Review: She kills me by Jennifer Wright

In every tragic story, men are expected to be the killers. There are countless studies and works of art made about male violence. However, when women are featured in stories about murder, they are rarely portrayed as predators. They’re the prey. This common dynamic is one of the reasons that women are so enthralled by female murderers. They do the things that women aren’t supposed to do and live the lives that women aren’t supposed to want: lives that are impulsive and angry and messy and inconvenient. Maybe we feel bad about loving them, but we eat it up just the same. Residing squarely in the middle of a Venn diagram of feminism and true crime, She Kills Me tells the story of 40 women who murdered out of necessity, fear, revenge, and even for pleasure. 

Review

I have always been fascinated by crime documentaries and I am fan of the Investigation Discovery channel. This book caught my attention because it reminded me of the true crime show, Deadly Women.

This is a collection of real-life stories of women who committed murder. We have women who have killed for revenge, money, no reason at all and others chose murder instead of divorce. There are also stories featuring women who led cults, used poison as their tools of murder and others who actually worked in professions that have led them to kill. One such woman hunted down the Nazis and is rumored to have taken down quite a number of them.

The chapters are short. They introduce the women, give a bit background into their personal lives and then look into their crimes and motives. They end with the repercussion or rather the woman’s life after the crime. Despite the fact that I watch so many investigative shows, most of these stories were new. There were women who fall more into the category of heroines than murderers like Virginia Hall, the spy who hunted down Nazis. Of course, others like Elizabeth Bathory will just turn your stomach.

The author presents the stories in brief chapters not devoid of a bit of dark humor. I found the book to be quite binge-worthy. I certainly couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

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