True Crime

The Wilderness of Ruin

by Roseanne Montillo

Quick take

[A] rubberneck-inducing account of a horrific crime spree… a gripping chronicle of a boy gone wrong.

Why I love it

At first blush, the story of Jesse Pomeroy — Boston's youngest serial killer — is simple and straightforward. Accused of murdering two children when he was only 14, after having been released from juvenile detention for torturing several other children, his guilt is rarely in question (except by his mother). It's not a question of whodunit, it's a question of why. That is the driving force behind...

Member thoughts

  • Brandi I.

    Chicago, IL

    "A child serial killer makes for fascinating subject matter, but the author tells the tale in a way that can be difficult to get through at times. "

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    New York, NY


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    Rancho Cucamonga, CA


  • Lauren M.

    Vienna, VA

    "It was ok, I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t like it as much as others. It’s an interesting story but it doesn’t totally pull you in. "