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2021 Listeners' Choice British Podcast Awards Winner Based off Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala's popular podcast of the same name, RedHanded explores real-life true crime cases to help answer once and for all if a killer is born or made. After meeting at a house party in London, where they discovered a mutual obsession for all things true crime, Suruthi Bala and Hannah Magui 2021 Listeners' Choice British Podcast Awards Winner Based off Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala's popular podcast of the same name, RedHanded explores real-life true crime cases to help answer once and for all if a killer is born or made. After meeting at a house party in London, where they discovered a mutual obsession for all things true crime, Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire drunkenly promised to one day start their own murder podcast. Six weeks later they ordered their first microphones and the rest is history. From the hosts of the hit podcast RedHanded (dubbed by Anna Paquin as her “all- time favorite true crime podcast”), Bala and Maguire have amassed a cult following of “spooky bitches.” What is it about killers, cults, and cannibals that capture our imaginations even as they terrify and disturb us? Do we find these stories endlessly and equally compelling and frightening, because they hold up a mirror to society’s failings and to the horrors that we humans are capable of? RedHanded rejects the outdated narrative of killers as monsters and that a victim “was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Instead, it dissects the stories of killers in a way that challenges perceptions and asks the hard questions about society, gender, poverty, culture, and even our politics. With their trademark humor, research on real-life cases, and unflinching analysis of what makes a criminal, Bala and Maguire take you through what drives the most extreme of human behavior to find out once and for all: what makes a killer tick?


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2021 Listeners' Choice British Podcast Awards Winner Based off Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala's popular podcast of the same name, RedHanded explores real-life true crime cases to help answer once and for all if a killer is born or made. After meeting at a house party in London, where they discovered a mutual obsession for all things true crime, Suruthi Bala and Hannah Magui 2021 Listeners' Choice British Podcast Awards Winner Based off Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala's popular podcast of the same name, RedHanded explores real-life true crime cases to help answer once and for all if a killer is born or made. After meeting at a house party in London, where they discovered a mutual obsession for all things true crime, Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire drunkenly promised to one day start their own murder podcast. Six weeks later they ordered their first microphones and the rest is history. From the hosts of the hit podcast RedHanded (dubbed by Anna Paquin as her “all- time favorite true crime podcast”), Bala and Maguire have amassed a cult following of “spooky bitches.” What is it about killers, cults, and cannibals that capture our imaginations even as they terrify and disturb us? Do we find these stories endlessly and equally compelling and frightening, because they hold up a mirror to society’s failings and to the horrors that we humans are capable of? RedHanded rejects the outdated narrative of killers as monsters and that a victim “was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Instead, it dissects the stories of killers in a way that challenges perceptions and asks the hard questions about society, gender, poverty, culture, and even our politics. With their trademark humor, research on real-life cases, and unflinching analysis of what makes a criminal, Bala and Maguire take you through what drives the most extreme of human behavior to find out once and for all: what makes a killer tick?

30 review for RedHanded: An Exploration of Criminals, Cannibals, Cults, and What Makes a Killer Tick

  1. 4 out of 5

    Johann (jobis89)

    Not at all surprised that my favourite true crime podcast would produce such an entertaining, well-written and thoroughly-researched book. This spooky bitch is very impressed!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    I am obsessed with Hannah and Suruthi. Everything I was hoping for. Definitely order this book! Full review to come.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Ratcliffe

    Couldn’t resist my two favorite podcasters’ debut read. But I wish the wit and humor of RedHanded translated into written form a bit more seamlessly. Definitely had some research paper vibes, which brought me back to college reading assignments and all the trauma associated. Their story telling is what makes the podcast so compelling, and those were few and far between. Totally worth a read for all my fellow Spooky Bitches dying for a little more Hannah and Suruthi. I’m all about supporting thos Couldn’t resist my two favorite podcasters’ debut read. But I wish the wit and humor of RedHanded translated into written form a bit more seamlessly. Definitely had some research paper vibes, which brought me back to college reading assignments and all the trauma associated. Their story telling is what makes the podcast so compelling, and those were few and far between. Totally worth a read for all my fellow Spooky Bitches dying for a little more Hannah and Suruthi. I’m all about supporting those “top tier” women in every new endeavor. Go, girls.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aarann

