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The Stranger Beside Me
The Stranger Beside Me | Ann Rule
Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted Bundy, her sensitive coworker on a crisis hotline, was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He would confess to killing at least thirty-six young women from coast to coast, and was eventually executed for three of those cases.Drawing from their correspondence that endured until shortly before Bundy's death, and striking a seamless balance between her deeply personal perspective and her role as a crime reporter on the hunt for a savage serial killer -- the brilliant and charismatic Bundy, the man she thought she knew -- Rule changed the course of true-crime literature with this unforgettable chronicle.
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Librariana
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I've fallen slightly behind on my #weeklyforecast predictions, but I hope to get back into the swing of things and be a more active participant since I so enjoy @Cinfhen's brilliant sharing idea ?

Over the next couple of days I hope to:
? Make more progress with my two audiobooks
? Read 10 poems in "Ink Knows No Borders"; make progress in the Wiking "Hygge" book; finish "Best Friends"; and begin "Landline" for #ReadWithMrBook

Chab256 I remember loving Landline!! 4d
Librariana @Chab256 - Yay! It's been on my TBR far too long! Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors and I tend to hoard her books... save them for a rainy day, I guess? Either that or it's a fear of not having that special, first-time-reading feeling 🤷‍♀️ 4d
Centique That‘s such a pretty graphic you‘ve made! 😍 4d
Librariana Thank you, @Centique! 😊 I always have fun editing images on the PicCollage app. I make my own backgrounds and then build little collages around them. 4d
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Twainy
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🎧 this was a super creepy book!! If Ted Bundy wasn‘t guilty then he shoulda been. Was this woman insane! Great scary gross true crime book! Recommend if you‘re an adult with a cast iron stomach! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

lele1432 I have a true crime itch I need to scratch soon! 2w
Twainy @lele1432 the audiobook was really very good. The story is creepy. It goes into great depth. You get a feel for what & how he thought. 2w
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Chilling yet riveting read about Ann Rule‘s friendship with serial killer, Ted Bundy. I thought the author did a great job of not sensationalising the murders & the victims were not reduced to bit parts in Bundy‘s story. Well worth reading. 4🌟

#ImpulseRead. #wintergames. #teamfozziwig

@BarkingMadRun @Clwojick @StayCurious

Hestapleton Ann Rule is so respectful in her crime writing. Occasionally dated in her language, you can always tell how much the victims mean to her and how much she wants to honor their life story and not sensationalize their death. GREEN RIVER RUNNING READ (on the Green River Killer) has such a high victim count and Rule tells the story of every named victim and what we know about the Jane Does (easily around 30-50 people). She rocks. 3w
BarkingMadRun ❄️❄️❄️ 3w
OutsmartYourShelf @Hestapleton I must put that one on my TBR list too. 3w
Cathythoughts Good book 👍🏻 3w
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kylienoele
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Working on this one! Fun fact: my childhood home is in Starke, FL. We lived only 2 miles from Florida State Prison 😅

FlowerFairy I work in Gainesville and have driven past the prison in Starke uncountable times. I remember all when he was executed there. 2mo
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vivastory
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My favorite true crime headline of the year was when Netflix took to social media & implored people to stop talking about how attractive they found Bundy.
#BeautifulStranger #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Oh God!! Real life is crazier than fiction 2mo
britt_brooke 🙈 2mo
Kimberlone I also enjoyed Penn Badgley‘s responses to people calling his character in You hot (edited) 2mo
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Hooked_on_books Oh my gosh, seriously?!? People are warped. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly EWWWWW! 2mo
vivastory @Kimberlone I just googled it. Amusing & disturbing, too. 😬😂 Happy early birthday BTW 🎉🎂 📚 2mo
Kimberlone @vivastory thank you! And yes, very hilarious 2mo
emilyhaldi Lol ok but if you saw his picture and didn't know who he was... He's handsome, no?! It's a free country, Netflix!!! (I know my girl @Meredith3 would agree with me 😉) 2mo
Meredith3 @emilyhaldi they can‘t tell me who I can say is hot or not, that is crazy! I agree with you, Em 🖤 2mo
Suet624 @emilyhaldi I agree. And it‘s important to remember not to fall for good looking guys. 😀 2mo
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kylienoele
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@aschermetz Sent me a great Halloween package, but I left town on vacation as soon as it was delivered 😂 I love it though!! I‘m starting The Stranger beside me right now!!

