Review: The Killer Book of Cold Cases by Tom Philbin

Category: True Crime

Published: August 2011

Read: March 2017

Score: 3/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Shocking Stories of the Most Infamous Unsolved Crimes
Every criminal dreams of committing the perfect crime. A crime that is so well executed, with clues and evidence so scarce, that even the experts are left baffled. The Killer Book of Cold Cases takes you behind the crime scene tape and deep into the investigations of some of the most puzzling and notorious cold cases of all time from murders to kidnappings to massive bombings that were open for years before the criminal was finally brought to justice.

Review: This is your typical crime book with a number of different stories in it. Most of them you will probably have already heard of or researched because they are older and have been solved (or not) but they are still here anyway. It is written with trivia, and similar cases in each one profiled it does have a little more than your average crime book like this. 

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There are stories such a D.B. Cooper who hijacked a plane and took off with a ton of money (for the time) and was never seen from again. No one know who he is or where he went after jumping out of the plane mid-flight. There is also a stories of Jaycee Dugard whom is now found and safe home after 18 years of captivity. Also the story of the Tylenol murders which were never solved.

It’s a collection of cold cases that are solved and not which is interesting. What I really liked about it is it described way how the cases were messed up, particularly in the case of Jaycee Dugard and how the system failed her over and over and over again.

If you like to read stories like this you will defiantly like this book as it gives a bit more. It would have been better if it was cases that were all cold case and not solved but the mix is alright too as you can see from both sides of solved and not. The extras were good too. That is the reason why I only gave it 3 thou because it’s your typical cases that are so famous that you already know about them anyway. It would also have been a better read if it was cases that are not so well-known but considered cold cases. 

I know this author has a whole bunch of books along these lines and I will probably read them if I get a chance but I have read better true crime books.

You like anything by Tom Philbin, like cold cases, like true crime books.

Review: Against Their Will by Nigel Cawthorne


Category: True Crime

Published: June 2012

Score: I will not score a true crime book

SynopsisTrue stories of twisted criminals who hold their victims in endless captivity to satisfy their perverse desires, Against Their Will is a comprehensive compendium of the most disturbing kidnappings of all time.

Review: The reason that I don’t score true crime is because I find it hard to score these kinds of books. These are true stories of fellow human beings and what they had to endure. It is horrible, and raw and real, and disturbing. So for that reason I do not score these kinds of books. I read them thou, and I figured it was time to do a true crime for the blog.

This one is different stories of different kidnappings. All of the people in the book that is mentioned survived their ordeal and most of them we all know about all ready like Jaycee Dugard and Elizabeth Smart. There were some that I did not know about.

I was a little disappointed about the writing style for this book thou. It was very dry and matter of fact. It’s suppose to be the “courageous stories of the kidnapping victims” but there was no emotion. We learned more about the horrible men responsible instead of the survivors.

I have read a lot of true crime and this one was disturbing yes but hard to read as well. There were lots of details but again they were very matter of fact. I feel like there should have been more compassion and emotion on the author’s part when writing about these people.

If you like true crime than this is one for you, again its stories that you might not have heard of.