    So for my second book written by beloved true crime podcasters, I have good feelings. The problem with the medium of transferring from podcast to book is it is generally more formal (so no outraged protestations of, Suruthi or Hannah saying something like, "Of course they didn't, you giant piece of trash!" and less of the back-and-forth between the authors that we get from them as podcasters). But at the same time, being forced to be more serious gives them a chance to deep dive into concepts th So for my second book written by beloved true crime podcasters, I have good feelings. The problem with the medium of transferring from podcast to book is it is generally more formal (so no outraged protestations of, Suruthi or Hannah saying something like, "Of course they didn't, you giant piece of trash!" and less of the back-and-forth between the authors that we get from them as podcasters). But at the same time, being forced to be more serious gives them a chance to deep dive into concepts they don't really get to explore with the podcast. That said, with the exception of the Toy Box Killer, which is one serial killer I've run across that I absolutely cannot listen to stories about and had to skip over somewhat, the whole book was excellent and I liked their take on the podcast-to-book format. Every chapter covered more of a psychological pathology, with a story/serial killer to illustrate, instead of every chapter covering a different killer/crime and just being a more formal rehash than you'd get in an episode of the podcast (sorry LPOTL boys, the girls outdid you there). Their chapter on race and bigotry was by far... well to call it my favorite is to minimalize what it was about, but it did catch my interest the most of all the subjects they covered. But I felt like I actually learned something, which was a nice surprise. The other chapter that gave me something that felt new was the one that touched on childhood psychopathy, which was both interesting and kind of frightening (because I have a 10 year old nephew who ticks every childhood serial killer box -- don't get me started there, Goodreads -- and they included a few I didn't know about, like the ADHD connection). As far as getting the audio vs. the book is concerned, without having purchased the physical book, I can't say for sure (for all I know there could have been pictures or graphs which were glossed over in the audio version) but with the knowledge I currently have, I would fully recommend the audiobook, which, as I'd expect, was read by the authors. 5/5 stars for performance on both Hannah and Suruthi. Plus, if you get the audiobook, there's a bonus interview at the end. I didn't feel it added much to the book itself and could have been featured on their Patreon, but I'm all about bonus material.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Sligh

    #RedHanded: “Get ready, because we’re about to take you on a magic school bus journey of science, junk science, and everything in between.” It was such a fascinating read and it was backed up by facts. That’s what I’m here for. Give me the studies if we’re going to talk about the brain, give me the Dr.’s clinical trial info. The book flowed so well and the snark that added was done at the most perfect times. I didn’t feel like I was a reading a book, but a transcript of their podcast. The true cri #RedHanded: “Get ready, because we’re about to take you on a magic school bus journey of science, junk science, and everything in between.” It was such a fascinating read and it was backed up by facts. That’s what I’m here for. Give me the studies if we’re going to talk about the brain, give me the Dr.’s clinical trial info. The book flowed so well and the snark that added was done at the most perfect times. I didn’t feel like I was a reading a book, but a transcript of their podcast. The true crime examples were woven masterfully into the topics being discussed with lots of sidebars. If you know me, I’m a sidebar queen, so this was much appreciated. Listen, if Ms. Frizzle moonlighted on the side as a crime podcaster, I am backing it. That’s why I enjoy RedHanded. It’s not just the facts about a case, it gives a deeper why or how. I get to understand the root cause like an episode of magic school bus. The only difference is we’d be going inside DNA for genes or someone’s brain every episode. I learned a lot, I laughed even more, and I might have shed a tear or two. I think their personal touch of snark was added well to the book and came across as the perfect time to have a laugh during a serious topic. If you’re a podcast person, you need to listen to RedHanded. Need. Thank you Kaye Publicity for the gifted copy. RedHanded is out 9/14! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️.5/5

  6. 5 out of 5

    Arthur Dury

    Very addictive and easy read. Great if you like the podcast, and great if you just like true crime.

  7. 4 out of 5

    FabulousRaye

    Ok, the authors know what they're talking about. They dove into several not as known cases, and into psychology of serial killers. BUT They lost me a bit at the end with 2 hours of interviews. I blanked out after the first one. Ok, the authors know what they're talking about. They dove into several not as known cases, and into psychology of serial killers. BUT They lost me a bit at the end with 2 hours of interviews. I blanked out after the first one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    I love this podcast but reading this their humor does not convey well to written format. If I had listened to the audiobook (not sure if there will be one) I think it would have been a million times better. In written form it just seems extremely cringey.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Althea

    Redhanded is the only true crime podcast I listen to. I usually can't stand them; I don't particularly like hearing all the lurid details, nor do I feel comfortable with the sensationalization of violence and the criminal justice system. This book is an example of what the girls do best — providing thoughtful, down to earth analysis that talks about the social context of crime as much as they do a killer's childhood. In the podcast, Hannah nd Suruthi make a point of talking about the "heavy hitte Redhanded is the only true crime podcast I listen to. I usually can't stand them; I don't particularly like hearing all the lurid details, nor do I feel comfortable with the sensationalization of violence and the criminal justice system. This book is an example of what the girls do best — providing thoughtful, down to earth analysis that talks about the social context of crime as much as they do a killer's childhood. In the podcast, Hannah nd Suruthi make a point of talking about the "heavy hitters" such as Ted Bundy. They claim not to have much to say about them, so it's odd that those are the cases they cover in the book. While the analysis is interesting, the examples they use are well-worn cases. Why provide a wider variety in the podcast but not the book? I found it an odd choice.