Bklover That is such a good book! 2mo
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teebe
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Started this over the weekend. Although I like true crime, I‘ve never actually read any Ann Rule. #currentlyreading

Cathythoughts I thought this one was excellent 3mo
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TheReadingNurse
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My Halloween read 👹💀👻🧛🏽‍♀️🧟‍♀️🎃

Linsy Great pic! 🎃 3mo
Cathythoughts Loved this book 3mo
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Nerdfins
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Having some tea with Ted. #tea #truecrime

Sace I love that mug! Ted Bundy... Not so much 🤣 3mo
Nerdfins @RestlessFickleBookHoarder I never said my company was pleasant. 😂 Also this is one of my favorite mugs. I got it at the TRex restaurant gift shop in Disney Springs. 3mo
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Nerdfins
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Hiding with Ted in a corner of the call center for my break. Go away, coworkers!

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Nerdfins
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Now that I got my gothic itch scratched by reading The Castle of Ortanto, it‘s back to reading about this douchebag. #tea #truecrime

Cathythoughts Good book 📕👍🏻 4mo
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Heatherfeather
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Pickpick

Really good and just.... absolutely incredible this particular woman got to write this particular story. The afterword was the best part and I can't imagine this book ever coming out without it? (The book was also really long.)

Cathythoughts Really good book 👍🏻 4mo
bookaholic1 Great book, by the best true crime writer there will ever be 4mo
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Librarybelle
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arlenefinnigan Good choice! 4mo
LeahBergen Eeek! 4mo
Cathythoughts Loved it 👍🏻 4mo
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Karkar
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Started this one on audio today. Wanted to start me creepy reading early this year!!!

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Heatherfeather
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Omg you guys. I've been MIA here because I've been reading soooo slowly. I started a lettering/calligraphy business and it's eating up so much time! Anyway, here's me #audiowalking my dog, Lexi.

LauraJ So cuddly! 4mo
Tamra Cutie! 4mo
Heatherfeather @LauraJ and sheddy! 😜 4mo
Heatherfeather @Tamra that she is 😁 4mo
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nicpears

Although it took me forever to get through I enjoyed it. I listened to a podcast recently that discussed people's empathy towards serial killers and this book was an example of that. Ann held out her belief in his innocence for as long as she could but even when she finally came to terms with his guilt she empathized with him.

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Lizpixie
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#AyUpAugust #Day7 #Perfect Still catching up on challenges, it‘s Ay Ups turn tonight. Everyone thought the lovely blonde man working at the crisis centre, counseling suicidal people & rape victims, was a perfect gentleman. Turned out the perfect man was actually Ted Bundy, one of the worst serial killers in America, confessing to 30 murders but suspected of far more. Just goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover!😈

Cathythoughts So well written 👍🏻♥️only read recently & I thought it was excellent 5mo
Suet624 I can‘t imagine being in that situation. 5mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve read two Rule books and really enjoyed them - stacked! 5mo
Cinfhen I was totally captivated by this reporting ~ so good!! 5mo
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BottledUpYakima
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I‘ve been reading this since January. Idk why it‘s taking me so long to get through this book, but here we are. #currentlyreading #annrule #truecrime

DivineDiana 😻 5mo
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Librarybelle
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I fully admit my #heartbeat raced a bit while reading this nonfiction look at Ted Bundy. If you didn‘t realize it, Ann Rule knew Bundy, so her insights into her personal relationship with him are documented here. #LilithJuly

KarenUK Sounds fascinating... 🙀🙀🙀 6mo
Crazeedi I thought it was a good book! 6mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 😮 I didn‘t know that! Eek! 6mo
Cinfhen This was a great read ~ one of the best true crime investigative reports ever written. 6mo
CouronneDhiver Yikes! 6mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
Pickpick

Finally finished this one! Wow, this was really good although of course upsetting at times. Ann Rule did a really good job.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Sunday afternoon chill while waiting hungrily for our meat being barbecued.

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Basement_Bookcase
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this one but I would recommend that if you read this edition from 2009 you skip “The Final Chapter-2008” and come back to it once you‘ve read the rest of the book. This chapter is an update from Ann in 2008 but they put it as the first chapter which I think is really odd. Reading it first made me really uncomfortable with how Rule talks about Bundy and it almost ruined the book for me reading it first. So save it till the end.

