Friday, July 24, 2015

Goodbye Dearest Holly By Kevin Wells

One fateful August evening in 2002, the Well's family entertain their old friends, Robert and Trudie Wright, over barbecue in Soham, a small town in middle England. Holly Wells' friend Jessica Chapman is also in the house having brought over a gift necklace she brought Holly from a holiday she just returned from. All is well until around 8 when the guests are leaving and it becomes apparent that the girls are not in the house. After two weeks of frantic searching, the two little girls are found dead in a ditch far from their home town. They have been burnt. Throughout the entire nightmare, Holly's dad - Kevin Wells - makes notes of his observations, feeling, and the happenings around the house; just anything to ensure that he does not overlook some details that would be of help to the police. The notes would then become this chilling account of a lost lost father who has just lost his 10 year old daughter to the cruel hands of an evil pedophile. Goodbye Dearest Holly tells a tale of how the families are often kept in the dark by the police, the effect the media coverage has on the family and their remaining 12 year old son, and how the community is united by the tragedy.

Goodbye Dearest Holly is one book that was nothing I expected it to be.Ever since I read Vincent Bugliosi's Helter Skelter Novel about the Manson Family Murders, I've always loved real crime detective works and investigative novel. Most of the books I've read have been written by the prosecutor or outsiders, allowing them to be impartial and detached when outlining the events that took place and the journey towards the solving of the crime. This is the angle I am used to; the angle I expected Goodbye Dearest Holly to take. The book surprised me by taking a different perspective. I was able to see a side of the crimes that I had never thought about before.  While I always enjoyed the thrill of investigation and trying to picture who the perpetrator of the crime could be, I never imagined the pain of the victims, the fears, frustrations, and heartache experienced by the ones left behind. This book is written by a hurting father, grieving for his dead daughter.

Other Books on the Case

Goodbye, Dearest Holly: Ten Years On
Goodbye, Dearest Holly: Ten Years On
This Kindle edition is perfect if you're yet to read the first book. It is way cheaper than the hardbook

Goodbye, Dearest Holly: Ten Years On

This was going to be my next book, but I read that it is mostly a repeat of the earlier book Goodbye Dearest Holly, so I probably won't get it.For those who have not read the first book though, this would be their best choice as the kindle edition is just $3.99.


Beyond Evil - Inside the Twisted Mind of Ian Huntley

Beyond Evil: Inside the Mind of Ian Huntley, the Wickedest Man on Earth

By Nathan Yates

This is another book on the murders by Nathan Yates. As a reporter with the Daily Mirror at the time of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman's murders, Nathan yates covered horrific incident from the day the girls disappeared.Nathan and his collegues detailed and indepth reporting of all the events that took place would later earn them the Team Reporters of the year Title at the British Press Awards in year 2003.He even interviewed the murderers Huntley and his girlfriend Maxine in the very house where the murders took place just days before the truth came out.The book reveals some lies that Huntley later admitted to telling under oath on the circumstances of one of the sickening murders.

Beyond Evil: Inside the Mind of Ian Huntley, the Wickedest Man on Earth

The horrific killings of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman stunned and sickened the country. The man discovered liable of their killings is currently one of the most castigated men in the nation. As though his wrongdoing was not unpleasant enough, he has as of late conceded that he lied under oath about the circumstances of one of the killings. This in-profundity book has been written by investigative columnist Nathan Yates, who saw the homicide investigation one on one and even talked with Huntley and former lover Maxine Carr. Yates also has further disclosures about how far Huntley has lied about what happened that heartbreaking day.

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