Cheri Reviews Starvation Heights by Gregg Olsen

Starvation Heights: A True Story of Murder and Malice in the Woods of the Pacific Northwest by Gregg Olsen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


My stomach is still in knots after finishing this incredibly detailed true crime audiobook. That must say something about the quality of the research and writing – as well as the narration.

If You Tell by Gregg Olsen has been on my TBR for a long time but this is my first read of his work. It was also my first exposure to this case, which is truly horrific.

Starvation Heights spends most of its focus on the Williamson sisters but we get a huge amount of background information on pretty much everyone who was involved in the case. I’m not going to lie, there were a few times when I thought the book was too long – it’s about a 15 hour listen – but most of the time, I was glad for the deep dive. Mostly I was enraged and disgusted that Hazzard got away with murder repeatedly. Even if she spent time in prison, it wasn’t enough. She, and her staunchest followers, should have been put away forever.

Fans of true crime will very likely enjoy Starvation Heights. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the audio ARC.



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