Review: The Devil’s Rooming House: The True Story of America’s Deadliest Female Serial Killer

Posted: 26/04/2015 in book reviews, books
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The Devil's Rooming House: The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer
The Devil’s Rooming House: The True Story of America’s Deadliest Female Serial Killer by M. William Phelps

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Content warnings: use of the g**** slur, death, slightly graphic descriptions of arsenic poisoning.

So the first 70 or so pages of this book felt like they had next to nothing to do with the story. At least 50 of them were spent talking about the heatwave. Which could have been condensed to one chapter and noting that none of the inmates were dead because of it. I see what other people mean when they say that Phelps went on too much about the heatwave.

Once we got past the heatwave and into everyone dying and the investigation getting under way, the book actually kind of got interesting. Unfortunately for Phelps, his writing needs some better editing because it was dry and at times that it didn’t need to be felt a little too clinical (I understand being more clinical when talking about the trial and what the doctors were saying but outside of that…).

I also felt that some of his footnotes were really unnecessary especially since he basically has all the information from his research into the back of the book so people can look up his sources.

I feel that had a different writer written this, that it COULD have had the potential to have been a LOT better and more engrossing. Like I wanted to finish it just to finish it and that’s never a good mindset for me to be in when reading a book. Because it means I’m not enjoying it much and am having issues focusing on it.

Decent story, shows the origins of the play/movie Arsenic and Old Lace but kind of boring and dry. I’ve read wikipedia articles that were more engrossing about history of how wars started and how x person got into power in x country.

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