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Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted Bundy, her sensitive coworker on a crisis hotline, was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He would confess to killing at least thirty-six young women from coast to coast, and was eventually executed for three of those cases. Drawing from their correspondence that endured until shortly before Bundy's death, and striking a seamless balance between her deeply personal perspective and her role as a crime reporter on the hunt for a savage serial killer -- the brilliant and charismatic Bundy, the man she thought she knew -- Rule changed the course of true-crime literature with this unforgettable chronicle.


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The Stranger Beside Me
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The Stranger Beside Me
January 8th, 2015
It was an easy read and it kept me interested from the very first page until the last. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in true crime stories
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October 30th, 2014
I am a huge fan of true crime books and ended up reading this as part of a book club. The perspective Ann Rule offers is kind of mind boggling - I've never read an account from someone so close and still so removed from the situation. I appreciate that she seems to have worked very hard to stay open-minded and objective throughout the ordeal. There was much detail about the Bundy saga that was left out and while I was able to fill it in from knowing more about the subject, my book-club wasn't really aware of the full extent of the horrific acts he committed...perhaps this is for the best. Anyway, I found this to be a very interesting and well-written book.
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January 27th, 2014
I love true crime but Ann Rule has the greatest story to tell about Ted Bundy from actually knowing him and working with him!! To be that close and not know is a story that can only be told by Ann!!! Great book and I would recomend it if you like true crime!!
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