In the Garden of Spite: A Novel of the Black Widow of La Porte

In the Garden of Spite: A Novel of the Black Widow of La Porte

An audacious novel of feminine rage about one of the most prolific female serial killers in American history--and the men who drove her to it.

They whisper about her in Chicago. Men come to her with their hopes, their dreams--their fortunes. But no one sees them leave. No one sees them at all after they come to call on the Widow of La Porte. The good people of Indiana may have their suspicions, but if those fools knew what she'd given up, what was taken from her, how she'd suffered, surely they'd understand. Belle Gunness learned a long time ago that a woman has to make her own way in this world. That's all it is. A bloody means to an end. A glorious enterprise meant to raise her from the bleak, colorless drudgery of her childhood to the life she deserves. After all, vermin always survive.

Title:In the Garden of Spite: A Novel of the Black Widow of La Porte
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593102565
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    In the Garden of Spite: A Novel of the Black Widow of La Porte Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    I think after finishing this book, I will eventually suffer from nightmares at least for one month: it was mad, gruesome, dark, violent, extremely terrifying, disturbing, blood freezing , classic horr...

  • Debra

    "The world is not kind to those who are different,' I whispered into Rudolph's hair as we rocked gently back and forth on the step. 'But then again,' I continued, 'she may not always be so kind to ...

  • Ceecee

    Also called In the Garden of Spite. This book is a blend of fact and fiction and is the story of serial killer Bella (Belle) Gunness who was born Brynhilder Paulsdotter Størset in Norway and was acti...

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Could not, PUT. This. Down.This book was nothing I expected but everything I anticipated. Deliciously dark, macabre, and so so hard to put down, this is truly a book I didn't even know I needed in my ...

  • Carolyn Walsh

    I wanted to read this book based on the non-fiction 'true crimes' accounts of Belle Gunness. Speculation and embellishment about her crimes and motives are added to the story. I had read some previous...

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    Exploring the darker elements of the female experience—in this case, the sociopathic murderous elements—makes for fascinating reading. This was a great work, but it could have been shorter. Concep...

  • Michelle

    4.5This was such a fantastic read that I find myself missing it days after I finished. I've never heard of Bella Gunness before and the depth of research needed to write a story this all encompassing ...

  • Jenny Lawson

    I thought I'd love this because I'm a fan of true crime (and because Belle is such a fascinating and terrible person) and I did really enjoy it but the author took a lot of creative liberties with the...

  • CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    In the Garden of Spite tells the chilling tale of Belle Gunness also known as the Black Widow of LaPorte. Belle is considered to be one of the first female serial killers in America.Growing up, Belle ...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2021/01/11/...Last year, one of my favorite discoveries was Camilla Bruce’s You Let Me In, her debut that impressed me so much that I woul...