Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession

Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession

A provocative and original investigation of our cultural fascination with crime, linking four archetypes?Detective, Victim, Attorney, Killer?to four true stories about women driven by obsession. In this illuminating exploration of women, violence, and obsession, Rachel Monroe interrogates the appeal of true crime through four narratives of fixation. In the 1940s, a bored hei A provocative and original investigation of our cultural fascination with crime, linking four archetypes?Detec...

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Title:Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession
Author:Rachel Monroe
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Genres:Crime
ISBN:Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession Reviews

  • Angela
    Sep 16, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

  • vanessa
    Sep 12, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

  • Regina Lemoine
    Sep 05, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

    What a fascinating book. I heard about this book from author Mackenzi Lee who recommended it, and Rachel Monroe guest starred on the podcast "You're Wrong About...". It did not disappoint. If you are a true crime fan, you should definitely read this book because it will get you to ...

    Another fantastic nonfiction read. I've been on a big true crime kick lately, and this was amazing. Highly recommend the audiobook ? ...

    This is a book about 4 women and their obsession with true crime and the way that this obsession has impacted their lives. From Frances Glessner Lee a rich old grandmother who became the mother of forensics, to a woman who completely embedded herself into Sharon Tate?s family after m...

    If you slug through the meandering structurelessness of this book you will find some interesting stories. However, they are so coated in the author?s meaningless personal anecdotes, over exposition of well know cultural events and judgment of the audience she is writing about (which ...

    When I picked up this book I was so excited. A new and novel idea on how women get caught up in crime. The opening chapter hooked me in with her description of Crime Con. Oh my goodness, I had no idea into this sub culture in crime. And a small part, lets be honest a LARGE part of me w...

    "Part of the curriculum of growing up as a girl is to learn lessons about your vulnerability--if not from your parents, then from a culture that's fascinated by wounded women. From and early age, women are primed to notice potential danger. For better or worse, this can make us more at...

  • Simone
    Sep 30, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

    What a fascinating book. I heard about this book from author Mackenzi Lee who recommended it, and Rachel Monroe guest starred on the podcast "You're Wrong About...". It did not disappoint. If you are a true crime fan, you should definitely read this book because it will get you to ...

    Another fantastic nonfiction read. I've been on a big true crime kick lately, and this was amazing. Highly recommend the audiobook ? ...

    This is a book about 4 women and their obsession with true crime and the way that this obsession has impacted their lives. From Frances Glessner Lee a rich old grandmother who became the mother of forensics, to a woman who completely embedded herself into Sharon Tate?s family after m...

    If you slug through the meandering structurelessness of this book you will find some interesting stories. However, they are so coated in the author?s meaningless personal anecdotes, over exposition of well know cultural events and judgment of the audience she is writing about (which ...

    When I picked up this book I was so excited. A new and novel idea on how women get caught up in crime. The opening chapter hooked me in with her description of Crime Con. Oh my goodness, I had no idea into this sub culture in crime. And a small part, lets be honest a LARGE part of me w...

    "Part of the curriculum of growing up as a girl is to learn lessons about your vulnerability--if not from your parents, then from a culture that's fascinated by wounded women. From and early age, women are primed to notice potential danger. For better or worse, this can make us more at...

    Psychological archetypes and crime fiction are melded in the true crime tales presented in Savage Appetites. The four tales here describe the mother of forensic science, who did not have a formal scientific background. Another tale describes a person fascinated by the Manson cult?...

    "Perhaps true crime stories are contemporary fairy tales - not the Disney version but the dimmer, Grimm-er ones, where the parents are sometimes homicidal, where the young girls don't always make it out of the forest intact. We keep following them into the dark woods anyway. Parts of o...

  • Alison
    Aug 23, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

    What a fascinating book. I heard about this book from author Mackenzi Lee who recommended it, and Rachel Monroe guest starred on the podcast "You're Wrong About...". It did not disappoint. If you are a true crime fan, you should definitely read this book because it will get you to ...

