Monday, January 14, 2019

DNF - Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Ginness, Butcher of Men

Title: Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men
Author: Harold Schechter
Genre: True Crime; Non-Fiction;
Publisher: Little A
Published: April 1st, 2018

In the pantheon of serial killers, Belle Gunness stands alone. She was the rarest of female psychopaths, a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908, she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her Indiana “murder farm.” Some were hired hands. Others were well-to-do bachelors. All of them vanished without a trace. When their bodies were dug up, they hadn’t merely been poisoned, like victims of other female killers. They’d been butchered.
Hell’s Princess is a riveting account of one of the most sensational killing sprees in the annals of American crime: the shocking series of murders committed by the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard. The only definitive book on this notorious case and the first to reveal previously unknown information about its subject, Harold Schechter’s gripping, suspenseful narrative has all the elements of a classic mystery—and all the gruesome twists of a nightmare.


Hello Fellow Readers,

There's not too much I can say about this book other than with a name like the Butcher of Men I expected so much more. While Schechter is witty as a writer I can say that I honestly didn't enjoy his writing style. Most of the words he used and how he described things just didn't sit well with me. Is he a bad writer? Absolutely not, he just is not my cup of tea. I was just so disappointed with this book, I am appreciative all the work that Schechter went to when it comes to research and compiling his data as the book is well researched. It just felt like I was reading a long essay and I was bored. So I put the book down and just have not wanted to pick it back up. I refuse to spend my time reading books that I don't enjoy. 

1 comment:

  1. Great honest review, I'm sorry this book really didn't work out for you I hope your next read is a much better one. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.