Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Murder of Meredith Kercher

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake; 1st edition (April 1, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 184454902X
  • Author: Gary C. King
  • Cover Art: I like it, I like the picture of Meredith they found very pretty.
  • Over all rating: **** out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: My personal book shelf.

The Murder of Meredith Kercher by Gary C. King
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

Meredith's flatmate Amanda Knox, an American also studying in Italy, initially gave evidence that implicated Patrick Lumumba, the owner of a local bar, and he was arrested. However Know changed her story - claiming her memory had been affected by smoking cannabis - and another man, local drifter Rudy Guede, was arrested, charged with murder and, after a 'fast track' trial, found guilty. But the story didn't end with Guede's conviction. What was Amanda Knox's role on the night of the murder? Prosecutors suspected that Guede, Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito had killed Meredith in a perverted sexual game that went too far. With allegations of inaccurate forensic evidence, police brutality, blackmail and even devil-worship, the trial was destined to be a long and complex affair. Top true-crime author Gary C King presents the whole story behind the real-life courtroom drama that has made headlines around the world. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I have followed this case from the beginning and have read now 4 books on the case. What I liked about this book was how evenly balanced it was. King showed the evidence and showed the arguments that both sides used in connection with the evidence.
He was also very tactful in how he described the murder scene, which is very comendable due to the brutal nature of the killing. He also showed what the Italian, British and American press was saying and releasing during the trial and the time leading up to the trials.
I also really liked the emphasis he put on Meredith herself and how she was during her life, not just the way she died. 
The way this book was written, it was difficult to tell what the author's personal thoughts on the case were, which is good, in reality the authors bias and thoughts have nothing to do with the facts of the case, and I really liked how he wasn't afraid to show all the evidence and all the "issues" with the case.
If you are interested in knowing more about this case, I would recommend that you give this book a try.

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