The stated point of the book, to understand the nature of love and how relationships can go up in flames, is not focused on. There is little reflection about this. There are some touching descriptions of Sabine, and you are able to get a sense of the striking and lovely woman she was. With that said, the narrator lacks self awareness as he inserts himself into the lives of Sabine’s grieving loved ones and makes a fool of his girlfriend. He tells his relationship story along with that of Sabine, and the connection between the 2 and value this offers does not come through.
If you want to hear the story of Sabine, watch a documentary of her. If you want to understand the intricacies of connections that appear loving but ultimately end in murder and strife, look somewhere else. If you want to read a memoir by a writer in an MFA program finding a story that moves him, you can find it here.
Not really what I was expecting. Not really what I would expect from a true crime book. Also, Joe Barrett's raspy voice is grating. Listen to the sample and tell me if you could bare that for eight hours. I couldn't.
It was ok, not great. I love true crime, this just didn't hold my attention.
just simply was not my type of book.
Too much superfluous details . Hard to follow the story line . BORING ! The narrator voice was monotone