Published by Abrams Image on September 28, 2021
Genres: True Crime
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A powerful collection of stories about women who murdered—for revenge, for love, and even for pleasure—rife with historical details that will have any true crime junkie on the edge of their seat
In every tragic story, men are expected to be the killers. There are countless studies and works of art made about male violence. However, when women are featured in stories about murder, they are rarely portrayed as predators. They’re the prey. This common dynamic is one of the reasons that women are so enthralled by female murderers. They do the things that women aren’t supposed to do and live the lives that women aren’t supposed to want: lives that are impulsive and angry and messy and inconvenient. Maybe we feel bad about loving them, but we eat it up just the same. Residing squarely in the middle of a Venn diagram of feminism and true crime, She Kills Me tells the story of 40 women who murdered out of necessity, fear, revenge, and even for pleasure.
I absolutely loved Wright’s dark sense of humor in Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them and It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History so I’m excited to see what she does with this topic next.
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?