Ann Rule passed away on Sunday and my heart is so sad. We have lost so many great writers in the last few years -- most of my favorites. Maeve Binchy, Colleen McCollough, and now, Ann Rule.
I'm not a "true crime" kind of reader. I can't stand reading about evil and knowing how it exists among us. It makes me sad. I'm an INFP, we try to bury our heads from such awful truths. But Ann Rule's books weren't about blood and gore -- though I can still see that one scene in my head where the two toddler twins left footprints from their mother's blood after her ex-husband killed her. (Terrible scene!) Ann Rule's books were about people and injustice and what happens when evil creeps in among innocent, unsuspecting people that could be anyone.
Ann was a former cop who had an amazing ability to capture the humanity of victims and bring them to life -- so that you the reader felt the loss with their families. That is a gift. It's giving a voice to victims. She let us know that evil comes in pretty packages and that it can be right near you. (She actually worked beside Ted Bundy and had no idea -- and she was a police officer!)
Anyway, she got me to read every book she wrote in a genre I wasn't interested in, so I will miss her talents greatly. May she rest in peace.