REVIEW: On the Farm by Stevie Cameron

It’s taken me a while to get through this one, not because it has over 700 pages, but because there aren’t enough hours in the day! And most certainly not because I wanted to put it down!!!  This would have to be one of the best true crime books I’ve read yet.

On the Farm — Stevie Cameron (Click link to buy kindle version)

IMG_5904If you’re like me and not too familiar with the serial killers in Canada, then I suggest that you make this book your first. Robert William Pickton is one of three sibling born in western canada.  He admitted to killing 49 prostitutes, saying he was trying to get to 50.

What I really loved about this book is it’s thoroughness of in her investigation of all of those who were involved in the case. Right from the start of the missing woman, the start of the investigation task force, the trial, and the verdict.

I’ve seen other reviews that complained about the detail the author goes into with the victims. Also of those such as the police and other criminal justice professionals. But I loved it. Too often are we told all the details of the offender and sometimes that can be seen as disrespectful to victims. This book almost focuses on the victims a fair bit more than the offender I believe, and there are many. We learn who they are as people; where they grew up, their struggles, and their families. It’s heartbreaking because only some of the victims didn’t have families that noticed their disappearnace and report them missing. There’s only a few sentences about those ones.

It’s more heartbreaking when you read the heartbreak of their families, who remind us that these women, whether you agree with their lifestyle or not, were human. They were loved and missed, and in many instances they had children who continue to love and miss them.  What’s equally sad is that when they were reported, the police didn’t acknowledge them, and as a result this went on for 30 odd years.  That’s a long time, and as a result a lot of woman went missing and murdered.

It was great to read about the police, detectives, and lawyers who were also involved. Read about the politics and hardships that they face. Even though there were mistake made by them, you can’t imagine the incredible difficulties that the criminal justice system have, and how single officers or detectives don’t have the luxuries of taking things upon themselves, they have to follow the system. It doesn’t make this story any less tragic, but I see the difficulties they face. Admittedly, there were people in the book I didn’t take to. And if you choose to read this, you might agree.

Overall, this book was wonderful. It didn’t drag for me, I really appreciated and enjoyed the thorough description of those people this tragedy touched, as well as a look at the offender, his life, and his family. I was disappointed with the trial in that it wasn’t the outcome I wanted for the families, some of them haven’t received their justice and it’s really very heartbreaking, some of those women weren’t even found, or only DNA or tiny parts of them found. You can’t begin to imagine what they went through or their families. Stevie does an excellent job of making us notice the victims. Feel for the victims. It’s the victims that deserve to have their story told and she doesn’t this wonderfully.

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Happy reading

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Books, glorious books

So in the last week, along with that post I did the other day about the wonderful church book sale I scored at, I purchased these beauties as well

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So that’s 49 books last week 🙂 Ahhhh how satisfying is that!

This morning I made a few book depository purchases

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Liar Liar is a pre-order. Looking forward that that lot showing up then that collection will be complete! One day I’ll read them, lol.

Happy reading

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Church book sale

I LOVE going to this one because the books are super cheap! 50c each! I went prepared with my book cart in the boot and book shopped till I dropped, or until I’d gone through every book 😂 

Before I pay, I go through my stash to check for doubles and then I pay. 

‘This’ll keep you busy for a while’ the little elderly volunteer says to me with a laugh. 

‘Oh, no,’ says me ‘I don’t read them I’m saving them for a rainy day.’ Cue bewildered look 😂

   
 
Happy reading 

Nat 📚

A True Crime Ebook cheapie

I’ve noticed this little gem is going cheap at the moment. If you haven’t got it on your ebook reading device, whatever that may be, then you’d better grab it today before time runs out!

Happy buying and then reading, lol.

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Ann Rule meets Harlan Coben in a chilling true-life thriller!

