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Inside 25 Cromwell St

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No one else is going to be able to tell this story, as the authors grew up with Fred and Rose and witnessed many strange things. Written by their children, who were no doubt in the house during some of their more hideous crimes, adds a personal touch which adds more depth to the book and makes a more engaging read.

The book was evidently complied shortly after the death of Fred West in jail so the events are all so raw - and this shows in the interviews. This book is and excellent read, written in the words of Stephen and Mae West, looking back at their family life then, up to the trial of their parents. I feel its an engrossing and honest book and the loving letters from Rose to Mae sent a shiver down my spine she sounds like any loving mother expect she is imprisoned for Ten Murders.The psychotic episodes that often gripped Fred and Rose West were not just symptomatic of their own dysfunctional childhoods (Fred was a paedophile who got his own sister pregnant and Rose was sleeping with her father from her teens upwards) but symptomatic of their own broken minds. Certainly a revealing look into life at the West home, from their bizarre decorating tastes, to Fred's various obsessions, and Rose's prostitution. Providing the reader with such a first-person-insight into what life was like within the West’s family home, with chapter after chapter detailing what happened to the children, delivered in such an emotionally impactful manner; the book is not only unique in what it offers but much more of a tough read for it. First published back in December of 1995, Stephen and Mae West’s book ‘Inside 25 Cromwell St’ provided a unique first-person account of their upbringing as two of the surviving children from Fred and Rosemary West’s family.

Indeed, when a man came to visit ‘Mandy’, the children would know that they would have to occupy themselves for a number of hours whilst their mother looked after the visitor. The book ends with an appendix providing a twelve page chronology of the most notable events of the whole case. The first of these seconds is by far and away the largest one, dealing with life at 25 Cromwell Street before the body of Heather West was found buried in the backgarden. Having read numerous books on this subject now; from various different view points this has an insight into their home life prior to the revelations. The book begins with a three-page Editor’s Preface in which the two editors (referenced as TG and PG) detail the reasons for putting together the book, how the source material (i.

If I could gather up the West children and hug them all (and rescue Heather from their clutches), believe me I would. e. Stephen and Mae West’s words) were obtained, the book’s structure, and ultimately identifies the book as part of Stephen and Mae’s ‘rehabilitation process’. But the kids were expected to pull their own weight around the farm at Much Marcle in Herefordshire where they lived. I read mainly Mysteries and Thrillers, with over half of my reads being Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) directly from the publisher/author.

No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. It's good to know that Anne-Marie (the oldest child, half-sister to the others) has grown into a dignified woman and I wish all the other children only the best. Surprisingly short on content, the book is a quick read; there is so much more that can be told about the characters of the deranged pair and life growing up in the West household. The two oldest surviving children of Fred and Rosemary West tell the terrifying story of life at 25 Cromwell Street. In parts it's quite hard to keep up with what's going on as the statements keep jumping from one thing to another.I can't even begin to imagine what life was like for Stephen and Mae but glad to read they are starting to rebuild their lives and I hope the victims families are too! To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. It is heartbreaking as you read the book not only the abuse that Stephen, mae and the other children went through but also the battle Stephen and mae have to go through balancing their loyalty to their parents and what was being said in the media and the trial.

But I think Fred and Rose did a lot of killings and torture when Mae and Stephen were ASLEEP so they dont actually know the extent of it all as they didn't see it. But I think that if this book makes you feel more responsible for vulnerable children then you will have gained something positive from all the suffering outlined here.

The book in principally divided into three definite sections, which (quite purposefully) reflect the three most important phases of Stephen and Mae’s lives. Everything was new and shocking to them as they started to come to terms with the crimes of their parents and their own childhoods. However, Fred and Rose married despite the baby having a different father, and in turn had their first child together – Annie Marie. As a reader, you get a sense of how manipulative and deceptive he was and how he managed to hide his monstrous actions from those around him.

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