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Most balanced book I've read,
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This review is from: Darkness Descending - the Murder of Meredith Kercher (Paperback)
...In fact I wasn't sure what the authors actual opinion was until I saw Johnson interviewed on TV a few weeks ago. I agree with other reviewers comments on the flowery writing style in the opening chapters, it was out of place and unnecessary and the repeated description of her neck wound as a 'mouth' was tasteless. In fact had it been the first book I'd read I would've stopped reading at that point and that would've be a pity. For this reason I have awarded four stars instead of five.
However, the authors came into their own as the book progressed. At the outset they go through the days leading up to the fateful night and for the first time we get a glimpse of what Meredith was like as a person, we get to know and like her which is what makes the rest of the book so harrowing. The attention to detail around the investigation and trial was excellent, I've read the Massei report as well as Nadeau's 'Angel Face' and Savive's 'A Study Abroad Murder' and there was nothing left out,In fact they went the extra mile with Garafano's analysis of the forensics. The authors were absolutely fair in their assessment of every aspect of case, the sloppy work of the detectives was laid bare beside the contradictions in the testimony of the two accused.
If you want an objective read this book is for you, Knox and Sollecito supporters will not like how the accused are portrayed and detractors will not be happy with how the forensic teams shortcomings are highlighted.
I hope justice prevails and that the conclusion of this appeal will give the Kercher's some peace. RIP Meredith