Book Reviews

Here on my Book Reviews page I will be sharing with you my latest recommended true crime books. These books which I have listed below, not only make for interesting reading but have been such a great reference to me during times of research. 

All of these books have been purchased by myself and my go-to places for ordering books are: AmazonWorderyWH Smith and World of Books

- A History of British Serial Killing by David Wilson

I've been a huge fan of Professor David Wilson for quite some time now and as well as the insightful, detailed and interesting documentaries in which he has featured, his self penned books do not disappoint. I have quite a number of his books on my shelf and you will see them pop up on this page as well as referenced in other posts on my blog. David is one of the top criminologists in the UK (as well as being a leading expert on serial killers). 

In this particular book he visits infamous cases over past decades up to more recent times. Pictures are also included in the book. There will be cases you may know of and some that you may have just discovered, one thing's for sure, you won't be able to put this book down and you'll come away with knowing more about each case than you did before. You can find the book here

- Talking With Female Serial Killers by Christopher Berry-Dee

The first book in my latest recommendations by Christopher Berry-Dee. I was given this book for Christmas as a gift and I read it in a matter of weeks and couldn't wait to get my hands on some more of his work. Christopher is a leading criminologist and has had first hand experience of communicating with serial killers for decades. His book, Monster (which I will also be including in this latest list) which detailed the life and crimes of Aileen Wuornos, was an international best seller and basis for the movie 'Monster' starring Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci. 

Aileen features in this book too and the reader is given a fascinating insight into the conversations with these female murderers. There will be cases that you know of and some which you will discover in the book. Christopher doesn't shy away from the details and writes in a way that is so easy to follow. It doesn't take me long to read his books because they are too interesting and at times, too shocking to put down. Once you read one of his books, you'll be wanting to read more. You can find the book here

- Monster by Christopher Berry-Dee

As I just mentioned, this is an incredible book and doesn't hold back with the details. If you are interested in the Aileen Wuornos case this should be your first point of research. I thought I knew the story of Aileen and the crimes that had taken place but this book taught me a lot more, especially about her horrendous childhood and her relationship with Tyria Moore which will leave you feeling curious as to why she (Tyria) was allowed to walk free. In the actual movie which was based on the book we learned about Aileen's constant abandonment throughout her life and the part that Tyria played in Aileen's downfall. This book goes into the relationship a bit more deeper. You are left with a sympathy for Aileen's suffering and childhood and a little bit more of an understanding of how she ended up the way that she did but Christopher doesn't shy away from what she did or excuse or explain away her killings. 

Aileen was a cold blooded killer but there was more to the story and this book is a must-read for a bigger picture of everything that happened during her childhood, during the murders and afterwards. Excellent writing by Christopher Berry-Dee as always. You can find the book here

- Talking With Serial Killers by Christopher Berry-Dee

There's so much to be said about this shocking book which is very detailed as Christopher's books always are. As mentioned before, Christopher has first hand experience of communicating with some of the world's most dangerous and sickening murderers. In this book you'll find some well known cases covered such as Henry Lee Lucas and Arthur Shawcross but also not so well known serial killers such as Michael Bruce Ross. This book was a great reference point for me when I was researching for my Sunset Strip Slayers post. 

You will be shocked, horrified, disturbed and fascinated by another incredible piece of work by Christopher. You can find the book here 

- The Murder of Princess Diana by Noel Botham 

Quite a controversial book but a very interesting read no less. It's no secret that there is a lot to be said about the Royal Family, the cover-ups and the strange goings-on for decades. Princess Diana was an amazing woman who was known and is still known as 'The People's Princess' in the UK. She didn't shy away from her struggles and the truth of the affair of her husband and his mistress who he later married. 

Diana was a vulnerable young woman who was in way over her head with a husband who had no love and affection for her, you didn't have to read this book to see that, it was all there in front of our eyes. We all saw the interview in which she said ''There was three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded''

Diana went through a lot of fear and there is questions to this day about her shocking and sudden death. She was due to leave the UK for America and marry her fiancee Dodi Fayed, son of the billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed, who the Royals were said to have disapproved of. 

You will find this book a real eye opener and a shocking read plus an even more deeper sympathy for what Diana went through. You can find the book here

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