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Another "Factional" True Crime Story
on 12 June 2016
This sounded like an interesting true-life murder case - and it is - but the book itself is marred by the modern disease of invented dialogue, thoughts, facial expressions etc of the characters. In fact, looking again at some of the reviews it seems to me that some readers actually think it is a novel, albeit one based on a real event. I don't blame them, because the author has seen fit to turn what could be a fascinating historical account into a what reads at times second-rate novel. It really isn't necessary - I've read many non-fiction books about real murder mysteries which are written in a conventional yet intriguing and entertaining way without the need for such embellishments.
It's also rather padded out with digressions and unnecessary detail, although I don't blame the author too much for this because few stories like this would be long enough for a full-length book without a bit of padding.
When I read a 'true' story I like to know that everything I'm reading actually happened rather than having to try to pick out the fact from the fiction, including conversations etc. I found the way the story was presented so irritating that I almost gave up, and I certainly wouldn't have bought it if I'd known it was written like that - but the actual crime and characters themselves were interesting enough to make me carry on to the end.