#ATBR2019 – American Predator by Maureen Callahan

Some true crime for the #allthebookreviews duo!

Thanks to Viking Books for the free copies in exchange for our honest reviews.

AMERICAN PREDATOR – Maureen Callahan (out now!)


Chandra’s Thoughts: 4/5 stars

I used to scour the internet to read about all the killers out there.  Kids, women, partners, serial… it didn’t matter – if it was true crime, I was reading about it.  I can’t imagine the hours I put into all of this.  FASCINATING.  There’s no looking past the fact that these people are diabolical and mostly geniuses.  Put into this, the wrong law enforcement person put in charge of interviewing them and all kinds of things can go haywire.  As manipulative as these killers are, they surely know their way around their words and feeding off the body language and words of the people surrounding them.

How did I never hear of Israel Keyes?!  I’m baffled that I hadn’t heard of him until now.  Reading about what he did to his victims was crazy.  Pure, absolute bat shit.  This book definitely doesn’t read as “dry” as some true crime books can.  Although it did lull in some areas for me, the story behind Keyes and his random victims was still as utterly fascinating as others I have read… if not more.  I even looked up pictures on the internet and WOAH.  You guys – if you get the chance, and true crime speaks to you, then definitely make sure to do this before, during or after this read. Or all three!

A definite must read for true crime lovers.

My Thoughts: 5/5 stars

So I want to keep this short and sweet. With true crime it can always be hit or miss for some readers. There are some that read like fiction in their flow and others that feel like more of a history textbook in that its nothing but dry facts. AMERICAN PREDATOR by Maureen Callahan was a surprisingly fast read!

I’ll admit, I didn’t know too much about Israel Keyes before picking this up. So I was anxious to start it and learn more about his crimes and how they eventually caught him. I liked the way that Callahan approached this one. She told the story backwards – we start with Keyes’ final victim and we work our way back through his reign of terror. This as pieced together from hours of FBI interrogations and facts from throughout the case as it was built. I would highly recommend this one to any true crime fans out there and to those that haven’t heard of Israel Keyes. You’ll definitely learn a lot!

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