Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer

Short and SweetGosnell suffers from poor and overly emotional writing, severe biases, poor pacing, and huge swaths of irrelevant information. Wikipedia is as effective without the bullshit. This is not the true crime novel to pick up if you’d like to learn anything extra about the case. Please don’t waste your time.

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Nothing to Envy – Barbara Demick

Short & Sweet: Nothing to Envy is a surreal peek behind the curtain of the lives of six North Korean defectors and their families. Rather than a dry report of the crimes behind the regime, this novel discusses the day-to-day of ordinary citizens, and the trials they face. An absolute staple for any reader interested in North Korea.

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The Devil Crept In – Ania Ahlborn

Short & Sweet: Aside from bloated exposition within the first half, The Devil Crept In is an enchanting horror read that relishes its presence in the darkness, refusing to answer all the questions you will inevitably have, even at the end. This is a story of terrible things seen – or unseen – and why denial can be the worst horror of them all.

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The Family Plot – Cherie Priest

Short & Sweet: The Family Plot is a ghost story better told over the crackle of a campfire, rather than slotted with other novels of its genre. The background of the haunting is terribly cliché, with slow-moving story progression; coupled with the rich characterization and well-painted environment, makes this better suited as a quick read during hot summer nights.

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