OP-ED: Book Reviews

OP-ED: Book Reviews

Madelyn Hutchison

Today I’m going to review a book title that might seem a bit familiar to some of you. “RedHanded: An Exploration of Criminals, Cannibals, Cults, And What Makes A Killer Tick” by Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire. That’s right, I’m talking about the book that these two podcast hosts published.

When I tell you I was impatiently waiting for my one credit on Audible for this book for an entire month, I mean it!

As you can probably guess by the title of this book and by their podcast, if you listen to it, this book is not for the faint of heart by any means. The book only has eight chapters, but each chapter goes over the type of killer they talk about in
extensive detail.

I mean, each chapter is over an hour-long when you listen to the audiobook. If you’re anything like me, you like true crime and you want to do your own research when learning about
important cases.

That being said, however, when doing the research it’s not always written in a way that is interesting and often feels like you’re reading an academic journal, which we all know is the driest bit of literature you could ever possibly read.

It’s because of this that I always struggle when it comes to reading true crime books. This book, however, is very approachable, and it sounds like the authors are having a long conversation with you.

Any terminology they use or discuss they define it in a way
that is understandable to the common people. You don’t need to have any past experience with true crime jargon in order to enjoy this book and understand what they’re talking about.

I would definitely recommend this book to new people who are interested in true crime.

Another thing that I find important about this book is that it covers many different kinds of killers or occultists, and discusses the age old argument Nature vs. Nurture while using popular cases such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dauhmer.

This is important to me because, especially if you’re new to true crime, you still know a little about these cases simply because they’re so popular, so you aren’t going into this book completely blind. As for covering different topics and different killers, I think that’s important because it shows just how flexible the term “murderer” is.

Sometimes you get someone with a knife, killing for revenge, for whatever reason. Then you can have someone who wants to know what human flesh tastes like.

In short, if you’re new to true crime or a veteran, I definitely recommend this book as it provides an interesting insight to what makes a killer tick and why they do it, and the warning signs in early childhood. After all, monsters are made, not born. Or are they?

As mentioned before, this book is not for the faint of heart, and if you’re planning on reading this book I suggest you get the audiobook because it just sounds like one of their podcast episodes, and before you know it, it’s been eight
hours.