Alright let’s just face it, most of the book reviews coming from me are all crime related and you what? Here’s another one!
The Stranger Beside Me by bestselling author, Ann Rule, is about Ted Bundy. She actually knew him, worked with him, and became friends with him when he was a young student. They met at a crisis clinic. They worked together one night a week and were quite the team. They really hit it off. She had no idea he would become such a notorious serial killer. Isn’t that insane? Imagine finding out one of your friends was actually a serial killer? Sounds like something from a movie.
I had heard of Ted Bundy before, as I’m sure many of you have. Especially now that they’ve released Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix. I haven’t watched it but it is on my list! Anyways, I had heard of him before but I never knew any of the background details, just that he was a killer. I didn’t even know the names of his victims or anything. It definitely feels like I’ve learned so much.
Apparently Ann Rule has other books as well so I’ll be checking those out at some point. This specific book of hers came out in 1980, then she revised it 4 times since. This is the latest revision. I think it’s great that she did that because as more details have come out, or things were confirmed to be just rumour, she made the changes.
I think I first heard of this book from the My Favorite Murder podcast. I am obsessed with that podcast so I always try to look into the books and stuff that they recommend. They discuss true crime on there so go check it out if you haven’t already.
I definitely recommend this book if you’re interested in true crime as well. He’s a notorious serial killer but it’s so interesting to see what his life was like.
What is your favourite true crime book or podcast?