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A powerful collection of stories about women who murdered—for revenge, for love, and even for pleasure—rife with historical details that will have any true crime junkie on the edge of their seat In every tragic story, men are expected to be the killers. There are countless studies and works of art made about male violence. However, when women are featured in stories about A powerful collection of stories about women who murdered—for revenge, for love, and even for pleasure—rife with historical details that will have any true crime junkie on the edge of their seat In every tragic story, men are expected to be the killers. There are countless studies and works of art made about male violence. However, when women are featured in stories about murder, they are rarely portrayed as predators. They’re the prey. This common dynamic is one of the reasons that women are so enthralled by female murderers. They do the things that women aren’t supposed to do and live the lives that women aren’t supposed to want: lives that are impulsive and angry and messy and inconvenient. Maybe we feel bad about loving them, but we eat it up just the same. Residing squarely in the middle of a Venn diagram of feminism and true crime, She Kills Me tells the story of 40 women who murdered out of necessity, fear, revenge, and even for pleasure.


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A powerful collection of stories about women who murdered—for revenge, for love, and even for pleasure—rife with historical details that will have any true crime junkie on the edge of their seat In every tragic story, men are expected to be the killers. There are countless studies and works of art made about male violence. However, when women are featured in stories about A powerful collection of stories about women who murdered—for revenge, for love, and even for pleasure—rife with historical details that will have any true crime junkie on the edge of their seat In every tragic story, men are expected to be the killers. There are countless studies and works of art made about male violence. However, when women are featured in stories about murder, they are rarely portrayed as predators. They’re the prey. This common dynamic is one of the reasons that women are so enthralled by female murderers. They do the things that women aren’t supposed to do and live the lives that women aren’t supposed to want: lives that are impulsive and angry and messy and inconvenient. Maybe we feel bad about loving them, but we eat it up just the same. Residing squarely in the middle of a Venn diagram of feminism and true crime, She Kills Me tells the story of 40 women who murdered out of necessity, fear, revenge, and even for pleasure.

30 review for She Kills Me: The True Stories of History's Deadliest Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    My thanks to Abrams, Jennifer Wright and Netgalley. I loved this book! Women who kill are damned near my hero's! And no. I don't mean women who kill for money, or in hospital . Just women who finally get their dander up, and go all out! I especially like the warrior's. Good book. Great humor! I had fun with this! My thanks to Abrams, Jennifer Wright and Netgalley. I loved this book! Women who kill are damned near my hero's! And no. I don't mean women who kill for money, or in hospital . Just women who finally get their dander up, and go all out! I especially like the warrior's. Good book. Great humor! I had fun with this!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: September 14, 2021 “She Kills Me: The True Stories of History’s Deadliest Women” by non-fiction author Jennifer Wright is a short collection of stories focused on women who kill. Divided into nine sections, Wright discusses; legit psychopaths, poisoners, female cult leaders, partner murderers, scorned women, mercenaries, killer Queens, Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: September 14, 2021 “She Kills Me: The True Stories of History’s Deadliest Women” by non-fiction author Jennifer Wright is a short collection of stories focused on women who kill. Divided into nine sections, Wright discusses; legit psychopaths, poisoners, female cult leaders, partner murderers, scorned women, mercenaries, killer Queens, female warriors and avenging angels. Each section comes with a subheading (ex. “rape”, or “juvenile murder”) as a trigger warning for those who want to avoid certain subject areas. I found this was a really smart move on her part, although I chose to read every section willingly. Each section, too, works in chronological order, starting with the earliest, and leading up to the most modern. Although there are legitimate “serial killers” in this novel (especially in the first half), Wright covers other killers as well, including those women who killed in battle. A lot of the women discussed were new to me, and I enjoyed hearing about their rise (and subsequent fall) into infamy. This novel is geared toward women readers. It isn’t “man bashing”, but it is difficult to discuss the role of women in history without portraying the misogynistic tone of society at the time. From female slaves, to “kept” women, each with their own motivation to kill, Wright highlights the specific struggle for women in their era, while at the same time not condoning their actions. Wright’s writing is witty and casual, and I enjoyed the short sections. I found this novel to be informative and entertaining, and at just 176 pages, it was certainly a quick read (but well worth it!).

  3. 5 out of 5

    greta ☁️

    finished this gem of a book. everybody who says women are innocent and incapable of ferociousness – they need to read this immediately. my mouth was hanging open so many times istg. from cannibalism and enslavement to assassination and leading armies. true stories told with some humour, about ancient women & even a few modern. highly recommend this book!! xx

