Sunday, April 19, 2020

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Lying in Wait and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #17)Lying in Wait and Other True Cases by Ann Rule
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I usually love Ann Rule. She is THE BEST true crime author that I know of. Having said that, I do not think this was her best compilation. The first story, in particular, got a very slow start. I believe she gave some unnecessary background information about the victim's family. She started with the grandparents! That's unusual. She also seemed to be going off on tangents when discussing the players in these crimes.  It became quite confusing. Maybe she didn't have enough material and needed to stretch it out. Or perhaps they just weren't that compelling.

The first story, which was also the most interesting, was about a new mother who was gunned down with her young daughter by her side. The story of this perpetrator was mysterious, but it was also hard to follow at first due to the background information presented. It was hard to keep all the characters straight, and it wasn't necessary to include so much detail. Also included are a story about a man who was not exactly who he claimed to be, a story about a grandmother who was murdered and another about a serial rapist.

I liked this book, but not as much as many of her other books.

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