Thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my rating.
This kind of book isn’t my usual type of thing. I don’t usually like reading about rape, and this book is all about a serial rapist and how they caught him. It’s about rape culture inside the police and in the world in general. It’s about the aftermath of rape in the lives of the survivors. It’s about the way the police go about finding rapists and solving (or abandoning) the crimes.
Really, it’s not my type of book yet it totally was.
“All I did was survive, and I was criminalized for it.”
The story starts with the story of a woman who had been raped. The police didn’t think her story added up, so they completely dropped the case and, in the end, charged her for wasting police time. And then, across the country, there were other women being assaulted in the same way and the hunt for their rapist continued.
It’s told in chapters that go back and forth in time, from the initial report to the other survivors to the rapist’s life to the various investigators. I thought it was impressive how all of those lines were balanced. Despite how similar they were, I never lost track of the story being presented to me and all of the people involved in it.
It also focused on showing the failings of the police with investigating rapes. First, it gave the statistics as things stand and just showed how rape survivors are prosecuted for false reporting, then exonerated for it. Next, it gave the historical perspective of how hard it is for the survivors when it comes to trial because of the things the defense says and uses.
While this isn’t an easy book to read, it’s a very satisfying one. It was masterfully told, interesting the whole time, and made you sick that something like this happened yet hopeful that it won’t again. All in all, a very strong true crime book.