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wright

    As the author I want to point out that murder is not cool to do. It is, however, VERY cool to read about. 5 out of 5 stars, thank you to everyone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    This was absolutely fantastic. Not quite what I expected, to be fair: for some reason, I thought the entire book's focus would be on serial killers, while it actually focused quite heavily on historical warriors and heroines, including some really badass ladies who fought Nazis, such as Virginia Hall. I learned a lot of information (I hadn't heard of almost any of these women before reading this book!) and it's packaged in an incredibly binge-able format. The author offers a little input here an This was absolutely fantastic. Not quite what I expected, to be fair: for some reason, I thought the entire book's focus would be on serial killers, while it actually focused quite heavily on historical warriors and heroines, including some really badass ladies who fought Nazis, such as Virginia Hall. I learned a lot of information (I hadn't heard of almost any of these women before reading this book!) and it's packaged in an incredibly binge-able format. The author offers a little input here and there, whether it's a quick joke or a personal remark on the treatment of a woman, and while I know some nonfiction readers prefer little to no side-chatter, I really enjoyed those little tidbits and thought it made this an immensely fast, light read. I also appreciated that, whenever a story's focus would include particularly triggering topics, there was a brief little content warning at the top of that story's first page to let readers know what they're in for (or to decide to skip that story altogether). I've never seen something like this implemented in a nonfiction collection before, and I found it very thoughtful! All in all, if you enjoy nonfiction about gruesome deaths (both deserved and not) and fascinating women of the past, I highly recommend checking out She Kills Me. I'm so glad I read this and I know this is a book I'll be recommending highly! ✨ Representation: She Kills Me features women from all over the world of many races, places of origin, cultures, religions, abilities, and more. ✨ Content warnings for: (view spoiler)[mentions of violence, murder, rape, infanticide, abuse, war, misogyny (hide spoiler)] Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review! ——— twitter | booktok | bookstagram | blog

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    She Kills Me is a book about women who have killed for a myriad of reasons. We have our more psychopathic killers, those who poison, some that are just done with having a family to fool with (both blood and by marriage), women scorned, and just about every other kind of killer. I think it’s way nifty how there are trigger warnings before each section/killer. This will be helpful to those who aren’t exactly comfortable with the subject matter discussed. The stories themselves are interesting, tho She Kills Me is a book about women who have killed for a myriad of reasons. We have our more psychopathic killers, those who poison, some that are just done with having a family to fool with (both blood and by marriage), women scorned, and just about every other kind of killer. I think it’s way nifty how there are trigger warnings before each section/killer. This will be helpful to those who aren’t exactly comfortable with the subject matter discussed. The stories themselves are interesting, though it did feel like there was a certain something missing. All in all, She Kills Me was an interesting read that I would recommend to those interested. It’s 3 stars from me. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Abrams Image, and Jennifer Wright for this eARC in exchange for an honest review!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    This is an interesting collection of short stories about women who killed throughout history. I’ve read similar books like this, but this has more women I’d never heard of, along with those that are more common. I enjoyed reading about the women who are new to me, along with those I’ve read about previously. This book seemed less dry to me than similar types of books as I got into it. There are some really evil psychopaths among these women, and they kill in a multitude of methods. Advance elect This is an interesting collection of short stories about women who killed throughout history. I’ve read similar books like this, but this has more women I’d never heard of, along with those that are more common. I enjoyed reading about the women who are new to me, along with those I’ve read about previously. This book seemed less dry to me than similar types of books as I got into it. There are some really evil psychopaths among these women, and they kill in a multitude of methods. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Jennifer Wright, and the publisher.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    The various shedevils of this book kill, slay, poison and get up to all sorts of mischief. It’s entirely too entertaining, albeit obviously in a macabre sort of way, to not make me rethink my position on true crime genre. But no, I stand resolute in my avoidance of it, no matter its popularity, the modern interest/obsession with it just seems too prurient and salacious somehow. Unless, of course, the true crimes are told in brief cheeky entries with a black and white artwork presenting each mur The various shedevils of this book kill, slay, poison and get up to all sorts of mischief. It’s entirely too entertaining, albeit obviously in a macabre sort of way, to not make me rethink my position on true crime genre. But no, I stand resolute in my avoidance of it, no matter its popularity, the modern interest/obsession with it just seems too prurient and salacious somehow. Unless, of course, the true crimes are told in brief cheeky entries with a black and white artwork presenting each murderous affair. Which is to say this book struck just the right tone for me. The author did a great job with it, finding just the right balance of facts and opinions. It was practically funny at times, darkly humorous, because, you know, murder…hilarious business. And it covered such a span of time, historically, from the early days of warrior princesses and lady pirates to the more recent and admittedly more subdued but no less disturbing deadly ladies. The idea behind it, timely as ever, is about equality. For so long women were denied basic rights, regardless as lesser people, etc. Much in the same way that Queen Victoria dismissed the sheer notion of women loving women to the extent of not even considering that enough of a possibility to outlaw it, for the longest time people (read men) dismissed the very idea of women murderers. Because what sort of a dainty delicate lady creature would ever do such a thing? Well, as it turns out plenty ladies, of all different sorts, walks of life, social strata, etc. And for a variety of reasons, not just from having been scorned by a man. Sometimes for the sheer pleasure of it. So yeah, killer lady deniers…they exist, behold the evidence. Equality, baby, all the way. What a fun book this was, just a quick, entertaining, informative read. Recommended. Thanks Netgalley. This and more at https://advancetheplot.weebly.com/

