When it comes to books like this, I often find the subject matter fascinating from the outside looking in, but then I fail to connect with the actual details.
It’s hard for me to review this book because, objectively, I do believe it’s a good book that will be greatly appreciated by the right reader. I generally say that true crime is a hit or miss genre for me, although I am certain I lean more toward the miss side. It’s simply because of my reading preferences.
The author’s meticulous research is evident. This is quality writing and an important story. I’m happy Elon Green focused so much on the victims - who they were and how difficult things were for them during a time when homosexuality wasn’t well accepted. There are too many books that focus on serial killers while the victims remain nameless background players. These men deserved to have their stories told.
I just struggled to get through it all, as the content felt rather dry to me. Again, it’s a preference, and I imagine the right readers will find this utterly fascinating and unputdownable. Despite not feeling captivated, I did find it emotionally provocative and haunting at times.
I’m immensely grateful to Celadon Books for my review copy. All opinions are my own.