Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World’s Most Savage Murderers by Scott Bonn

517sOSAoSUL__AA160_Firstly, it’s confession time, as soon as I saw the title of this book I was drawn to it like a moth, I am one of those people who cannot resist reading about the people who carry out horrendous crimes. Throughout history there have been plenty of examples both real, and those which have been the product of somebody else’s mind, such as the serial killer Hannibal Lecter first made famous in the book and film Silence of the Lambs.

The author of this book, has however a special insight into its content. Not only is Dr Scott Bonn a Professor of Criminology but he also comes from a media and analytic background.

The author explores what makes these people so interesting to those of us who look on with morbid fascination at their crimes. He looks into their background, upbringing, and ultimately the people and events which have influenced them. However, he also looks at role that the killers themselves, media and law enforcement agencies have in the public’s perception.

For anyone interested in the subject, this book will be fascinating, famous serial killers such as David Berkowitz and Dennis Rader, and the author has interviewed some of them. There is also a look into the world of their cult followers and people who will pay for memorabilia and work by them, something I never realised happened.

 

About the Author: Dr. Scott Bonn is a professor of criminology at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. His expert commentary has appeared in the “New York Times,” the “Huffington Post,” Headline News Network, and more. Dr. Bonn hosts a weekly college radio show and has recently appeared as an expert analyst in the A&E documentary “The Long Island Serial Killer.” The author resides in Manhattan, New York.

Author’s Website: http://www.docbonn.com/

Why We Love Serial Killers is available from Amazon in Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Why-Love-Serial-Killers-Murderers-ebook/dp/B00NS42FBW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421071447&sr=8-1&keywords=why+we+love+serial+killers

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You Cannot Find Peace Until You Find All The Pieces by Marie Maiden

Honest and Inspirational.

You Cannot Find Peace Until You Find All The Pieces

About the book: You Cannot Find Peace Until You Find All The Pieces tells the story of how God through Jesus Christ transformed my life and gave me the strength to overcome a less than desirable childhood, the regrets of becoming a teen mother, anger, immaturity, poor decision making and a really bad attitude.

 

Review by Susan Keefe:

My first impression when starting this book was one of humility. I take the fact that I know both my parents for granted. The search by this author to know her father has affected her whole life, and lasted 18 years.

The start of her journey was a turbulent one, which she tells frankly, her childhood bad attitude and anger, her pregnancy at 15, her relationships, her struggle for self-improvement, and much more…

All these events, however, were eventually to lead her to the point at which she discovered God. Her honest story continues, as she tells of her salvation through embracing his teachings and love, and how this faith gave her the strength to find out about her father.

 Knowing nothing about him, but desperate to learn, she started by discovering her ancestral roots, which went back to slaves who were brought over from the West Indies to work on the plantations of Colonial Virginia. Finding more recent information about him, however, was to prove much harder.

Throughout, there is no attempt by the author, to hide the enormous void, she felt, in her life, by the lack of knowledge about her father.  This book is a tribute to her determination and tenacity against amazing odds, to find him, and it is an inspirational read.

Available in Paperback format from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Cannot-Find-Peace-Until-Pieces/dp/1105661261/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386240805&sr=8-1&keywords=peace+by+marie+maiden

We Walk by Faith & Not by Sight by Mary E. White

 

We Walk by Faith & Not by Sight by Mary E. White

Product Details

Publisher: Mavenmark Books

ISBN 10: 1595982116

Available in Paperback and Kindle format

220 Pages

About Mary E. White: Born In Milwaukee, WI, Mary White suffered the tragic loss of her mother at the tender age of eleven. The loss of her Mother left her empty and untrusting. Her journey through life took her across the US and finally back to Wisconsin to care for her ailing Father. A wonderful Husband and two beautiful children support Mary’s passion of rescuing animals. Along the way, Cochise found Mary and Mary learned , once again, the gifts of trust and love.
Cochise also had his journey in life. He was loved and owned by Kati for 24 years. Cochise grieved the death of his stable mate of 24 years. Cochise would also learn to love and trust again. Their worlds collided into one.

About the book: Deciding to become a horse owner, Mary White finds the perfect horse Cochise, a beautiful Appaloosa gelding. Little does she know that he is stolen when she purchases him. In We Walk By Faith & Not By Sight, she openly shares the joys, as well as the trials and tribulations, of owning a horse whose eyesight is failing from Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU). A self-proclaimed control freak, Mary learns patience, trust, and self-mastery as she and Cochise develop a unique bond. Overcoming her own inner demons, she cares for Cochise through his eye issues and even cancer.

 

Review by Susan Keefe

Loving horses, I was intrigued by this book’s title and as soon as I started reading it, I was captivated by this amazing story.

Deciding to buy a horse and choosing one is normally a straightforward process, however this whole story is one of obstacles’, coincidences and faith. From the very beginning, this partnership is tested in many ways and many times during Mary and Cochise’s incredible journey, a lesser human or horse may have given in. However, Mary’s utter devotion and deep love for Cochise’s and his total trust in her in return is an inspiration.

Mary’s support from her family, Stephen and Stephanie, friends and vets (both traditional and alternative) has enabled her, with no previous veterinary experience to care for him with his ERU and other problems. Her devotion to and love of this beautiful Appaloosa gelding is a beautiful story, one which proves, for me undoubtedly, that love, really does, conquer all.

Available from Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/We-Walk-Faith-Not-Sight/dp/1595982116/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375515196&sr=8-1&keywords=we+walk+by+faith+not+by+sight

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