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The Good Nurse
The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder | Charles Graeber
After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When, in March of 2006, Charles Cullen was marched from his final sentencing in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, courthouse into a waiting police van, it seemed certain that the chilling secrets of his life, career, and capture would disappear with him. Now, in a riveting piece of investigative journalism nearly ten years in the making, journalist Charles Graeber presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential informant who helped bring him down, THE GOOD NURSE weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal.Graeber's portrait of Cullen depicts a surprisingly intelligent and complicated young man whose promising career was overwhelmed by his compulsion to kill, and whose shy demeanor masked a twisted interior life hidden even to his family and friends. Were it not for the hardboiled, unrelenting work of two former Newark homicide detectives racing to put together the pieces of Cullen's professional past, and a fellow nurse willing to put everything at risk, including her job and the safety of her children, there's no telling how many more lives could have been lost.In the tradition of In Cold Blood, THE GOOD NURSE does more than chronicle Cullen's deadly career and the breathless efforts to stop him; it paints an incredibly vivid portrait of madness and offers a penetrating look inside America's medical system. Harrowing and irresistibly paced, this book will make you look at medicine, hospitals, and the people who work in them, in an entirely different way.
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CoffeeK8
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This book is terrifying... the hospitals just kept hiring a known killer, because each previous hospital was too worried about liability to go to the police.

rachelm Have you listened to Dr Death the podcast??? You might like it. Similar kind of scary 1mo
JenFowler @rachelm Exactly what I was thinking! That was a good podcast. Crazy. 1mo
rachelm @JenFowler great minds! 😜 1mo
CoffeeK8 @rachelm @JenFowler no I‘ll have to check it out. Do you listen to Crime Junkie? That‘s another good one! 1mo
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CoffeeK8
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🤷‍♀️ well other than that...

Megabooks Aside from having four limbs, I‘d make a pretty good octopus! 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 1mo
vivastory Aside from being a land dwelling mammal, I'd make an excellent shark 😂 1mo
Sace I'm laughing so hard. This post and comments 😂😂😂😂😂 1mo
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Kayla.Adriena
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😍😍😍😍😍 One of thee most thoughtful packages I have ever received!! @catiewithac you really did your research I feel like so know me! Thank You so much! #SummerSwap2019 @laurenslibrary

catiewithac I‘m so glad you like everything!! I had a blast shopping for you!!! Happy reading 🤓 5mo
CaroPi The tagged book has been in my TBR for a while 5mo
catiewithac @CaroPi It‘s soooo good! A real page turner! 💉 5mo
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tricours
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Mehso-so

This could have been a fascinating story, but the writing ruined it completely. There‘s way too much dramatization, even for this kind of book, and I almost got the feeling the author was making an effort to be annoying. The dialogue is all “yeah”, “right”, “yeah”, “right” and there‘s absolutely no attempt at analysis of the WHY, which makes the entire book fall flat. It didn‘t help that the audiobook narrator was also horribly annoying.

Cathythoughts And it‘s still a pick 👍🏻 6mo
tricours @Cathythoughts haha no! That‘s a mistake, but it seems you can‘t change it, it just reverts to pick. 6mo
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HippieChickHomeschool
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You‘d think the serial killer would be the worst person in the book..... I can‘t even believe how all the hospitals cared more about CYA

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Hestapleton
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Kitten got his annual rabies shot today and feels all cruddy. I‘ve built us a snuggle nest with all my books and snacks in easy reach and Our Planet on in the background. This isn‘t a half-bad start to my three-day weekend.

Zelma Sounds like an excellent way to start a long weekend! 8mo
wanderinglynn Aw! What a cutie!❤️🐱 8mo
Erofan 😻😻😻 7mo
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echalpan
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If you enjoy true crime, this horrific book about Charles Cullen (The Angel of Death) is for you. It is well-researched and thorough, explaining Charlie‘s personal struggles, the actions the hospitals took (or didn‘t take), and the investigative work done to catch Charlie.

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gradcat
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#anglophileapril

(Day 8 - #Creep)

*I immediately thought of Charlie Cullen, a nurse who killed about 300 people in his line of work. The weird thing is, he had loads of folks who cared about him (he had a wife & child, unbelievably), but from the first few pages of this book, I found him to be extremely creepy. By the way, for those of you who like true crime, I give this book definite “pick” status + 5 stars.

