Thursday, 13 February 2020

Ted Bundy The Only Living Witness Review

Enigmatic. Articulate. Evil. Killer. 
Two journalists with unprecedented direct access speak to Ted Bundy and those closest too him. 
What follows is a candid and chilling full account of the life and crimes of the most notorious serial killer in history. 
What Bundy had to say in over 150 hours of face-to-face interviews is as relevant today as it was at the time. 

I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review by Mirror Books, I started it straight away and couldn't put it down. There's a weird fascination everyone has about peeking into the minds of serial killers, something that makes you want to know why they do what they do. After reading this book I can definitely say that I have had more than a glimpse into the mind of Theodore Robert Bundy. 

The authors of the book: Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth tell Ted's story though what they experienced when they spent months interviewing Ted Bundy whilst he was in prison. 
Although this book is of course a true crime book, it was written like a story rather than just alot of information jammed together. At the end of each chapter I would find myself needing to put the book down and go to bed, yet there would be a cliffhanger and I'd end up staying up to read the next one, 

This book really tells parts of Ted's story that I didn't know. I knew basic things about him but I never knew that he escaped prison twice and that he actually confessed to some of the murders whist on death row. 
This book was a very chilling read, the way the author told the stories of how Bundy would try and lure women back to his car made shivers run down my spine. Yet thoughout the book a brilliant picture was painted of just how charismatic and charming Bundy was. 

I really enjoyed the parts of this book in which Michaud and Aynesworth were interviewing Bundy, trying to ask him why he did what he did. I could really feel their frustration as they tried to get him to confess. He was a clever and articulate man yet when in an interview room he turned into an insolent child. It was interesting to see that once given the same question but worded differently, Bundy would talk about his heinous crimes but only in the third person. 

During the first half of this book the authors talk about Bundys crimes and go into details about exactly what he did to the women he killed. I was expecting them to be gruesome but Bundy was next level. Then during the last half of the book we see more of Bundy in and out of prison and also get close look of they days leading up to his execution. 

Overall a very chilling and interesting read and a truly terrifying look into the life and crimes of Ted Bundy.  
5 stars

Thursday, 30 January 2020

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Review

Ageing and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter  Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? 

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jump start her career. 

Summoned to Evelyn's luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950's to her decision to leave show business in the 80's, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn's story nears its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own tragic and irreversible ways.  

Before I get into reviewing this book I will confess that one of the main reasons I decided the read the book in the first place was because of the amount of hype I was seeing about it. I kept hearing everyone talking about this amazing character Evelyn Hugo and saying how much they loved the book so I will admit that I kind of pressure read the book. 
That being said, I am so glad that I caved under the pressure because I think this book is going to stay with me for a long time. 
There was so much I loved about this book I don't even know where to start. I think Evelyn Hugo is one of the most brilliant characters I've ever read. By the time I'd finished the book I felt like I knew Evelyn too, I felt like I'd sat in her house hearing her story as well. She was such a complex character that I went from loving her to thinking she was a total bitch in seconds. 

I really couldn't predict where this book was going, at the end of a couple of chapters there was a hint that something bad was coming later on in the book and I really couldn't predict what was going to happen. 
This book took me on a roller coaster of emotion it made me laugh, it made me angry and at one point I was crying. I would have to put this book on my list of the best books I've read this year. 

I don't think there was anything I didn't like about this book, apart from the fact that it had to end. Once I'd finished it I just wanted to turn back to page one and start it all over again. 

Overall this is a breathtaking and heartbreaking book. With characters you will both adore and loathe. Evelyn Hugo is breathtaking- she makes you feel like you could to anything and be anything you want. 

To anyone who hasn't read this book yet: pick it up I guarantee you will love it. 

5 stars!