The Serial Killer Whisperer Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews

A highly disturbing, in-depth look at notorious serial killers.

Investigative journalist Earley (Comrade J, 2008, etc.) documents Ciaglia’s intensive interplay with a brilliant combination of scrutiny and unobtrusive narration, allowing the verbatim letters to do the book’s grisly spadework. The letters incrementally ramp up to reveal the killers’ shockingly intimate secrets, including stories of their traumatic childhoods, admitted details on abandoned case files, specific directions to shallow graves and the grotesquely detailed procedurals of a kill.

Earley documents Ciaglia’s intensive interplay with a brilliant combination of scrutiny and unobtrusive narration, allowing the verbatim letters to do the book’s grisly spadework.

Ciaglia’s involvement with these killers, many of whom were sympathetic to his plight, escalated to penitentiary visits, the attempted exhumation of unrecovered remains and, finally, assistance with police investigators working on cold cases. Definitely not for the faint of heart, this as a macabre, stomach-turning glimpse at true crime’s most evil villains.

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New York Journal of Books

From Reviewer and Psychotherapist Laura Schulz

Earley resists the temptation to either moralize or sensationalize the killers or tout himself as an armchair psychologist. Without commentary on the brutality of the heinous crimes committed, the story speaks for itself. In brilliant journalistic fashion, the author recounts the horrific details and brutality of the crimes with complete objectivity. Each excerpt and word appears to have been carefully considered to accurately depict the tale of interwoven lives and the methodology that develops a complex criminal puzzle and follows it through to its completion.

There are many aspects of The Serial Killer Whisperer that make it unique in the true crime genre and as a biography. Author Pete Earley is a talented conduit of this true portrayal of an unlikely and unconventional kinship between lost souls and the frailties of the human psyche.

The Serial Killer Whisperer is definitely not for the faint of heart. But readers who are fascinated with this subject matter, particularly true crime aficionados, will be mesmerized by the contents and implications of this book. In the end, many will still be unbearably moved by the grisly nature of the murders and the magnitude of cruelty that comprises the lethal nature of a serial killer. But no one can soon forget the characters in this honest, true crime portrayal.

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USA Today

Real Man Gear 22: The Serial Killer Whisperer

A troubled teen caught between reality and insanity begins writing to jailed serial killers and begins to form friendships that lead him down the road of no return. Throughout the development of their relationship they begin to confide in him and reveal more about the horrific crimes they committed. If you’re into reading sick and twisted novels, than you shouldn’t miss out on this book because it is definitely for you.

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Werd

The Serial Killer Whisperer

We’ll recommend this book in as few words as possible: Brain-injured outcast teen begins writing to jailed serial killers and develops trusting friendships, then the killers confess more crimes to him. Sounds good? NBC bought the script rights to this one.

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