This book is basically the story of Harold Shipman, his early life, career (doctor and mass murderer) and the 'aftermath' of his crimes.I found it a very interesting book and very informative, well written but lacking an emotive element to the writing. It is missing the sensationalistic element that a lot of true life murder books have. But on the other hand i don't know an injection, to quote a politician can be 'sexed up'. Also the victims characters was not developed, which is a shame because you don't get the same bond you get with other victims of murder, the victims, with out being crude and disrespectful, are almost throwaway characters in this book.It has left me with one big question, which if anyone knows the answer to please let me know!First of all i was not very moved, as I feel you should really be moved by a book about mass murder i have a few theories why; a) I am secretly Psychopathic/suffering from a personality disorder b) It's a sign of the times I have become desensitized to murder and crime and only react to sensationalism c) That there is a set formula for writing true crime books and if the author deviates from this it throws me! d) Lack of emotion+ murder = no impact on reader? e) the nature of the crimes i.e. the convectional 'lack' of violence, it almost makes the crime feel unreal, a society dictates to us that crimes especially murder are physically painful.
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