Book Review: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Devil in the White City

One of my favorite podcasts, #millennial, has started a book club, and our first book was Devil in the White City. I had never heard of it before it was chosen, but it is apparently quite popular as I keep seeing it everywhere. (Also—they are apparently making a movie and Leonardo DiCaprio will be playing H.H. Holmes. Awesome.)

Devil in the White City is a non-fiction text that juxtaposes Chicago’s World Fair with the murders and discovery of serial killer H. H. Holmes. Although it is non-fiction, a lot of it reads as if it were a traditional novel.

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My rating: 4/5 stars. I moved through this book slowly, which apparently was a common trend among readers in the book club. I found most of the information in the book really interesting—it was especially cool to learn how a lot of commonplace things today got their start. Honestly, I had never even heard of the Chicago World’s Fair before. I also found the storyline of Holmes interesting and creepy (for whatever strange psychological reason). I tend to like books better after discussing them on a deeper level with others, and although I was unable to participate in the google hangout book club discussion, listening to it has allowed me to appreciate the story even more. I would recommend this book to people who like horror and history.

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