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Rotten, and NOT Great on Kindle!
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2019
I was bamboozled into buying this crummy book by the lure of a discount. What a waste of time and money. It's so repulsive that I removed it from my kindle. To readers who might be similarly tempted, be forewarned: it's just another trashy blame-the-victim extravaganza. The book is told, sympathetically, from the point of view of Candy Montgomery, who hacked Betty Gore to death with an axe, forty-one times. At the trial she pleaded self-defense, and the most soulless jury on the planet bought it.
Needless to say, we're never going to get Betty's version of what happened (I have a feeling that it would have been quite different from Candy's version); and apparently, that's just fine with the authors.
Where is the compassion for the victim of this tragedy? There is none. As Dominick Dunne pointed out, in every murder trial the victim is put on trial. The defense has to make the victim as unsympathetic as possible, implying that he/she deserved to be killed. The authors seem to think that it was okay to take Betty's life because 1) she was a hypochondriac, and 2) she whined a lot.
Okay, so she whined a lot. She still didn't deserve to be hacked into a bloody pulp. And the authors only briefly mention the fact that Betty seemed to have turned a corner in her attitude toward others, and become more openly giving.
And as if her losing her life wasn't enough, Betty's jerk husband wonders if he ever really loved her.
What an act of supreme selfishness, on the part of the husband and the authors! They blithely ignore the horrible pain such a remark would cause the only two completely innocent people in the book: Betty's daughters.Their mother was brutally and suddenly taken from them when they were very young - one was a baby, who never knew her mother- and they weren't even allowed to have the consolation that their father loved their mother.
This is a lousy book. The editors of Amazon should be ashamed of themselves for promoting it.