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Brave, honest, challenging and thought provoking

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 19-07-19

This is a fantastic book from the preface to the credits. It challenges us to question our stereotypes in all sorts of ways; Dylan was more suicidal than homicidal; the family was a happy and ordinary one; Sue is so obviously a good mother.

We want to believe that we can always see danger coming, this book is a lesson in risk assessment and understanding brain health.

Thank you Sue for the brave insight into how an ordinary mother in an ordinary family in an ordinary community copes with a horrifyingly extraordinary event.

An engaging personal account

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-19

This is a well written account of an internationally sensationalised tragedy. The personal involvement of the author gives us a unique insight into Ted Bundy and the facets of his personality which were likeable. The author has clearly struggled with her conscience in maintaining her friendship with Ted after his incarceration.

If you don’t know the ins and outs of this story, it reads like a gruesome film plot with elements that defy belief - how could Ted escape repeatedly from prison and go on to murder more young women whilst on the run?! Indeed, elements of this story have inspired film plots including the silence of the lambs.

This book is well worth a credit

Awesome

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-18

This is such a beautifully written, thought provoking book. It has pathos, humour, an exploration of vengeance and forgiveness in the face of evil acts, and the best and worst parts of masculinity. The narration is fantastic

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I really wanted to like this book.

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 18-01-18

Some of the stories are so far fetched. Demons seen in crack psychosis cannot leave actual deep claw marks all over your back. If you roll your car seven times and clear out four mailboxes landing on a residential property- the cops don’t just call you a taxi home. The secretary of Malibu NA is not going to call you a filthy junkie and call for your arrest. And given the constant state of being covered in blood, dirty and strung out, how come so many celebrities want to hang out with Khalil? I wanted to like it but there’s no real recovery in this book, just a lot of cocky bravado. His thinking is still in active addiction. That said, credit to anyone who can write a story and earn a wage from it.

A long way to go

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-17

Great performance. Addiction isnt about the chemical hook of drugs, its about soul holes and gaps in our social network. Cat clearly has so much potential, I hope she fills her world with good people who are true friends, that's how we recover.

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