The Family Next Door by John Glatt
The story of the Turpin family is horrifying. The abuse they suffered at the hands of their parents was extreme. This was not parents on drugs neglecting their kids. This was calculated, pre-meditated, and evil. It is amazing that one of the daughters was able to find the strength within her to escape and call for help. It is also a testament to how humans can work through such extreme trauma (though it was very light on how the kids are doing now). The story of what they went through while growing up and after being rescued was excellent and told in a way that really drew me in. The problem is much of it was pretty much told twice, once in narrative form and once through quotes from court. This was completely unnecessary and just padded out the length of the book. I recommend this book to people who enjoy true crime. Just scan through the court hearing part as there is nothing new in that entire section.
3 (out of 5) Stars
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