Cameron put a lot of writing into this book; history and backstory paint a picture that tells a more complete story.
Very well written book. Such compassion for the women of Vancouver's downtown eastside. Very interesting read.
I'm a bit puzzled by the complaints that this book doesn't explain the "why". Only Willie knows why, and (even if he could articulate it) he's not telling!
It was a good read. A fascinating view into the Picktons, their friends and their victims. Plus details as to how and why the VPD and RCMP messed up so completely.
A native British Columbian will notice that the author gets some little things wrong though: for example she confuses Comox with Courtenay and thinks the Hotel Vancouver is called the Vancouver Hotel. The editor was dozing too, as there are plenty of typos and other mistakes.
A bit sloppy, but compelling nonetheless.
It's a couple of years old, but still worth reading. What impressed me, and what kept me reading, was Cameron's presentation of the people involved in this story - the Picktons and their friends, the women who were the victims, the families, the police.
I expected gratuitous descriptions of violence, but instead found myself drawn into the stories of a group of people, each with their own demons, and each with their own roles.
I’ll admit to putting off reading this story of Willy Pickton. I knew how disturbing it would be. I knew it would fuel my anger & frustration at how the VPD & politicians in this city ignored the problem for years, treating the victims & their families like throwaway’s. As a Canadian I’m ashamed at how we marginalized these people. Yes, this read was tough going, but it’s extremely well researched. I’m really glad I read it, you should read it too…”
Finalist in the Charles Taylor 2011 award shortlist.
This book is a real eyeopener as to what went wrong prior to the arrest of Willie Picton. THe VPD 'old boys' have a lot to answer for. It is a very interesting read in that everything takes place in familiar territory, Vancouver and other parts of the Lower Mainland.
These women were real people and should not have been forgotten. A must read book!
Easy read, much detail (with simple bios on many of the victims), but does not answer the questions on why Pickton killed all those women and whether he acted alone
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