Monday, April 4, 2016

Book Review - The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

**May Contain Spoilers**

The thrilling novel that reads likes a first hand account of World's Fair and the serial killer that lurked in the darkness. Larson combed through archives and narrates the lives of the men who build the World's Fair and Holmes through first hand accounts and historical documents. 

The novel was masterfully written and highly engaging. However, it fell short in keeping the readers interested to the very end. In the beginning, there was an even back and forth between the World's Fair and Holmes while slowly towards the latter of the book, it felt that the World's Fair dominated the entire book while Homes was an afterthought. Each of the two events should have been it's own book as the novel only scraped the top of the iceberg so to speak in the complexities of the mens' lives. A good read to learn more about the World's Fair and the struggles along with the achievements of building it.

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