I've deliberated over how to rate this book. Is it well written? Not particularly. Is it informed? Yes, but one of the authors was convicted of the crime he describes. Is it persuasive? For me, yes. But probably not in the way the author intended. Should the author derive profit from sales? Absolutely not, in my view. Did I enjoy it? No, because the heart of the account is the murder of a bright and beautiful young woman at the outset of her life. Is it a book I'd recommend to other readers? Yes, because they could take an informed view with the 'benefit' of Billie Jo's stepfather/coauthor/ alleged killer input.
I recall this case when it happened. It's one I've followed over the years, every strange twist and turn adding a different and more unfathomable element. I don't buy in, at all, to Billies Jo being murdered by a random, opportunistic individual who, perchance, was lurking in the alley. In buying and reading this book, I've given the person accused of and tried for the crime the opportunity to persuade me that he was not responsible. I am not so persuaded. I found it a narcissistic account. A desire to remain in the public eye protesting innocence.
This book deserves a wide audience and for that reason alone, I'm giving it 5 stars. Make your own judgement, but consider other, better informed and less prejudiced accounts of events before drawing any conclusion.