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Beyond Reason [Kindle Edition]

Ken Englade
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Woman: She was a beautiful, gifted descendant of Lady Astor. But Elizabeth Haysom was also a spoiled, willful daughter of privilege.

The Lover: He was the brilliant young son of a German diplomat. But his love for Elizabeth would draw Jens Soering into a web of madness and murder.

The Murder: When Elizabeth's parents were found savagely butchered in their elegant Virginia country home, she and Jens fled to Europe-igniting an international manhunt that spanned three continents.

The Trial: The sensational courtroom drama that followed painted a twisted portrait of two golden youths consumed by hatred and perverse fantasies. Elizabeth's startling testimony-and intimations of acts and desires that went beyond mere murder-would reveal a tangled web of dark secrets and deadly obsession.

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The true story of the 1985 murder of an aristocratic Virginia couple, and the subsequent implication of the victims' beautiful and manipulative daughter and her lover.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1408 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VMWBQ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another mindless murder 2 Feb. 2014
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Another story about young star crossed lovers. You wonder what they're thinking and how they will ever get away with it. Obviously no brains amongst them as they never forsee any consequences after their actions. Well written, and it's terrible to say that you enjoy a good true crime story, but I do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting story 16 May 2014
By Seagate
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Excellent reading. Well written and great detective work to put this book together. No wonder Elizabeth said burn it she would read the telling truth that she was a prolific lair and in essence responsible for the death of her parents.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 15 Aug. 2014
By Flash
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Boring, never finished it, after getting to the trial I feel like there is no point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 3 Nov. 2014
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very good reading
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2.0 out of 5 stars Because They're Dead 9 Feb. 2009
By MJS - Published on
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There are many ways to tell a true crime story. Police procedural, inside the mind of the killer, the victims'/survivors POV, the reporter's vantage point, etc. Good true crime requires good reporting. The writer needs to speak to as many people in the case as are willing to talk, read every available document and, if possible, attend the trial. When this is done, the author can present a complete picture of what happened and why.

What the author can't do is tell you what the murder victim was thinking and saying to another murder victim five minutes before his/her death unless video or audio recording is involved. That doesn't stop Ken Englade from filling a whole chapter of "conversation" between Derek and Nancy Haysom in the hours before they were murdered by the nutjob boyfriend of their nutjob daughter. I have a problem with this because the Haysoms weren't recording their own thoughts and movements so the documentation is thin to say the least. Interviews after the fact are out of the question too, because they're dead. This is a questionable choice and it gets worse because this clearly imagined conversation between Derek and Nancy does absolutely nothing to advance the story or to help the reader understand who they were. Unless you count the fact that Englade presents them as lushes.

This book is filled with similarly bad narrative choices. Try another one: you have the choice of choosing nutjob Elizabeth Haysom as the backbone of your story or the plodding police investigation following the Haysoms' murders. Let's see, would readers be more entertained and informed by getting inside the head of lying, drug-addicted, sorta-bisexual, self-perceived martyr Elizabeth or hearing run of the mill exchanges between cops who have "hunches" and make questionable fashion choices. That's right, Englade goes with the cops.

I do have to thank Mr Englade for providing me with the much-needed inspiration to clean my closet, sort through receipts for tax season and finally reorganize my sock drawer. It was like magic, a few pages of "Beyond Reason" and I was suddenly compelled to do something around the house. If only this book had been longer I might finally have gotten around to re-grouting the tile in the guest bathroom. It takes real commitment to turn a story of madness, murder and an international manhunt into a snooze-fest but Ken Englade looked that challenge in the face and stared it down. I sought out this book because it was, amazingly, nominated for an Edgar Award. The explanation I have for this is that only five "Fact Crime" book were published in 1991 - it defies imagination that there could be a book out there that wasn't good enough to knock this gem off the list.

If you have a deep interest in police fashion or a need to get a head start on your spring cleaning, this is the book for you. Otherwise, keep moving, there's nothing here to see, folks.

Two stars - the spelling and grammar were decent.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting true Crime Book... 11 April 2012
By B. Ryan - Published on
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"Beyond Reason" is the story of two young people - 20-year old American Elizabeth Haysom and and 18-year old German-born Jens Soering - how they met, fell in love, and plotted together to murder Elizabeth's parents in 1985. The couple successfully fled to London but were ultimately arrested on check fraud charges, which then resulted in their extradition to the United States for trial and conviction of the double murder of her parents. Overall, I thought the book was interesting. I'm surprised that I never heard of this case before. I would recommend the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Reason 16 July 2012
By Pesa77 - Published on
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Interesting-----------happened in my part of the woods. I saw this on news when it happened.
a very bad thing and these 2 involved should never get out of prison
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 26 Feb. 2013
By Andra Brandon - Published on
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I love true crime novels and this one is interesting. I recently saw a TV program on this case which renewed my interest.
5.0 out of 5 stars a truly sad and horrible crime 15 Sept. 2013
By shoegal - Published on
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Well told by the author. It's been a while since I read this book I don't know why Amazon is asking for a review now but since the review they sent me (with this request) that I wrote was negative I thought I should write a positive one. I remember hearing about this crime when it happened. I was in my first year of high school and I knew nothing of "true crime" and had never thought that killing my parents was a viable solution to any problems I had w/them. It was just nonexistent in my little surburbian world . Kill your parents! No way! What kind of savage would do that? I just had to find out. Fast forward all these years later and I came across this book , remembered the crime and purchased it. Like I said it's been a while since I read it, but enjoyable from what I remember....
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