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Are You There Alone?: The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates Book Review Summary

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Simon & Schuster, Feb 2004, 25.00, 281 pp.
ISBN: 0743244850

The Andrea Yates's murders of her five children and the subsequent trial are graphically described by Suzanne O'Malley, a reporter who followed the case for TV and magazines. Not fascinating in any sense as Ms. O'Malley does not hold back in her details and her interviews. Most readers will struggle to get past the explicit details of a mother drowning her children. However, what makes this true crime story that sounds more like a horror novel remain above the sensationalism is that the author makes the key players seem real and human. Andrea Yates does not come across as a maniacal psychopathic monster, but instead someone suffering from mental illness, court ruling on competence aside. Not easy to read due to the horror of the crimes, Ms. O'Malley makes the case as stated by a neurologist that Ms. Yates “fit the definition of legal insanity-even in Texas." This strong look at the psychological issues of mental illness that makes justice so difficult to insure provides more than a ghastly look at perhaps the most hideous personal crime of the decade.

Harriet Klausner
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   criminal (killer) Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   mental illness Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   killer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

United States    -   Yes Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   depressed How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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