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American Predator
American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century | Maureen Callahan
A gripping tour de force of investigative journalism that takes us deep into the investigation behind one of the most frightening and enigmatic serial killers in modern American history, and into the ranks of a singular American police force: the Alaska PD Most of us have never heard of Israel Keyes. But he is one of the most ambitious, meticulous serial killers of modern time. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a prosecutor as "a force of pure evil," he was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried "kill kits"--cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools--in remote locations across the country and over the course of fourteen years, would fly to a city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in order to use his kits. He would break into a stranger's house, abduct his victims in broad daylight, and kill and dispose of them in mere hours. And then he would return home, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter. When journalist Maureen Callahan first heard about Israel Keyes in 2012, she was captivated by how a killer of this magnitude could go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. And so began a project that consumed her for the next several years--uncovering the true story behind how the FBI ultimately caught Israel Keyes, and trying to understand what it means for a killer like Keyes to exist. A killer who left a path of monstrous, randomly committed crimes in his wake--many of which remain unsolved to this day. A Dark Night in Alaska is the ambitious culmination of years of on-the-ground interviews with key figures in law enforcement and in Keyes's life, and research uncovered from classified FBI files. Callahan takes us on a journey into the chilling, nightmarish mind of a relentless killer, and the limitations of traditional law enforcement, in one of America's most isolated environments--Alaska--when faced with a killer who defies all expectation and categorization.
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Nikki_E
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Loved the writing, hated the subject. I actually steer away from serial killers despite loving true crime, but Israel Keyes is interesting.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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This book is one of my favorites and it‘s super cheap on Kindle today 🤩🥳🤓

jlhammar This book was so good! 6mo
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DeadBy420
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Another great crime book. This author holds no punches when calling out police mistakes or misguidance and focus on the facts of this case more than the victims or drama of it. Absolutely love it

5feet.of.fury Seriously! It killed me when they said “if they had just watched further on the surveillance tape” …so many minor mishaps that could have had her found. 7mo
DeadBy420 Honestly!!! Or how they didn‘t believe the boyfriend till Keyes backed it. I just wonder if dad and boyfriend ever got an apology… 7mo
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SpookyDonut
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This pulled me out of my book slump! This was all around a wild ride. I‘m devastated at the ending of this case and the fact that this didn‘t get as much news coverage due to a lot of mishandling. If you‘re into serial killers, this is definitely one to add to the collection.

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SpookyDonut
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The Waste Lands didn‘t pull me in like I was hoping. American Predator pulled me in right away and I‘ve barely put it down since I started it today. I hate that I don‘t remember hearing about this case as it was happening. #americanpredator #maureencallahan #serialkiller #bookslump #kindle #ebook #library

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LoverOfLearning
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Finished this one! It is always hard to rate true crime books as it describes the worst moment in history for the victims and their families.

I thought Callahan wrote this book well, used factual references, played up the mystery, and stayed on point. The book was disturbing and difficult to put down! This was an extremely interesting case and I hope to read more true crime books by this author.

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5feet.of.fury
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It‘s a “pick” but “meticulous” he was not… it‘s wild how many crimes go unsolved because of TINY but obvious mistakes on the investigators. This man is something out of a horror film though.
#Scarathlon2021
#TeamSlaughter

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JenReadsAlot
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So this guy is terrifying! Excellent true crime. My #bookspin for October @TheAromaofBooks #teamslaughter @Clwojick #outstandingoctober @Andrew65

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏 8mo
Crazeedi I want to read 8mo
5feet.of.fury I‘m going to start this one tomorrow! Can‘t wait! 8mo
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JenReadsAlot @Crazeedi @5feet.of.fury Hope you enjoy it too! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
KLyn1 Listened to this a while back - so good - and so creepy!! 8mo
JenReadsAlot @KLyn1 So creepy! 8mo
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LoverOfLearning
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Hoping to finish this book tonight!

I never know how to rate true crime books but wow this story is crazy interesting. I have a little over a hundred pages left to read.

sharread That is a scary book! There's a bunch of stuff about him on YouTube that is just as horrifying. 8mo
LoverOfLearning @sharread oh I bet! There are so many unsolved stories about him. 8mo
perfectsinner on my want to reads list 8mo
LoverOfLearning @perfectsinner it was really very good. Extremely well written, interesting, and focused on facts. Definitely recommend. 8mo
perfectsinner Excellent, thank you! 8mo
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britt_reads
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Loved this disturbing true crime book! I really enjoyed Callahan‘s writing and the research put into this.