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Basement_Bookcase
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About 400 pages in and still very interesting. It‘s hard reading this picture of Bundy though. Rule doesn‘t downplay his crimes or make them seem less horrible but the picture she does present is very human and it‘s hard to reconcile the monster and the man. I can‘t imagine how hard this book must of been for her to write.

Cathythoughts I just read it recently... she writes very well ... 6mo
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Basement_Bookcase
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It‘s really interesting reading this book in 2019, with all of the Ted Bundy shows that have come out recently. And also living in Seattle and going to UW. I hope that connection is the closes I ever get to go serial killer. But I‘m enjoying this book so far and am excited to keep reading. I‘m about 120 pages in and it‘s nearly 550

ladym30 This book was scary! 7mo
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EeM1019
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From my TBR stack...

A Stranger Beside Me solidifies the reason why Ann Rule is queen 👑 of cult crime classics.

Ann so eloquently and articulately describes the waste of sheer life in both Bundy and his victims. You can relate to Ann's angst during the slow but steady unraveling realization that her friend is not the person she thought him to be while her reality is forever shattered. Her victim portrayal is what makes this book a stand out.

Librarybelle Great review! This was a good book! 7mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! Great review!! I read it recently & thought it very good 7mo
Crazeedi It was definitely a good read, nice stack! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great stack!!! 7mo
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Cathythoughts
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Pickpick

A fascinating & terrifying psychological study & so well written. AND , I‘m very happy to move on to another book now.
The above quote is from the beginning of the book FAQ and Ann Rules response .....

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s scary right there! 7mo
Tamra Dogs can‘t lie. 😏 7mo
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Cathythoughts @Tamra I know 🐕 ♥️they pick up on energy.... our faithful friends (edited) 7mo
LeahBergen Eeeek! 7mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen oh man , that was one long Eeeek.! .... what a story ! Truth is stranger than fiction for sure (edited) 7mo
Centique Have you watched the Netflix shows about him yet? I‘m planning to watch the fictionalised one soon. 7mo
Cathythoughts @Centique we don‘t have Netflix Paula, but we keep saying we must get it soon .... That show sounds interesting 👍🏻 7mo
Centique @Cathythoughts our mobile companies give Netflix for free as part of our contract - a nice freebie! 7mo
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sophierayton
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I think the author is brave to offer this perspective and this book. I think sometimes we de-humanise people who commit such evil acts and name them 'monster' in an effort to detatch the race we belong to, to them. While this is understandable, it's not doing the problem any favours. This book is a step towards healing the bridge between 'us' and 'them' which will hopefully help prevent such atrocities in the future.

Reviewsbylola I completely agree! Such an interesting and unique perspective. And it‘s wild that she signed the contract for this book before they even knew Bundy was the culprit! 7mo
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Cathythoughts
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Out for the night to see a play: Evening Train , a musical based on Mick Flannery‘s album Evening Train.
.... and a break from Ted Bundy 😳. Good book though ( tagged)

TrishB Enjoy 😘 7mo
squirrelbrain Have a great time! 7mo
LeahBergen That sounds like fun (and yeah, a Bundy break is a good idea 😆). 7mo
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eanderson Enjoy! I need to read this! 7mo
Tamra Lucky you! 😁 7mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB @squirrelbrain @LeahBergen @eanderson @tamra book is good 👍🏻 ... and watch out for this play first shown this week in a Cork. I think it will be on Broadway ♥️it‘s that good 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Fun time! Enjoy! 7mo
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Cathythoughts
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Next up 😳.. The Stranger Beside Me. For #ReadingEnvySummerReading challenge #somethingtrue , at least I think it is up next - depending on how scary this is ...

LeahBergen I read this years ago (in my ‘true crime obsessed‘ stage 😆). It‘s very well done! 7mo
JacqMac I kept looking over my shoulder while I read it. It‘s very good. 7mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I‘ll see how I go , I was to scared to start it last night. But it‘s morning now .. 🤞🏻😱 7mo
Cathythoughts @JacqMac oh stop !! That‘s what I‘ll be doing too I‘d say 😱 7mo
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cookreadsleep
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I was surprised by how much i “enjoyed” this book. Obviously it‘s not a fun read, but Rule does a fantastic job of bringing you into the story. I met each victim in her final moments in addition to meeting the Ted who knew how to present in society. That‘s why Bundy scares me - anyone could turn out to be someone like that. This book is long and dense, so be prepared for quite a journey, including several endings.

