Review: Fatal Passions by Adrian Vincent


Title: Fatal Passions

Author: Adrian Vincent

Published: 12 October 2016

Publisher: Endeavour Press

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5 anythings

Netgalley description

An inconvenient wife, a suspicious husband, a lover who refuses to leave — the flip-side of love can all too easily turn out to be murderous hatred.

In trunks, under floorboards, in remote ravines — even in their own beds — the bodies of those for whom their lovers’ passion proved fatal have been found, and often through the stench of decay.

One ingenious killer boiled down his wife’s remains in a vat at his sausage factory.

Another throttled and incinerated a perfect stranger in order to stage his own death and thus escape the charge of bigamy.

Then there were the lesbian schoolgirls who bludgeoned to death the mother of one of them with a brick in a stocking. Her crime: she had tried to keep them apart.

Whilst one woman kept her lover in a secret attic for years until he shot her husband dead.

A dark narrative, Adrian Vincent expertly brings together some of the world’s most notorious killer.

In sixteen fascinating case histories, Fatal Passions tells the true stories of those who have literally loved someone to death.


I am a huge fan of murder mysteries be it fictional or non-fictional (although I prefer knowing about non-fiction murder mysteries from the comfort of my own home under my warm blanket) so when I saw this book in Netgalley I just had to request for it because it has 16 stories in it and its about murder? Count me in!

The stories themselves were great but I had wished that the author provided some footnotes or a bibliography to ensure that the stories were had backing and it wasn’t mostly creative license. I mean with murder especially one that has to do with passion the writer wouldn’t even need creative license the story practically writes itself! But anyways with having footnotes and such the reader (me) can go do their homework and learn more and know whether the authors sources are legitimate, I mean this happened in real life not just from imagination.

Another thing which could have added oomph to the book was if the author had included pictures along with its respective stories. To put a face to the story as they say. That way it adds depth and a 3 dimensional-ness to the story, so the readers can see how these murderers and their respective victims look like.

Apart from this, I felt that the authors style of writing kept the readers from feeling like it was a heavy read even with the amount of details that the book had (still wishing it had a bibliography/footnotes though) as he conveyed the information with interesting quips and inserted humor here and there.

Overall, the book is great if you feel like reading something non-fiction that is light and fast to read.

*A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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