Samplergal Really creepy. 8mo
emilyhaldi Well crap, now I‘m torn between my intense desire to read this book and my irrational fear that if I read it I will never be able to visit a Dr or hospital again without convincing myself they‘re trying to kill me 😩 8mo
Cinfhen I read this, definite creep!! And a psychopath 🥺 8mo
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gradcat @emilyhaldi Okay, yes, he, and the book, are really creepy...but @Cinfhen read it, I read it, and @Samplergal (did you read it?) may have read it, and we‘re all okay, sooooo.....no, really, it‘s a great read for true-crime fans. 8mo
Samplergal I did read it early this year. Why he wasn‘t caught earlier is beyond me? 8mo
Mdargusch I love true crime so I‘m stacking! 8mo
Reviewsbylola Def stacking! 8mo
emilyhaldi Lol don‘t you worry, I‘m too invested to turn back now!!! 8mo
gradcat @Samplergal What you said? Ditto!! I guess he was able to charm *ugh* certain co-workers...until they finally figured it out! 8mo
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BooksAtNight
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The story behind this case is chilling on so many levels; from the killer‘s motivation (or maybe the lack of a clear motivation) to the fact that hospitals were more focused on not being involved than in reporting suspicious behavior... 🤬🤯 would probably be accurate representations of my face while reading the book. I think the book could have been edited slightly better, but it was still a very engrossing read. #booked2019 (podcast related)

BooksAtNight I first heard about this case on Parcast Network‘s Serial Killers podcast (episodes 35 &36) where the hosts tried to give some psychological insight to the case. 9mo
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Carleneishere
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My audiobook tastes have been leaning a little morbid lately...

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Kaye
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Combined Audible/Kindle read. I found this quite interesting, yet also very infuriating to read about this guy. I wish it would‘ve told more about what turned him into the person he became. Maybe he was just born with something broken. It‘s astounding that he worked at 9 hospitals over 16 years before finally being caught. It‘s sickening how each hospital passed him along then tried to cover their own butts instead of reporting him.

kspenmoll I remember when this was in the news! 10mo
jessinikkip Sounds like a good book, Ill have to see about getting a copy! 10mo
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Kaye @kspenmoll I don‘t remember this guy specifically. I‘ve read a couple other books about female nurses who‘ve done this, but not to this extent . 10mo
squirrelbrain Sounds really interesting...! 10mo
Kaye @jessinikkip @squirrelbrain I thought it was surprisingly interesting. I remember seeing it awhile back and thinking it might be a bit boring, as serial killer books aren‘t my favorite true crime books, but this one was good. (edited) 10mo
BarbaraBB Seems a good one! 10mo
HippieChickHomeschool I love serial killer books. Added to my TBR 10mo
Hooked_on_books This book was fascinating. I generally like true crime, but you often are left without knowing the why. 10mo
CBee I‘ve been listening to true crime podcasts recently - I blame you 😂😘😘😘 10mo
kspenmoll @kaye This was huge in press. Thinking I should read or listen to this. 10mo
Kaye @BarbaraBB Quite an eye opener ! @HippieChickHomeschool I think you‘ll like it ! @CBee Funny , they‘re pretty addicting aren‘t they ? @kspenmoll It was good in both forms. While at the gym, I was reading along on my Kindle with the audio, and it was weird because the narrator changed a lot of the wording, or added sentences , or read paragraphs in different order. I‘ve never seen them do that with another audio/ print combo. 9mo
Librarybelle Sounds interesting! 9mo
NatalieR Sounds like something I would like! 9mo
CBee @kaye they are! Like a car wreck you can‘t look away from. Did I ever tell you that one of my research papers for an abnormal psych class was about serial killers? Some crazy research, that one 😬🤨 9mo
Kaye @CBee That would‘ve been an interesting class assignment. 9mo
CBee @kaye I picked the topic. So I guess that makes me a little mad 🤪😂 9mo
Kaye I think it‘d be pretty neat to try to figure out what makes these guys do the things they do. This dude in this book was an odd one.You know he‘s mentally off center , but even trying to figure out why he chose the patients he did. There was nothing to link them in any way. Some probably would have died from illness anyhow, but others were well on the way to recovery... it wasn‘t specific ages, genders, race, etc. That part has me baffled. @CBee 9mo
CBee @kaye it‘s always fascinated me - mainly because I will never understand why they do what they do. I‘ll never understand that kind of evil. I may read this book at some point - I remember hearing about it in the news I think? It‘s like the ultimate betrayal - someone who is supposed to help you, hurts you instead. 😢 9mo
Kaye The other books I read about nurses who killed their patients, were ladies. They made the excuse that the patient was so ill, or old, or unable to respond or recover, they did it to put them out of their misery. Not that it‘s ok to do that because it‘s not. But at least you can sorta understand the why. This guy had no answers. He even talked to the author and didn‘t have an answer for the why. @CBee 9mo
CBee @kaye that‘s frustrating, especially for the families of those he killed. Not knowing why. 😢 9mo
arubabookwoman And it reinforced for me to never leave an ill loved one alone in the hospital, and ask for an explanation of everything that's being administered. 9mo
Kaye Right , I know. Very scary ! @arubabookwoman 9mo
Kaye AK,GA,IL,TX,VA,CA,NY,PA,SD,WA,CO,NJ,NC 9mo
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Samplergal
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Wow! What a well researched and well written true crime story. Highly recommended if you like medical crime. 4🌟. #nonfiction2019