  10. 4 out of 5

    thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)

    "Chapter by chapter, we're going to delve into some of the most brutal murders from across the world and ask the obvious question the heart of them all: What makes a killer tick?" And this is exactly what this book was about! It was one heck of an amazing book and all I can say is READ IT! Why? - It is written by the hosts of RedHanded true crime podcast which is one of my favourite podcasts! - In-depth research on different cases with analysis of these criminals which was really interesti "Chapter by chapter, we're going to delve into some of the most brutal murders from across the world and ask the obvious question the heart of them all: What makes a killer tick?" And this is exactly what this book was about! It was one heck of an amazing book and all I can say is READ IT! Why? - It is written by the hosts of RedHanded true crime podcast which is one of my favourite podcasts! - In-depth research on different cases with analysis of these criminals which was really interesting! - With all the stuff you will learn from this book, you will definitely feel smarter after reading this book. So you may not want to hang out with me as I may secretly diagnose you using the PCR-L test! - Absolutely engaging writing and was unputdownable! There are eight chapters in this book that discusses topics from genetics (MAOA gene), cults, relationships to sex and I loved all the extra information on the sidebars! There are some really disturbing cases and they certainly save the worst one for last that talks about torture, BDSM and the notorious Toy Box Killer. So yeah, you do need a strong stomach for some of the cases here. Did you know that in the 1980s, the city of Philadelphia was the hunting ground for three serial killers - The Frankford Slasher, Gary Heidnik and Harrison Graham?? Eeekk. So I hope I have convinced you to pick up this book. This was a solid 5-star read for me! ***Thank you Running Press for this gifted copy to read and review. All opinions expressed are my own.***

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    My Review Of REDHANDED By Authors Suruthi Baka & Hannah Macguire Published by Running Press Adult/ Hachette Books Gifted by {Partner} Kaye Publicity On Sale: 9/14/21 - Purchase Link in my Bio ***** This was a fascinating in depth look and learning experience at possible causes to what can create evil in a person. This evil can turn into many forms from an early age or until a trigger period that sets off a mechanism within their brain that can lead to harming others, killing someone or even becoming a My Review Of REDHANDED By Authors Suruthi Baka & Hannah Macguire Published by Running Press Adult/ Hachette Books Gifted by {Partner} Kaye Publicity On Sale: 9/14/21 - Purchase Link in my Bio ***** This was a fascinating in depth look and learning experience at possible causes to what can create evil in a person. This evil can turn into many forms from an early age or until a trigger period that sets off a mechanism within their brain that can lead to harming others, killing someone or even becoming a serial killer. It was studied and found back within a family from the 1800s moving forward a defunct gene that was called MAOA. It linked human behavior to aggression. This became known as the “warrior gene”. So the question of nature versus nurture comes down to that it could be both. And a child’s upbringing with abuse can trigger this gene. This book goes on with such expansive information and knowledge on other factors that can break a child or human psyche that is only bound to create horrific results if not treated in due time. The stories of true psychopaths were chilling and fed my intrigue into why and how such monsters came to be. This book is a must read, full of everything a thriller lover needs and wants to know; conveniently condensed in a well written and thoroughly researched book. 5 Stars deposited into the bank on this incredible read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Twinsie Talk Angie J

