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Savage Appetites

A provocative and original investigation of our cultural fascination with crime, linking four archetypes—Detective, Victim, Attorney, Killer—to four true stories about women driven by obse... more

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TitleSavage Appetites
ReleaseAug 20th, 2019
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Mystery

Savage Appetites Reviews

  • Olive (abookolive)
    Aug 22, 2019
    Check out my review/discussion video on booktube: https://youtu.be/TJnfyql0SY4and the below review first appeared on Open Letters Review:In early 2017, the American cable television network Oxygen officially rebranded and started featuring almost exclusively true crime programming. The channel had always been directed toward women, but network executives noticed that the lifestyle shows they were airing weren't connecting with a viewership who was busy inhaling increasing amounts of crime storie... more
  • Valerity (Val)
    Apr 13, 2019
    Rachel Monroe’s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime. As if that’s always a bad thing. This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies. I was already familiar with the one of the heiress in the 1940’s who came up with and then crafted a dozen miniaturized crime scenes called nutshells that were used for teaching what later became known as forensics. The second chapter ... more
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Apr 16, 2019
    Let's just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book. I hate the true crime trend. I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime. For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entertainment, and it does little to take on the very real issues of violence, poverty, policing, and bias in our criminal justice system even though all of these things are central to the real world of crime and punishm... more
  • Emily
    Aug 2, 2019
    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don't finish, but I'm so annoyed by this book that I'm doing it anyway. Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a "true crime" book. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it. However, the back of the book says that it's a combination of personal narrative, reportage, and a sociological examination of violence and media. What this really means is that this book is a combination of judgmental opinions that w... more
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Jul 14, 2019
    3.5 starsOur society has become obsessed with true crime.  Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes.  Statistically speaking, it's women who are fueling this obsession.  The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime podcast listeners are female.  According to Monroe, forensic science is one of the fastest growing college majors and seven in ten of those students are female. Rachel Monroe has chosen four stories to discuss the hi... more
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Aug 6, 2019
    This is one hot mess of a book.The introduction reads like a bad article someone with an interest in true crime might dig up on the internet, read a little bit of, click elsewhere, and then forget entirely. By the time I made it to the last page (heaven help me, somehow I made it) it was more than eminently clear that whatever fascination the author might have originally held for true crime had soured. And with it, went whatever interesting magic this book might have held. Here’s a thought: ma... more
  • Kristy K
    Mar 25, 2019
    While definitely interesting, this wasn’t what I expected when I went into it. This reads as a part-memoir, part-biography of women who obsessed over crime. This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further. I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
  • Emma Eisenberg
    Apr 3, 2019
    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would--it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life
  • Chermaine
    Apr 7, 2019
    I'm finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people's interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren't just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some man told them to.It's extremely interesting in that it is satisfying to see that there are people who look at this and are horrified at the things that Humanity can do but ,they want to understand it maybe be to ma... more
  • Mary
    May 22, 2019
    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women's obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level. Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases.
  • Cara EM Cara
    May 16, 2019
    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime? Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon; namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime. Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into when obsessed with true crime, and their lives to perhaps explain why they fell so deeply.Monroe writes engagingly well, and the book feels more like an intimate chat versus a nonfictional look at true crime of ye... more
  • Jamie Canaves
    Aug 29, 2019
    Exploration Of True Crime (TW basically everything)I have so many thoughts on this book I could write an entire review for each of the four sections. It starts and ends with the author attending a true crime con. In between it focuses on one fascinating woman and three cold cases which are looked at from a different angle then just the actual case–women’s obsession is the “thesis” for the book. First, we learn about Frances Glessner Lee who in the 1940s created true crime scene dioramas ... more
  • Erin
    Sep 3, 2019
    I've often wondered where my love for true crime comes from and what this obsession means about my personality. Rachel Monroe had the same wonderings and wrote this nonfiction book about the different aspects of true crime and why some people are drawn to it. The book is divided into four parts:1. The Detective - focusing on Frances Glessner Lee (the female pioneer of forensics who built miniature replications of crime scenes in the 1940s)2. The Victim - revolving around Sharon Tate and her role... more
  • Julie (A Girl and a Book)
    Sep 3, 2019
    Another fantastic nonfiction read. I've been on a big true crime kick lately, and this was amazing. Highly recommend the audiobook 🖤
  • Amy Morgan
    Mar 9, 2019
    This is a book about 4 women and their obsession with true crime and the way that this obsession has impacted their lives. From Frances Glessner Lee a rich old grandmother who became the mother of forensics, to a woman who completely embedded herself into Sharon Tate’s family after moving into the cottage where Sharon was murdered, to the woman who married a man on death row and is still happily married to him years after his exoneration, to a lonely girl who ruined her life by being obsessed ... more
  • Jen Juenke
    Mar 24, 2019
