Shattered Silence

There's no doubt about it: Melissa Moore had a horrific upbringing.The surprise, however, is that this was mostly due to her mother, who was a negligent, cold, uncaring woman who married two abusive partners and who was mute as they attacked both her and her children.

Keith Jesperson, the serial killer mentioned in the title, has a minor role to play in Moore's suffering, as he divorces the mother when Moore is still quite young and only drops into her life periodically. However, when he does, he

There's no doubt about it: Melissa Moore had a horrific upbringing.The surprise, however, is that this was mostly due to her mother, who was a negligent, cold, uncaring woman who married two abusive partners and who was mute as they attacked both her and her children.Keith Jesperson, the serial killer mentioned in the title, has a minor role to play in Moore's suffering, as he divorces the mother when Moore is still quite young and only drops into her life periodically. However, when he does, he is as manipulative, cruel, and twisted as you'd expect a serial killer to be. The scenes detailing Jesperson's abuse of innocent animals are particularly hard to read.As terrible as Moore's childhood was, many have suffered worse. As I read through chapter after chapter bemoaning her lack of new school clothes and describing

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all the friends she spent time with in elementary and high school, I wondered why on earth she wrote this memoir. It certainly doesn't provide any special insight of what it's like to live with a serial killer.And then, the motive for the book becomes clear: the last quarter, if not more, is an advertisement for religion, in particular the LDS church, and--to a lesser extent--Dr. Phil. It ends with a list of suggestions to follow for an enriched life, including "Find Your Passion" and "Journal." It's a personal thing, but I'm growing more infuriated by people who are convinced God has answered their prayers and given them a new house, etc. What about all the good people who pray and still die of cancer, etc.? Does God not love them as much?I didn't have a problem with how the book was written, but it definitely rambled and didn't seem to have a clear focus until near the end, and that was the part that was a heavy-handed commercial. If you're curious about what it's like to live with a serial killer, this book won't do much to enlighten you.

That said, my heart does go out to Moore for all she suffered and I think she's incredibly brave to have been able to survive so much tragedy and turn her life around.

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