Hestapleton Rule is such a great writer and so respectful to the victims. I really love her work. 7mo
cookreadsleep I‘ll be reading more of her work, for sure 7mo
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cookreadsleep

“He seemed to consider himself irrefrangible.

Irrefrangible means “not to be broken or violated.”

Learned a new word today.

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originalembot
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Light reading whilst on a sleep shift at work.

#tedbundy #annrule #truecrime #lightreading

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StellaDz
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Pickpick

Bundy has always fascinated me. He was a true chameleon that conducted a reign of terror completely unmatched (at the time). Rule‘s perspective is something that a fiction writer could not create: friends with the killer, and unknowingly writing a book about his crimes. It was a captivating and terrifying story.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Look what the library had for me - after I requested it in October, I think!

I'm going through a tough time. Sitting down with my tea for a few minutes before I have to get up and keep going, not to mention pretend....

RatherTooFondofBooks I‘m sorry that you‘re going through a tough time. I hope your book gives you a bit of an escape for a while. 8mo
Freespirit Hope things get better for you🌷 8mo
JennyM Sending you good wishes and hugs 🤗 8mo
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cobwebmoth *hugs* 8mo
BarbaraJean Praying for you, friend! 8mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean thank you. I need it so badly! 8mo
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StellaDz
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There were many actors in the trial of Bundy, but it is the judge that sticks with me. He was a character but came across as very upstanding and true to his role. His quote here during sentencing has always stuck with me. It‘s very poignant. I think it outlines the dichotomy in Bundy that many people have trouble reconciling. #currentlyreading

laurenslibrary Just finished this one and couldn't agree more! Ted Bundy was a monster, but he had the potential to be someone good and successful. I think the judge saw that in him. I wonder if there was some sort of intervention during his childhood if Bundy could have learned to control his sociopathic tendencies or if this was always his destiny. 8mo
StellaDz @laurenslibrary it‘s an interesting thought! Was there a point at which he could have been ‘saved‘ or was it unavoidable. 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl @laurenslibrary @StellaDz it always just kind of leads us back to that unanswerable question: Nurture or Nature? 8mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl very true. Rule made a point when discussing his sentence of the death penalty that it was a waste. If he was institutionalized, would scientists and doctors found out more about the antisocial personality disorder? He was a unique case at the time in his actions, and probably still one of the worst serial killers. Although, as years go on, more pop up... 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl Waaay too many! 8mo
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StellaDz
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‘Add one digit to that and you‘ll have it.‘

The statements that were made by Bundy are equaling mind-boggling and disturbing as his actions. It seems that when he did decide to talk, it was still a game that he felt he was the greatest player in.

#currentlyreading

CoverToCoverGirl Manipulation was the name of “the game” for him! An interesting and well written account. Ann Rule certainly had a unique perspective: the good Ted as she knew him and the Ted the rest of the world came to know him as — evil. (edited) 8mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl he was a master manipulator. For lack of a better word, that‘s probably what made him so successful. It‘s hard for me to imagine how he was considered so charming, but evil, I can‘t even imagine what Rule was dealing with. 8mo
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StellaDz
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I will admit that reading about the Chi Omega Murders (despite already knowing about them) disturbed me a lot. I had trouble sleeping and had to put this one down for a bit. His reign of terror is nearing an end though. I‘m still flabbergasted. #currentlyreading

CoverToCoverGirl A well written story though. 8mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl it really is. I am enjoying it! No matter how slowly I must read it LOL 8mo
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allureofbeauty
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Ted Bundy has always been one of the serial killers that interests me the most and going into this I already knew most everything about Bundy‘s case but I‘d never read this book. And this book seemed to go on forever and ever. The parts that dragged were so boring maybe partly because of Rule‘s writing and also probably due to legal court proceedings.
#tedbundy #annrule #thestrangerbesideme #truecrime #theyearofhorrorbookclub

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ThrillerQueen

There is, within all imperfect mechanisms, a tendency to self destruct, as if the machine itself realizes that it is not functioning correctly.

