Saturday, October 17, 2009

Guest Post: Debbie Mutford's Review of Runaway Devil by Robert Remington and Sherri Zickefoose

I hope the recently released book Runaway Devil is only the first of many writing collaborations between Robert Remington and Sherri Zickefoose. Based on Canada's youngest convicted multiple murderer, the disturbing details are unsensationalized. Facts are brought to light in a chronologically captivating story with supporting documents, some of which were shown as court evidence. Their objectivity and professionalism as experienced journalists shines through the work. The murderers' goth lifestyle and wiccan beliefs are highlighted as essential main character components without blanketing goths or wiccans as a whole.

Horrific, sad, and down-right scary, the book takes a look at seemingly ordinary lives inexplicably shattered. Readers from all walks of life will find ways to relate to the story: parents, teens, neighbours, working-class, middle-class, small town, big city...everyone is affected by the inconceivable plot to kill one's parents. Unabused, loved and cared for, 12-year-old JR successfully schemes to kill her parents and sees the slashing of her 8-year-old brother's throat as merciful.

The story is one that needed to be told. It is a cautionary tale of the incomprehensible surprises that we may never see around our own corners. Remington and Zickefoose have done a fantastic job and I hope they continue to use their talents creating more books equally as compelling.

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