Book review: Despicable
If you are interested in the murder of Meredith Kercher case aka Amanda Knox case then Nick van der Leek’s books are a must read. He covers the case chronologically in his series of ebooks about this case. DESPICABLE encompasses the first trial where Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were definitively found guilty.
Van der Leek begins the narrative by laying a foundation of the complexities of analyzing what happened. He also compares this case to other prominent murder cases, which he has studied in depth, to provide a broader perspective of this crime and the criminals involved. He takes you on a journey through the events of 2009, citing various news sources, legal documents and books with links. This allows the reader to research along with the author, obtain more facts as well as give the feeling of being back in time when it all occurred.
The author doesn’t tell you what to think but asks you to think for yourself. For example he inquires of the reader, ” Remember what you were you like when you were twenty?” to shift the readers perspective while scrutinizing the people and events.
Even if you feel like you have heard it all about this murder case, van der Leek proves that there is more to consider. The insights that van der Leek brings out will most likely surprise you. You may find yourself saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” DESPICALBE is another entertaining and perceptive examination of the case that is a must read for anyone interested in the murder of Meredith Kercher.