    Another fantastic nonfiction read. I've been on a big true crime kick lately, and this was amazing. Highly recommend the audiobook ? ...

    This is a book about 4 women and their obsession with true crime and the way that this obsession has impacted their lives. From Frances Glessner Lee a rich old grandmother who became the mother of forensics, to a woman who completely embedded herself into Sharon Tate?s family after m...

    If you slug through the meandering structurelessness of this book you will find some interesting stories. However, they are so coated in the author?s meaningless personal anecdotes, over exposition of well know cultural events and judgment of the audience she is writing about (which ...

    When I picked up this book I was so excited. A new and novel idea on how women get caught up in crime. The opening chapter hooked me in with her description of Crime Con. Oh my goodness, I had no idea into this sub culture in crime. And a small part, lets be honest a LARGE part of me w...

    "Part of the curriculum of growing up as a girl is to learn lessons about your vulnerability--if not from your parents, then from a culture that's fascinated by wounded women. From and early age, women are primed to notice potential danger. For better or worse, this can make us more at...

    Psychological archetypes and crime fiction are melded in the true crime tales presented in Savage Appetites. The four tales here describe the mother of forensic science, who did not have a formal scientific background. Another tale describes a person fascinated by the Manson cult?...

    "Perhaps true crime stories are contemporary fairy tales - not the Disney version but the dimmer, Grimm-er ones, where the parents are sometimes homicidal, where the young girls don't always make it out of the forest intact. We keep following them into the dark woods anyway. Parts of o...

    Author and true-crime enthusiast Rachel Monroe addresses the true-crime phenomenon as it is portrayed in various media outlets. Along the way she encounters some unusual individuals whom she profiles in this book. I received a Kindle copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    I was really pleasantly surprised. This is a careful and considerate look into different perspectives related to crime and true crime as a genre people, especially women, engage with. I really liked the structure of this book and I think Monroe was very thoughtful and insightful, but t...

    I unabashedly loved this book. I?ve been a true crime fan on the periphery for a while. This book made me think about what I got out of these stories about the dark and vile. Monroe categories the fan into four categories and delves into how each archetype uses the narrative of a cri...

    "Parts of ourselves long for these shadowy places; we'll discover things there that we can't learn anywhere else." Smartly written and argued examination of women's obsession with true crime. Monroe brings to vivid life the four women she writes about so that we come to fully unders...

  • Karyn
    Sep 25, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

  • Nancy
    Sep 11, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

    What a fascinating book. I heard about this book from author Mackenzi Lee who recommended it, and Rachel Monroe guest starred on the podcast "You're Wrong About...". It did not disappoint. If you are a true crime fan, you should definitely read this book because it will get you to ...

    Another fantastic nonfiction read. I've been on a big true crime kick lately, and this was amazing. Highly recommend the audiobook ? ...

    This is a book about 4 women and their obsession with true crime and the way that this obsession has impacted their lives. From Frances Glessner Lee a rich old grandmother who became the mother of forensics, to a woman who completely embedded herself into Sharon Tate?s family after m...

    If you slug through the meandering structurelessness of this book you will find some interesting stories. However, they are so coated in the author?s meaningless personal anecdotes, over exposition of well know cultural events and judgment of the audience she is writing about (which ...

    When I picked up this book I was so excited. A new and novel idea on how women get caught up in crime. The opening chapter hooked me in with her description of Crime Con. Oh my goodness, I had no idea into this sub culture in crime. And a small part, lets be honest a LARGE part of me w...

    "Part of the curriculum of growing up as a girl is to learn lessons about your vulnerability--if not from your parents, then from a culture that's fascinated by wounded women. From and early age, women are primed to notice potential danger. For better or worse, this can make us more at...

    Psychological archetypes and crime fiction are melded in the true crime tales presented in Savage Appetites. The four tales here describe the mother of forensic science, who did not have a formal scientific background. Another tale describes a person fascinated by the Manson cult?...

