The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America


 The tale of a serial killer at the Chicago’s World Fair is recounted in “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the World’s Fair.”  I was left disappointed when the book was simply too factual to be enjoyable.  The true tale of serial killer H.H. Holmes was not presented in an interesting manner, although the events surrounding his construction of a hotel with a gas chamber and other torture chambers were quite shocking!  Erik Larson’s matter of fact descriptions stole every ounce of excitement from what otherwise would have been a very enthralling story of a serial killer masquerading as a doctor, alongside the story of the architect designing the World’s Fair.  I did not finish the book and could not recommend it.

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