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    I received a copy from ABRAMS Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited when I saw that one of my favorite non-fiction writers was dropping a new book. Jennifer Wright has done it again, and this time she brought her sense of humor to the table with a book about some of the deadliest women recorded in history. If you like true crime, I promise you that this book is for you. When I say that Jennifer brought her sense of humor to this book, I also mean that it’s done I received a copy from ABRAMS Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited when I saw that one of my favorite non-fiction writers was dropping a new book. Jennifer Wright has done it again, and this time she brought her sense of humor to the table with a book about some of the deadliest women recorded in history. If you like true crime, I promise you that this book is for you. When I say that Jennifer brought her sense of humor to this book, I also mean that it’s done tastefully. As always, she knows when she can be funny and when it’s time to scale back. However, this book isn’t in any way funny, and you won’t see her brand of humor shine due to the subject matter. As I was saying, she is always tasteful about when and where she can lighten the mood as her readers take in heavy subject matter. This time around, we check out the lives of 40 different deadly women that have been recorded in history. Each chapter has a drawing as well as a trigger warning if the woman whose life as well as murderous deeds that’s being covered mentions rape, torture, or anything that may be a trigger for readers. While suicide is not one of the trigger warnings in the ARC I received, it may be added to the final edition of the book. I found this book quite interesting. Many different women were covered, and the book is separated into sections based on the type of crimes each person committed. While they were each killers, some killed out of self defense while others murdered a steady stream of husbands or were deadly on the battlefield. Each chapter is short, but covers who each person was, a little bit about their lives, who they killed, why they killed if it was known, and what happened to them. Rumors and tall tales were included and are stated to be stories that went around. All in all, I think this is a great book. I’m always excited when I see that Jennifer is publishing a new book and I’m excited to see what she comes up with next.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erika Sarutobi

    3.75 stars It was fun reading this as someone who loves watching and listening to true crime on YouTube. The book is divided into 9 sections with a brief summary of each woman's life and deeds (nothing really that graphic besides mentions of their crime of course). Depending on the woman, there are some trigger warnings and all have various resources as to show that the events are real or theorized depending on how old each story is. I really loved the badass warriors portion the most and the ill 3.75 stars It was fun reading this as someone who loves watching and listening to true crime on YouTube. The book is divided into 9 sections with a brief summary of each woman's life and deeds (nothing really that graphic besides mentions of their crime of course). Depending on the woman, there are some trigger warnings and all have various resources as to show that the events are real or theorized depending on how old each story is. I really loved the badass warriors portion the most and the illustrations were great. Now I really enjoyed the book but I really hated the snide and snarky comments from the author. It was unnecessary and pissed me off each time because I'm reading the book for the history and not for those types of comments (there was one or more comments like those in almost EVERY chapter). There were also a few comments about "trying" to delude you that it ended happily instead but then suddenly pulling the NOT! card. I facepalmed at all of them because the book obviously talks about killers so putting those types of jokes was honestly cringey and nobody will fall for them obviously. Overall, it was a good read and I would have loved it more if not for those snide comments. Thank you Netgalley for providing me with the digital copy for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kibblesmith

    As always, if you love books about historical characters — especially women — in the craziest true stories you’ve ever heard, especially if it involves sex, murder, bizarre schemes, and revenge — your favorite non-fiction author should be Jennifer Wright.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chloë

    She Kills Me: The True Stories of History's Deadliest Women is an excellent non-fiction collection of stories about female murderers. Whether they murdered for revenge, necessity, fear or even pleasure, the histories of over 40 women are featured in this captivating collection. Something this book succeeded at was telling real-life stories in an interesting, not boring way. The narrator doesn't throw facts after facts at you but rather tells these stories engagingly and humorously. Sometimes, I f She Kills Me: The True Stories of History's Deadliest Women is an excellent non-fiction collection of stories about female murderers. Whether they murdered for revenge, necessity, fear or even pleasure, the histories of over 40 women are featured in this captivating collection. Something this book succeeded at was telling real-life stories in an interesting, not boring way. The narrator doesn't throw facts after facts at you but rather tells these stories engagingly and humorously. Sometimes, I felt as if this type of narration made the book a little too subjective, but then again, I didn't really mind. The book is separated into different sections based on the various types of women presented: pretty poisoners, murderous mercenaries, avenging angels and many more. I appreciated the content warnings (like rape, torture, cannibalism...) at the beginning of each woman's story. Each story is three to five pages long and contains a drawing of the murderer in question. I surely enjoyed She Kills Me and would recommend it to anyone who loves True Crime or just wants to read a bit about murderous ladies! I'd like to thank Abrams Image for providing this copy via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paloma