    "Perhaps true crime stories are contemporary fairy tales - not the Disney version but the dimmer, Grimm-er ones, where the parents are sometimes homicidal, where the young girls don't always make it out of the forest intact. We keep following them into the dark woods anyway. Parts of o...

    Author and true-crime enthusiast Rachel Monroe addresses the true-crime phenomenon as it is portrayed in various media outlets. Along the way she encounters some unusual individuals whom she profiles in this book. I received a Kindle copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway. ...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Apr 16, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

  • Jen Juenke
    Mar 24, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

    What a fascinating book. I heard about this book from author Mackenzi Lee who recommended it, and Rachel Monroe guest starred on the podcast "You're Wrong About...". It did not disappoint. If you are a true crime fan, you should definitely read this book because it will get you to ...

    Another fantastic nonfiction read. I've been on a big true crime kick lately, and this was amazing. Highly recommend the audiobook ? ...

    This is a book about 4 women and their obsession with true crime and the way that this obsession has impacted their lives. From Frances Glessner Lee a rich old grandmother who became the mother of forensics, to a woman who completely embedded herself into Sharon Tate?s family after m...

    If you slug through the meandering structurelessness of this book you will find some interesting stories. However, they are so coated in the author?s meaningless personal anecdotes, over exposition of well know cultural events and judgment of the audience she is writing about (which ...

    When I picked up this book I was so excited. A new and novel idea on how women get caught up in crime. The opening chapter hooked me in with her description of Crime Con. Oh my goodness, I had no idea into this sub culture in crime. And a small part, lets be honest a LARGE part of me w...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Jul 14, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Aug 06, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

  • Erin
    Sep 03, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

  • Valerity (Val)
    Apr 13, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

  • Chermaine
    Apr 07, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

  • Kales
    Sep 23, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

    What a fascinating book. I heard about this book from author Mackenzi Lee who recommended it, and Rachel Monroe guest starred on the podcast "You're Wrong About...". It did not disappoint. If you are a true crime fan, you should definitely read this book because it will get you to ...

  • Emily
    Aug 02, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

  • Olive
    Aug 22, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

  • Diane Hernandez
    Aug 22, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

    What a fascinating book. I heard about this book from author Mackenzi Lee who recommended it, and Rachel Monroe guest starred on the podcast "You're Wrong About...". It did not disappoint. If you are a true crime fan, you should definitely read this book because it will get you to ...

    Another fantastic nonfiction read. I've been on a big true crime kick lately, and this was amazing. Highly recommend the audiobook ? ...

    This is a book about 4 women and their obsession with true crime and the way that this obsession has impacted their lives. From Frances Glessner Lee a rich old grandmother who became the mother of forensics, to a woman who completely embedded herself into Sharon Tate?s family after m...

    If you slug through the meandering structurelessness of this book you will find some interesting stories. However, they are so coated in the author?s meaningless personal anecdotes, over exposition of well know cultural events and judgment of the audience she is writing about (which ...

    When I picked up this book I was so excited. A new and novel idea on how women get caught up in crime. The opening chapter hooked me in with her description of Crime Con. Oh my goodness, I had no idea into this sub culture in crime. And a small part, lets be honest a LARGE part of me w...

    "Part of the curriculum of growing up as a girl is to learn lessons about your vulnerability--if not from your parents, then from a culture that's fascinated by wounded women. From and early age, women are primed to notice potential danger. For better or worse, this can make us more at...

    Psychological archetypes and crime fiction are melded in the true crime tales presented in Savage Appetites. The four tales here describe the mother of forensic science, who did not have a formal scientific background. Another tale describes a person fascinated by the Manson cult?...

  • Julie (A Girl and a Book)
    Sep 03, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

    What a fascinating book. I heard about this book from author Mackenzi Lee who recommended it, and Rachel Monroe guest starred on the podcast "You're Wrong About...". It did not disappoint. If you are a true crime fan, you should definitely read this book because it will get you to ...

