Title: Cannibal Killers
Author: Moira Martingale
Genre: Non Fiction, True Crime
First published: 1993
Publisher: Ad Lib Publishers
Finished reading: June 18th 2022
Pages: 240
DNF at 19% (46 pages)

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Ad Lib Publishers in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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WARNING: unpopular opinion ahead!!

I like a dose of true crime every once in a while and there is just something about serial killers that intrigues me. Cannibal Killers sounded like an absolutely fascinating read and I’ve been looking forward to read it. Sadly, it wasn’t ment to be… And I ended up having a completely different reading experience instead. I do not mind gruesome or gory (that is what you would expect when you decide to read a book about cannibal killers after all), but for me there was way too much focus on the sexual angle of the crimes. True, part of the cannibal killers do have that motivation, but the constant repetition of the sexual angle AND the sensationalist way it was described really put me off. It felt like this focus was used to attract more readers and make things ‘more exciting’, while cannibalism alone is a plenty fascinating topic to discuss without resorting to cheap carnival tricks. There was something about the writing style that bothered me considerably as well: it often went between boring and repetitive and way too sensational, and my aversion to the writing style made it really hard to continue reading. I tried skim-reading to see if my reaction to this true crime story would improve, but in the end it was all too off-putting to continue making the effort to keep reading. There is one thing for sure: Cannibal Killers definitely wasn’t for me!


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