Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham

I couldn't believe that Anne Perry would ever have been involved in murder.  Not only was she, she spent some time in jail.

Skyhorse Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It was published this month, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

Anne Perry's books have always had a dark side to them.  The Thomas Pitt series with his wife Charlotte is my favorite.  After reading this and seeing the ghosts of her past, I'm amazed she has risen beyond her past and had a successful life after such a bad start.

The girls were fifteen and sixteen.  They were just beginning to explore sexuality and they were best friends.  They "understood" each other and they didn't want to be separated; it would be devastating.  So when Pauline said she wanted to kill her mother so they could be together, Juliet went along with the plot and participated in the killing.

Puberty is an odd time in a girl's life.  Both girls weren't close to their parents.  Pauline felt like she was picked on.  To them, Nora was just a road block in the life they were planning.  They didn't express remorse about the murder - ever.  Personally, I think they were bit insane at that point in their life.

There was speculation that they were lesbians.  Such might be true.  Or it may be just misinterpretation of Pauline's diary entries.  After all, not all young girl's diaries are truly factual.

I found the story interesting, it's full of facts and has a photo section.  Even all these years later, it still hangs over the two girls who have grown into old women.  No wonder her books are a bit dark...

Happy reading.

1 comment:

Carla said...

This one sounds really interesting! May have to go on my reading list.