    Another fantastic nonfiction read. I've been on a big true crime kick lately, and this was amazing. Highly recommend the audiobook ? ...

  • Amy Morgan
    Mar 09, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

    What a fascinating book. I heard about this book from author Mackenzi Lee who recommended it, and Rachel Monroe guest starred on the podcast "You're Wrong About...". It did not disappoint. If you are a true crime fan, you should definitely read this book because it will get you to ...

    Another fantastic nonfiction read. I've been on a big true crime kick lately, and this was amazing. Highly recommend the audiobook ? ...

    This is a book about 4 women and their obsession with true crime and the way that this obsession has impacted their lives. From Frances Glessner Lee a rich old grandmother who became the mother of forensics, to a woman who completely embedded herself into Sharon Tate?s family after m...

  • Jamie Canaves
    Aug 29, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

  • Kristy K
    Mar 25, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

  • Sarah Dealy
    Aug 31, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

    What a fascinating book. I heard about this book from author Mackenzi Lee who recommended it, and Rachel Monroe guest starred on the podcast "You're Wrong About...". It did not disappoint. If you are a true crime fan, you should definitely read this book because it will get you to ...

    Another fantastic nonfiction read. I've been on a big true crime kick lately, and this was amazing. Highly recommend the audiobook ? ...

    This is a book about 4 women and their obsession with true crime and the way that this obsession has impacted their lives. From Frances Glessner Lee a rich old grandmother who became the mother of forensics, to a woman who completely embedded herself into Sharon Tate?s family after m...

    If you slug through the meandering structurelessness of this book you will find some interesting stories. However, they are so coated in the author?s meaningless personal anecdotes, over exposition of well know cultural events and judgment of the audience she is writing about (which ...

  • Cara EM
    May 16, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

  • Mary
    May 22, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

  • Katherine
    May 17, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

  • Janhavi Giribhattanavar
    Sep 13, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

    What a fascinating book. I heard about this book from author Mackenzi Lee who recommended it, and Rachel Monroe guest starred on the podcast "You're Wrong About...". It did not disappoint. If you are a true crime fan, you should definitely read this book because it will get you to ...

    Another fantastic nonfiction read. I've been on a big true crime kick lately, and this was amazing. Highly recommend the audiobook ? ...

    This is a book about 4 women and their obsession with true crime and the way that this obsession has impacted their lives. From Frances Glessner Lee a rich old grandmother who became the mother of forensics, to a woman who completely embedded herself into Sharon Tate?s family after m...

    If you slug through the meandering structurelessness of this book you will find some interesting stories. However, they are so coated in the author?s meaningless personal anecdotes, over exposition of well know cultural events and judgment of the audience she is writing about (which ...

    When I picked up this book I was so excited. A new and novel idea on how women get caught up in crime. The opening chapter hooked me in with her description of Crime Con. Oh my goodness, I had no idea into this sub culture in crime. And a small part, lets be honest a LARGE part of me w...

    "Part of the curriculum of growing up as a girl is to learn lessons about your vulnerability--if not from your parents, then from a culture that's fascinated by wounded women. From and early age, women are primed to notice potential danger. For better or worse, this can make us more at...

    Psychological archetypes and crime fiction are melded in the true crime tales presented in Savage Appetites. The four tales here describe the mother of forensic science, who did not have a formal scientific background. Another tale describes a person fascinated by the Manson cult?...

    "Perhaps true crime stories are contemporary fairy tales - not the Disney version but the dimmer, Grimm-er ones, where the parents are sometimes homicidal, where the young girls don't always make it out of the forest intact. We keep following them into the dark woods anyway. Parts of o...

