Cries Unheard: the Story of Mary Bell Hardcover – 8 May 1998
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Bell, it turns out, makes for a very difficult interviewee being at times evasive, erratic and often resorting to downright lying. One senses that the author, realising how difficult it's going to be to make this a coherent read, too often, uses the book as a platform for her thoughts and personal views and this starts to grate after a while.
All in all, I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the case and the aftermath as far as Bell is concerned but it is by no means an easy read.
I found the construction of the book worked well; rather than just working through Mary's life chronologically, Sereny begins at the time of the offence, then interposes discussions with Mary with memories of her time at a remand centre and later an adult prison. Not until the end does Sereny give us any great detail about Mary's early childhood, which helps explain her later crimes. Throughout Mary's life, like an evil genius, is the corrosive presence of her mother.
My feelings on Mary remained ambivalent; an unlikeable child, yet undoubtedly traumatized for life by her experiences. But could an intelligent 11 year old REALLY not understand the finality of death? Sereny's criticisms of the legal system as regards child offenders are persuasive however.
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I found myself with huge sympathy for Mary, who seemed to encounter unhelpful people at every turn. Her reluctance to admit to the crimes was, in my view, a sign of the horror she... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LN
Have'nt read it yet but i'm sure it will be a good read. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by emily35b
Excellent book. Sheds light on a subject more or less unchartered.Published 6 months ago by louise m
I've not purchased the book, nor will I. It's an absolute disgrace that a sick, psychopathic killer should profit from the vile murder of two young innocent children. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joanne Hole
Well written book that gives reader a clear understanding of gravity of crime in relatiin to mary bells issues!!! RecommendPublished on 18 July 2013 by wendy stovetop
Cries unheard was recommended by my friend as she knows I like factual based books ,I enjoyed but found it long winded in some partsPublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by Christine Cotterill
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