BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Lost Girls by Caitlin Rother

Lost Girls

by Caitlin Rother

Genre: True Crime

Book Description

The desperate search for two lost innocents, Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, led authorities to a brutal predator hiding in plain sight: John Albert Gardner, a convicted sex offender who could have been returned to prison several times over. Pulitzer-nominated writer Caitlin Rother delivers an incisive, heartbreaking true-life thriller about a case that galvanized its community, first by grief and goodwill, then by anger and injustice, as it came to grips with a flawed system that failed … and adopted a law that will forever change how we keep our children safe.


Lost Girls by Caitlin Rother
I can’t say I exactly enjoyed reading this book, because of its’ very content, but I definitely appreciate the exhaustive research and sheer amount of work the author put into telling all sides of the story.

Perhaps the first 180 pages of the book were all background on John Gardner, even going as far back as the psychological history of his grandparents. Some might feel that the author spent so much time on Gardner’s history to try to find some excuse for his crimes, but I have to disagree. This book was excellent at putting the reader into the mind of a killer, which, no matter what, we can never hope to truly understand.

It’s so interesting to me to learn that Gardner had so many failed attempts at taking psychotropic medication, especially given the fact that his own mother was a nurse. Not only that, but Gardner “slipped through the cracks” of the legal and medical system so many times. One can only help but wonder if he had been helped a little more somewhere along the way, would he still have killed Chelsea King and Amber Dubois?

I believe it was also important to tell how Gardner’s crimes not only affected himself and his victims, but to a wider extent, his own family, the victims’ families, and the community as a whole.

When tragedy strikes, it is human nature to want to assign blame quickly and somewhat haphazardly. But, more than anything, this book seems to prove that the mind of a murderer is not something we can hope to comprehend, and blame must lie solely in his hands.

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother has written or co-authored eight books, including Poisoned Love (Kensington, December 2011), Dead Reckoning(Kensington, February 2011), Twisted Triangle(Wiley, 2009), Body Parts (Kensington, 2008), Deadly Devotion(Simon&Schuster/Pocket, July 2011), NYT bestseller My Life, Deleted (HarperOne, October 2011), and Naked Addiction(Dorchester, 2007). Her latest true crime project, Lost Girls (Kensington, July 2012), chronicles the rape and murder of two innocents, teenagers Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, by sexual predator John Gardner. Rother, a Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist with more than 310,000 copies of her books in print, has also been published in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and The Daily Beast. She has done dozens of TV and radio appearances as a crime expert on Nancy Grace, the Jay Thomas Show, E!, the Oxygen Network; Greta Van Susteren’s “On the Record,” Investigation Discovery, “America at Night,” American Radio Network, XM and numerous NPR/PBS affiliates. Rother also works as a book doctor/editorial consultant and teaches journalism and creative writing at University of California, San Diego Extension.  She has done dozens of TV and radio appearances as a crime expert on shows including Nancy Grace.

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Posted on July 20, 2012, in book tour, books, challenge, Goodreads challenge, reading, review. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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