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Excellently researched but badly written, badly edited and full of typos!
on 20 November 2011
Having read several other books on this subject, this book, in my opinion was just okay. I also think it is about 80 pages too long. Whilst it is essential in cases such as this to establish background and an insight into both the materal and paternal grandparents gives us this,I felt no need to mention the neighbours and their occupations. The endless changes of addresses, jobs and schools was also hard to keep up with and started to become monotanous.
Although the author pulls no punches in telling us of Roses horrific crimes, I still feel there is a slight bias and Rose is somewhat seen as a victim of circumstances. I totally disagree with this and also the notion that Rose is or was in any way slow, it would be naive to accept this. As they say it takes a wise man (or woman) to act the fool and I think this is what Rose West has done throughout her entire life, firstly for self preservation and thereafter to lure victims and to appear innocent to the police. Her dialogue in letters she wrote to Fred coupled with her ability to cook, clean, dressmake and take on 2 children at 17 also show, in my opinion, maturity beyond her years, how many 17 yr olds these days would be capable of that? I think her "play dumb" act was a good disguise for someone who was a master manipulator from no age and I feel her manipulation of Fred was no exception.
I believe Fred on the other hand was either genuinely slow or badly effected by the head injury he sustained as he seemed to suffer some sort of multiple personality disorder as despite his horrendous crimes he was actually capable of showing compassion, unlike Rose who without any remorse cast him out of her life as well.
There are alot of phrase repetitions in the book, jumping back and forward of timescales and typos and it all seems to end to quickly with a page or so being dedicated to each of the victims, then again we have probably heard it all before.
To the authors credit she has painstakingly researched her subject matter but I feel there are some details that would have been better left out.