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The Search for Anne Perry | [Joanne Drayton]

The Search for Anne Perry

In 1994, director Peter Jackson released the film Heavenly Creatures, based on a famous 1950s matricide committed in New Zealand by two teenage girls embroiled in an obsessive relationship. This film launched Jackson's international career. It also forever changed the life of Anne Perry, an award-winning, best-selling crime writer, who at the time of the film's release was publicly outed as Juliet Hulme, one of the murderers. A new light was now cast, not only on Anne's life, but also her novels, which feature gruesome and violent deaths.
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An authorized, literary biography of crime writer Anne Perry, formerly known as Juliet Hulme, one of the murderers immortalized in the acclaimed film Heavenly Creatures. In 1994, director Peter Jackson released the film Heavenly Creatures, based on a famous 1950s matricide committed in New Zealand by two teenage girls embroiled in an obsessive relationship. This film launched Jackson's international career. It also forever changed the life of Anne Perry, an award-winning, best-selling crime writer, who at the time of the film's release was publicly outed as Juliet Hulme, one of the murderers. A new light was now cast, not only on Anne's life, but also her novels, which feature gruesome and violent deaths, and confronting, dark issues including infanticide and incest.

Acclaimed literary biographer Joanne Drayton intersperses the story of Anne's life with an examination of her writing, drawing parallels between Anne's own experiences and her characters and storylines. Anne's books deal with miscarriages of justice, family secrets exposed, punishment, redemption, and forgiveness, themes made all the more poignant in light of her past. Anne has sold 25 million books worldwide and published in 15 different languages, yet she will now forever be known as a murderer who became a writer of murder stories. Drayton was been given unparalleled access to Anne, her friends, relatives, colleagues, and archives to complete the book. The result is a compelling listen which provides an understanding of the girl Anne was, the adult she became, her compulsion to write, and her view of the world.

©2012, 2014 Joanne Drayton (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Leilah Mustang, OK, United States 07-27-14
    Leilah Mustang, OK, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2007

    I love true crime. YA books and I didn'tuse too but seriese. Vampire, harry potter, especailly dystopian novels.

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    "No real answers."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I couldn't finish it. To much info of her books and her after prison, but not much about the crime.


    What could Joanne Drayton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It should be shorter and more about the crime.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She didn't.


    What character would you cut from The Search for Anne Perry?

    I couldn't read far enough to know.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Wegis 10-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "One Ticket to Dullsville"
    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Search for Anne Perry?

    All the detailed recounting of Anne Perry's writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Boring, boring, boring! Other than this woman killing her friend's mother, there was no more story to be written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Dickinson, TX, United States 09-05-14
    Michael Dickinson, TX, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2005

    Over the road truck driver and an avid fan of audiobooks.

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    "BORING beyond all description."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could have helped this train wreck.

    Thank to poor writing and a worse reader, I now know more about the inner workings of the Mormon Church and various book publishers.
    I understand that the subject of the book is/was a Mormon, but the author seems to be pushing the Mormon agenda.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susannah Tyrrell?

    Even the talents of Mr. Scott Brick couldn't have saved this train wreck


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I could find.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Appleton, WI, USA 07-26-14
    Tiffany Appleton, WI, USA 07-26-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Thank You Joanne Drayton!"
    What did you love best about The Search for Anne Perry?

    Joanne Drayton has woven an amazing story of not only the life of Anne Perry but also given a history of her search for who she was and who she would become. The empathy she shows in her writing draws you in and makes you want to understand a very complex situation. Much like Anne Perry herself she does not try to excuse what happened but helps inform the reader of the entire story. Her ability to not only tell main story but also weave in the stories that Anne Perry has written through out her carrier seamlessly is a true talent that I have not seen in a very long time.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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