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by Gordon Burn

In February 1994, the bodies of seven women were uncovered at the West's house, 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester. As the true horror of what happened there unfolded it became clear that this was the most infamous series of murders in Britain this century.
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ISBN: 0571209971
ISBN13: 978-0571209972
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: True Crime
Author: Gordon Burn
Language: English
Publisher: Faber & Faber (February 19, 2001)
Pages: 390 pages
ePUB size: 1958 kb
FB2 size: 1710 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 860
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Rare case of psychopaths in love and a window into the commonplace abuse of women to the point where almost none of the West's victims ever reported them, including their daughters. I can understand the town wanted the building razed, but perhaps it would have been more useful as a memorial to abuse in its various forms. What prevents a fifth star was the lack of interest in putting the Wests it in the larger context of what we know about sociopaths and psychopaths.
Do yourself a favor and find another book about Fred and Rose West. This book is so repetitive, I read this in the other reviews, but still went ahead and purchased it anyway. How bad could it be?! ITS BAD! I'm giving up on this one. I'm over half way, but I can't stand it anymore. Also, so much information included that I don't find to add any value to the story, who cares about the previous owners grandson?? The timeline is also wacky. I could go on and on about how terrible this book is... Very disappointing
This book was very good and full of good back story on both rose and fred west. I enjoyed this book a lot and could barely put it down! The only real problem I had with this book was that Heather did repeat a lot of stuff and was somewhat inconsistent with his writing style. At random times he would write like a completely different personnel I found that unpleasant. But other then those two things, I would definitely recommend this book to a true crime book lover!
The repetition of the writing really got on my nerves! The author likes to shock you and then keep repeating things over and over!
Very dense. Not the most well written. Very hard to get through; boring. Still attempting to finish it, I keep hoping it's going to get better but being half way through I'm losing hope. Not my favorite by far.
I didn't think the story had an easy storyline to follow. There was no conclusion. It was definitely not the easiest story to read.
This book is a direct gaze into the dark heart of generations of families so twisted and dysfunctional, they take everything that we have learnt about what is right and wrong, and turn it upside down and inside out. Burn very artfully takes us on a virtual tour of this bizarre world, through the eyes and language of its two main villains and protagonists, Fred and Rose. The stench of their banal evil is woven into the tapestry of Burn's language, as he speaks the way Fred or Rose speak; the repetitions and obsessions; the way that depraved evil of such hideous proportions became such an ordinary part of daily suburban family life. Fred's fetishisation of his tools and his sexual perversions; right at the core of his personality, and Rose's deep ugliness are ingrained into the text, and I felt deeply horrified for their own children who tried, and failed to escape the kinds of horrors that are only in our worst nightmares.

But most of all, this story is a lesson in how cycles of child abuse and sexual violence can be passed from generation to generation unchecked, until something like this happens; the fusing of two individuals who had lost all of their humanness, and wanted nothing more than to visit that on as many people as they could.

Absolutely compulsive reading. You won't forget it.
i was ok. i read it all despite it being badly written and there were details which are contradicted in official stories, for example Charmaine was apparently killed by Rose and thats why they ended up being able to convict her, its not clear in this book though it roughly is put down to Fred.