and very clear. He read it like a true investigation as he should have.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has questions about the validity of the vaccine scare to offer them some truth in all the lies and to expose the frauds for what they are.
As a fan of Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout series, I was excited to start the 4th book to find out what happened with the Talbot Clan as they sought out their enemies.
As a Zombie Genre lover, I can understand how fantastic some of these stories must become in order to give the reader some sort of realism. I was caught off guard with the Vampire twist, and feared a hard turn into a 'Twilightesque' narrative was just around the corner. I was pleasantly surprised when this was not the case.
Beginning this book, we have already built up the Zombies, the Vampire, the Vampire's brother, the Family that is targeted, and telekinesis.
Everything starts off great, and picks up right where book 3 left off.
Then it gets preachy.
Mike Talbot struggles with his 'faith' throughout the series, as would be expected, but now it's turning into a 'God vs Devil' ordeal.
It's now difficult to take the series seriously as religion is drug through more than half the book. Hopefully it'll all clear up in book 5, but I doubt it.
It's truly a shame. The book had vast amounts of potential before becoming like every other Apocalyptic book out there. To put it mildly, it felt like I was listening to 'The Stand' or 'The Green Mile' by Stephen King.
While it was a good listen, in most parts, I tuned out when it got overly preachy.
I still recommend the series to all Zombie lovers, I just caution them a little more now.
I have, twice. The story mirrors my own. While I was never in radio, I did grow up in a super religious home, was the 'good girl', spread the name of Jesus to everyone I met, and found myself in that awkward situation of realizing it had all been a lie.
The emotions for de-converting are devastating and terrifying. It's comforting to hear or read about others who have gone through the ringer of 'coming out.'
Seth is a beacon of light in the apostasy fog, and I'm grateful that he's built a community where we can feel accepted, wanted, and included.
Seth started taking a harder look at his 'beliefs' when a CCM Singer died. I took a hard look at my 'beliefs' when I lost a beloved family member.
That kind of hit home for me.
The questions he asked were the same questions I asked. "Why wasn't God there?" "Wasn't my Uncle worth saving?" "Why didn't God stop this?" "Is God NOT all powerful and all knowing?"
His voice. I am a regular listener to his podcasts every Tuesday evening. He has a very personable voice and a spark of life that comes out in his broadcasting that you just can't get on paper.
His personality is overwhelmingly comforting and welcoming and to put his humor and relatability down in writing just wouldn't do him justice.
Assume Nothing. Question Everything. And Keep Thinking.
Many atheists, myself included, had a difficult time coming to terms with their apostasy. This is something we've grown up with, we've been encouraged to believe, we've been fooled into thinking it is the only way.
We have family and friends that we know would be devastated. We lie to ourselves daily thinking that it's just a phase, or this will pass.
We are restricted from being ourselves.
A daily war wages inside that atheist that no one can really relate to, except for, maybe, homosexuals.
Seth's journey out of the 'closet' and into atheist activism should serve as a light at the end of an ever increasing tunnel. He gives information, wisdom, encouragement, and a community where we can just be who we are.
With this book we are encouraged to have a voice. We're told that it's okay to not believe. We're not freaks. We're not devils. We're not evil.
We're atheists, and that's okay.
I'm addicted. I can't seem to get enough. Most books that I listen to are your average Zombie Apocalypse books, but this one adds a sarcastic and humorous twist. The characters are easy to follow and relate to, and besides the books by Max Brooks, this series is by far my favorite.
Mike. Definitely Mike. Though Henry and BT are fighting for 2nd. Mike is a smart ass, something I can relate to. His stories, past and present, are hilarious and spontaneous.
He IS Mike. He brings the voice of the book to life with his impeccable timing, incredibly accurate voice inflections, and the ability to make you feel like you're actually there. He reads so well that I can almost see his facial expressions as he narrates through each passage.
It's hard to get that in a reader anymore.
Oh yes! I couldn't stop! It's a fan favorite at my work, and there are currently about 4 or 5 of us listening to, and comparing, this book on a regular basis.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!!! Don't pass it up!
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