    Review in English | Reseña en Español Thanks to Netgalley and the author for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review. As soon as I read the title of this book, I was drawn to it –being a fan of true crime and serial killers, I am always looking out to new books on the subject. She Kills Me promised to offer this plus the interesting fact that it would focus on women who were serial killers. I was immediately hooked because just as the author points out, history has denied or failed to Review in English | Reseña en Español Thanks to Netgalley and the author for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review. As soon as I read the title of this book, I was drawn to it –being a fan of true crime and serial killers, I am always looking out to new books on the subject. She Kills Me promised to offer this plus the interesting fact that it would focus on women who were serial killers. I was immediately hooked because just as the author points out, history has denied or failed to recognize that women can also express their rage by killing. Unfortunately, the read was a bit disappointing: the book is a compilation of many women who have committed heinous crimes but I felt it lacked depth and detail into the lives of these characters. While I recognize the author’s work in actually finding out about these women (I was very unfamiliar with many of the names listed here, particularly those from antiquity or from Africa), I felt each chapter was too short and did not reveal a lot on these women’s context, which would have been interesting to explore in more detail, to truly make us understand –or even feel more scared– about their behavior. I felt the descriptions where very superficial and in some of the women’s stories, it was not even clear where the murders occurred as we have a wide range of nationalities represented here. I believe the book might work for those who are getting started on true crime as it is an easy read; however, for me there was no complexity depicted from each of these women which is a shame, as they no doubt are fascinating in their own, twisted way. ___ Seré breve: el título prometía mucho, pero resultó decepcionante. La premisa de que existen (y han existido) mujeres que son asesinas en serie me parece fascinante, toda vez que creo que tanto en la ficción, como en la historia y psicología se ha explorado más bien poco. La introducción de este libro resulta bastante interesante pero falla porque no pasa de ser un listado muy básico de mujeres que pueden clasificarse como asesinas por el puro gusto de serlo; sin embargo, falta un verdadero retrato de su complejidad psicológica, de su entorno y de las acciones que cometieron. Creo que a la autora se le fue de las manos el texto y en su afán de incluir al mayor número de personajes, sacrificó el detalle, el análisis serio de personalidades. Quizá el libro sea de utilidad a aquellos que recién se interesan en los crímenes seriales pero para mí, quedó a deber. Lo único que le reconozco es que la investigación histórica de la autora le permitió incluir un montón de personajes que en lo personal, yo desconocía: por ejemplo, mujeres asesinas en África, el Caribe y en la Nueva Orleans criolla del siglo XVIII.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    What a surprise! This was such a fascinating read - full of facts and information about women that kill. Wait, don't think it's full of dry facts told in a flat voice - this author adds funny quips and tidbits of information that kept me fully interested. Some stories, like Lizzie Borden, I knew well. Others, I'd definitely never heard of. I liked how each chapter ended with information to for further reading. Such a well done group of stories. I really loved this one! A huge thank you to the aut What a surprise! This was such a fascinating read - full of facts and information about women that kill. Wait, don't think it's full of dry facts told in a flat voice - this author adds funny quips and tidbits of information that kept me fully interested. Some stories, like Lizzie Borden, I knew well. Others, I'd definitely never heard of. I liked how each chapter ended with information to for further reading. Such a well done group of stories. I really loved this one! A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tesia

    This was a fast paced read for me. Initially I thought there would be a bit more detail for each of the women serial killers but once I got halfway into reading, the amount of content was perfect. I thought the chapter breakdowns were clever. I enjoyed the humor and frankness the author provides in her descriptions. Most of all I enjoyed the artwork on my digital copy at the beginning of each chapter. I love aesthetics!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    It is very difficult to rate a book of this nature. While I found it very informative and interesting, I also found it very detailed and gory at times. Overall I enjoyed learning about the women who've murdered for various reasons, but some of the cold-hearted, cruel, and downright evil acts were a bit difficult for me to read. I'm sure that most women at one time or another in their life have felt like getting revenge, but thankfully most of us wouldn't go to such extremes. So it is interesting It is very difficult to rate a book of this nature. While I found it very informative and interesting, I also found it very detailed and gory at times. Overall I enjoyed learning about the women who've murdered for various reasons, but some of the cold-hearted, cruel, and downright evil acts were a bit difficult for me to read. I'm sure that most women at one time or another in their life have felt like getting revenge, but thankfully most of us wouldn't go to such extremes. So it is interesting to read about women who have been pirates, overseen hundreds of people, been "Night Witches" and also killed for the fun of it. It gave me an insight into the lives of some women that I'd never heard of before and I thought it was well written. I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-ARC of this book for my opinion of it. #SheKillsMe #NetGalley

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    CW: All forms of torture, violence, and death. This is not a book for those who are squeamish or uncomfortable with details of murder of all sorts. Thank you to NetGalley and Abrams Image for an advanced electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! This book is nonfiction. Research has been done, and all killers represented here are women. There are 9 sections/groupings of killers: psychos, poisoners, bad fam, cult leaders, scorned women, murderous mercenaries, killer queens, b CW: All forms of torture, violence, and death. This is not a book for those who are squeamish or uncomfortable with details of murder of all sorts. Thank you to NetGalley and Abrams Image for an advanced electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! This book is nonfiction. Research has been done, and all killers represented here are women. There are 9 sections/groupings of killers: psychos, poisoners, bad fam, cult leaders, scorned women, murderous mercenaries, killer queens, badass warriors, and avenging angels. This is not for the faint of heart (or stomach). I found this to be an interesting read. You were given enough information to get an idea of what that particular woman was/is known for, and an opportunity to further research if you wanted to know more. It held my interest but admittedly did not blow me away.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Bourque (ButterflyReader77)

