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Book Title: From First Victim to Last: Serial Murderers
Book Author: Mindy M. Shelton
Introduction: I love true crime stories – I binge watch Murder With Friends on the Pop Trigger YouTube Channel, I love Kathy Reich’s Temperance Brennan series, I love Bones and Murdoch Mysteries and I just find it incredibly interesting (and incredibly horrifying). Psychologically, I find it so strange but intriguing, but at the same time I’m horribly repulsed… So, when Mindy offered me the entire series revolving around murders, how could I say no to a few honest reviews? (Or five…).
If you have read the other books in this series, I must inform you that this book is a little bit different – there’s a lot more reading to do! This novel has a lot more information compiled into it than the previous novels. There is still the typical format of one murderer per chapter with the sections describing their names, date of birth and death, dates of murders, confirmed and suspected suspects, potential alises, states/areas of murders, sentences and other information. But, there is also a lot more background into the murders (because there were so many and some were highly publicized).
Compared to the first two novels, this one is a step up. It’s not wildly different, but the extra explanations make the book so much more interesting. Mindy couldn’t have added much more in the previous novels due to the absence of information, but this little addition still made this book so much better.
The textbook is non-fiction and is not told like a narrative – it’s told like a report. There are facts, citations and explanations regarding everything that happened. There is some speculation, but it is cited from the correct sources.
I truly enjoyed this book, even if it is about gruesome, horrible crimes. It gives the reader the correct information in the shortest amount of time and can be easily used as a reference (whether for true crime addicts or students).
Overall, I give this book five out of five! It’s helpful, interesting and well written.