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Myra, Beyond Saddleworth [Kindle Edition]

Jean Rafferty
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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After multiple unsuccessful appeals, infamous Moors Murderer, Myra Hindley died in prison...or did she?

What if the authorities lied?

What if the embarrassment from her constant appeals for release forced a deal and Hindley was granted a new secret identity? What sort of person would she have become? How would she live her life with her newfound freedom?

Myra, Beyond Saddleworth attempts to answer these questions in what is being considered the most controversial book in recent years. Not only does it explore questions of morality and personal responsibility, its feminist author engages with the uncomfortable suggestion that women can be just as violent and cruel as men.

‘A book that is both easy to read, and hard to read. Its exploration of the all-too-credible notion that dehumanisation is only human, is compelling and disturbing in equal measure.’ ~ Deborah Orr, The Guardian

‘Jean Rafferty is a remarkable writer with the bravery to explore the depths and the talent to take us with her.’ ~ Louise Welsh, author of The Cutting Room

About the author
Jean Rafferty is an award-winning journalist and non-fiction writer. Myra, Beyond Saddleworth is her first novel.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 939 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (15 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083T3ZW0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure About This One 15 Sept. 2012
By Doc
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I can't make up my mind about this book.
As I'm doing a criminology course, I have read a lot of stuff on the Moors Murders and although this one wasn't on the list of books to read, I found myself buying it out of curiosity.

Basically it's a story of Hindley's life on the outside had she ever been released.
Whilst I think the author gives an accurate portrayal of Hindley as a devious, manipulative woman, I can't help feeling that this is a story that should not have been written.
It's a subject that is always going to provoke intense emotion and personally I think the author has made money out of what were the most appalling crimes this country has ever seen.

Whilst I agree that a lot of authors cash in when they write about any true crime, I think the fact that this is a work of fiction, does not sit easy with me.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion but to call this book enjoyable is insulting to the families of those children.
I feel uneasy rating this book but as I can't give it 2.5 stars then I have to give it three star purely on the basis that it was well written.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me... 21 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I didn't like this and found it all a bit...bland.
Once you get over the controversial subject matter of Myra Hindley being given a new life, I kind of found it never really went anywhere for me.
Many will find this novel distasteful. I just found it uninspiring and a little tedious. I didn't like the character of Myra (not that I think you are supposed to for one moment) and, after a few chapters, discovered I didn't particularly care what happened to her.
I think the idea is a brave one. Is it executed well? I am not sure, but I don't really think so.
Not for me, I'm afraid...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly deep 16 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A seemingly gentle ride into the controversy of Hindley and Brady, until gradually the hypocrisy of the world, of what's acceptable and what is not, trickles in and leaves you confused as to which side of the fence is right or wrong. Beautifully written, incredibly profound, and leaving a bitter aftertaste, this author has me hooked. An amazing piece of work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful 8 Sept. 2014
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I absolutely hate this book. The idea that she was let out rather than dying is a horrible thought. Creepy
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Distasteful 22 Oct. 2014
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a novel describing what might have happened had Myra Hindley still been alive and released from jail (which thankfully never happened). The author is a friend of Hindley's murderous lover Ian Brady, and is even included in her list of 'Acknowledgements'.

Personally, I found it all very distasteful. It's reasonably well written but didn't hold my interest. 'Beyond Saddleworth' isn't sympathetic to Hindley, but I'd personally stay well clear. Look out for Carol Ann Lee's factual One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley Hindley biography, a far better investment.

It's different, but a hard going 'novel' cashing in on the case. I'd praise a book describing how the author's twisted 'friend' Ian Brady plays the system, and refused to corporate in finding the body of Keith Bennett until the day his mother died.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking book 7 Jan. 2013
a very interesting book that addresses the theory of Myra Hindley being let out of prison with a new identity. This is a must read for anyone with an interest in the mind of a serial killer. It is refreshing to read about the Moors Murderers from a different point of view than what is reported in the press. This must have been a difficult book to write at parts and I commend Rafferty on both her talent and bravery.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Suzanne
Format:Kindle Edition
It was with some trepidation that I began to read this book. The subject matter is highly sensitive, and I worried that the author may have been jumping on the bandwagon of writing yet another book detailing the crimes that have been written about so many times before. After reading the synopsis, I was still questioning myself as to whether I would feel comfortable reading this book. I need not have been concerned. What this author has done is totally different to anything I have ever read about two of the most prolific killers in history. The story leads on from the presumption of what many people actually believed when news of Myra Hindley's death hit the headlines - was it all just a ploy, and was she really released with a different identity? I had to keep reminding myself that this was purely fiction, as the author does such an amazing job of developing the characters that the reader begins to see the heinous killer as an everyday person. The author does not go into too much detail about the crimes Hindley and Brady committed, and I was glad about this as I feel it would have detracted from the storyline...and it is an excellent storyline. Other characters connected with Hindley - fictional and real - are introduced and developed, again to validate the idea that maybe Hindley didn't die in prison. I feel that the author has approached her work in a sensitive and professional manner. The book is beautifully written and error free which is always a bonus in the age of e-publishing. I especially liked the fact that the author didn't pack too much into each paragraph. I am not a great fan of massive paragraphs and Ms Rafferty's paragraphs were the perfect length for me. A really enjoyable book and a must-read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is extremely well written and a very clever idea ...
This is extremely well written and a very clever idea, what's more the writer seems to have cleverly found her way into the workings of Myra Hindley's mind. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. E. A. Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read. Recommend to get further background on Myra and her life
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. H. Macdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Something very different
A very strange book which relates what might have happened if Hindley had been released.
Published 6 months ago by QM1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting reading., Would recommend
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Allison Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
A very different and believable storyline on this awful tragedy. Extremely well written.
Published 9 months ago by lesley cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I find the book a very good read and well written , its a story of course that is based on what may have happened, lets hope that this did not happen really ?
Published 14 months ago by mancityno1fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
A good book to read good if you are a reader you would enjoy this book great value for the money .
Published 16 months ago by flower
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the bounds of credulity !
Pure nonsense! Fairy tale ! Of Grimm proportions! Evil beyond belief meets poor little rich girl! Put in trash collection ! No literary merit ! Did not read to end of book!
Published 18 months ago by Lovetoread
5.0 out of 5 stars execellent
love the book very interesting to see this as a novel . Myra Hindley alive .. oh I hope not
Published 20 months ago by Openyoureyes
1.0 out of 5 stars live is too short to read this rubbish
I did not like the content or the idea, or the way it was written, the idea that she is alive and free just appals me I did not finish this , live is to short
Published 21 months ago by Billary
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