Read: Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

I took quite a while to finish this book as the author went in really deep on this (he’s most certainly not the first to write about the girls, hence he had a lot of referencing to do). I can’t recall whether he wasn’t born yet or whether he was a toddler when the murder took place, but the author hails from New Zealand and is a lawyer who was (is?) based in Hong Kong when he began writing this book. It was mentioned somewhere in the foreword.

The author made a lot of references to the girls’ diaries, often citing old movies and literature which were favored by the girls. Bear in mind all these were in the early 1950s, so even if you’re familiar with WW2, it’s not enough. The references to WW2, the cold, bitter weather, South Africa, the state the families were in (post-war), probably took up less than 5% of the book. I say this because I am (indefinitely) not into classic literatures, thrillers, plays… Well, generally the sort of things that were heavily described throughout the book.

I didn’t have much difficulty reading the book, the prose wasn’t ‘old English’, but I did bump into dry bits where I couldn’t relate to at all, as the girls were really into fiction and imaginary characters plus stuff people who enjoy Romeo and Juliet might be able to connect with.

Other facts were okay and informative, such as mental illness in the 1950s, the court battles, family predicaments. The best takeaway, for me, were within the last few chapters, where the author attempted to analyze how the girls were raised by their mothers – the abandonment, the resentment, the shortcomings between mother and daughter relationships etc. I did highlight a few passages. It made me cringe, as I myself, am a mother…

Would I recommend this book to anyone? I don’t know. None of my close friends who are bookworms are into true crime nor would they give a **** about these two murderesses. Don’t think they’ll bat an eyelid with Leopold and Loeb neither.

I gave 5 shining stars on Goodreads. Everything in the name of effort and details.

p.s. It seems that I didn’t write about the girls, the murder… What is there to write?

Well, Well, Well… BookRiot…

So #BookRiot [link to its TBR thing] has came up with a brilliant idea, this time, charging you $15 (quarterly) or $49 (annually) for tailored digital book recommendations, and the other option (they call it the “hardcover level”, see below) totals to a little less than $80 inclusive of shipping. I quit upon seeing the payment options though. Cheap-f-skate-me! I mean, #BookRiot already does a great job sending me weekly recommendations based on my preferred genres, and I am beyond satisfied with it (alongside many other book sites I’m subscribed to).

Anyway so let’s dive in to their TBR thing.

See, first question on their FAQs. These people are honest.

Don’t get me wrong. I love paying for things. I pay for all my Kindle books – I don’t have a decent library support system around me (I am not, not serious); I never hesitate to pay for apps and games (except Words With Friends, which is evil and complicated, but I love their evil and complicatedness, because I’m probably as evil and as complicated as them), and I recently just paid for a PDF copy of a literary journal. But to pay for this? Well, it seems to be quite very far-fetched, at least for book nerds like me. 

Alright, alright. This is brilliant, but for one-time passive readers. What kind of one-time passive readers, you may ask? You know, the ones who’d go through the steps and leave it up to their bibiliologist to decide for them, and change their bibiliologist when and ever they are unhappy with them. Then again, there’s the golden demographic – the senior citizens, who could really use this, I agree. And not to forget, the well-off demographic. They don’t care what they’re in for, so as long as they’ve got some hardcovers arriving at their doorstep every three months.

But when though? I mean, one genre could have really many books. If I get pissed with the selection, how long before my bibiliologist is finally removed and replaced with a smarter one? Also, am I really dealing with a human bibiliologist, or AI a robot?

 Lastly, I’ll leave you with this:

Key word: “try”

For those non-passive readers, I’d say just stick to your guns. You’re doing fine. You don’t really need this. Is it worth a try, like a surprise box thingy? That’ll be for you to find out. However, with that money, might as well spend it on literary causes (e.g. Sand Journal) that support budding writers. Okay, your money, your choice. I’ll shut up now.