    3 Stars I would like to thank NetGalley, Abrams Image, and Jennifer Wright for my complimentary copy of "She Kills Me: The True Story of History's Deadliest Women". This book is a very quick read that you gives you an introduction into some of the most infamous women killers of history. These women used various means of murder including torture, poison, and weapons such as guns and axes to commit their murders. As a true crime buff, I am very familiar with the male serial killers so this book was 3 Stars I would like to thank NetGalley, Abrams Image, and Jennifer Wright for my complimentary copy of "She Kills Me: The True Story of History's Deadliest Women". This book is a very quick read that you gives you an introduction into some of the most infamous women killers of history. These women used various means of murder including torture, poison, and weapons such as guns and axes to commit their murders. As a true crime buff, I am very familiar with the male serial killers so this book was a nice change of pace. Women can be just as deceiving, conniving and dangerous as their male counterparts and this book reminds readers of this fact. "She Kills Me" takes a look at various women killers including Lizzie Borden and Elizabeth Bathory, Delphine LaLaurie and Tillie Klimek, too name a few. The various methods of murder for each are all discussed. They killed using poison, and other weapons of their times. If you enjoy true crime, this book is a great introduction into some of the most notorious lady killers in history and it's sure too pique your interest.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    ALERT! ALERT! THERE'S A NEW JENNIFER WRIGHT BOOK! Hold up. Expected publication: September 28th 2021 OCTOBER 26, 2021?! ALERT! ALERT! THERE'S A NEW JENNIFER WRIGHT BOOK! Hold up. Expected publication: September 28th 2021 OCTOBER 26, 2021?!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    3.5 stars Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of She Kills Me. I love true crime featuring female murderers because they don't get enough credit so I was thrilled when my request was approved. What's not to love about She Kills Me? First, I love the title. It's clever and funny. Second, the illustrations are cheeky, comically honest. Third, the categories the author has thoughtfully organized the women into is helpful, the useful tips and historical tidbits about what life was life for women in 3.5 stars Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of She Kills Me. I love true crime featuring female murderers because they don't get enough credit so I was thrilled when my request was approved. What's not to love about She Kills Me? First, I love the title. It's clever and funny. Second, the illustrations are cheeky, comically honest. Third, the categories the author has thoughtfully organized the women into is helpful, the useful tips and historical tidbits about what life was life for women in a particular time period, and the author's writing style is humorous and empathetic (when appropriate). She Kills Me reminds me of another book called Lady Killers by Tori Tefler (another great read) and some of the women featured here I'm familiar with thanks to Ms. Tefler's book. But, there are quite a number of murderous women and vengeful ladies I did not know about and I'm grateful Ms. Wright shines a spotlight on, especially the women from the last chapter. I'll be Googling some of these ladies to know more about their contributions. I loved everything about this book, which may seem strange to some readers since this is a book about female murderers but to each her own. My only caveat: this was too short! I wanted more details, more history, more female killers. MORE MORE MORE!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angel Hench

    I am so grateful that Jennifer Wright has another book out (soon)! I have now read/listened to her Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them three times during road trips. It is the perfect read to occupy everyone in the car, from tweens to adults, as long as they like gross things. In She Kills Me, Wright documents killer women from Elizabeth Bathory to Virginia Hall, from Pretty Poisoners to Killer Queens, from psychopaths to war heroes in every age. It is Wright's p I am so grateful that Jennifer Wright has another book out (soon)! I have now read/listened to her Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them three times during road trips. It is the perfect read to occupy everyone in the car, from tweens to adults, as long as they like gross things. In She Kills Me, Wright documents killer women from Elizabeth Bathory to Virginia Hall, from Pretty Poisoners to Killer Queens, from psychopaths to war heroes in every age. It is Wright's particular brand of humor, prose and attitude that set her apart from other non-fiction, history writers. If you have an interest in true crime, history, weird facts and/or women's rights, you should really read this entertaining and educational book. Thanks to the publisher for an early review copy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss A really interesting book about famous female murderers throughout history. It definitely doesn't pull any punches so I think you have to be in the right mood to read it, but each mini biography has trigger warnings at the beginning so I think that helps and you can decide to skip sections if they contain something you don't want to read about. I think the author did a good job about presenting the facts of the stories without trying to excuse th I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss A really interesting book about famous female murderers throughout history. It definitely doesn't pull any punches so I think you have to be in the right mood to read it, but each mini biography has trigger warnings at the beginning so I think that helps and you can decide to skip sections if they contain something you don't want to read about. I think the author did a good job about presenting the facts of the stories without trying to excuse the women's actions but also recognizing societal reasons why women in certain time periods would feel like they had to resort to murder to solve their problems. It's definitely a fine line to watch but I thought this book did it well and was also very interesting to read. A good mix of well-known and more obscure women as well.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Gadue

    Thank you to #netgalley for this book. This was well written. Informative with a touch of humor here and there. I am surprised Lorena Bobbitt didn't make the cut though. Thank you to #netgalley for this book. This was well written. Informative with a touch of humor here and there. I am surprised Lorena Bobbitt didn't make the cut though.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Holbert

