Official Review: The Murders of Lillian Ross

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Official Review: The Murders of Lillian Ross

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Murders of Lillian Ross" by Sirena Van Schaik.]
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Allison McKinnon is passionate about writing, and true crime is her genre of choice. When she is asked to write the story of Lillian Ross, who is currently on death row, she is surprised but jumps at the opportunity. In the past, Allison has always written from the victim's perspective, but Lillian is a convicted double-murderer responsible for the cold-blooded killings of her father, William Ross, and her pimp, Adam Laurent. So why does she want Allison's help?

As Allison begins interviewing Lillian, it stirs up memories of her own dark past, and she feels deeply connected to her. Substantial evidence was buried during the trial to protect William Ross's reputation. The public regarded him as a successful politician and a loving father, but Lillian's accusations paint another picture entirely.

If Lillian lived such an idyllic life, what would possess her to kill her father?

The Murders of Lillian Ross by Sirena Van Schaik immediately piqued my interest when I saw the haunting cover page. After reading the first few lines, I was quickly immersed in the writing. Secrets, redemption, and shame are common themes that uphold the story. The book is told from the third-person perspective when following Allison but switches to the first-person during Lillian's flashbacks. Readers experience the decline of Allison's mental health as she becomes deeply entangled in Lillian's plight. Every meeting gives the readers a little more insight into Lillian's tumultuous childhood, which led up to the murders.

One of the things that I loved about the book was the robust character development—particularly with Lillian's character. Each time she entered the scene, her presence made me uneasy. From her icy stare to her unpredictable behavior, the author did an excellent job creating a character that made others uncomfortable. The complexity of Lillian's personality made it challenging for me to uncover her motivation. Did she want to tell Allison her story, or did she have something more sinister in mind? Throughout my reading, I was continually trying to decide if Lillian was innately "good" or "bad."

I was also impressed by the author's ability to weave Allison's personal life into the plot. As I began learning about Lillian's experiences through their interviews, secrets about Allison's past were revealed at a similar pace, making the book come to life.

The only time I put the book down was during the scenes where abuse was described in explicit detail. Both sexual and physical violence played a significant part in Lillian's recounting of her childhood. Even though they were critical pieces to the story, the graphic attacks made me sick to my stomach.

Apart from the disturbing scenes, there was nothing that I disliked about the book; I was fully engaged at all times. I have chosen to give it a rating of four out of four stars—for outstanding character development and an enthralling storyline.

The book was professionally edited and formatted; I only found two errors! The writing flowed beautifully and was easy to follow.

Even though the thrilling tale is fictional, I think The Murders of Lillian Ross would be an excellent choice for fans of true-crime stories. The book has an exciting mix of components: the interviews between Lillian and Allison, material from the trial, and a personal look into Allison's life. The book deals with some heavy-hitting issues such as rape, suicide, and abuse, so it is not recommended for young readers or anyone triggered by these topics. There are some explicit sex scenes and numerous instances of profanity, so please be cautious before choosing this story.

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This sounds like an excellent book, but I think I'll pass due to some of the graphic details. Thanks for the helpful review!
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This sounds like a good book to read. I'm eager to know what made Lilian, who live an idyllic life, to murder her dad. Great review..
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The author certainly had a lot on her plate when creating this story! But it sounds like she did an excellent job of weaving all the characters and elements into a cohesive and intriguing storyline. The cover was an excellent choice as it immediately grabbed my attention! Thank you for your informative review!
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Krista Ash wrote: ↑02 Nov 2020, 16:55 This sounds like an excellent book, but I think I'll pass due to some of the graphic details. Thanks for the helpful review!
Fair enough; thanks for your comment :)
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Fabulous mind wrote: ↑02 Nov 2020, 18:52 This sounds like a good book to read. I'm eager to know what made Lilian, who live an idyllic life, to murder her dad. Great review..
Lots of twists and turns in this book! Thanks for your comment.
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Drianie wrote: ↑03 Nov 2020, 00:42 The author certainly had a lot on her plate when creating this story! But it sounds like she did an excellent job of weaving all the characters and elements into a cohesive and intriguing storyline. The cover was an excellent choice as it immediately grabbed my attention! Thank you for your informative review!
I agree; the author did an excellent job! Thanks for your comment.
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Am glad I read this review. The book cover and title, made me want to know more. I definitely want to read it. I love the mystery in the plot. Thanks for the review.
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Tarilan wrote: ↑03 Nov 2020, 10:17 Am glad I read this review. The book cover and title, made me want to know more. I definitely want to read it. I love the mystery in the plot. Thanks for the review.
It's amazing! Thanks for your response :)
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The characters in this book are so family and one can easily relate with, I would like to know why she needs the help of Allison, this is a must read for me. Thanks for the informative review.
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The sounds extremely interesting to me. I would love to read this book as i love thriller novels. Your review sems to describe all the elements of the book, and piqued my interest. I would surely like to give this a try. Thanks a lot for the review!
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Phelicia Gloria wrote: ↑03 Nov 2020, 19:44 The characters in this book are so family and one can easily relate with, I would like to know why she needs the help of Allison, this is a must read for me. Thanks for the informative review.
Thanks for your comment!
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shamayelnur wrote: ↑04 Nov 2020, 02:54 The sounds extremely interesting to me. I would love to read this book as i love thriller novels. Your review sems to describe all the elements of the book, and piqued my interest. I would surely like to give this a try. Thanks a lot for the review!
Thank you :)
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I agree with you on the cover of this book. I was instantly drawn to it.
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Okay... So, this is a story-in-a-story kinda book? The title of this book caught my interest even before the cover did, and this review has further piqued my interest. I could feel this story from your review.
An intriguing storyline, amazing character development, and strategic storytelling make a perfect book.
I immensely enjoyed reading your review, and I like how you expressed your opinions.
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