This was my #bookspin
#scarathlon2021 #teamslaughter
#outstandingoctober #littenlisten #spookoweenreadathon #wickedathon #panspookathon #readlikehellathon

TheSpineView Awesome! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 8mo
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DebinHawaii
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#scarathlon #scarathlon2021 #photochalkenge #teamhendrix

Three scary #TrueCrime books: I read Stranger Beside Me years ago but still think about it. I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark was an audiobook I needed to listen to during the daylight. 😱 The tagged book is in my #TBR stack & sounds suitably frightening. 😱

JenReadsAlot I had to check my doors/windows when reading I'll be Gone in the Dark. Lol 8mo
Crazeedi I've read all three, all excellent 8mo
LeahBergen I‘ve read all three and they‘re all good! 8mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve read two .. but not the tagged one , I‘ll stack that one 👍🏻 8mo
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Lexeegee
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Scary that people like this exist in this world.

IamIamIam I was so frightened after I listened to this book!!! Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction!! 10mo
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Andrea4
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In the midst of moving so I've been driving for at least 2.5-3hrs each day since Sunday. I realise it's only Tuesday but I started this Sunday and finished the last 15m this morning and I feel like it's Friday lol.
Imo this is a great only crime novel-it presents a lot of transcripts etc, of course redacted/abridged. TW abound BUT there isn't the super gorey detail one might expect to find. Crimes are stated matter of factly and not dwelled on.

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IamIamIam
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What a frightening book!!!! Israel Keyes is the most meticulous serial killer in recent history, making kill kits to hide, buried, in states across the US, maybe Canada too. The extent of his crimes hasn't, and probably won't ever, be definitely determined. 😶

I've never felt so unsafe in my life.

booklover3258 I agree! 12mo
Chrissyreadit I heard about him on my favorite murder. I‘m always anxious now when my kids go anywhere… 12mo
Jgacreations Yup! Lol 12mo
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IamIamIam @Jgacreations I have been on here so infrequently lately that I just blasted your posts for the last few weeks! 😂😂 This was terrifying!! 12mo
IamIamIam @Chrissyreadit I can totally see why... ambush predator is such an excellent term for him! 12mo
Kimberlone Samantha Koenig was abducted from the coffee hut that sits a block from my current office building. Her murder happened while I was in college and it was a huge media case during that time. I was surprised how little I remembered of the case when I read this book, and in hindsight I should have been much more afraid at the time. I recognized several names of people who were involved in the investigation. 12mo
IamIamIam @Kimberlone Oh my goodness, that's so scary!!! 😟😟😟 12mo
Kimberlone @IamIamIam yeah at the time I think I was too preoccupied with finishing my last year of college and writing my thesis to pay close attention. It also took a lot time for Keyes to be caught and to find out what happened to Samantha and unfortunately disappearances are quite common in AK that we are a bit too desensitized to them happening. 12mo
IamIamIam @Kimberlone We're all fearless as young adults, though, aren't we? I can't imagine what the town was like with all that happening, though! NY is similar with disappearances too. I'm right outside of NYC so we hear about a lot of missing people. There's an unsolved case that's been going on for a while and my friend said he wondered if the Gilgo Beach Killer could have been Keyes. He was active in upstate! 😫 12mo
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quirkyreader
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This was a big oh my.

EvieBee Scary? 12mo
quirkyreader @EvieBee Disturbing is more like it. 12mo
rwmg We have 79 years to go. Anyone want to beat the record? 12mo
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Jgotham
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This book was excellent. Callahan put a lot of work into getting documents, interviews, and being fair to both sides. She gave credit where it was due but also criticized and pointed out mistakes made. I was impressed enough with her skills to read any other true crime she has written or will write. Creepy story of Israel Keyes‘ crimes across North America. Keyes is the guy who sent a ransom note with a pic of the dead victim with her 1/

Jgotham 2/ with her eyes sewn open, and applied makeup to fool everyone she was alive. Cold blooded killer who turned the profiles on their head by bypassing every norm 1y
LoverOfLearning Definitely want to read this one. I still feel so cool saying I study this for my master's! 1y
LoverOfLearning Excellent way to describe this book and her writing ability! I loved this story and will read any other book written by her. 8mo
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Jadams1776
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I must admit, this freaked me out! Keyes came scarily close to becoming the perfect serial killer. So many cases that he may have been responsible for remain unsolved. A great true crime book!

Thanks for the recommendation @Bookish_AF !

