Fred & Rose by Howard Sounes
Published November 25, 2021
I don’t usually delve too deeply into true crime books, because let’s be honest, if you want to see how awful human beings can be to each other, you just need to turn on the news. But this seemed like a well respected book written about a truly awful but very high profile pair of serial killers. The book very factually, concisely and neatly sets out the known facts and unknown guesswork that tell the story of Fred & Rose West, their extended family, and their many victims. It’s a sad tale of damaged people but also highlights how many different elements came together to overlook what was happening and allow the murder spree to continue for such a long time. Awful, but a good book.