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ROSE WEST: The Making of a Monster Paperback – 15 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340992484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340992487
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for After Evil: (...)

If you read any book this year, you must read this one. (Alma Cullen, Scriptwriter, TV's Inspector Morse)

Unsparing, shocking, beautifully told story of a young boy who woke up to a nightmare. (Norman Hull, AVP Films)

Insightful, revealing and detailed, AFTER EVIL is a warm and human portrait of the collateral damage inflicted on a whole family hit by a serial killer. And it is ultimately a moving story of survival and how, against all odds, it is possible to go beyond tragedy. (Andrea Michell, Bravura Films)

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Jane Carter Woodrow goes right back to the start of the infamous serial killer Rose West's life, to try and piece together what happened to turn her into the violent monster she became.

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2011
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I remember the media coverage of this horrific case at the time and I felt it was time to read a book about it more than a decade later to see how I felt after all this time. If anything it had more effect on me now than it did at the time. I found this book interesting because it showed how Rose's childhood possibly contributed to her later career as a serial killer.

Abuse in childhood has a huge effect on adult lives though not everyone who is abused as a child becomes a sadistic killer as Rose and Fred West did. Both had similar childhoods with physical and sexual abuse from parents - in Rose's case from her father and in Fred's case from his mother. But in spite of similar childhoods not all their siblings turned out in the same way and their children have not gone on to repeat their destructive lives. I was interested to learn that Fred West was not the father of all Rose's children.

As the book frequently says Rose had no boundaries and she did what was necessary to get what she wanted - not apparently seeing anything wrong in killing to get rid of inconvenient people. Maybe if she had made a life with someone else she would not have gone on to kill but because she met Fred West who was also a sadistic psychopath they brought out the worst in each other.

This book is an interesting read though clearly not for the squeamish. The gruesome details are not dwelt upon unnecessarily but some sections of the book make unpleasant reading. I felt some of the writing was a little clunky and I found I had to read some sentences more than once to fully understand them. Apart from that I did think the book was an interesting insight into Rose West's early upbringing. There was no index in the edition I read but there is a short list of further reading and some illustrations which displayed well in the e-book edition.
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It is very hard to comment on books about subjects like this. The content itself is so shocking you're more compelled to talk about the story, rather than the book. Every book I have read about this case has wrung me out and left me to dry, due to the level of shock you feel when reading this story. The author here however has done something remarkable - I actually feel now that I understand (as much as anyone can). She delves into the past, which in my view is always relevant in cases like this, and to me gives a very good explanation as to why this woman turned out so unemotionally sadistic.
Reading the cases again, and some of the details of the offences are still repulsive but they are skimmed over here. Our fascination with the subject always wants more information and detail, but there's enough here to know what happened and have a suitable sense of revulsion.
The real shocker for me is the new evidence from an eyewitness. I read the passage over and over again, unable to take in the implications of it. It has left me now wanting to know so much more about that witness and what has come of their revelation.
This is definitely one of the better serial killer books out there, but for a fuller picture I would recommend reading Anne-Marie West's book to complement this. It's not well-written, but painfully and brutally honest.
I don't think anyone will ever match Rose West's depravity, and I hope no-one ever does. I also doubt she will ever tell us the truth, but there's enough here for us to know it and relax that she is in the right place.

My heart goes out to the remaining Wests and what they have endured and still have to endure, along with all the victim's families.
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You will have to clear your mind of any pre-conceived opinions of Rosemary West UNTIL you read this riveting book on arguably, the UK's most heinous female murderess.

Jane Carter Woodrow's book does not in any way sensationalise the story of Rose.
However, it does go into factual account, telling of her extremely disturbing parental upbringing. It did also for her siblings,but, one her sister's went on to become a respectable senior nurse.

Rose'upbringing was one of habitual beatings, incest and all pervading sense of uneasiness, until she fled finally, only to meet another monster (Fred West) who unfortunately had an almost carbon copy of the malignant and doom ridden early life of Rosemary.

Many young girls lost their innocence and life to this murdering pair, and what is contained in this book is very disturbing-especially when you realise that this woman was an equal participant in incest, torture,violence and sexual deviance culminating in death for those who entered the portals of Cromwell Street.

What Rose did to her step daughter was deeply disturbing and horrifying,it is unprintable in a review like this.

In the UK we are only too painfully aware of another pair of sexual sadists-in the past, which I won't go into here, but Fred and Rose easily surpassed those two in their sheer and calculating plans to satisfy their perverted and degenerate lust.

Roses' eruptions or rages resulted in the death's of two her own offspring, a fact proved by her partner Fred being in prison at the time one of the child's murder..

Certainly strong reading: 'Deadlier than the Male' springs to mind.

To summarise an excellently written book that tells it like it was- when the case broke in the early 90's.
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