Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted Bundy, her sensitive coworker on a crisis hotline, was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He would confess to killing at least thirty-six young women from coast to coast, and was eventually executed for three of those cases. Drawing from their correspondence that endured until shortly before Bundy's death, and striking a seamless balance between her deeply personal perspective and her role as a crime reporter on the hunt for a savage serial killer -- the brilliant and charismatic Bundy, the man she thought she knew -- Rule changed the course of true-crime literature with this unforgettable chronicle.
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Well written and beyond fascinating. I encountered several typos along the way which didn’t take anything away from the experience. I just found it to be somewhat unusual.
One more chapter
Not only is Ann Rule a great writer, her book is one of a kind as she was a friend of Ted Bundy, the serial killer. Great read, and I found myself finishing a chapter and promising, “Okay, just one more chapter.” Again and again.
The Stranger Beside Me
During the time Ted Bundy was committing his horrific crimes, I was about the same age as his victims of choice. Although I've had a life-long interest in true crime, this case touched me the most. Ms. Rule's in depth descriptions of the victims and their families, which are often rarely mentioned, were sensitive and very moving. I never met Ted Bundy (thank God) but Ms. Rule's writing allowed me to consider how sad and confusing it must have been to have cared for and trusted some only to discover the awful acts of which the "other" half this person was capable. I will continue to read her books.