Poisoned Love

Poisoned Love

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Poisoned Love 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Kay2001 More than 1 year ago
As I always say, I don't like to tear a book down, just because I did not like it means nothing and I don't like swaying anyone else. That being said, short and sweet here......... I love True Crime, I did not love this book. It started out well then just flopped about 100 pages in. I found the author very repetitive in her writing, retelling details again and again. It took me weeks to get through this. I finally wound up skipping towards the end just to see what the verdict was.
OneReadingMomma More than 1 year ago
I have read oodles of true crime books that are three or four hundred pages and never have I been as bored as I was when I read this. It is true the author repeats the same details over and over, too. Such a shame, because this could have been an awesome read-all the ingredients are there, but the author fails to deliver. What a bummer!
LHedgpeth More than 1 year ago
Fans of the true crime genre will rejoice with another entry to add to their library, Poisoned Love by Caitlin Rother. In the style of Ann Rule, a true crime favorite of mine, Ms. Rother delves deep into the background and psyche of not only the accused but the victims as well and provides painstaking detail of the crime, the trial and the aftermath. Reading Poisoned Love will make it clear to the reader that Ms. Rother spent an inordinate amount of time on her research and with admirable results. Every person introduced in her work has a voice, not just "friend of the victim", "co-worker of the accused", etc. This is perhaps the strongest point of Poisoned Love in my opinion - - rather than merely being "the victim", Greg de Villers is presented as a real human being, with thoughts, dreams and aspirations and you feel sadness and even grief at his life ending prematurely. Ms. Rother also does a good job at presenting the de Villers family's sense of loss and helplessness as Greg's brother Jerome fights to prove his brother did not take his own life. The accused, Kristin Rossum, remained an enigma for me even after finishing the book. She exemplified the brainy beauty who should have had it all but threw it all away for drugs, for an illicit affair, and/or for narcissism. She was frightening to a degree in her cold natured indifference and the void that seemed to be present in her makeup. While Ms. Rother's attention to detail is commendable, for some readers it may be a bit too much. The book itself is hefty (coming in at just under 500 paperback pages) and there were a few sections where I felt it dragged a bit and portions could likely have been minimized or cut so as to keep the story moving fluidly. Even having watched a true crime program or two on this case and knowing the outcome, I was drawn into the book and learned many facts of the case I had not previously known. In short, I thought Poisoned Love was extremely well written and researched and one of the better true crime books for those who want an in-depth look at the case rather than merely glorified violence. I would not hesitate to recommend Poisoned Love to a true crime buff or to any reader looking to explore the genre. Caitlin Rother is certainly an author to watch out for and one that will be on my "must read" list. ©Psychotic State Book Reviews, 2012
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good read. It's interesting, true and isn't full of cursing and sex details as most books like these are, when it's part of the story. The writer could have put these things in it, as I'm sure it was a major part of the true story, but it told it without the details and it was great! I would/could recommend this book to anyone that loves true crime.
sfc98 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book that tells a true story without getting too technical in the court room part (which I find many true crimes to do). It was interesting even if you knew the story and the outcome. Still some unanswered questions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best true crime books I've ever read, and I've read about 100. Rother is one of the best storytellers out there and clearly did her research for this book. Excellent read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is powerful and the writing unbiased. The writer spent a lot of time gathering data and it is reflected in the story's seamless transitions. Good stuff
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Well written book and well researched......Bn
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