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Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2016
Jack Rosewood has done a fairly good job with all three books in series, True Crime Stories, Vol. 1, 2 and 3. Since they are all so similar, I am rolling a review of all three into this review. Mr. Rosewood’s writing is clear and the facts are well presented, except I wish he had gone into a bit more detail sometimes, as he jumps for the crime or evidence to the outcome rather abruptly and quickly. Some of the stories are about crimes that are solved. Some stories concern crimes, or probable crimes, that have gone into the cold case file. Some are about what might even be a miscarriage of justice, as his presentation of facts leaves the reader to wonder who or how a conviction ever occurred. The stories span a large amount of time. These are stories of interest, but stories which have not received enough coverage or exposure in the news or anywhere, for that matter. I enjoyed reading them, though I often wanted more details. However, Mr. Rosewood probably did not want to get caught up in minutia about with cases, which could easily happen, so kept things to a bare minimum. I really liked the format of the stories, as I could pick up the book, read a bit, and put it down when necessary, resuming my reading as time and circumstances permitted. I am not sure I would have enjoyed them as much if I had raced through the books, as some of the stories were not that easy to take. Overall, I enjoyed reading them. I think anyone looking for a good look at crime because of interest or career will find these three books well worth the time and effort. I highly recommend them, if you fit this type of reader mold. I received these from Library Thing to read and review.
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2016
I have read several books by Jack Rosewood and thoroughly enjoyed every one. This is the third book in the series and they are all books I couldn't put down. Most I read in a day. I love that he covers several stories, in this case 12. He covers just the facts of the case; the crime, the capture and the end result. Some of the cases are disturbing but real murders are an unpleasant fact of life and Mr. Rosewood gives us at a look at a side of life most of us, fortunately, will never experience. I highly recommend this or any of this author's books to all the true crime buffs out there. I'm now waiting for volume 4. Hope it's not too long.
Anne Marie CardoneTop Contributor: True Crime Books
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother page turning book, leaves me wanting more!
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2016
Too many crimes happen all over the world. To hear and read about them makes me sick that many are not solved. I could only sympathize with all the families who have to live with this. Someday, they say, they will find the killer or killers! Some members of the families die even before they get their peace. Only now, we can hope that they have peace in heaven, or hell. Since we don't know who the killer is,I just say, God may they rest in peace. For justice will prevail for them. I can't stress enough about the author, who does such a fine job of writing and leaving me for more. I don't like to end the book. Except, there is always another book to read waiting for me by, Mr. Jack Rosewood. I am so glad, very happy to have stumbled across him. Good things come to those who wait! He writes these books one after another. Who can do that? Only someone like Jack!
3.0 out of 5 starsI was a criminal justice major so stories like these unfortunately do not shock me
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2016
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. I was a criminal justice major so stories like these unfortunately do not shock me. The book included different types of murders in different countries. Some perpetrators showed signs early on of mental disturbances while others led seemingly "normal" lives with loving and caring families. It was interesting to read the different stories. But even I couldn't read them on one sitting.......my interest wasn't captured enough. Most disturbing to me was the end when the author basically warns the readers to be on the lookout....anything can happen at any time to anyone like he is trying to scare them. Unfortunately, there is so much nonsensical violence in this world and there have been so many more sad situations like these.....and it seems they continue to escalate. The book was interesting, and a quick read, but that's about it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I am a true crime buff and I enjoy learning about cases and taking them apart. While this book was somewhat enjoyable, it lacks many details and really is more of an introductory to some spree killers.
The writing itself is simple and at time tries too hard to sound scary. That said, each chapter is a very brief summary of each case and besides informing you of the bare bones information and some opinions, there isn't much else. That isn't to say it isn't interesting as a casual light read, but for me it left me rather unsatisfied. The book also overall feels rushed as it was trying to talk about several cases that happened fairly recently.
I do have some issues with some statements made by the author, one being that if only the police had used hypnosis on a witness in a specific case, then they could have gotten answers. The author says that having leading questions is bad, yet hypnosis is an okay technique? One that is famous for creating false memories and is overall an unreliable source for investigations as you can constantly have a witness say what you want due to question phrases. If anything would lead on a witness, that would and I find it disappointing that the author fails to recognize this. Small things like that put a bad taste in my mouth.
I am curious of the author's other works and I will give them a try to see their quality is better, but for now this work is just a light read to get you some names to research your self.
These factual crime stories by Jack Rosewood have a way of captivating readers. They depict people who cannot control their emotions and those who have serious mental flaws. Some of these stories are disturbing and bizarre and it's difficult to feel any empathy for these murderers. These crimes include those in the USA, and other countries as well. This collection of crimes include also mass shootings and cold cases. Some are heinous crimes making one realize anyone can become a victim. Mental illness must be addressed to help prevent such crimes. The stories are well written and compelling.
5.0 out of 5 starsA really good book which I absolutely whizzed through
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2016
I love these medium length compilation books containing 12 true crime stories. To date, there are 4 volumes. I’ve now read all of them although I read volume 4 before 3-but it doesn’t make any difference, they can be read in any order.
I like how, even though the author is from the US, he includes cases from other countries: There's a UK murder, in Bath. I’m from the UK and it's a place I know, I've been there, in fact, it was in the late 80s, so this brings home to you how near these terrible crimes can be, it really makes you think. Also, it's amazing what can be done nowadays, eg. forensics, DNA etc. As ever, as in all of this author’s True Crime Collections, this book is packed full of interesting info.
I love these books-that's why I've read two of them straight after each other. It never gets boring-there's always something else you've not heard of before. Just when you think you heard of the most terrible of circumstances, there’s another case which is the worst you’ve ever heard of. They're very quick, easy reading (despite the tragic cases described). Not too much detail-you can cover a whole case in one shortish reading session, meaning you don't have to try to remember clues and threads from anything before-you just start a new chapter next time and a new case. Having said that, there are still plenty of details and twists to keep you occupied with your reading. Unbelievable the vile depths some 'humans' will go to. Such extreme and varied cases. A really good book which I absolutely whizzed through.
5.0 out of 5 starsShort but detailed enough to keep you readinh
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 29, 2016
This is the second book of Jack Rosewood that I have read and enjoyed. All the crimes are documented well. Jack does not waste words. Would I read more by this author? Yes going to look for more now. I would describe his books as short and to the point. Not sweet and sugary
I always look forward to a new Jack Rosewood book. I read a lot and usually find that most books are just a rehash of what I've read before, but True Crime Stories 3 (along with 1&2) contain many stories I had not heard of before. I look forward to more from Jack Rosewood.