So, I wouldn’t normally review a Non-Fiction book, however, this was just way too bizarre that I had to share it with you all! Now if you have read any of my other posts such as Down the TBR hole you will know that I am fascinated by Cyber Crime, well this definitely falls into that category. Thank you to NetGalley and WildBlue Press for this copy in exchange for an honest review. Here goes…
This is not a typical story of Internet stalking. It is an unusual case of friendship and deception so pitiless and unyielding that it opened a door to Hell into the author’s life. This is an unforgettable story for today’s digital world driven by social media in all of its permutations and cruellest forms.
The story begins with Susan Fensten’s online search for her father’s family, a search that soon turns into a two-year frightening odyssey of internet stalking and threats when a posting on a genealogy message board brings her into contact with what she thinks are distant cousins, but what turns out to be a sociopath.
Through email correspondence with her new “family”, evidence of mental illness, dark family secrets, a struggle over wealth and bizarre criminal histories emerge. She quickly becomes the focus of sexual obsession and suspicion, and her life is completely turned upside down. She soon becomes the target of dozens of frightening characters including real verifiable convicted sex offenders in an elaborate cyber-hoax that includes threats of kidnapping, murder, rape, torture and cannibalism. – Goodreads –
First of all, how creepy is this book cover?! The eyes look like they can see through my soul haha!
This read was so bizarre that I had to regularly remind myself that this was not a work of fiction, Susan actually experienced this over a period of around 2 years! This was quite a slow read for me because I’m not usually a fan on ‘autobiography’ style books as I start to lose interest, I started to get this feeling about half way through.
There were times when I was so confused and couldn’t even keep up with what was going on half the time.
However, I am really glad that I persevered as just when I thought this couldn’t get any weirder, it did! It also came to a conclusion through an FBI investigation which also gave another area of interest.
I’m not going to say anymore about this as it is just a quick review, being honest, I just needed to share this with you guys! I would recommend this to those of you who, like me, are interested in Cyber Crime and the dark side of social media.
Due to the sheer craziness of this book, I give it 4 cups of coffee out of 5.
Have you read this book, or anything similar? I would love to hear your opinions and if you have any recommendations.
See you guys in the next post…