    When I picked up this book I was so excited. A new and novel idea on how women get caught up in crime. The opening chapter hooked me in with her description of Crime Con. Oh my goodness, I had no idea into this sub culture in crime. And a small part, lets be honest a LARGE part of me wants to go to Crime Con.The book is basically 4 chapters. Each chapter focuses on one female who was involved in crime. I loved the chapter on the Nutshell lady. I was fascinated by what a white rich lady could acc... more
  • Katherine
    May 17, 2019
    SAVAGE APPETITES is a must read, not just for fans of True Crime, but for everyone who must make their way through a world over-saturated with tales of crime by the 24-hour news cycle. In this book, Rachel Monroe delves into the stories of four women who were not directly affected by violent crimes, but instead became obsessed with them, and subsequently had their lives changed -not always for the better. Monroe frames the narrative with her own fascination with True Crime, and both the comfort ... more
  • Karen Smith
    Aug 25, 2019
    This book is predicated on lies and a complete failure of any moral compass. The *true* story behind Alisa Statman's relationship with Patti Tate was never told in Monroe's book. They were domestic partners. Not roommates, not friends, not acquaintances. Statman did not 'entwine' herself or 'worm her way' into the Tate family. She fell in love with Patti and Patti fell in love with her. End of file. There was no ulterior motive, no 'obsession' with the murders, no untoward reasons for their rela... more
  • Diane Hernandez
    Aug 22, 2019
    Psychological archetypes and crime fiction are melded in the true crime tales presented in Savage Appetites.The four tales here describe the mother of forensic science, who did not have a formal scientific background. Another tale describes a person fascinated by the Manson cult’s murder of Sharon Tate. The third tale focuses on the love between a woman and a convicted killer. The final tale shows how online crime websites may encourage fans to kill others.Fixation is the link between the stor... more
  • Sarah Dealy
    Aug 31, 2019
    If you slug through the meandering structurelessness of this book you will find some interesting stories. However, they are so coated in the author’s meaningless personal anecdotes, over exposition of well know cultural events and judgment of the audience she is writing about (which includes herself) - that they are hard to find. Additionally, most of the interesting nuggets in here have already been covered many times over by reporters more talented than her. I think this author was a lover o... more
  • Alison
    Aug 23, 2019
    "Parts of ourselves long for these shadowy places; we'll discover things there that we can't learn anywhere else."Smartly written and argued examination of women's obsession with true crime. Monroe brings to vivid life the four women she writes about so that we come to fully understand why they entered into the strange worlds that they did. Ultimately, the book, like its subject, also works as astute cultural criticism. As I read through other reviews of this book here, I'm seeing some seriously... more
  • Caroline
    May 9, 2019
    Thank you to Edelweiss, Scribner and Simon and Schuster for providing an ARC of this book!I really liked this book. I am partial to true crime books written about women and crime, so this jumped at me. This was written more like an essay, I thought, but I feel as though that made it easier to read.I like the research the author did with this book, and I like how she mentions Crime Con as well. I would love to go to Crime Con!This is a decent read. I would recommend it to other true crime interes... more
  • Gabe
    Aug 28, 2019
    What a refreshing look in the over-saturated field of true crime. This book looks at four stories of women throughout history, obsessed with true crime in one way or another. I was familiar with two of the stories (Damien Eckles and Sharon Tate) but the other two were new to me. I thought it was extremely well researched and mixed in pop culture, psychology, true crime fanaticism, and history quite well. I would recommend for any true crime fan!
  • Kade Gulluscio
    May 6, 2019
    I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thanks NetGalley!I'm a huge fan of true crime stories in general, so I had a feeling I'd enjoy this book too. just read it.
  • Lizzy (reviews.she.wrote)
    Aug 25, 2019
    This book is not what I thought it was going to be. I thought I’d get the stories of four different women and their different levels of crime obsession. What I got was something that read like a college essay with snarky tweets interspersed throughout. I think the initial question the books poses, why are women so crazy about true crime, really is something to ask yourself. But I found the authors voice to be very critical of those who love true crime even though she herself likes it. This is ... more
  • Maryne Hachey
    Aug 25, 2019
    Journalism isn’t what it used to be, there was a time that the truth mattered especially to the writer, Authors use to pride themselves on the satisfaction of a job well done by doing their own research and not riding on the success of others.Savage Appetite lacks Integrity,Authenticity and Originality. Monroe fails to provide factual information and lacks originality & clearly writes from a skewed point of view and misguided perspective when it comes to Alisa Statman, obviously this poorly ... more
  • April Connor
    Aug 21, 2019
    This book contains sloppy writing, for example it states that Sharon Tate moved into Cielo Drive in July. In fact she flew back from London in July; she and Polanski had moved into the house months before. This book is slight. Feels like a series of quickly-dashed off articles. Don't waste your time reading.
  • Paula Lyle
    Aug 18, 2019
    I thought I might enjoy this because I occasionally read true crime. Well, these people are on a whole other level and it kind of creeped me out. These women, and apparently many more out there, really are obsessed and that changes their lives in ways that are not at all healthy. This is an interesting book, but I will definitely wait until the bad taste leaves me to pick up any further true crime books.I received an eARC from NetGalley.
  • Lauren
    Mar 27, 2019
    I wanted to like SAVAGE APPETITES more than I did. The initial research question of the book is interesting (although it says something that I saw a “research question” in a book that’s supposed to be about true crime and obsession - it was often written more like a persuasive essay than a thrilling narrative). Monroe wonders: Why are women so disproportionately interested in true crime? What is the motivation for women to flock to stories of violent murder, rape, burglary, kidnapping, etc... more
  • Lois Lane
    Mar 24, 2019
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.The author places the women in this study into four categories: detectives, victims, defenders, and killers. From her initial discussion of true crime fandom among women, her premise seems to be that women who read true crime books or listen to podcasts such as serial fit into these categories. However, the women she profiles here are such extreme cases that they hardly seem typical of the average consumer... more