Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Eerie Book Club
Okay, so I had book club at my house last month. This is the book I picked, "The Face of a Stranger", by Anne Perry. I am very into Agatha Christie type novels and had heard the author was similar. I also heard she was mormon, so I thought, let's give it a try. It was actually a pretty good mystery, I thought it was rather clever and unique. But that's beside the point. On the day of book club, I decided to look some things up about the author to share with the group. Her official website had a biography where she mentioned something about a movie called Heavenly Creatures and that she had no comment about it and would like to leave the past in the past. This piqued my interest, so I proceeded to find out more about this "past". Her real name was Juliet Hulme and when she was 16, in 1954, she began an intense friendship with a girl named Pauline Parker. Together they created a kind of fantasy world which they would "visit" together. This part is interesting enough, but then her and her friend, through a series of events, plotted to kill her friend's mother and eventually carried this plot out. This murder and their trial is very famous in Britain, and apparently inspired a movie. Have I piqued your interest? Well, if so, try these sites that go into further detail of this case. Here is the shorter version, here is a much longer version, with pictures. Let me assure you, her story is a lot more interesting than the book we ended up reading for book club.
A picture of the young Juliet Hulme