First Impressions Friday | The Monster of Florence

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First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther. It was created by J.W. Martin.

Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.


This is my first time doing this tag! I really like the idea of it and, today, I want to talk about The Monster of Florence.

The Monster of Florence

I mentioned in WWW Wednesday that when I hear about this book, I think of Hannibal. That’s because the series — books, movies, TV show (but the TV show is the best) — makes it out that Hannibal himself was actually the Monster but it could never be tied to him because he’s too damn smart. So, that’s basically all my exposure to the case.

Right now, I’m a few chapters into it. It’s definitely not bad, but I’m not sure if I’ll like it. It jumps around a lot in time. One chapter is about the case. Another is about some random bit of Florentine history. Another chapter is about a random person. That makes it hard for me to figure out the timeline, people, and what’s going on in general. It doesn’t help that I’m not super familiar with the case.

Right now, I can see this going a few different ways. Either I’ll read Wikipedia to catch myself up on the case and reference it throughout or I’ll give up on the book. I don’t know if I’ll rate this one very highly, even though it’s, by this point, a true crime classic. It’s compared to The Devil in the White City, which I didn’t like (my review), and I can really see why it’s compared to that. And not in a good way for me.


Talk to me!
Where are my fellow true crime addicts? What did y’all think of this one?
What book(s) have you just started?

6 thoughts on “First Impressions Friday | The Monster of Florence

  1. I didn’t like The Devil in the White City either and I feel like we’re in the minority on that one!

    I do remember liking this book and it’s one I’ve been meaning to reread because it’s been so long and I’ve heard about the case elsewhere and can’t remember much from the book itself. But I do remember there was a LOT going on in it. Maybe not helped by the two-author situation? Hope you’ll give it a full review eventually!

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    • I only see glowing reviews for The Devil in the White City. So, finally, someone who’s like me! I’m excited about the movie that’s been proposed, but the book wasn’t that good.

      And, sadly, with this one I wasn’t a fan. I decided to rush through it and read it all. Gave it 1 star and reviewed it briefly on Goodreads. There will be a link to it in my August wrap-up and, probably, next week’s WWW Wednesday!

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      • I know, everyone loves that book and I could’ve thrown it across the room at a few points. I got so frustrated with it! I’ll definitely still watch the movie though, I’m excited for it!

        That’s too bad that Monster of Florence wasn’t so good for you either! Hope your next true crime is much better 🙂

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      • That’s how I felt! It was just annoying, sadly. He’s an author I probably won’t pick up again.

        I have one checked out that I’m very excited to read! American Predator. I’ve heard great things about it.

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