    I really wanted to like this book. I love true crime and this book seemed very similar to Elizabeth Kerri Mahon’s book Scandalous Women, which I loved. However, I just couldn’t finish it. I got about halfway though but I could not get past feeling like this was more similar to a bunch of Wikipedia pages combined than an actual book. Each passage was so short that the gravity and severity of these women’s actions were not able to come through fully. if the author had cut down on the number of wom I really wanted to like this book. I love true crime and this book seemed very similar to Elizabeth Kerri Mahon’s book Scandalous Women, which I loved. However, I just couldn’t finish it. I got about halfway though but I could not get past feeling like this was more similar to a bunch of Wikipedia pages combined than an actual book. Each passage was so short that the gravity and severity of these women’s actions were not able to come through fully. if the author had cut down on the number of women covered and increased the content in each portion, this book would have a lot more power.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maya Grimley

    Check out this review and more on my blog, Maya’s Reviews. Thank you to Abrams Image for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. //TW: torture, enslavement, juvenile death, cannibalism, death, murder, poison, rape, and abuse// // Quick Review // 4/5 Stars She Kills Me is a fast, yet excellent and informative read on not only the most depraved women in history, but also those whose actions were understable because of their strong morality. Featuring some of the most Check out this review and more on my blog, Maya’s Reviews. Thank you to Abrams Image for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. //TW: torture, enslavement, juvenile death, cannibalism, death, murder, poison, rape, and abuse// // Quick Review // 4/5 Stars She Kills Me is a fast, yet excellent and informative read on not only the most depraved women in history, but also those whose actions were understable because of their strong morality. Featuring some of the most infamous women in history, She Kills Me briefly covers the stories of more than 40 and the circumstances that caused the actions of those described. “People are very apt to believe that a woman can’t kill someone.” // Other Information // Publisher: Abrams Image Page Count: 176 pages Release Date: September 28, 2021 Series: None // Book Description (via Goodreads) // A powerful collection of stories about women who murdered—for revenge, for love, and even for pleasure—rife with historical details that will have any true crime junkie on the edge of their seat. In every tragic story, men are expected to be the killers. There are countless studies and works of art made about male violence. However, when women are featured in stories about murder, they are rarely portrayed as predators. They’re the prey. This common dynamic is one of the reasons that women are so enthralled by female murderers. They do the things that women aren’t supposed to do and live the lives that women aren’t supposed to want: lives that are impulsive and angry and messy and inconvenient. Maybe we feel bad about loving them, but we eat it up just the same. Residing squarely in the middle of a Venn diagram of feminism and true crime, She Kills Me tells the story of 40 women who murdered out of necessity, fear, revenge, and even for pleasure. // Review // Just a heads up, if you are thinking of reading this novel and expect an in depth investigation into each case, you might be slightly disappointed. While providing great information, the novel is very surface-level and doesn’t dive into anything past an overview. Despite this, I was glad to see that I didn’t know every woman's story in this novel. Some I knew a little bit about, others I had never heard of. Some of the women talked about in the novel include: Elizabeth Bathory; Irma Grese; Lizzie Borden; Christine and Lea Papin; Susan Atkins; Grace O’ Malley; Zenobia; Mary I of England; Nadezhda Vasilyevna Popova; and Freddie Oversteegen. Though, as stated before, more than 40 women are featured in this novel. Besides some of the gruesome details that come with practically any true crime novel, the author managed to lighten the mood with some humor at the expense of horrific people while remaining respectful of victims. I definitely enjoyed learning about many of these women, but was slightly disappointed with the lack of depth in their stories. However, this brief overview of cases definitely piqued my interest and inspired me to research further. Overall, She Kills Me is a solid 4/5 Stars and a well-rounded novel including various cases. "The family that slays together does not stay together." Author's Website || Amazon

