February 17, 2015

Review: Bogeyman by Steve Jackson & Giveaway

Title: Bogeyman
Author: Steve Jackson
Genre: True Crime 
Publisher: WildBlue Press
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Source: Self Purchase
Reviewed by: Kat

Book Summary

A WildBlue Press original true crime story from the New York Times bestselling author of MONSTER and NO STONE UNTURNED, describing in dramatic detail and with heart-rending poignancy the efforts of tenacious Texas lawmen to solve the cold case murders of three little girls and hold their killer accountable for his horrific crimes.

From the book: "For years he'd stalked elementary schools and playground looking for young girls from low-income neighborhoods to abduct, rape and murder. He thought of them as "throwaway kids"--hardly missed, and soon forgotten, except by those who loved them. He was ever parent's worst nightmare. The bogeyman they warned their children about ... the fiend who lurked outside bedroom windows."

My Thoughts

This book tore me up. And I'm not that easy to tear up. Yet...tore up in a good way. Let me explain...

The dedication demonstrated by the police departments to take down this serial rapist of little girls (a real life bogeyman) was incredibly moving to read about. I guess I never really though hard enough about the impact investigating these types of violent crimes would have on our officers and their families. Its profoundly brought to light in this book and I believe I'm forever changed in how I will view those men and women who tirelessly work to protect us regular folk.    

The serial rapist, David Penton, is a monster. And so heinous were his deeds, I believe if not for the superb talent of this author to expertly pen this story the kindest way he could, I'm not sure I could have continued. This crime is appalling, as is the case whenever children are hurt, so it may not be for the faint of heart. Just wanted to give you a heads-up. That said, I'm rating it at 5 stars and I'd give more if I could. Its superbly written, so compelling it kept me up all night reading, and simply a very powerful lesson can be learned from it.   

So impassioned was the writing, I may or may not have cried a few tears at this part when the detective who cracked the case finally has his moment with Penton... 
"Sweet stopped him by holding up his hand. "You misunderstand," he said, his tone matter-of-fact. "We didn't come here to talk to you about whether or not you did it; we know you did it. We just wanted to meet you before we bring you back to Texas and kill you."
All the feelings I experienced at that one moment were overwhelming - pride, relief, appreciation, and much much more.  

I feel strongly enough that this book should be shared, I'm going to giveaway a Kindle e-copy to one lucky winner. Simply fill out this Rafflecopter form below to enter and I'll draw the winner in a few days time.  Best of luck! 

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