★★★★ 3.5 Horrific Stars ★★★★
The chilling true tale of two innocent sisters who are abducted, terrorized for hours, raped, and finally thrown from an isolated bridge into a dark canyon in the middle of nowhere on a dark night in 1973. One miraculously survived. The other did not.
Years later, author and journalist Ron Franscell--a chidlhood friend and next-door neighbor to the girls--can't forget his hometown's most shocking story of abduction, rape, and murder. Exploring the nature of a small town's memory and the poison of survivor guilt, THE DARKEST NIGHT races toward a shocking ending. The result is one of the most provocative true-crime stories of the decade, told by one of the nation's finest narrative journalists.
This book details the heartbreaking, true account of the abduction of two sisters- one who was murdered and the other was left for dead. Franscell (the author) does a good job describing what happened on that horrific night and pays tribute to both of the victims in a caring way. This is how all true crime books should be written! I feel like the author did his research really well with this book and most of the facts seem to be legit according to fellow reviewers and those who knew the victims. Also, the author gave us some good information about the killers so we could get a feel for who they were and what may have lead up to this unspeakable crime.
The only downside of this book for me was that we got a lot of information about Becky (one of the sisters who was left for dead) and only a small amount on the younger sister, Amy. I really feel like we should have heard a bit more about her as to pay tribute to her.
All in all though, this is a good true crime book that will leave readers horrified. The two men who committed this crime are clearly monsters and I have no sympathy for either one of them. The book is told well- in three different parts. Part 1 focuses on where everything happened, part 2 describes the crime, and part 3 describes the aftermath of everything and how Becky’s life played out after it. It is not confusing by any means, and it is not long and drawn out with facts that don’t pertain to the actual happenings of that night. If you enjoy a good true crime book than this one may be for you!