Top critical review
Not bad as an introduction but far from "Understanding" or "Addressing"
on 5 January 2017
The book presents c.50 qualitative accounts from pedophiles. For that alone it has value: it provides great insight and brings us closer exploring the human within the pedophile. It challenges a reader who is new to the idea of looking at the person behind the act and provides some excellent (and intelligent) accounts from the horses mouth. Some people are fearful of the consequences of their actions (for the children, their families and themselves), some talk openly about the difficulties it has presented for them (finding work etc) and others talk openly about what it is that they find attractive about children (which can be shocking at times).
However, I had a few qualms:
- It's hard to draw many comparative or collective conclusions from a sample size that small. Perhaps this wasn't the aim of the book but the title alone suggests that the reader will have an understanding of the subject. Personally I found Michael Seto's book (Pedophila and Sexual Offending Against Children) provided a more clinical and thorough understanding of the research up until the point of its publication (2nd edition is out in 2017).
- I found Goode's writing to be a bit 'gloaty'--how this study is the first of its kind and brave etc. It seemed, especially at the start, that every chapter opened with reemphasising how great this book is. I found this a little repetitive and had to skim read those bits.