The authors do a good job of pulling together massive amounts of information from the trial and interviews, into an easy-to-follow, suspenseful read. I had no problem following the events.
However, I did have a hard time buying into the representations of the different real-live people that the authors describe. In my opinion, it is one thing for an author to struggle with the creation of a believable multi-dimensional character that he is creating out of thin air. However, it is another thing that these authors had a hard time describing the multi-dimensional facets of the real-live people they are writing about. Unfortunately, this is a book of 'flat' people...people with no depth. It is that very depth of character that would have added so much more to this story. There is undoubtedly room for more compassion to be felt for many of the people who were active players in this event...Mark, his victims, family members, even the people from the LDS authority that were involved. However, the inability of the authors to really put a 'human' face on even some of the victims, a face that would elicit recognition and compassion in me, significantly impaired and dulled my ability to be fully emotionally involved in this experience.