My Review of Cary Stayner: The True Story of the Yosemite Park Killer by Jack Rosewood

Cary Stayner: The True Story of the Yosemite Park Killer by Jack Rosewood

Franz Kafka once said, “We ought to read only books that bite and sting us.”

I happened upon the above quote at the time that I was reading the story of Cary Stayner: The True Story of the Yosemite Park Killer by Jack Rosewood. This story truly did bite and did sting me! It is a true-crime story which follows the life of an individual from his childhood years to the end of his journey where he awaits his final encounter on death row.

Cary Stayner was a killer who hid in clear view of everyone; his colleagues, his family, society in general. It is a horrifying story of an individual who, according to many friends, neighbours and colleagues did not look like a serial killer but appeared as an ordinary, handsome, normal, likeable person. It was only in retrospect that the odd individual found Cary Stayner to be a bit of a loner, quiet and at times, even a bit scarey.

The author wrote this story in a very organized manner using precise writing and many short factual sentences. It was easy to read and easy to follow the line of incidents as they occurred. The amount of research that would have been involved in creating this story was probably very extensive and detailed so I admire the ability of the author to sift through the repetitive information and come up with a story that is so organized, complete and factual. I’ve wondered whether more detail would add to the story or whether it would detract from the style that the author used.

The author was also successful in evoking emotion from the reader. I felt deep sympathy for the families of the victims and for the family of the killer, and yet I felt deep sympathy for the killer himself. Integration of quotes from the victims’ parents, the killer’s relatives and from the killer himself, helped to create the emotion and gave the reader a look into the mind of the killer.

I believe this story would appeal to any reader of True-Crime, Crime fiction, Thriller and/or Suspense. In my opinion, it deserved a rating of 5 stars but due to the typos and grammatical errors I could only honestly give it 4 star rating. I received a copy from the author through a Goodreads connection in exchange for an honest review.

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