    Check out this review and others at www.Twinsietalk.com www.Facebook.com/Twinsietalk www.Twitter.com/Twinsietalk www.instagram.com/twinsietalk Newsletter : http://eepurl.com/brwkPv I purchased this audio book. Shut up!! I love these ladies. Each chapter was like a mini podcast episode. WE cover so many interesting topics. Any true crime fan should be jumping on to listen to the in depth research about many interesting topics in the true crime world. I love love love the chapter on Mommy Issues!!! Bu Check out this review and others at www.Twinsietalk.com www.Facebook.com/Twinsietalk www.Twitter.com/Twinsietalk www.instagram.com/twinsietalk Newsletter : http://eepurl.com/brwkPv I purchased this audio book. Shut up!! I love these ladies. Each chapter was like a mini podcast episode. WE cover so many interesting topics. Any true crime fan should be jumping on to listen to the in depth research about many interesting topics in the true crime world. I love love love the chapter on Mommy Issues!!! But of course, the Cult chapter made me super stoked. The fact the ladies are the narrators also was genius!! I mean again I listened to a chapter a day. It fed my true crime brain.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I listened to the audiobook which is read by Suru and and Hannah. It is a great book for anyone who is just getting into true crime and acts as primer for why and how criminals act the way they do, with little prior knowledge required. It is neither particularly gruesome nor shocking, but is much more driven by the behind the scenes actions of genetics and social causation. I did like they spent some time on the lesser known or perhaps, lesser played up, evils of incels and killers of color. Fact I listened to the audiobook which is read by Suru and and Hannah. It is a great book for anyone who is just getting into true crime and acts as primer for why and how criminals act the way they do, with little prior knowledge required. It is neither particularly gruesome nor shocking, but is much more driven by the behind the scenes actions of genetics and social causation. I did like they spent some time on the lesser known or perhaps, lesser played up, evils of incels and killers of color. Factions that frequently go under the radar due to their victims and the fact that people don’t take them at their word, are given more of a stage in the book and more exploration to why we should take them seriously. Overall, if you are big into true crime - especially if you are already a Redhanded listener - there is nothing revolutionary in the book. It’s everything you’ve heard before. But if you know someone who is just getting started into the genre? This is a great beginners guide that will make their journey more interesting.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lee McMullen

    Nice basic breakdown of psychopathology and forensic psychology from some of my favorite armchair criminologists. I listened to this via audiobook because I miss hearing Suruthi's and Hannah's lovely voices. Nice basic breakdown of psychopathology and forensic psychology from some of my favorite armchair criminologists. I listened to this via audiobook because I miss hearing Suruthi's and Hannah's lovely voices.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    I am obsessed with this podcast (like a new episode will release and I will have listened by the end of the day) so I preordered the Redhanded book as soon as it was available! This book was entertaining (dark humor), insightful, well-researched, and fascinating! Hannah and Suruthi give the facts of various cases while also diving into the “why” behind the actions. I loved it and hope they’ll write another book since I can never get enough content! A definite must-buy if you enjoy reading about I am obsessed with this podcast (like a new episode will release and I will have listened by the end of the day) so I preordered the Redhanded book as soon as it was available! This book was entertaining (dark humor), insightful, well-researched, and fascinating! Hannah and Suruthi give the facts of various cases while also diving into the “why” behind the actions. I loved it and hope they’ll write another book since I can never get enough content! A definite must-buy if you enjoy reading about true crime.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    Entertaining in true Hannah and Suruthi fashion. Really enjoyed how they delved in to each area of research with some popular and not so well known case studies.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Peterson

    As a true crime junkie, I was thrilled to read “RedHanded: An Exploration of Criminals, Cannibals, Cults, and What Makes a Killer Tick” by the gals behind the 2021 Listener’s Choice British Podcast Awards Winner, Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire. Bala and Maguire take us on an exploration of what makes a killer a killer through case by case analysis. Our authors introduced one or two killers (and their history) each chapter then proceeded to give their opinions surrounding the cases based on gene As a true crime junkie, I was thrilled to read “RedHanded: An Exploration of Criminals, Cannibals, Cults, and What Makes a Killer Tick” by the gals behind the 2021 Listener’s Choice British Podcast Awards Winner, Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire. Bala and Maguire take us on an exploration of what makes a killer a killer through case by case analysis. Our authors introduced one or two killers (and their history) each chapter then proceeded to give their opinions surrounding the cases based on genetics, nature vs. nurture, bigotry, mental illness and more. Bala and Maguire injected each chapter with their dry humor backed their personal theories with supporting sturdies from a variety of sources. While nonfiction, this is certainly an opinion piece. I enjoyed the topics covered and found their chapter on cults to be their best. While I liked their personal deductions from the fascinating cases they shared with us, it was mostly one-sided lacking counter arguments or perspectives into other reasons why the killers killed or exceptions to the theories they shared. I also expected more female representation in here. While I know there are wildly fewer female serial killers than male, they are still out there and this would’ve been a great opportunity to write about them. The humor also falls short—I’m not sure if it doesn’t work as well in written format as to their podcast—but it read like a person giving a presentation and waiting for the audience to laugh at times. That’s not to take away from the intriguing arguments and topics they covered and overall it’s a fun true crime read. Thank you Kaye Publicity and Running Press for an early copy of this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kendra (NurseKendraReads)