DEATH TRAP

By M. William Phelps
“A chilling tale of a sociopathic wife and mother. . .compelling!” -Bestselling author Harry MacLean
“Eye-opening… Phelps’s writing reads like a mystery novel.” -Suspense Magazine
“One of America’s finest true-crime writers.” -Vincent Bugliosi
“Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers.” -Allison Brennan
Today’s Bargain Price: $2.20

Everyday Price: $6.99
Categories: Bestsellers; Thrillers
Via bookgorilla

My Facebook page

After some thought, I’ve decided to have a little giveaway once my Facebook page gets to 300 likes. I’m thinking a gift of a few ebooks. I will reveal how many and titles when I’ve decided on them in the coming weeks… I like adding a little suspense, lol.

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So here’s the link to enter, and if you could share on your blogs/Facebook pages that would be great! Thanks so much

Enter clicking the link below or by visiting my facebook page and the competitions tab

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy reading and entering

Nat 📚

http://www.facebook.com/anaussiebookworm

Feeling left out?

Now, like so many other people out on the world wide web, I enjoy memes/quotes. Memes/quotes of all sorts, funny ones, serious ones, cartoon ones, and ones about books… But what I notice about book ones, is that they involve cats (not really a cat fan, don’t judge me), tea, or coffee. I don’t drink them!

So I can’t curl up with a book and drink a coffee, because quite frankly that’s gross. So what does one do when they can’t find one that related to them? They create one.

Now, I do drink a hot chocolate with foam so it looks like a cappachino, and underneath that froth are two marshmellows. One pink, and one white. Yum! Now I can relate to a book quote, lol.

Drink up!!!!!

book hot chocolate

Happy reading and drinking!

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Today’s little morning errand…

First stop was a massage, second stop to see my friend Darryl who happens to have a bookshop! 😂😂

He’s not really my friend but the three times I’ve been there now I’ve brought lots of books! 

  
He just got a shipment of 5,000 books Tuesday. There were boxes and boxes and boxes and I was making my way through as many as I could in the time I had! I’m desperate to go back lol. Next week, I’ll give him time to unpack 😂👊🏼📚

Happy reading or buying 

Nat 📚

When you just want to read

If only we were able to stay awake longer, or there was more hours in the day! I’m getting towards the end of On the Farm by Stevie Cameron and enthralled. It’s 1:30am for me and I keep trying to negotiate ‘just one more chapter’… But I’ve got assignments to do tomorrow 😝😕

Ugh, the struggles of the studying reader 😁 on a brighter note I bought books today 😉📚

  
Happy reading

Nat 📚

REVIEW: Ted and Ann — By Rebecca Morris

So earlier this year I took the brave plunge and tried Audible.com. I say brave because, firstly I was resistant to trying ebooks (which I have now grown to be very fond of) and I was resistant to trying this method of book deliverance. However, if you’ve read my review on the first ebook I listened to, then you’ll know that I very much enjoyed this method of ‘listening’ to a book, despite the hiccup I had with the second one.

But I jumped right back on the horse and I wasn’t let down this time. Previously, the book I listened to before this, the narrator was too distracting for my liking. Not so this time.

Ted and Ann – By Rebecca Morris (purchase here)

If you’re a true crime fan, and I mean that in the least creepiest sense I can, lol, then you’ll be familiar with Theodore Robert Bundy AKA Ted Bundy. Convicted of killing 19 women in the 1970’s on the west coast of the US, he was and still is one the most written about and read about serial killers. They fascinate us, and we often find ourselves asking why?

51Yg8ovNFXL._SL300_I have to say, that I have noticed other comments on the book from those who read the ebook version, saying that they were frustrated by the grammatical errors of the ebook, however i didn’t notice any because I was listening to the book instead of reading.

And… I was impressed. There were things written about that I wasn’t familiar with, things I didn’t know about Ted or about the young child he has and still is suspected of killing, 9 yr old Ann-Marie Burr. Such a sad situation for the young child and her family and friends. You can only imagine how difficult it must have been to go almost 50 years and never know what happened to your child or be able to put her to rest.

I particularly loved the 13th chapter, being a psychology and criminology major, it was nice to hear the talk or personality disorder and psychopathology. It was also not too much for the layperson to have difficulty understanding.

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Happy reading

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