Wow. Another wonderful Jodi Picoult can't-put-it-down book. Totally disturbing....and as a mom, terrifying to think about what my own kids will go through that I might not be aware of. I can only hope that my communication with my kids will continue to be strong as they enter adolescence.
Fascinating story of a serial murderer, the beginning of psychiatry, and the early beginnings of forensic science. don't miss it. "Alienist" was the term given to doctors who worked with the mentally ill. The prevailing theory in the 19th century was that the mentally ill were "alienated" from the world around them, and hence the name.