March 1, 2015

Review: Till Death Do Us Part by JJ Slate

Title: Till Death Do Us Part
Author: JJ Slate
Genre: True Crime 
Publisher: RJ Parker Publishing
Release Date: February 28, 2015
Source: Self Purchase
Reviewed by: Kat

Book Summary

Studies have shown that marriages typically thrive the most in the months after the wedding, a period known as "the honeymoon period." Not these marriages.
Spousal murder is never acceptable, but newlywed murder seems to be on a completely different level. It is unconscionable to think someone could stand in front of his family and friends, pledging to honor and cherish another person for the rest of his life, and then kill his spouse in cold blood just months, weeks, or even days later. It happens more than you'd think—and, contrary to popular belief, it's not always the husband who acts as the aggressor.

In her third true crime book, bestselling author JJ Slate examines more than twenty true stories of newlywed murders, delving into the past of the victims and aggressors, searching for answers to the question everyone is asking: How does this sort of thing happen? These shocking cases of betrayal and murder might just make you think differently about those five sacred words, "till death do us part."  

My Thoughts

Its astonishing how often this happens. And sadly, I get the impression this book just gives us a hint as to how often it really does happen. 

The cases chosen for this collection are diverse, well-researched and extremely compelling. Be prepared for an all-nighter my fellow crime buffs. In this book, you'll see cases where both men and women are the perpetrators; where a history of violence was visible, and some not; and where the couple were married for a very short time - as little as 4 days - when the murder took place, while others were almost a year. Some cases had the most intriguing circumstances surrounding the murders that they left me dumbfounded and speechless. Most have a resolution, however, there are a sad few where the victims families are still looking for answers. 

Well-written and commonsensical, this collection is a fabulous read for anyone - whether a true crime fan or not. In many of these cases, the warning signs are there before the couples got married. At the end of the book the author includes a list of these warning signs of domestic violence and where you can go for help. If you or a friend are in a situation like this, please seek help. Marriage will never make your situation better. 

*In the spirit of full disclosure, I will let you know that I designed the coverart for this book. 

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