15 November 2014

On My Bookshelf: THE HUNTER'S PREY by Marie E Gorman

The Hunter's PreyThe Hunter's Prey by Marie E Gorman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they are in the game." -Paul Rodriguez

Chilling, easy reading (if easy is a term that can ever be applied to true crime) accounts of murder from around the world. It’s almost inconceivable what happened to these women. But I think what resonated with me most about all these cases is the ordinariness of the victims, women who did nothing wrong, women who happened in many cases to simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Women who could be anyone of us.

Jill Meagher’s case in particular hit home. Jill, a 29-year-old Melbourne woman, was raped and murdered while walking home from a night out with workmates. It was a walk she’d done many times before. When Adrian Bayley decided to go hunting, however, she didn’t stand a chance.

I, like many women, have walked that same street Jill Meagher did, oblivious to the evil lurking in the shadows. A timely reminder that we need to remain vigilant at all times.

The Hunter's Prey is a True Crime book featuring true stories of women who met violent deaths at the hands of a male. These men managed to blend into society making it impossible for the victims to predict how violent and dangerous they could be. Some of the women in this book encountered everyday violence while others experienced crimes that were so extraordinary and random that they are almost inconceivable. By reading their stories, it forces us to become more aware of our surroundings and we may have second thoughts about doing things that we once believed posed no risk at all. Stories include: 

  • Jill Meagher 
  • Jennifer Levin 
  • Imette St Guillen and Jennifer Moore 
  • Rachel O’Reilly and Celine Cawley 
  • Patricia O’Toole, Raechel Betts and Jasmine Fiore 
  • Lisa Harnum 
  • Denise Amber Lee and Brianna Denison 
  • Cynthia Osokoga and Nona Belomesoff 
  • John Edward Robinson and Paul Denyer 
  • Lucie Blackman and Lindsay Hawker 
  • Laura Garza and Nicola Furlong 
  • Sonja McCaskie and Sharon Siermans 

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  1. Isn't it sad that women are almost always the targets :(

    1. Yes, as sad and as unfortunate as that is. The best thing we can do is learn to defend ourselves and remain vigilant.

  2. Good review, thank you Vicki. I've often thought that there should be some word for "enjoy" when it comes to books like this... some word that doesn't connote happiness. Perhaps we can look to the Germans for that word. ;)

    1. Thanks, Beverly. Yes, the Germans seem to have a word for every occasion. I wonder what it would be for times like this.