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Misery by Stephen King

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Stephen King definitely has a way of pulling the reader in. I've seen the film version of Misery; it's one of my favorite movies. And yet, reading it was a completely new experience.

Misery tells the story of every authors worst nightmare: author crashes car; author is saved by number one fan; number one fan turns out to be a psychopathic killer who keeps author prisoner and has strange torture methods. The author here is Paul Sheldon and the number one fan is Annie Wilkes. Paul, while driving drunk, crashes his car during a snow storm and is rescued by Annie. To be fair, Annie lives in a small town and the snow storm was horrible, so she did the right thing taking him to the house. However, Annie keeps Paul pretty much sedated and on IV's. When Paul finally comes around, she tells Paul how much she loves his books, especially his Misery novels-a series that takes place in the nineteenth century and is extremely melodramatic. She is eagerly waiting for the most recent novel…

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer

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So I have to make a confession: For as feminist as I am, when I think of a serial killer, or really any killer, I think of a man. I'm not the only one who thinks this, it's an extremely common belief. But after this book, I will not make that mistake ever again. I will also know if I'm ever being poisoned with arsenic.

Lady Killers focuses on 14 female serial killers, which is what intrigued me. If you can't tell, there's been a theme in my reading lately: killers and psychopaths. But, aside from The Girlfriend (and she didn't kill anyone), they've all been male. So I was really excited to read about these lady killers. This is what I was expecting: a variety of serial killers from different eras that killed in a variety of ways. What I got was women dating back a few centuries who killed using poison. There were a few who tortured their victims, but in the book, the majority used poison, specifically, arsenic (hence knowing if I'm being poisoned with it…

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

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Have you ever watched or read something and thought "This gives (blank) a bad name"? That's what The Girlfriend is. It's dramatic and thrilling, but damn, it gives women a bad name. I'm hoping that the readers of this book are primarily female, because if not, women, we are doomed.

Laura is a successful career woman with a nice house, comfy lifestyle, and a dreamy son, Daniel. There are things that cold be better, like her marriage, but she's happy; and from an outsiders perspective, she has it all. The outsider in this case is Cherry. Cherry is Daniel's new girlfriend. She comes from the other side of the tracks, but she has dreams, and those dreams involve finding a man with money so she can live the life she's always dreamed of for herself. The first time Laura meets Cherry, she thinks Cherry is just nervous. But the more Cherry comes around, and the more she discovers about her, the more she begins to think that Cherry might have other plans in m…

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

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Anyone who knows me know that I like learning about serial killers. It might even be unhealthy. But they're interesting. So I decided it was time to read about America's first serial killer: H.H. Holmes.

Taking place during the first Worlds Fair, Holmes used his "Murder Castle" to lure, torture, kill, and dissect anywhere from nine to twenty-seven (some even say 200, but it's unlikely) people. He was even married or in relationships with a few of them. He constructed his hotel with secret chambers, extra doors, and an extremely large furnace in the basement; and to get away with it, he hired and fired contractors consistently. And because of the Worlds Fair, he had an ever plentiful hunting ground of women traveling alone, a long way from home, who needed a place to stay during their visit; and it didn't hurt that Holmes was attractive and charismatic. In the end, it wasn't even the murdering that caused him to be caught; it was insurance fraud. Confessi…

Helter Skelter: The True Story of The Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry

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Last year I read Member of the Family by Dianne Lake. Dianne tells her story about her life in the 60s, how she met Charles Manson, and her brave decision to testify against him. I've always had an interest in the Manson murders, as I'm sure a lot of people have, so I decided that Helter Skelter would be a good follow up novel since it tells the full story, not just the story from one person perspective. Parts are told from Bugliosi's perspective, but he does his best to speak in the third person unless necessary.

What I liked the most is the Bugliosi tells you about the lives of the people who were murdered. Sharon Tate was a model and actress who was married to Roman Polanski; she was eight months pregnant at the time of the murder. She loved life and was excited to be a mother. It was her and Roman's house that the murders took place at. Roman was in Europe working on a movie he was directing. Jay Sebring was a hair stylist catering to celebrities. He and Sharon da…

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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I always love when a book can surprise me; when I think I know what will happen, but something better happens; or when I think something will happen, but it happens differently. That is what makes The Wife Between Us so brilliant. You always think you know where it's going to go, but Green Hendrick and Sarah Pekkanen go one step further.

Vanessa has just gotten divorced from Richard and life isn't going so well. She is drinking heavily, she has a job she hates, oh, and Richard is about to re-marry. She isn't happy with this new information. It hasn't been long since the divorce was finalized, but the marriage ended long ago.

Nellie is happily in love with Richard. It's been a whirlwind affair, but she knows that he is the one she is meant to spend the rest of her life with. But the engagement has been filled with its bumps: mysterious calls, the photographer being canceled, someone following her. But Richard will make everything alright.

These women may sound like …