I feel very, very bad for Anne Bird, and this was a hard book to read. Bird is the biological sister of Scott Peterson, convicted of killing his wife Laci and their unborn child, Connor. Bird was given up for adoption at birth, and only met her biological family after Scott and Laci were married. She formed a bond with her sister-in-law, and then when the horror of the murder happened she was caught between her desire to believe the best of Peterson - who Bird says she resembles - and her growing uneasiness over his actions.
Bird is not a trained writer, and it shows. But I couldn’t put her story down for more than a few minutes because I wanted to give her hugs and witness her horror and grief. I think most readers will be glad to know she sought therapy to help her process her feelings and deal with both them and her husband’s suspicions. She went into meeting her family fairly warily, trusted them, and then came to believe that Peterson had committed the crime. To make matters worse, the world at large believed she was supporting him.
This isn’t a book that’s easy to review. It’s as raw as most memoirs, a scream from her heart about the unfairness of it all. Because she’s not a trained writer, there are places where it could have been tightened up. But I’m glad her editor let her voice come through as clearly as it does. She deserves that, in the face of the betrayal and pain and mourning. Mostly, this feels as inevitable and brutal as any Poe story. I am very sorry it’s nonfiction. Four of five stars.
This was a very interesting book, Anne Bird really explains her insights as to why her brother is guilty in her eyes.
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