I read this book because I wanted to find out about Vanessa George- her life,her past, and how she could behave the way that she did. I found the part about her childhood quite interesting and she certainly did not have a stable upbringing ( not that it condones what she did). The book more than hints that George was abused by various male "babysitters" that her mother used when she was out singing with a band at night. The earlier part of the book describes her mothers childhood and mentions in depth her 3 aunts and her grandparents. Her grandmother had a tragic life-she lost three of her four daughters to cancer, and she herself also died from cancer. Knowing this I found it totally unnecessary that the author felt the need to say that the grandmother could be a difficult person, and even more unbelievable that he thought the fact that she was overweight was relevant. This lady is no longer with us and cannot defend herself. All through the book the author is totally obssessed with George s weight and mentions it over and over again. At one point he called her an "obese fiend".Has he thought of the effect his words will have on her daughters who have been through enough. The last part of the book describes how the police net closed in. This was interesting the first time I read it but I began to have a Groundhog day as the book was so repetative towards the end. The book does give an insight into her character but because it is so badly written and the author does not consider the effects his words will have on her family.ie her surviving aunt, and her daughters I dont recommend it.
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