Really good and just.... absolutely incredible this particular woman got to write this particular story. The afterword was the best part and I can't imagine this book ever coming out without it? (The book was also really long.)
Omg you guys. I've been MIA here because I've been reading soooo slowly. I started a lettering/calligraphy business and it's eating up so much time! Anyway, here's me #audiowalking my dog, Lexi.
Although it took me forever to get through I enjoyed it. I listened to a podcast recently that discussed people's empathy towards serial killers and this book was an example of that. Ann held out her belief in his innocence for as long as she could but even when she finally came to terms with his guilt she empathized with him.
#AyUpAugust #Day7 #Perfect Still catching up on challenges, it‘s Ay Ups turn tonight. Everyone thought the lovely blonde man working at the crisis centre, counseling suicidal people & rape victims, was a perfect gentleman. Turned out the perfect man was actually Ted Bundy, one of the worst serial killers in America, confessing to 30 murders but suspected of far more. Just goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover!😈
I fully admit my #heartbeat raced a bit while reading this nonfiction look at Ted Bundy. If you didn‘t realize it, Ann Rule knew Bundy, so her insights into her personal relationship with him are documented here. #LilithJuly
Finally finished this one! Wow, this was really good although of course upsetting at times. Ann Rule did a really good job.
I really enjoyed this one but I would recommend that if you read this edition from 2009 you skip “The Final Chapter-2008” and come back to it once you‘ve read the rest of the book. This chapter is an update from Ann in 2008 but they put it as the first chapter which I think is really odd. Reading it first made me really uncomfortable with how Rule talks about Bundy and it almost ruined the book for me reading it first. So save it till the end.
About 400 pages in and still very interesting. It‘s hard reading this picture of Bundy though. Rule doesn‘t downplay his crimes or make them seem less horrible but the picture she does present is very human and it‘s hard to reconcile the monster and the man. I can‘t imagine how hard this book must of been for her to write.
It‘s really interesting reading this book in 2019, with all of the Ted Bundy shows that have come out recently. And also living in Seattle and going to UW. I hope that connection is the closes I ever get to go serial killer. But I‘m enjoying this book so far and am excited to keep reading. I‘m about 120 pages in and it‘s nearly 550
From my TBR stack...
A Stranger Beside Me solidifies the reason why Ann Rule is queen 👑 of cult crime classics.
Ann so eloquently and articulately describes the waste of sheer life in both Bundy and his victims. You can relate to Ann's angst during the slow but steady unraveling realization that her friend is not the person she thought him to be while her reality is forever shattered. Her victim portrayal is what makes this book a stand out.
A fascinating & terrifying psychological study & so well written. AND , I‘m very happy to move on to another book now.
The above quote is from the beginning of the book FAQ and Ann Rules response .....
I think the author is brave to offer this perspective and this book. I think sometimes we de-humanise people who commit such evil acts and name them 'monster' in an effort to detatch the race we belong to, to them. While this is understandable, it's not doing the problem any favours. This book is a step towards healing the bridge between 'us' and 'them' which will hopefully help prevent such atrocities in the future.
Out for the night to see a play: Evening Train , a musical based on Mick Flannery‘s album Evening Train.
.... and a break from Ted Bundy 😳. Good book though ( tagged)
I was surprised by how much i “enjoyed” this book. Obviously it‘s not a fun read, but Rule does a fantastic job of bringing you into the story. I met each victim in her final moments in addition to meeting the Ted who knew how to present in society. That‘s why Bundy scares me - anyone could turn out to be someone like that. This book is long and dense, so be prepared for quite a journey, including several endings.
Bundy has always fascinated me. He was a true chameleon that conducted a reign of terror completely unmatched (at the time). Rule‘s perspective is something that a fiction writer could not create: friends with the killer, and unknowingly writing a book about his crimes. It was a captivating and terrifying story.
Look what the library had for me - after I requested it in October, I think!
I'm going through a tough time. Sitting down with my tea for a few minutes before I have to get up and keep going, not to mention pretend....
There were many actors in the trial of Bundy, but it is the judge that sticks with me. He was a character but came across as very upstanding and true to his role. His quote here during sentencing has always stuck with me. It‘s very poignant. I think it outlines the dichotomy in Bundy that many people have trouble reconciling. #currentlyreading
‘Add one digit to that and you‘ll have it.‘
The statements that were made by Bundy are equaling mind-boggling and disturbing as his actions. It seems that when he did decide to talk, it was still a game that he felt he was the greatest player in.
I will admit that reading about the Chi Omega Murders (despite already knowing about them) disturbed me a lot. I had trouble sleeping and had to put this one down for a bit. His reign of terror is nearing an end though. I‘m still flabbergasted. #currentlyreading
Ted Bundy has always been one of the serial killers that interests me the most and going into this I already knew most everything about Bundy‘s case but I‘d never read this book. And this book seemed to go on forever and ever. The parts that dragged were so boring maybe partly because of Rule‘s writing and also probably due to legal court proceedings.
#tedbundy #annrule #thestrangerbesideme #truecrime #theyearofhorrorbookclub
Although well researched and well written; I could not enjoy, for want of a better word, this book. Despite Forewords and Afterwords I found Ann Rule infuriating, the book made me angry at her complicity in his affairs, her concern over his wellbeing and denial. As the mother of a daughter who could be any one of the innocent young ladies pictured above - my sympathies lie with them.
As I read about the politician that let Ted Bundy babysit his kids I wonder how neurotic those parents became afterwards. How would you react if you found out a serial killer was your babysitter? It would freak me right the f@%! out. I think I would question every decision I ever made as a parent from then on.
I‘m in the mood where I pick up everything and take the longest to finish anything.
I‘ve watched The Bundy Tapes, I‘ve just watched the Efron movie, I love the movie The Riverman where Carey Elwes plays Bundy, and I‘ve studied this case in my schooling. I‘m just fascinated, and this new side (from a close friend duped) will be so interesting.
Having trouble getting into my other book so I'm giving this a go. Me and my toast pillow will be reading about Ted Bundy if you need us!
Ann Rule and Ted Bundy were friends and coworkers at a Crisis hotline. At the same time, he was committing the murders that she was writing about. It‘s terrifying that someone so smart and educated about crime can still be unaware that a serial killer is working side by side with her and walking her to her car after work to ensure she is safe (because there‘s a killer on the loose ya know) 🥶 #younevercantell #maymoviemagic @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant
My first Ann Rule book. Wasn't disappointed. Bundy terrifies the hell out of me. There were a few times through the book I needed to take a break, especially after reading the chi omega details.
Ted‘s victims were all #YoungAndBeautiful 💔#MayMovieMagic This memoir chronicles the #Evolution of a serial killer.
🎶Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be, There's a shadow hanging over me Oh, #yesterday came suddenly🎶
Sorry, Beatles...I doubt you had a serial killer in mind, when you wrote these lyrics 😬
Finished up my first season #booked2019 reads at the end of March!
-Female Detective: The Likeness ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
-Fairy Tale Retelling: Beyond the Woods⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
-Happy Place: Tithe ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
-Related to a Podcast: Sadie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
-Set in Ireland: Slayer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
-New to You Author: Stranger Beside Me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lots of amazing reads this season! ❤️
#BookMail Pt9 I‘ve been watching a lot of true crime docos on Netflix,serial killers have fascinated me since I first read Helter Skelter at 11yrs.The Ted Bundy documentary on Netflix was chilling,it was like he could flip a switch.One minute he‘s Mr Charm and the next its this look that just makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Certainly makes you question the people around you,the author worked next to Bundy for years & had no clue