Today have the chilling pleasure of sharing my review for Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer by Stephan G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth as part of the Mirror Books big tour. I have to say a big thank you for the invitation and copy of the book.
About the book
The book behind the sensational Netflix seriesThe Ted Bundy Tapes.
Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killerwas born out of more than 150 hours of exclusive interview footage with Bundy himself, recorded on death row before his execution in a Florida electric chair.
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 Ted Bundy in his own words.
Im sat here after reading this book and I have absolutely no clue where the heck to begin. I feel like I’m probably the only person to not have watched the Netflix series but I alway feel you get so much more from a book so I’m pleased I’ve chose to read it first.
I’ve always loved true crime and over the years, probably since having children, I’ve noticed I don’t read as much about it as I’d like to but reading about Ted Bundy has really chilled me but I was absolutely fascinated from start to finish.
I mean this wasn’t an easy read, not in the slightest. It’s absolutely chilling and I lost count of how many times I got a shiver while reading but this book really opened my eyes to the man he was.
Everyone knows who Ted Bundy is, heck even my kids have heard of him. He’s known for killing at least 30 young women and you’d be forgiven for thinking he was a deranged and unintelligent person, I mean who in their right mind could commit these crimes. You’d be forgiven for thinking he must have had a bad upbringing, something in his childhood must have broken this man, made him the way he was but from reading this book you find out he was in fact a very intelligent man with a pretty much normal childhood.
I take my hat off to Michaud and Aynesworth with the patience they had with Bundy. They cleverly realise that the only way they can get anything from him is if he tells his story in the third person, giving us facts but not incriminating himself and although he still doesn’t tell the truth a lot of the time and skirts round certain questions it’s absolutely fascinating and incredibly scary.
The book follows the order of events which the interviews take place and are dated which I liked, it was almost like I was there in the room with them. At times I got so engrossed in reading it almost felt claustrophobic and I had to set the book down and come back but it’s also an addictive read and one I didn’t want to put down.
I can’t say this is an enjoyable read given the subject (that really would be the wrong word to use) but it’s a blooming good read. It’s chilling, fascinating, quite addictive and it’s probably a book I could read again, there’s so much to take in I’d probably I think I’d learn more by reading it a second time which I will do in the future.
Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer will definitely be recommended by me, it’s a five star read.
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