Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Book Review: The Boy In The Attic

Fictional Fun logoYou might remember that I posted my June reading list earlier in the month. Have a look here if you missed it:
I have now completed the first book and am part way through the second. I think I'm going to have to go a bit faster if I hope to get  through all five of them!
This is my review of The Boy In The Attic by David Malone.
The blurb from the back cover
Ireland 1973: A very different world. But a tiny village in county Dublin was about to lose it’s innocence forever.
On a bright and sunny June afternoon, a seven year old boy was left in the care of his teenage neighbour. No one knew, or would ever have dreamed of suspecting, that the teenager was a Satanist. The two went out into the fields to look for rabbits. The child was never seen alive again.
For the first time, in The Boy In The Attic, David Malone reveals the exact events of that summer day: how the youngster was lured to his death, how the teenager came to delve so deeply into the occult and the nightmarish scene awaiting police when they entered the attic but there is another disturbing question – how is it that this murder, which is easily one of the most shocking and horrific in living memory, was barely reported on at all? Why have you never heard of the boy in the attic until now?
My thoughts on the book
Overall, I enjoyed the book. For all it's a true crime book, it was written like a story so was pretty easy reading.
The first part of the book covers the lead up to the murder and the murder it's self. If you're not used to reading these types of book, you could find it a little disturbing, but there's nothing overly graphic.
The second part of the book goes on to describe the trial and the sentencing, and a little about the time spent in jail.
There is also some photos included which I like because it puts a face to the people you are reading about.
If the book stopped there, I would have given it a rating of 4. Unfortunatley, it then carries on to the third part. This is all, to me, random facts about the people involved that have no bearing on the story. I feel like the author thought "I did this research, it took time and effort, and I'm including it whether it's relevant or not!".

 Conclusion and rating
A pretty good read, but would have been better if the last 60-70 pages where cut out! 3/5
Have you read this one? What did you think?
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  1. Oh how interesting. I haven't heard of this book, but I know exactly what you're talking about with extra pages that don't directly relate to the story. x

    1. It's really good until then! I'm surprised his editor didn't cut them. Thanks for stopping by :) x