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?