Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

"So good, you find yourself asking how you could not know this already"-Esquire

This review sums up The Devil in the White City perfectly. Most times I pick up a non-fiction book I know at least a little something about it. This time, I know nothing and I was completely fascinated from beginning to end.

Erik Larson wrote this book about two topics that are very different but weave together perfectly. The book mixes together the story of the World's Columbian Exposition Fair of 1893 of and a serial killer using the fair as a backdrop to his many, many crimes. The way to chapters go back and forth between could feel choppy, but they don't. Usually books that use this literary technique, I hate and usually end up skipping one topic for another. But this one, I found myself racing through all of it, both topics were so enthralling and wonderfully written.

The only criticism I have of The Devil in the the White City is the ending. The wrapping up of the Holmes' story felt a little rushed and I wish Larson had gone more into the last couple chapters.

As far as recommending this book, I say- Yes! You will like it, I promise!


  1. Thanks for the review. I have to say, I get very disappointed by bad/rushed endings, so I don't know if I want to read it!
    SIK Book Reviews

    1. I would still read it! I looked more into the back story one my own afterwards, and it really wasn't rushed for what really happened. It turned out the real life was rushed too without much more to say!

  2. I haven't heard of this one before but it sounds really good! I am going to add it to my TBR pile!
    Nice review! :)

  3. I haven't heard of this one either. Thanks for the review! :)