Fred and Rose by Howard Sounes

Fred and Rose

By Howard Sounes

  • Release Date: 2011-09-05
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
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Description

The true crime bestseller about Fred and Rose West a couple virtually unique in British criminal history - who loved and killed together as husband and wife.

During their long relationship the Wests murdered a series of young women, burying the remains of nine victims under their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, including those of their teenage daughter, Heather. What was left of Fred West's eight-year-old stepdaughter was dug up from under the Wests' previous Gloucester home; his first wife and nanny were buried in open country outside the city. Several victims had been decapitated and dismembered, their remains showing signs of sexual torture. These twelve are just the ones the police found when the Wests were arrested in 1994. There may be more whose bones have not been located.

Howard Sounes broke the first major story about the Wests as a journalist, and covered the murder trial of Rosemary West, before writing this , the classic book about the case. Beginning with Fred's and Rose's bizarre childhoods, Sounes charts their lives and crimes in forensic detail, creating a fascinating and truly frightening account of a marriage soaked in blood.

Reviews

  • Big G

    4
    By Fookedined
    A really good read. I was hooked!
  • Very well written account of 2 truly evil people

    5
    By skmp - London
    Great book. If you like true crime, read this. Highly Recommend
  • A truly Thrilling read

    5
    By Ju57in
    Absolutely brilliant book, could not put it down, so well put together A+++++
  • Fascinating stuff

    4
    By Ade Fowler
    Well researched and written, and at times truly disturbing, this is a book that's hard to put down. The omission of the photographs from the print version however is lazy and inexcusable; so one star deducted!
  • Fred and Rose

    5
    By Yorkybm
    A most disturbing read, how can you comprehend what those victims went through especially the children.
  • Fred and Rose

    5
    By Ganiyu Yussuf
    Fascinating insight into the minds of these clearly disturbed people.n
  • Good read

    4
    By Trixi118
    This was an informative and well written book but let down by more than a few spelling mistakes ect. When paying full price for an edited book I don't expect loads of grammatical errors! Therefore only 4 points rather than 5. The story of The Wests is often horrifying and left me feeling rather green an a few occasions but it built up very good psychological profiles of both Fred and Rose West delving into their upbringing and even further, the younger years of their parents. This goes some way to understanding how these two became the monsters they were. A good read but not if you're squeamish. Very disturbing

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