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5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the Better Crime Books I've Read Lately
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2014
This was so much better than a whole passle of true crime books I've read lately, because the author took the time to let us know a LOT about the characters. The victims and their sons - one a victim himself, the other the perpetrator - and at least one of his friends. While not pretending to figure out the motivation for such an unbelievable and inexplicable crime, the author creates much sympathy for the parents, family and friends, and actually tells enough about them that you have at least a remote sense of knowing what kind of people they were. She also managed to reveal the truly chilling nature of Tyler's pathological personality, which made him scarier than many other criminals. Most true crime authors, I'm finding, do not do this. You get the story, the police procedures, and often some really boring courtroom testimony. But you know nothing about the PEOPLE involved. Another gripe I have in other books is the detail given about investigators, lawyers, etc. I don't want to read that. I want to know about the victims, and the perp. Yay for those who bring justice, but I'm not into every last detail of that. Tell me how they figured it all out, but don't tell me every cop's life stor and professional history. And another author who shall remain nameless, but is a VERY popular true crime author, has turned me off over and over again by inserting his own feelings and opinions into the stories. I can't stand that, and doubt I'll read anymore by that guy. But I'm eagerly awaiting the next from Amber Hunt.
4.0 out of 5 starsSad, heartbreaking story of a teen gone wrong
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2014
Sad, heartbreaking story of a teen gone wrong. It is also a cautionary tale for parents about taking our parenting responsibilities very seriously especially appropriate discipline. Abusive discipline can create dreadful results and we are all aware of it. Lack of discipline, which was evident in this book, also created a very dreadful result. The forgiveness displayed by some relatives was amazing and touching in a way that we can see the true glimpse of goodness in people. Also cautionary in a sense that there were many warning signs that people ignored. Makes us open our eyes to the reality that things can go wrong and there are usually signs before the event happens. When we see those signs in our friends and loved ones, we need to act and not ignore them. Very well written book and sad to see a young life wasted.
This powerful book held my interest from beginning to end. Tyler Hadley had no empathy for anyone. As you read the book you'll see all the red flags that everyone missed. That is the mind boggling puzzle, why no one could tell that he was a classic psychopath. The book reads like a psychological thriller. How could this happen? The book leaves the reader asking "why" just as was asked in the book by certain people. The social network of Facebook plays an important role. The author gets it right with the tone and language as the book portrays the culture and society in which the crime took place. Loved it!
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2017
Nice quick easy read. A little different in that the author didn't have a lot of details to work with and fill the pages with as most of this was just one thing that happened one night, but she was able to work around that with descriptions of others emotions, quotes, and adequately describing the loss others felt. You won't get long drawn out details of a court case or suspense as to if he is guilty. There was not really any of that available to be written about. But you will from page one get "he did it and here's why". Worth taking a couple days to read
4.0 out of 5 stars... crime books and this is probably one of the best writing for this genre that I've seen
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2016
I've read a lot of true crime books and this is probably one of the best writing for this genre that I've seen. It was a much more personal, detailed description of what happened rather than just blandly stating the facts with some physical descriptions.
My ONLY qualm with it was that I was under the impression that a motive was going to be explained at some point. I'm not sure if I missed it or there just wasn't one known...but the description gave me the impression that there would be.
3.0 out of 5 starsPretty boring reading due to how it was told
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2015
You don't start out with the ending at the beginning unless there is a twist ending which there wasn't. Pretty boring reading due to how it was told. I do not understand how you can get a book which is really already written out for you in real life and not know how to use that to your advantage to keep your readers on the edge of their seats. It's not like they have to make up people and plots!
4.0 out of 5 starsgrandparent wanting to do the best they can to ensure that their children do not ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2014
An interesting true story that leaves any parent, grandparent wanting to do the best they can to ensure that their children do not get involved into drugs. A study in what may have happened to this teen for him to be in the frame of mind it takes to kill his own parents. Chilling. Very sad and chilling.
This is a very sad and tragic story about a troubled teen who was angry at his parents, as teenagers often are, and decided to brutally kill them and then throw a party to celebrate his new found freedom. His actions left broken hearts and incomprehension for everyone around. He will have to pay dearly for his awful crime but unfortunately this won't bring back the two good people who absolutely did everything right and did not deserve such a fate.