Clear, insightful and meticulously researched, this biography of Myra Hindley is truly excellent. It never strays into sensationalism and neither does it gratuitously exploit the awfulness of the subject matter. The book is beautifully written but is not an easy read. It does not settle for glib answers and simple labels but rather challenges our understanding of what it can mean to be human and yet so completely inhumane. I also found this a strangely compassionate book because the author dared to enter into the full horror of it all, listen to the voices of the victims and their families and make sure they were heard. I felt haunted by the story as I read the book but it also took me on a journey and brought me out on the other side. People of my generation have carried a lot of baggage with them through childhood and into adulthood simply because Myra Hindley has always be there: a terrifying and unsavoury part of our more recent history and cultural inheritance. There was something very profound, healing and cathartic about this book and I highly recommend it.