nelehelen This has been on my TBR! Good to know you enjoyed it 10mo
Samplergal @nelehelen It‘s gripping! And very scary. I was always an Ann Rule fan. This feels similar. 10mo
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Samplergal
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I started this one last night and couldn‘t put it down until after 1. I remember the story at the time. Chilling. You think Annie Wilkes was a nut? This guy makes her tame in a real life “ Misery”. I do love true crime. 😜 #nonfiction2019

sk888888 Holy moly, this guy !!! Good book. 10mo
Tamra Wow, chilling! 10mo
Tex2Flo So many good true crime novels! As if I didn‘t get enough from Investigation Discovery already... 10mo
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Samplergal @Tex2Flo Hubs watches them... I read them. 😂 10mo
arubabookwoman That one was scarey! My take-away: don't leave a loved one alone in a hodpital for one minute, and question everything! 10mo
Samplergal @arubabookwoman I‘m almost finished and you are so right. I‘ll question everything that is done. 10mo
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Jadams1776
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The fact that the hospitals were more worried about covering their own asses really bothers me. It doesn‘t surprise me, but it bothers me.

Reviewsbylola I just read a similar book but in mine it was the LAPD trying to cover for their own. 10mo
Wife @kaye Have you read this one? 10mo
Kaye No, this is one I haven‘t read yet. I read one a really long time ago about a nurse who killed their patients. I think that was a lady , and I ? Think? this was a man ? I would believe the hospital would try to cover their own butt and keep it quiet if possible. Sad, but true. 10mo
Jadams1776 @kaye The nurse is a man in this one. 10mo
Jadams1776 @Reviewsbylola I‘m stacking that! 10mo
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Lauranahe
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Between this book and listening to the podcast Dr Death I don‘t think I‘ll ever go to a hospital again.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy! I have this on my shelf. I guess I‘ll have to be sure I don‘t read it near any hospital visits! 11mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 11mo
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DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 11mo
Lauranahe Thanks everyone!! 🥰 11mo
RaimeyGallant lol. 11mo
RaimeyGallant And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 11mo
Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy! 📖📚💚 11mo
BridgetteM Welcome to Litsy! 11mo
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Amiable
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Mehso-so

Read this because a coworker thrust it into my hands. Since we work at a hospital, she thought I would find it sobering and frightening. Which I did – it‘s about Charlie Cullen (the so-called "The Angel of Death"), who was implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, making him perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history. I felt the writing was a bit weak, though.

Lauranahe I just finished it. I wish there had been more about his life as a child and teen. And the end was very abrupt. Still a terrifying story! 11mo
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Lune1984
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June-July 2018. Baffling how hospitals can actually “cover up” murders just to protect themselves. The only thing that really got on my nerves about this book is how the author describes Amy as a girl. SHE‘S A WOMAN FOR CHRIST SAKE!

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euphemy
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Quite disturbing how this nurse got away with what he did to many patients and for 16 years at 9 🏥. I do recommend this 📖.

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bookaholic1
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Mehso-so

I thought that this book would have been written, the story would habe been better..but it got very boring actually

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bookaholic1
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Bought more books for my ever growing TBR Pile📚📚🌄

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BookMama789
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Let the #24in48readathon begin. I am going to finally finish this book today! Book 1 of the readathon.

