Title: Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein
Authors: James Patterson and John Connolly
Genre: True Crime
Part of a series? No
Published: October 10th, 2016
This is the story of Jeffrey Epstein and just a few of his victims. A man that did not come from money, and didn’t even finish college, moved himself into some of the most rarified circles in the world just by his gift with numbers and knowledge of people. Amassing a great fortune, and having a reputation as a great man- smart and charming; one would think this would be enough. But he has a dark secret-an obsession. He likes under aged girls- “the younger the better”. He would have them brought in to give him “massages” and would sexually abuse them. This went on for years with many young girls. When he was finally caught, he was charged only with one count of soliciting a prostitute and spent 13 months in jail of a 18 month sentence. How did he get off so lightly? How did he get away with this for so long? And even though he has been made to make restitution to many victims and is a registered sex offender, was justice really served? This book goes into all these question.
I don’t normally read true crime as I like a bit of distance between reality and my mayhem. This one, though…. the idea of it just would not leave me alone. My niece is only a year younger than Epstein’s youngest victim listed in this book. That anyone could take these girls and do this to them…. it kills me. And then there’s the fact that I had never heard of this case- nor had my family. How did it get kept so quiet? How was the time he served sufficient? What happened to his associates- and to the girls? There were so many questions. The authors took care, changing names and giving respect to the victims; and did their best not to sensationalize this case. Indeed, some reviewers even called it dry in parts, but I loved it. I liked that they added chapters in the victims (and Epstein’s) point of view, so that you could better understand them and feel for them. I also liked that they added pieces of the police interviews. To me, this was the best way to do a story like this. I would give it a four star review.
On the adult content scale… by the very nature of this book I would not hand it to a young teen. It isn’t written for a young audience. There is language, sexual violence… I would give it a nine.
The book is out, go get it.
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