Laneit’s Book Report (11)


Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

A brief History:

On our Popsugar list we added this as the first book we saw in a books store which was a scary entry on the list because it could have ended terribly. But it didn’t. Neither of us knew anything about the author or the story when we purchased the book. We went in blind.

My Thoughts:

Like a lot of nonfiction, The Devil in the White City follows a particular pattern. It jumps from one part of the story to another, and then back again. If one read a lot of nonfiction, this pattern becomes somewhat standard, but if not, it can appear chaotic. Larson is a good writer telling a good story. A Sweeney Todd-ish story.

What fascinated me about this book was the different stories and how they intersected. At first, the reader thinks, Larson can’t make this work, but then he does. We were so impressed with his writing style, that we added other books he’d written to out reading list.

Would I recommend this Book?

Yes. Just yes. It’s nonfiction and uses typically nonfiction writing patterns. So, if you are  strictly a fiction reader, you will need to adapt to that.


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