MissAimz_55 Ooo looks intriguing 2y
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😸 2y
Crowcrumbs Welcome! 2y
Wife Welcome!🌹 2y
BookMama789 Thank you everyone 😊 2y
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sahilbert
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the information, but it could have been presented in a better way.

It felt like there was a lot of jumping around and at times it was difficult for me to follow.

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sahilbert
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Getting ready to start listening to this for book club!

Linear I wonder if i should read this, or if i should avoid it like i do war movies... 2y
sahilbert @Linear I am a chapter in and it's slightly graphic so far..I can keep you updated! 2y
BookMama789 I just started this myself for task 2 of the Read Harder Challenge. I agree about it starting off on a graphic note but I am intrigued... 2y
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Kristy_K
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A great true crime read about a serial killer nurse. Graeber does an amazing job detailing Cullen‘s life and crimes as well as the investigation.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

#truecrime

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Kristy_K
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Nothing says relaxing bath like a true crime audiobook about a serial killer.

#truecrime

Ashley_Nicoletto 😂😂😂 Id have to keep checking the closests. 2y
AshleyHoss820 Stay in reach of the drain plug, just in case! 😂😂😂 2y
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Kristy_K @Ashley_Nicoletto @AshleyHoss820 I did a cursory glance into all closets and corners when I done lol. 2y
AshleyHoss820 @Kristy_K 😂😂😂😂😂 2y
catiewithac I loved that book 💜 2y
Kristy_K @catiewithac I‘m half way through and it‘s so good! 2y
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Kdazy
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Cleaning is always better when listening to a book! #audiobook #creepybook

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Thank you @kspenmoll for sending this bucket of sunshine for the #summersolsticebookexchange. It's such a great group of books and bookish goodies. You went all out for me. 😘😘

#summersantagoespostal

JoeStalksBeck ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
CouronneDhiver I spy a really good book (or 5) 😉 Great gift! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CouronneDhiver Which ones have you enjoyed? 2y
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AmyG The Devil in the Grove is very good. 2y
CouronneDhiver The Good Nurse was awesome ... in a chilling kind of way (I read it earlier this year) Hope you like it too! 2y
LauraBrook Wow, your Santa did a great job!!! 💖 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LauraBrook She sure did! I can't decide where to start, but I'm thinking about 2y
kspenmoll Barbara , I had such fun putting the box together for you! It's a great feeling to be spending time thinking of a fellow Litten! Enjoy! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kspenmoll I confess that I stalked my recipient all day to see what she thought of my gifts. I also love giving as much as getting! 2y
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Lizpixie
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#AprilBookShowers #day14 #TitleWithGood This is a true crime story about a nurse who was definitely not any kind of good. Charles Cullen was a nurse in New Jersey who after a 16yr long career confessed to murdering 40 of his patients, though authorities believe the true figure to be around 400.😧 Amazingly, he was suspected at a few of the hospitals he worked at, but nothing was done except a hush deal & a payoff to make him go away. Shady.😠

ephemeralwaltz Sounds morbidly fascinating!! 3y
AmyG I love true crime and remember when this was in the news. Thanks for posting. 3y
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MicheleinPhilly
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For all of the true crime junkies! To say this story disturbed me would be a massive understatement. #AprilBookShowers #TitleWithGood

Reecaspieces I have a signed copy of this. When we went to the signing Mr. Graeber corrected some things on page 36 in his own pen. I have never had an author do that. He did it on everyone's book. 3y
arlenefinnigan @Reecaspieces that's brilliant. I love his fastidiousness. 3y
CouronneDhiver This was so good! 😊 3y
MicheleinPhilly @Reecaspieces That is amazing. 3y
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Samantha.1020
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My new nonfiction read- it is disturbing and creepy already and I've just begun. I need to make sure and finish this one before it is due back at library!

