TED BUNDY – Conversations with a Killer

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The book behind the sensational Netflix series The Ted Bundy Tapes.

Now the subject of a major motion picture, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron

Bundy’s shocking eleventh-hour confessions to journalists Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth provide a horrifying insight into the twisted mind of America’s most notorious serial killer.

HE WAS A SADISTIC MONSTER.

A master manipulator.

His grisly killing spree left at least 30 innocent young women dead.

This is SUCH a topical read as – unless you’ve been living under a stone – you can’t have missed the massive online interest in Ted Bundy over the last 18 months. Between the Netflix series, newspaper articles and the controversial casting of heartthrob Zac Efron as the charismatic killer, he’s literally been everywhere. That’s why I was so excited to be contacted by Mel from Mirror books and asked to review the non-fiction book, revealing him in his own voice, I was totally IN…

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Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought-provoking, this is a totally unforgettable read, taking you to places you will never, ever forget. I loved the book by Anne Rule – The Stranger Beside Me – and this is a fantastic companion to Anne’s story.

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If I were to tell you that I was excited to receive this book it’d seriously be an understatement and I could not wait to dive in after enjoying the Netflix production so much. These writers have a real talent for grabbing you by the lapels and pulling you right into Ted’s story and I literally barely looked up until I’d turned the final page.

I’m a real true-crime junkie and Ted’s tale definitely filled the gap that Serial, S-Town and Making a Murderer have left in my life. I have always been intrigued by the ‘charismatic psychopath’ reputation that Bundy has always had and this book lets you meet him and decide for yourself what you think of him.  I really felt like I’d come to know him by the final page and although I’m firmly convinced that he was totally psychopathic, I am glad that I wasn’t one of the people who were manipulated and deceived by his abundant charm  I can’t wait to have a good chat with someone else who’s read this book so that we can mull over it together and talk about what a fantastic insight it is to a compelling and disturbing character.

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The fact that this is such a topical read also got me really excited as I thought about the fact that once I finished it, I had the movie to look forward to as I really can’t emphasise how much I loved this book.  I can’t wait to see how he comes across in the fictional representation as well as the Netflix show and I am really looking forward to comparing notes with my sister – another person who’s fascinated by Bundy’s story and his reign of terror. If you loved the Netflix series – you absolutely HAVE to read this book, it’s even better than the series.

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Ted Bundy is a character that is hard to forget – even though on a conscious level I know that he is an evil and disturbed man, I absolutely love the way that these questions coax him into revealing parts of himself we have never formerly had access to – and that in itself is totally fascinating to me.  I am a huge fan of  True crime and loved the way that Ted feels absolutely real in every way throughout these interviews – so much so that I almost feel like I am ‘hearing’ the book that I’m reading like  I’m there for the interviews myself– it really is so  skillfully written

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There is enough room for us to ask ourselves questions about who we believe and why that makes this book such an involving and ultimately rewarding experience.  I found myself genuinely being convinced to see things from a constantly shifting perspective as the writers bore me towards the conclusion and this was a rollercoaster ride that I definitely didn’t want to get off…

I’d like to thank the lovely Mel for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, it is always such a privilege to shout about books that I’ve really enjoyed reading – and I think that you can definitely tell from my review that this was both a compelling and fascinating read and one that I absolutely recommend for anyone who wants to get right to the heart of Bundy’s story and hear from the notorious killer himself.

Buy yourself a copy here

 

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