This is my #Bookspin for March.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Leftcoastzen
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Chilling account of a lesser known but extremely scary & methodical serial killer.Questioning & custody errors account partially for less being known.A blurb on the back compared this to Guinns Manson book or McNamaras I‘ll be Gone in the Dark , I don‘t think the quality of the writing is very close to either of those books.If I had a nickel for every book called the next Catcher In The Rye or To Kill a Mockingbird....🙄🙄

LeahBergen This was a freaky read. 😬 1y
Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen indeed! Sometimes it was freaking me out too much ! I didn‘t read it at night! 1y
MarkoPDX I have to admit, I was a little disappointed in how the case drew to a close. 1y
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Erinreadsthebooks
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Just 3 of the things that made this a 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 read for me: 1) Psychotic serial killer 2) Ample mistakes made by local law enforcement officers up to top ranking FBI agents and the Dept. of Justice 3) Really excellent research and writing skills on the part of Callahan. Highly recommend! I couldn‘t put this book down. Anddd now I‘m going to try to go to sleep 😏😬

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Twainy
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🎧 Israel Keyes will give you nightmares!

He lived in Alaska. For 14 years he‘d fly all over the states to where he buried kill kits ... you‘ll have to read or listen to this book if you want to know more about this serial killer.

Trigger warnings all over the place!!

I was on the edge of my seat & listened strait through! Good narration. Highly recommend if you‘re interested in true crime & don‘t mind it spelled out. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/nz02IJLRfOU

Enjoy!

Twainy My Libby hold list .... 17 books .... this one randomly popped up from the middle of the list as available today!!! Hope the forever wait was worth it 😁 1y
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Annie1215
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This is a re-read for me which made it really quick to get through.

I was so glad to get to read through with everyone‘s #lmpbc notes in it though, it made for a whole new experience. If you‘re in to true crime this is a really fascinating case and I highly recommend it!

Checking a box off my #bookspinbingo more quickly than I expected.

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rsteve388
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Wow, American Predator reveals a dark and meticulous killer who got away with.multiple murders throughout the United States. What a wild story that really makes you think about walking home alone at night, we could all have been a victim of such a person. this was a short and quick read and moved really fast as the story or what we know of the story of Israel Keyes was unveiled.

#LMPBC

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The rarest form of murder is serial. #maureencallahan#americanpredator

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Bookishlie
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Went out today :) #LMPBC group e and group y Dis you change your name Sace I can‘t tag you :(

ConfessionofaBookaholic Very excited! I‘m a little behind because I got caught up in finals week. Yours should be in the mail soon! 2y
Bookishlie Don‘t worry! Not sure how long international takes but we have plenty of time:) 2y
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Bookishlie
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#Holidaycardswap. On the right is done the left just need to be addressed. Just tagged as #holidaycard because someone said anything with “swap” might be stolen. Some have comments, some have wishes, some have dad jokes. All are random so who knows whose getting what. Lol

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Lauren_reading
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I love true crime stories and this was gripping and scary as anything. I‘d never even heard of Israel Keyes, but once I started reading this book I couldn‘t stop.

The book is wonderful in its setup. From when he‘s caught and interrogated and then flashing back to previous crimes and his growing up. There‘s facts and theories, but also thoughts about the search for evidence and reflection on how the case was handled.

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TorieStorieS
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I‘ve seen a lot of #LitsyLove for this #TrueCrime read so I was excited to dive in and kick off my Halloween listening! This #audiobook was impossible to stop listening to and I couldn‘t believe that I had never heard anything about these crimes before this! It doesn‘t show Alaskan law enforcement in the best of lights, and ultimately leaves a lot of questions but it‘s certainly chillingly enthralling! #AudioColoring

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💗💗 2y
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TheQuietQuill
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Starting off #scarathlon2020 with this page turner! I‘m usually not into true crime books because reading about serial killers scare the bejeezus out of me, but I heard a lot of great things about this book. That‘s why I‘m starting this now instead of waiting for October 1, because I want to read it slow in hopes of not getting too scared 😱

#teamharkness

sharread That book is scary. Watch his interviews on YouTube that makes the whole thing even more scary. Evil is real. 2y
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wideeyedreader
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Ummmm.... wow. I‘ve never heard of this case before, and the more I think about it, the scarier it gets! A very well-written book, and the audiobook narration is great!

