RedHanded – Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala

The last book read from September! Just couldn’t squeeze the review in last night.

Thanks to Kaye Publicity for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

REDHANDED: AN EXPLORATION OF CRIMINALS, CANNIBALS, CULTS, AND WHAT MAKES A KILLER TICK – Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala (Released September 14th, 2021)

Book Description:

Based off Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala’s popular podcast of the same name, RedHanded explores real-life true crime cases to help answer once and for all if a killer is born or made.

After meeting at a house party in London, where they discovered a mutual obsession for all things true crime, Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire drunkenly promised to one day start their own murder podcast. Six weeks later they ordered their first microphones and the rest is history. From the hosts of the hit podcast RedHanded (dubbed by Anna Paquin as her “all- time favorite true crime podcast”), Bala and Maguire have amassed a cult following of “spooky bitches.”

What is it about killers, cults, and cannibals that capture our imaginations even as they terrify and disturb us? Do we find these stories endlessly and equally compelling and frightening, because they hold up a mirror to society’s failings and to the horrors that we humans are capable of? RedHanded rejects the outdated narrative of killers as monsters and that a victim “was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Instead, it dissects the stories of killers in a way that challenges perceptions and asks the hard questions about society, gender, poverty, culture, and even our politics.

With their trademark humor, research on real-life cases, and unflinching analysis of what makes a criminal, Bala and Maguire take you through what drives the most extreme of human behavior to find out once and for all: what makes a killer tick?

My Thoughts: 5/5 stars

I’m not much of a podcast listener but I think that will need to change now! REDHANDED is from the creators of a true crime podcast of the same name. This book is one all true crime fans need to be picking up because it covers cases I’ve never heard of before and there were so many great details. The research is incredible and in depth without reading like a textbook. I don’t want to go into too much detail and ruin any of the cases but this was so interesting diving into the minds of these killers and those that commit these truly evil crimes. What makes a killer tick and are they born that way or created?

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