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Sons of Cain by Peter Vronsky Book Review

Sons of Cain by Peter Vronsky Book Review Really Into This Goodreads

Sons of Cain by Peter Vronsky Book Review

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Publication Date August 14, 2018

From the author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters comes an in-depth examination of sexual serial killers throughout human history, how they evolved, and why we are drawn to their horrifying crimes.

Before the term was coined in 1981, there were no “serial killers.” There were only “monsters”–killers society first understood as werewolves, vampires, ghouls and witches or, later, Hitchcockian psychos.

In Sons of Cain–a book that fills the gap between dry academic studies and sensationalized true crime–investigative historian Peter Vronsky examines our understanding of serial killing from its prehistoric anthropological evolutionary dimensions in the pre-civilization era (c. 15,000 BC) to today. Delving further back into human history and deeper into the human psyche than Serial Killers–Vronsky’s 2004 book, which has been called “the definitive history of the phenomenon of serial murder”–he focuses strictly on sexual serial killers: thrill killers who engage in murder, rape, torture, cannibalism and necrophilia, as opposed to for-profit serial killers, including hit men, or “political” serial killers, like terrorists or genocidal murderers.

These sexual serial killers differ from all other serial killers in their motives and their foundations. They are uniquely human and–as popular culture has demonstrated–uniquely fascinating.

Sons of Cain by Peter Vronsky Book Review

Sons of Cain is a very detailed encyclopedia of the worst of humanity.
I sure do love me some true crime. As soon as I heard about Sons of Cain, I knew I wanted to read it. A book that outlines crimes, killers & gives me more details about notorious cases? Heck, yes!

Detailed & Honest History

The honest truth is, Sons of Cain is a bit more than I bargained for. This book is nothing if not thorough. Peter Vronsky writes a chronological encyclopedia of serial killers.
While this book is not relaxing night time reading, it is often riveting. There are many crimes, cases & killers I was not aware of. Vronksy highlights the crimes in an objective fashion. For me, Sons of Cain is best read in doses. It’s a book you sit down with, read about a few cases/ killers & then move on. Read all at once, I feel it could be overwhelming & redundant.


I am Into This book!  With Sons of Cain, Vronsky creates a book all true-crime aficionados should have on the bookshelf.

Special thanks to Peter VronskyBerkley Books & NetGalley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

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PETER VRONSKY is an author, filmmaker, artist and historian. He is the author of a series of books on the history serial homicide: Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters and Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters. The third book in this series, Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers From the Stone Age to the Present is scheduled to be released in August 2018 by Penguin Random House – Berkley Books. He lives in Toronto and Venice, Italy.

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