From the dust jacket:
I am ashamed to admit that I have never read anything by Douglas Preston until this novel. I’ve been meaning to read his Pendergast series, and I have the entire thing for my Sony Reader, but I haven’t gotten around to it quite yet. Since this is a non-fiction book, I wondered if my lack of Preston knowledge would inhibit my enjoyment of The Monster of Florence. I’m glad to say that wasn’t the case.
One thing I didn’t like about the book was the ambiguity of the ending. I’m not going to say any more about it because, again, I don’t want to ruin the book, but if you read it, I think you’ll understand my issue.
This book reminded me of Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Both are novels recounting the exploits of two serial killers, both are true stories – however, in Devil in the White City, the story is told in third person and is in some ways from the serial killer’s point of view. In The Monster of Florence, we are outside looking in, with Douglas Preston as the narrator.
Overall, The Monster of Florence, while horrifying, is very interesting (though not captivating) and well-written. I was surprised that I hadn’t heard about the case before reading the book, especially with the high profile Preston claims that it received. I would recommend it to any fans of Douglas Preston, Thomas Harris (you’ll see why when you read the book), non-fiction, or mysteries. Happy reading!