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily Jane

    Thank you to NetGalley and Abrams for the free copy to read and review. Let me start by saying I am OBSESSED with this book! I could not put it down once I started reading it, and honestly I am going to buy a physical copy as soon as I possibly can... She Kills Me by Jennifer Wright is a non-fic book, focusing on female killers. Because anything men can do, so can women! And sometimes, as shown in this book, they can do it even better than men. On the whole, I loved the way this book was laid out Thank you to NetGalley and Abrams for the free copy to read and review. Let me start by saying I am OBSESSED with this book! I could not put it down once I started reading it, and honestly I am going to buy a physical copy as soon as I possibly can... She Kills Me by Jennifer Wright is a non-fic book, focusing on female killers. Because anything men can do, so can women! And sometimes, as shown in this book, they can do it even better than men. On the whole, I loved the way this book was laid out, each section had a title showing us what was to come, followed by a cool little sentence or comment underneath (which often were witty and sarcastic and gave me a good giggle). The entire book was written as if Wright was talking directly to us, in this friendly, sometimes humorous and often sarcastic and witty tone. It made me feel like a friend was sitting opposite me on the sofa, and we had a glass of wine and we were just having a good chat. Despite the subject matter, it was a really welcoming feel to the book. Also, PRAISE for Jennifer Wright and having trigger warnings at the start of each murderers chapter (if required) so that you could skip through if the topic was triggering for you. Each section brought a new "group" of female murderers, and so I'm going to do a quick one or two sentence review/thoughts on each section. Section 1 was all about psychos, and I actually learnt about a few new women in this section which I am excited to do some more reading about! Section 2 was poisoners. Now I have to say I wasn't really up to date with any female poisoners, so everyone in this chapter was new to me and that definitely made it more enjoyable. Section 3 was one of my favourites! Even though I knew quite a bit about the murderers in this section, Wright's tone of writing made me want to keep reading about the cases, even though I already was quite knowledgeable, just because I enjoyed her writing style so much. Section 4 was called black widows, and my only review is that the comment at the start of this section wins the whole book... Section 5 was about scorned women, and whilst it was a little bit short compared to the other chapters in the book, this was the one where I could not fault the women at all! Section 6 was moving towards mercenaries, something completely new to me in terms of female murderers and one that definitely wet my appetite to find out more about these women of history. Section 7 is QUEEEEEEEEEEEEENS! This was one was possibly the best section of the book, the author brought so much sass to this section (which I loved). I also thought it was really cool to read about how these women were so powerful that men feared them. Section 8 was based around female warriors, and for me was the least interesting and my least favourite section of the whole book. That being said, it was definitely an interesting read and di introduce some completely badass women. Section 9 was called avenging angels and I feel like it was the best way to finish this book off. I actually really enjoyed reading about how these women killed for revenge, and tbh I can get on board with some of their reasons... On the whole, She Kills Me was a truly informative and actually quite fun read, I devoured this book! And not only will I be buying myself a copy, I'll also be getting my Mom one too (she loves reading about serial killers, so this book is right up her street).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Quinn Ellory

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ”The world would be so much gentler if it was run by women." -A Man Who Never Opened A History Book In She Kills Me, Jennifer Wright attempts to tell stories of female killers in a humorous, tongue-in-cheek way. This book is peppered with wry comments and sly observations. At times she hits the mark. She also includes queens, warriors and leaders instead of just murderers, which brings historical women to light ma I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ”The world would be so much gentler if it was run by women." -A Man Who Never Opened A History Book In She Kills Me, Jennifer Wright attempts to tell stories of female killers in a humorous, tongue-in-cheek way. This book is peppered with wry comments and sly observations. At times she hits the mark. She also includes queens, warriors and leaders instead of just murderers, which brings historical women to light many readers may not be familiar with. Unfortunately, the book is basically a snarky feminist stab at (what else?) the patriarchy. Ms. Wright's book operates under the premise that if some of these women had access to divorce or careers or the rights to their own bodies they would not be killers. The patriarchy makes women kill, not their urges or their bloodlust or just plane meanness. This, in and of itself, causes some cognitive dissonance. If women have always been just as capable as men, just as smart, just as intrepid and adventurous (as history bears out) haven't they always been just as capable of violence? And of desiring, even enjoying murder? There is every likelihood a woman who poisoned husbands would still poison even if divorce was easy to obtain because she feels justified in killing those who wrong her. A woman who murders because she is bored would still murder even if she had a career because she sees murder as entertainment. Not because she hates being a housewife. The most egregious argument says that not allowing women full rights to their own bodies means you don't see them as human. In the case of rape that is absolutely true. But in other areas that argument gets sketchy. It's almost as if, by presenting all these killer women, she is saying "If you don't let women do what we want, when we want we will kill you." The individual stories are interesting. Some of them are downright cool, and inspiring. The author did make me chuckle a few times, and knows how to write cleanly and with style. Each case is meticulously researched with links to the sources. But the tone got on my last nerve. in addition to the above mentioned offenses she insinuates that the boss who rubs your shoulders when looking at your computer screen is the same as the 18th century abusive husband. Men haven't really changed. Personally, I am heartily sick of women whining about mansplaining and manspreading and ”microaggressions. We have more rights, more freedom, and more income than at any point in history. If your idea of oppression is a man sitting with his knees apart, or being called, "Dear" by your coworker, you need to look back , see how far we have come and show a little gratitude. . If you can't do that, buy this book. You will probably enjoy it

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenni V.