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suvata
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I don‘t remember this being real big news in the lower 48 states. But, gosh, what a horrific predator Israel Keyes was. We really should get more news from Hawaii and Alaska. The investigation was fascinating. If you like true crime, this is your book.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This one was so good! 2y
suvata @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I just finished it. I may have a hard time falling asleep tonight. 2y
Bklover I just bought this today- started it an hour or so ago and am already hooked 2y
suvata @Bklover 👍🏻 2y
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eanderson
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Daggum! So many moving pieces with this case. It angers me that some people are too big for their britches and feel the need to compromise a case because they want to play ‘who has the biggest dangle‘. Keyes was creepy as heck! (I feel like my 85 year old grandpa as I write this up. 😜 all the sayings he has.) This book is a prime example of a small part of why our criminal justice system sucks!
Also getting a jump start on #superseptember #botm

eanderson #murder2020 33/50 (edited) 2y
Annie1215 I was SO frustrated with the FBI/police department in this case! 2y
eanderson @Annie1215 yeah... I cannot believe they behaved that way. Just stupid. 🤦‍♀️ 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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suvata
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I really can‘t take all this chaos, unrest and hatred in the world today. That‘s why I‘m going to relax with a calming non-fiction book. #ReadingTheBestMedicine

DebinHawaii So good you picked a light read! 🤣 2y
suvata @DebinHawaii IKR ... It feels like opposite world so, what the heck. 2y
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MelKelsey
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Book 119 I listened to this exposition about a ruthless, obscure serial killer. Very few murders are definitively attributed to him, but the book is full of speculative cases based on Keyes's itinerary. Intriguing and disturbing, I wish there were more answers. Recommended to true-crime fanatics.

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eanderson
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Using a gloomy afternoon to dig in. I‘m beating myself up for not reading this book sooner!

Annie1215 I love this book! (Which feels like a creepy thing to say) can‘t wait to hear what you think. 2y
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This book was chilling. And an eye opener to boot. This is the narrative of Israel Keys the serial killer who is considered the worst American serial killer to date. Frankly it‘s a shock he was captured. True crime must read.

mollyrotondo This book freaked me out 😳 2y
KristiAhlers @mollyrotondo me too. I legit had to keep walking away from it. I was a flight attendant and we would overnight in Vermont frequently and one of my trips that couple was missing and it was all over the news. Freaked me out than and to know it was a part of his killing is just beyond creepy. 2y
mollyrotondo @Katbooklover oh my gosh that is so scary! I had never even heard of this killer so this was all new to me. 2y
KristiAhlers @mollyrotondo I remember when they arrested him but didn‘t pay much attention to it at first. Once I did I couldn‘t shake the creepy of it all 2y
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Annie1215
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Israel Keyes is one of the most chilling serial killers I‘ve ever read about. I was first introduced through my favorite true crime podcast. This book is so unique because you get first hand accounts from Keyes himself. You‘ll be horrified by his seemingly innocuous demeanor. If you can stomach the gritty details, it‘s an exceptional read for fans of the genre. #truecrime

sharread There's some interesting stuff about him on YouTube including the police interrogation. It's even more creepy watching the guy. 😬 2y
Annie1215 @sharread I can‘t believe I haven‘t watched the interviews yet. I know how I‘m spending the rest of my night 🙃 2y
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Read it in 24 hours. Engrossing. Captivating. Just read it.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I think my biggest takeaway from this was how incompetent law enforcement were at every damn level. It's incredibly infuriating

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I've waited for MONTHS to get a hold of my library copy! FINALLY! I remember hearing about the search for Samantha Koenig but not much else of this story.

Godpants It‘s a WILD ride. 2y
Cedricsmom Looks super creepy. 2y
Kimberlone This happened when I was in college, Samantha was abducted only a couple miles from campus; my work office is even located right next to the coffee hut she was working in (edited) 2y
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Kimberlone @SassenachTheBookWizard yeah, pretty crazy all of that was going on during my senior year of college...posters with her face were all around town. Crazier when I finally read this book that I knew barely any of the details of her killing and Keyes‘ serial killer background. All I remember from that time was her kidnapping and then finding of her body. 2y
Kimberlone @SassenachTheBookWizard my review with other thoughts being from AK https://litsy.com/p/aHV6bU9keHcx 2y
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OMG this book was so good. I could not put it down. It definitely gave me the heebie-jeebies while reading it.

Godpants This book was TERRIFYING. 2y
FlowerFairy This one was fascinating! 2y
LeahBergen Yes! This was a scary one! 2y
eanderson I need to read this. I have it... of course. 🤣 2y
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Crazeedi
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This book is totally scary. This guy was a total psychopath and I couldn't even believe his evilness.
If you want to know about the mind of true evil read this

sharread This was terrifying because it was real. True evil exists. 😱 2y
Crazeedi @sharread exactly 2y
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