Blog Tour | Book Review: Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth

It’s time for the most chilling blog tour I have ever participated in, and I’m delighted to be the first stop, sharing my review with you today.

Book Description

The book behind the sensational Netflix series The Ted Bundy Tapes.

Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer was born out of more than 150 hours of exclusive interview footage with Bundy himself, recorded on death row before his execution in a Florida electric chair.

Bundy’s shocking eleventh-hour confessions to journalists Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth provide a horrifying insight into the twisted mind of America’s most notorious serial killer.

He was a sadistic monster.

A master manipulator.

His grisly killing spree left at least 30 innocent young women dead.

This is Ted Bundy in his own words.

My Thoughts

One of the things I always seek out when I read crime fiction is the chilling insight into a killer’s mind. But those killers are fictional, make-believe, and that creates a “safety barrier.” This book is nonfiction, a real killer, a serial killer, and this book gives us “barrier-free” access to his mind. And compared to all the fiction I read, this is truly terrifying. To read how Bundy speaks about his crimes, his twisted, warped views, chilled me to my core. I conclude that there is nothing more disturbing than a serial killer talking about himself in third person. 

Prior to reading this book, I watched the Netflix documentary and I was worried I wouldn’t get much out of this book, that it’d be a repetition of information. But, let me tell you, reading this book was far more chilling than watching it. I thought the chill would come from hearing Bundy speak in the documentary, but when you read this book, your mind is processing what you’re reading, the shock, the horror, you may even reread certain bits because you’re convinced you read it wrong, because it’s so twisted it can’t be true! Most of this book is set out in interview format, it’s raw, it’s real, and most importantly [for me], it doesn’t have the sensationalist aspect the Netflix documentary did.

Due to the way this book is formatted, you see the word “uh” used an awful lot, see below for an example. 

“TB: It wouldn’t. . . uh, change materially.”

This makes perfect sense, and it’s how Bundy spoke, so I totally get it, but it did stop the fluidity of the read at times, especially when it was included several times in one paragraph. Yes, it signified times when Bundy was likely thinking about how to say what he wanted to say, or biding time for whatever reason, but sometimes it created a stilted effect.

Overall, this is a book that does what the blurb states, so you can be confident that if you choose to read this book, you will get exactly what you are asking for – an insight into the mind of a serial killer, in his own words. The depth of your knowledge into Bundy is irrelevant, this book is accessible to all, while there are many books/studies about Bundy and his crimes, can any account be as powerfully told as the one the killer tells himself? If true crime is your forte, you could say this one is mandatory reading!

Side note: I vote ‘no’ to putting serial killers on the cover of books, I had to keep this book facedown whenever I wasn’t reading it, because walking past it and seeing this disturbing cover, Bundy’s ‘half-in-the-dark’ face staring at me was creepy as hell! At least, I can say the content on the pages is as disturbing as the cover! This book, Bundy’s words, really unsettled something in me, but credit to the authors for thinking of a way to get Bundy to speak about his crimes.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon UK / Book Depository

*My thanks to the publisher (Mirror Books) for providing me with a copy of this book and inviting me to participate in the blog tour*

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12 thoughts on “Blog Tour | Book Review: Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth

  1. What a great review!! I was wondering what you thought of the Netflix series and if you were reading one of the books. This one is older, right? Did it get re-released to coincide with the series? I read the other book the authors wrote about him because I wasn’t sure I wanted to read the interview format but it sounds like it wasn’t that bothersome. This sounds so unsettling. And agreed, get their creepy faces off the book covers!!

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  2. I’m so happy I was invited to the tour thanks to you. You are right, nothing beats hearing from him, hearing his own words. I was still surprised how intelligent he was and how manipulative, even with the interviewers. I’m very excited to share my review for this novel too!

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  3. I saw the documentary too – I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle reading the book. I was shocked at how visceral my reactions were, I was literally in tears every time they put up a photo of one of the victims, especially the ones to whom I bore some resemblance (terrifying to think of being Bundy’s “type”). And I felt an ugly little flinty core in me come out when he was put to death; I’m opposed to capital punishment, but I couldn’t help but feel relieved and glad that he was no longer alive. Given what you’ve said about the impact of reading the words on the page… I don’t think I could cope! Thank you for sharing, much appreciated ❤️

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    1. This book won’t be for everyone and I won’t push it on anyone, I think it’s one of those books you definitely need to want to read. I didn’t like the sensationalism of the documentary so that was my driving force for wanting to read the book.

      To be “Bundy’s type” must be a horrid thought! Selfishly, I’m glad I don’t live in the US because the amount of prolific/well known serial killers there terrifies me!

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