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ThrillerQueen

Holding the reins of power was no fun when there was no one left to terrorize with that power.

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Mehso-so

Although well researched and well written; I could not enjoy, for want of a better word, this book. Despite Forewords and Afterwords I found Ann Rule infuriating, the book made me angry at her complicity in his affairs, her concern over his wellbeing and denial. As the mother of a daughter who could be any one of the innocent young ladies pictured above - my sympathies lie with them.

ThrillerQueen I'm still reading, but it's obvious that she had a hard time reconciling the man she knew with the man he turned out to be in the end. 8mo
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ThrillerQueen

Not even a television script could make it believable that a crime writer could sign a contract to write a book about a killer, and then have the suspect turn out to be her close friend. It wouldn‘t wash.

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ThrillerQueen

He smiled at me. He looked like he wanted me to help him and I was almost going to … until I noticed his eyes … they were very weird and they gave me the creeps. I began walking very rapidly away.

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ThrillerQueen

Every experienced homicide detective knows that if a case is not resolved within twenty-four hours, the chances of finding the killer diminish proportionately with the amount of time that passes. The trail grows colder and colder.

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ThrillerQueen

As I read about the politician that let Ted Bundy babysit his kids I wonder how neurotic those parents became afterwards. How would you react if you found out a serial killer was your babysitter? It would freak me right the f@%! out. I think I would question every decision I ever made as a parent from then on.

veritysalter I‘m reading this now. It‘s been on my TBR for so long. It is fascinating and appalling in equal measure. His charm and charisma must have been amazing; to fool so many people for so long and to be able to hide the monster within him from his public self. 8mo
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StellaDz
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I‘m in the mood where I pick up everything and take the longest to finish anything.

I‘ve watched The Bundy Tapes, I‘ve just watched the Efron movie, I love the movie The Riverman where Carey Elwes plays Bundy, and I‘ve studied this case in my schooling. I‘m just fascinated, and this new side (from a close friend duped) will be so interesting.

#currentlyreading

CoverToCoverGirl I recently read this.. my very first Ann Rule.. it‘s very good and IMO well written.. a chilling telling. 8mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl this‘ll be my first Ann Rule as well! I‘m very excited to see what this brings forward. 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl I remember when this was breaking news.. most of it was familiar to me but Ann‘s unique connection was a stunner to me and a few other details as well. 8mo
RainyDayReading One of Bundy‘s victims was abducted off the campus of the college I went to. If I remember right I think they named one of the gardens or one of the buildings after her. So weird to think about that I walked in many of the same places she did decades later. 8mo
StellaDz @RainyDayReading 😳 I can‘t even imagine. That would be so unnerving! 8mo
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ThrillerQueen
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Having trouble getting into my other book so I'm giving this a go. Me and my toast pillow will be reading about Ted Bundy if you need us!

Gennic I just finished this earlier this year! 8mo
Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy! 📖💙 8mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌺 8mo
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DebReads4fun Welcome to Litsy! 8mo
I_Like_Big_Books Welcome! 8mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 8mo
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EmilieGR
Pickpick

Not the best true crime book but I think about it all the time- written by a true crime writer who was duped by Ted bundy her friend- fascinating

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kelseynicburke
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Ann Rule and Ted Bundy were friends and coworkers at a Crisis hotline. At the same time, he was committing the murders that she was writing about. It‘s terrifying that someone so smart and educated about crime can still be unaware that a serial killer is working side by side with her and walking her to her car after work to ensure she is safe (because there‘s a killer on the loose ya know) 🥶 #younevercantell #maymoviemagic @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Cinfhen So true!!! #YouNeverCanTell !!!! This book was so good! 8mo
AmyG It‘s wild. Ted Bundy has lived in so many places that my family has lived....VT, MI, CO. Such a good book. 8mo
rohit-sawant 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 8mo
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Fridabird
Pickpick

My first Ann Rule book. Wasn't disappointed. Bundy terrifies the hell out of me. There were a few times through the book I needed to take a break, especially after reading the chi omega details.

SarahEllenReads In the middle of it right now! It‘s been a little slow at parts for me but generally I‘ve been enjoying it! 8mo
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