    Author and true-crime enthusiast Rachel Monroe addresses the true-crime phenomenon as it is portrayed in various media outlets. Along the way she encounters some unusual individuals whom she profiles in this book. I received a Kindle copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    I was really pleasantly surprised. This is a careful and considerate look into different perspectives related to crime and true crime as a genre people, especially women, engage with. I really liked the structure of this book and I think Monroe was very thoughtful and insightful, but t...

    I unabashedly loved this book. I?ve been a true crime fan on the periphery for a while. This book made me think about what I got out of these stories about the dark and vile. Monroe categories the fan into four categories and delves into how each archetype uses the narrative of a cri...

  • Emma Eisenberg
    Apr 03, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

  • Cole
    Sep 08, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...

    This book was disturbing for me to read at times - particularly the last story which gave me the heebie-jeebies. I really enjoyed the author's writing: it's analytical and thoughtful and sentimental in a way. The detective and defender stories probably most resembled my interest in tru...

    As other reviewers have noted--not a true crime book so much as one about true crime and its fascinations, which suited me just fine (I've never been a true crime devotee, but I have e.g. gone down the rabbit hole of reading serial killer fandom Tumblrs). It's a fascinating topic, and ...

    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by v...

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases...

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into...

    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything) I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases w...

    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into f...

    What a fascinating book. I heard about this book from author Mackenzi Lee who recommended it, and Rachel Monroe guest starred on the podcast "You're Wrong About...". It did not disappoint. If you are a true crime fan, you should definitely read this book because it will get you to ...

    Another fantastic nonfiction read. I've been on a big true crime kick lately, and this was amazing. Highly recommend the audiobook ? ...

    This is a book about 4 women and their obsession with true crime and the way that this obsession has impacted their lives. From Frances Glessner Lee a rich old grandmother who became the mother of forensics, to a woman who completely embedded herself into Sharon Tate?s family after m...

    If you slug through the meandering structurelessness of this book you will find some interesting stories. However, they are so coated in the author?s meaningless personal anecdotes, over exposition of well know cultural events and judgment of the audience she is writing about (which ...

    When I picked up this book I was so excited. A new and novel idea on how women get caught up in crime. The opening chapter hooked me in with her description of Crime Con. Oh my goodness, I had no idea into this sub culture in crime. And a small part, lets be honest a LARGE part of me w...

    "Part of the curriculum of growing up as a girl is to learn lessons about your vulnerability--if not from your parents, then from a culture that's fascinated by wounded women. From and early age, women are primed to notice potential danger. For better or worse, this can make us more at...

    Psychological archetypes and crime fiction are melded in the true crime tales presented in Savage Appetites. The four tales here describe the mother of forensic science, who did not have a formal scientific background. Another tale describes a person fascinated by the Manson cult?...

    "Perhaps true crime stories are contemporary fairy tales - not the Disney version but the dimmer, Grimm-er ones, where the parents are sometimes homicidal, where the young girls don't always make it out of the forest intact. We keep following them into the dark woods anyway. Parts of o...

    Author and true-crime enthusiast Rachel Monroe addresses the true-crime phenomenon as it is portrayed in various media outlets. Along the way she encounters some unusual individuals whom she profiles in this book. I received a Kindle copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    I was really pleasantly surprised. This is a careful and considerate look into different perspectives related to crime and true crime as a genre people, especially women, engage with. I really liked the structure of this book and I think Monroe was very thoughtful and insightful, but t...

  • Karen Smith
    Aug 25, 2019

    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4 and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review: In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programm...

    Rachel Monroe?s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that?s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar ...

    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entert...

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the bac...

    3.5 stars Our society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime ...

    This is one hot mess of a book. The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) ...

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life <3 Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I've yet read. Her prose is stylish ...

    While definitely interesting, this wasn?t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I re...

    Savage Appetites surprised me with unique perspectives on women in the crime experience of murder. After having read many true crime books through the years, Rachel Monroe took me on a different path, and my view has expanded as a result. I rate this a solid 4.5 and highly recommend i...

    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some ...

    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' her...