She Kills Me: The True Stories of History’s Deadliest Women by Jennifer Wright, illustrated by Eva Bee

She Kills Me: The True Stories of History’s Deadliest Women by Jennifer Wright with illustrations by Eva Bee is a short book packed full of information about women killers spanning hundreds and hundreds of years. This book is a collection of macabre short stories divided into different sections of women killers.

The women in this book have murdered for a wide variety of reasons: necessity, love, revenge, or pleasure being the main four presented here. In most tales, men are expected to be the killers with women as their dainty victims. Women are hardly ever portrayed as killers, those who haunt the streets looking for victims. In fact it took years for people to even recognize that women could be serial killers. She Kills Me presents the stories of female murderers from across centuries and shows that they are messy, angry, impulsive, and deadly. We might feel icky for being pulled into their stories, but they’re fascinating. In this book, readers learn about 40 women who have murdered for a wide variety of reasons they were able to justify.

This book was a palette cleanser for me, which feels weird to say as it’s about murder. She Kills Me is by no means a complete history of these women.  As it is full of short stories, it doesn’t take much time to read, but gives just enough information if readers want to look up more about the women on their own. The author does add her own commentary, which can be distracting, but overall this serves as a good starting point and introduction to these women and their crimes.

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