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CouronneDhiver
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This true crime story is as creepy (chilling, spine-tingling and OMG) as they get! I loved the writing and spent several late nights working my way through the chapters. It's a longer book, but definitely worth it! 💀

Alicia I bought this on a whim at a book sale. Can't wait to read it! 3y
CouronneDhiver @Alicia if you're a fan of 48 Hours, American Justice, etc., you'll probably enjoy it! 3y
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CouronneDhiver
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I've opted for a chill St Patrick's Day... still working my way through 'The Good Nurse' (which is unbelievably creepy and amazing so far) and my 1000-piece puzzle. Fruit and wine to start, with delivery pizza on the way. #FridayNight

AbstractMonica Sounds like the perfect night👌🏼 3y
DebinHawaii Sounds good to me! 👍😀 3y
Daisey A great way to spend the evening! 3y
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FernReader
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An engrossing and disturbing read about Charles Cullen, the enigmatic and emotionally troubling nurse, who was responsible for the medical murders of up to 400 patients, over a sixteen year period.
While I did not enjoy dwelling on the sad nature of his victim's deaths, I was fascinated to learn of the circumstances surrounding his capture and conviction. As the sister of a nurse who works in many of the same units, the reality of this hit home.

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JackieSmith
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Meticulously researched nonfiction telling the story of Charles Cullen, who may be America's most prolific serial killer: his life, relationships, & the trusted confidant who figured it all out. This account is unflinching & unsympathetic toward both Cullen & the hospital admins who "cya"ed rather than pursued an investigation. My tiny complaint: footnotes were in the back rather than bottom of the page, making for frustrating reading at times.

EKonrad This sounds so interesting. Have heard of this guy but not of the book. Would you recommend it? 🤔 3y
Gayan I read this last month and really liked it. I had a huge problem with the hospital admins. 😡 It seemed to have more footnotes than needed but I read it in my Kindle so I just had to click them. 3y
JackieSmith @Ekonrad I did find it fascinating. I enjoy reading about serial killers & nonfiction; so it hit that sweet spot for me. 3y
JackieSmith @Gayan I thought the number of footnotes was to prove the author's credibility rather than enhance the narrative. I agree that some were superfluous. 3y
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downtherabbithole
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Received this during a #bookexchange #savetheculture event that took place among some friends on Facebook. Definitely seems like an interesting read.

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Kirstin
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Charles Cullen confessed to 40 murders but the estimated number is more like 400. What will be even more shocking is that he was caught many times by the hospitals he worked in but, they were so frightened by the legal ramifications that they just let him go. With references no less. Unbelievable. Truth is stranger than fiction. #nonfictionnovember

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Kirstin
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It's really frightening that is a true story. 😱💉💊🌡

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Gayan
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I just finished this one. It was very interesting because I worked at a hospital for several years and I know how fiercely they try to protect the hospital's reputation. That being said, parts of this book were so frustrating because of that. The quote above: Just try to love everybody because this world is ugly sometimes. ❤️

Bee This was a strange and sad case. 3y
Gayan @Bee The number of people he killed is unbelievable. With my Dad being elderly and in and out of the hospital, it's also scary. 3y
Bee @Gayan I had those same thoughts 3y
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virtual_allison
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As with many true crime books, the motives behind the crimes remain unclear making for a less than satisfying read.

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Kirstin
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My #AllHallowsRead #scarynonfiction buy today. I've been wanting to read this for a long time.

BekahB This is sitting unread on my bookshelf too! It looks really interesting 3y
Godmotherx5 Unread on my shelf, too. The woes of a reader. 3y
Kirstin @BekahB @Godmotherx5 I really don't like true crime novels. I prefer to be scared by the unreal. This book was endorsed by Stephen King a while back and I saw it on sale for 7.99 so... We'll see. 3y
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Gayan
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I have had this book forever and it just kept getting pushed down my TBR stack. This is my kind of October Spooky.

Josie This sounds so good!!!!! I can't wait to hear what you think 3y
SarahK That was a good one. It did make me feel weird to read it while I was working one night (I'm a nurse). 3y
Gayan @SarahK I bet. I don't know how I kept skipping over this. 3y
Hooked_on_books I enjoyed this book, but it's very scary. It's dreadful that someone trusted would take advantage of people's vulnerability the way this guy did. 3y
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"He didn't think about how the Newark projects taught these mothers to expect violent death or prison for their children, he just thought: They don't care, but I'm supposed to? That's fucked up. And every day with more dead kids, with always more to come."

heikemarie This looks bananas amazing. I teach in Newark so that grabbed my attention - but how could I have missed this book ever?! 3y
BooksintheDelta I am totally hooked! Will probably finish tonight and try to post a full review. 3y
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