    First Impressions/Judging a Book by Its Cover I chose this book from NetGalley (full disclaimer below) because of the title and cover art. Looking at the description, this book has a lot of potential for me to enjoy it. It's true crime with an unusual slant (women who kill) and covering so many different women makes it likely there will be crimes I haven't heard of. My Opinion **I received an electronic copy of this book via NetGalley and would like to thank the author and/or publisher for the oppo First Impressions/Judging a Book by Its Cover I chose this book from NetGalley (full disclaimer below) because of the title and cover art. Looking at the description, this book has a lot of potential for me to enjoy it. It's true crime with an unusual slant (women who kill) and covering so many different women makes it likely there will be crimes I haven't heard of. My Opinion **I received an electronic copy of this book via NetGalley and would like to thank the author and/or publisher for the opportunity to read and honestly review it** Looking at my first impression, I was correct in my assumptions. What you expect going into the read is the minimum of what you'll get; there were many unusual extras that enhanced my reading as well. The book really leaned into the point that women can be just as evil as men. Historically, women were able to get away with murder because men underestimated their mental capacities and physical strength or they assumed they must have had a good reason to commit the act (but it wasn't all roses since they could be accused of witchcraft or sent to an asylum because their husband didn't like them). Now we realize women can be just as conniving as men. To quote the author, "Yeah, that's right, women can be horrible people, too." Yay feminism! The book was divided into sections: psychos, poisoners, family, black widows, scorned, mercenaries, royalty, warriors, and avengers. There were also summaries at the end of each section with extra information about the topic, such as how to spot a psychopath, the timeline of women's independence, and quotations from men throughout history about women in power (spoiler alert: they've never liked it). There were trigger warnings at the beginning of each story so you could skip ones involving children, sexual assault, etc. if you wanted to. Each story ended with the citations of the author's research (instead of one big chunk at the end like usual) so if you wanted to know more about a specific case you could find the information easily and immediately. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars but rounded up because of the extra details mentioned above that I haven't seen before. Even if everything stayed pretty short and superficial in terms of content, it was well-researched and the majority of the information was new to me. It was entertaining and funny without mocking or being disrespectful. Quote from the Book Note: I read an ARC so this quote may be altered in the final version " "The world would be so much gentler if it was run by women." - A Man Who Never Read a History Book " Find all my reviews at: https://readingatrandom.blogspot.com

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Where there are people, there are problems. Some women are ruthless with hearts of stone and kill out of rage, passion, retribution, for money, for power and/or the throne. And then there are others who kill in wars such as Resistance fighters. Chillingly, some kill simply because they enjoy it, others torture before watching people die. The author, Jennifer Wright, injects her own brand of humour into telling her readers about atrocious true crime stories committed by women throughout time. I li Where there are people, there are problems. Some women are ruthless with hearts of stone and kill out of rage, passion, retribution, for money, for power and/or the throne. And then there are others who kill in wars such as Resistance fighters. Chillingly, some kill simply because they enjoy it, others torture before watching people die. The author, Jennifer Wright, injects her own brand of humour into telling her readers about atrocious true crime stories committed by women throughout time. I like the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter as well as content warnings so the reader can choose what to/what not to read (rape, cannibalism). The book is incredibly interesting and I recognize quite a few women discussed in other books, mostly in greater detail than this one. Each short chapter describes a woman and her killing(s) and reasoning. Some killers create their own crime potential such as murdering disliked patients in hospitals or torturing and killing slaves/serfs. Many methods are used such as poison, starvation, razors and guns. So many stories stand out in my mind but one is the "hyena of Auschwitz". If a female guard in Auschwitz stands out, wow. Another woman had 600 deaths attributed to her. In another example when asked about her victim by a clerk completing paperwork after a person died, a woman said it would be ten days from that date. One signed wedding and death certificates on the same day, one killed 138 of her 600 serfs. Still another had the gall to travel and give lectures on the topic of her need to kill a man. Women kill(ed) out of duty and for their country, such as resistance fighters who were sometimes in their teens when they killed Nazis and rescued Jews. Female pilots flew planes in war, some in hand-to-hand combat in earlier times. Though the topic seems (and is!) morbid, it is also interesting and is much less graphic in detail than others. My sincere thank you to ABRAMS and NetGalley for providing me an e-ARC of this thought-provoking book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a clever compilation of women throughout the centuries who have killed in various, often creative ways. It is meticulously researched, with the references included at the end of the chapters. There are familiar names, like Lizzie Borden, but a great many unfamiliar ones. Unlike true crime books that only present murderers, She Kills Me offers a selection of killers from queens to warriors to spies and bo I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a clever compilation of women throughout the centuries who have killed in various, often creative ways. It is meticulously researched, with the references included at the end of the chapters. There are familiar names, like Lizzie Borden, but a great many unfamiliar ones. Unlike true crime books that only present murderers, She Kills Me offers a selection of killers from queens to warriors to spies and bomber pilots. The stories are interesting, and the author strikes wry, humorous notes along the way. What soured this book for me was the author's overriding feminist snark. It's not loud, or strident. But it is annoying. Then again, most modern day feminists are annoying. Throughout the book, she belabors the point that the bad women killed because of patriarchy, and the noble or heroic women killed in spite of it. And while that may be true in many cases, it's the way she insinuates that men are just as bad today that rankles me. Sure, men can be jerks. But a boss who squeezes your shoulders while you are discussing an account is not the same as a wife beating mysoginist rapist. The line that made me want to reach through the book and smack something was when she said not seeing women as having autonomy over their bodies is not seeing them as human. Seriously? A woman can do anything to her body and if you disagree you are dehumanizing them? That, and her insistence that divorce saves men from being killed kept me from giving this book 5 stars. If you don't mind that sort of thing, you will probably enjoy this book. I found it tiresome. Yes, women often suffered from the effects of inequality in days past. But this woman is profoundly grateful for the rights I now have and choose to celebrate that. Not look for more ways to feel victimized.

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