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Ohhhhhh myyyy goodddd! I am a HUGE true crime junkie, I thrive on it. I of course know all about Ted Bundy but never got around to reading this book until this year. I haven't finished it yet but HOLLYYY MOLYYY IS IT GOOD. Ann is a fantastic story teller and really paints a vivid picture of what went on all those years ago. If you're into true crime at all, you will LOVE this book. Highly recommend!
I don't feel like I can fairly rate this book. I have not even finished it. I have gone back to it a few times but I am only 40% in. It is like reading some lengthy newspaper article. On this date he moved here or there - never saw him again for a year and half - on this date so and so went missing - then on this date that girl was missing - and then this person etc etc etc. I just can't get into it.
The book itself is good. Great story. Very unbiased. Really enjoyed the read. However the physical book itself was crap quality! Pages falling out, I'm not hard on books, turn the page and it falls out, pretty sure it's a cheap reproduction or something. I have of books and this has never happened before. Kinda crappy!
Not a bad book, not a great book. I'd be curious to know what the revisions were as there seems to be a dead section through the middle section of the book making it a bit dull with unnecessary information. The start and end are far stronger and if you can get through the dead spot you will enjoy the book. Bit of a shame really. Could be great book with some cuts made.
Ann Rule guides the reader through the troubled, dysfunctional, and ultimately evil evolution of Ted Bundy masterfully. This work if highly absorbing, difficult to put down, and fact-oriented, which I appreciated. I praise the late Ms. Rule for her near-flawless account of her ever-evolving relationship with Ted. I also praise her for, on many occasions throughout the book, specifying the distinction between an individual who is legally criminally insane and cannot be held accountable to his or her actions due to a debilitating state of psychosis or something of the like, and an individual, such as Ted Bundy, who is psychopath. He is aware of the difference between "right" and "wrong", but it is simply irrelevant to him. His brain is not programmed to work that way. I love how Rule kept on making this distinction, as it is important to consider when reading and studying antisocial personalities and psychopathy. Highly recommend.
Ann Rule's first book is most likely her best work, although all of her books are awesome. The story here is almost unbelievable, but most certainly true. Everything Ann writes is spectacular. This book is quite amazing and it is difficult to put down. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes to read true crime.
5.0 out of 5 starsThoroughly absorbing and very scary
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 2, 2018
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Former police officer Ann Rule met a charming and charismatic young psychology student at a Seattle crisis clinic, unaware that he would become one of America’s most notorious serial killers. This is the story of their friendship and how it developed and changed between 1971 and 1989, when Ted Bundy was executed. Charting the murderer’s early life and relationships, this book tells the two sides of Ted Bundy, exploring how and why he became a killer.
The is the second book I’ve read by Ann Rule, though it was the author’s first published book (originally issued in 1980, this edition with additional material, pub 2018). Ms Rule has a talent for writing in a very readable way that allows the reader to have a clear picture of her subject, creating a vivid portrait of Bundy that is easy to read but no less detailed for all that. From his early life, she details Ted Bundy’s relationships, his attempts to better himself, and his re-emergence as a smart, handsome man who was able to lure young women to their deaths.
Ann Rule is astonishingly open about her friendship with Bundy, but also never fails to question her own motives in detailing the case as a true-crime writer, as well as the difficulties she faced as the truth of Bundy’s horrendous crimes became known to the world.
Would have given 4 stars as this book really gripped me at the start, however the second half made me lose interest slightly as the focus was on the trial and prison life and not so much the relationship between them. There is turmoil from the author as her friend was clearly not the person she knew and despite not being able to fully believe his innocence at the start the fact that she remained a loyal friend and would send letters and money to him jail was hard to understand. However I appreciate I have not been in such as situation! Even after his execution she seemed to grief him. There is a real sense of the author knowing two versions of the man and unwilling to let go of the shy and awkward young man she first met and befriended. All in all a good read for any true crime enthusiast.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn incredible and rare personal insight into the mind of the man who inspired the term 'Serial Killer'
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 16, 2017
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Ann Rules fascinating account of her relationship with one of the most recognisable and (in my opinion) most fascinating serial killers in recent history. Her description of him as ultimately being a 'shadow man' - hit the nail on the head for me. I didn't read this book to hear the gruesome details of the crimes, I was interested to hear about Ann and Ted's conversations and correspondence in the Crisis Centre, before she realised he was a strong suspect - and ultimately a convicted murderer on death row. Ann takes you beyond the myth and the folklore of Ted Bundy and gives you a deeply personal, and somewhat disturbing insight into the man that continues to fascinate people almost 28 years after his death. I couldn't sleep the night after I had finished the book. And I shall endeavour to remember the victims, and pray those that were not recovered are some day and laid to rest in peace.
What is it about Ted Bundy? I knew about him and his crimes but it had been ages since I'd read this book and there are several updates in it now. I find it absolutely fascinating and can understand why Ann Rule still has correspondence regarding Ted Bundy to this present day and possibly from people who were not alive when the original crimes occurred. Because she knew Ted and it took ages for her to believe that he could have committed such horrific crimes, makes the story even more fascinating and believable. Extremely interesting reading and stayed with me for long after I had finished the book. Still don't know exactly what made him do what he did but possibly he never knew himself. Brilliant book!
This is an interesting read but not exactly enjoyable. It's such a strange scenario, accepting a commission to write about an unknown killer and then finding that it was someone you worked with. If you like reading about crime, you will like this book. I just don't know what it says about me that I do.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 27, 2016
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This book gripped me. Normally I would say,"a good book, I liked it" if the Bundy story would not be so horrific. The author demonstrates aptly how she knows Bundy's personalities, yet keeps them well separated whilst trying to unravel his very dark side. It is obvious she herself is still struggling understanding the reality of who Ted Bundy was. She who most probably knew him best and it makes her vulnerable. Very worth wile reading.
I really enjoyed this book. It was written from an interesting, almost unbelievable perspective - sometimes it was hard to remember that this is a true story and not the plot of a soap opera! Very detailed insight into the crimes, life and mind of a notorious serial killer.
Brilliant and morbidly fascinating covers her friendship with bundy his murders trial and execution and some of the victims stories and the women who escaped him iys chilling to think thete are evil sociapaths like him in the world
Engaging, fast paced and shocking! This is a clear example of times when reality is crazier and scarier than fiction. Ann Rule talks about her friendship with Bundy, and how the realisation that he was a serial killer came upon her. A great book that portraits reality not from the point of view of the killer or the police, but from a friend.
5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant insight into the mind of a very scary individual
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 31, 2015
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Ann Rule provides a fascinating insight into her relationship with the serial killer Ted Bundy. As a writer of true crime she is the best in this genre. Her closeness to the killer on a personal level means that she is able to show the many sides of the man and also shows how he managed to charm so many and how he managed to elude the authorities for so long. I wouldn't read this alone at night.
4.0 out of 5 starsA Classic for a reason, but not perfect.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 6, 2019
Generally gripping, occasionally lulls and lacking in the style Ann Rule developed in her later books. Despite this, it's a must read for any true crime enthusiast - the author is the only person who could truly have done the case justice.