    RedHanded: An Exploration of Criminals, Cannibals, Cults and What Makes a Killer Tick 🔪❤️🎧 Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (Stars) Narration: Perfect! Having the podcast hosts and writers of this book read it was amazing! I could listen to Suruthi and Hannah talk true crime all day (and I have) I love true crime. It’s another one of my obsessions besides reading. So when the hosts of one of my favourite true crime podcasts (RedHanded) were coming out with a book I had to read it! I’m a spooky bitch, been one RedHanded: An Exploration of Criminals, Cannibals, Cults and What Makes a Killer Tick 🔪❤️🎧 Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (Stars) Narration: Perfect! Having the podcast hosts and writers of this book read it was amazing! I could listen to Suruthi and Hannah talk true crime all day (and I have) I love true crime. It’s another one of my obsessions besides reading. So when the hosts of one of my favourite true crime podcasts (RedHanded) were coming out with a book I had to read it! I’m a spooky bitch, been one for a few years now, so I got my hands on this audiobook ASAP. Since I enjoy their podcast I knew I would love the audiobook version with them reading it! What makes a killer tick? Is the question they are discussing in this non fiction book. What impacts who we are. What sets a killer apart from the rest of us. It’s captivating and super informative! This book goes over cases as well to illustrate various topics in the chapters. This book, in the audiobook format, felt like a long form podcast with tons of amazing research! There was discussion of cases I knew but I still learned a lot! It kept me interested and had me questioning things I never thought about! (Also the chapter titles were so great and I had a few chuckles throughout) I highly recommend this audiobook if like me, you love true crime! Super well done!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Redhanded may be the first book I ever finished and just immediately started reading again (although technically I was listening to it). Regardless of the fact that I LOVE the Redhanded girls Suruthi and Hannah and I could listen to their podcast endlessly, the book was phenomenal in and of itself. It was so packed full of information that I couldn't soak it up enough. It was so well researched and thorough! And yet there was still little infusions of the podcasters wit, sarcasm, and charm. It w Redhanded may be the first book I ever finished and just immediately started reading again (although technically I was listening to it). Regardless of the fact that I LOVE the Redhanded girls Suruthi and Hannah and I could listen to their podcast endlessly, the book was phenomenal in and of itself. It was so packed full of information that I couldn't soak it up enough. It was so well researched and thorough! And yet there was still little infusions of the podcasters wit, sarcasm, and charm. It was almost like a guide book that goes with their wonderful podcasts. They are always so conscientiousness of the *reasons* behind atrocious acts- they are fair and so well-versed in true crime and attack it with a passion that is just touched with humor and their unique styles. I recommend this book to anyone else obsessed with true crime!! And definitely start listening to their podcast if you don't already!

  20. 4 out of 5

    V

    This book had a solid basic coverage of, as advertised, what makes a killer tick, but it was hindered (and helped a bit) by the fact that it was written by Bala and Maguire. A lot of the humor in the RedHanded podcast comes from the way Bala and Maguire talk to and interact with each other, this humor doesn’t really translate to their writing and made the book a bit disappointing for me, who loves listening to their podcast. At the same time, the writing did still clearly sound like them, which This book had a solid basic coverage of, as advertised, what makes a killer tick, but it was hindered (and helped a bit) by the fact that it was written by Bala and Maguire. A lot of the humor in the RedHanded podcast comes from the way Bala and Maguire talk to and interact with each other, this humor doesn’t really translate to their writing and made the book a bit disappointing for me, who loves listening to their podcast. At the same time, the writing did still clearly sound like them, which made the book slightly more interesting and engaging to me than it would have been if the same information had been written out by anyone else. The book was good and I enjoyed it, though not quite as much as I thought I would, but it’s hard to know if it would be more or less enjoyable for someone who isn’t actually and active fan and listener of their podcast.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Allyson Enciso

    absolutely loved this book. what i love the most that these ladies wrote it with the same dark sense of humor and whimsy with which they conduct their podcast. i hope they keep producing books. note: it REALLY helps to know the authors are from the UK. if you are someone who doesn’t translate british dark humor and sarcastic phrasing well from page to brain, i definitely recommend the audio book. it is read by H & S, so it does help you to catch on to their sarcasm and hyperbole at times, which c absolutely loved this book. what i love the most that these ladies wrote it with the same dark sense of humor and whimsy with which they conduct their podcast. i hope they keep producing books. note: it REALLY helps to know the authors are from the UK. if you are someone who doesn’t translate british dark humor and sarcastic phrasing well from page to brain, i definitely recommend the audio book. it is read by H & S, so it does help you to catch on to their sarcasm and hyperbole at times, which could be interpreted as insensitive or overt af times when reading it in your own boxed in american mind. their personalities shine through on the audiobook. this book is ridiculously informative and even more ridiculously entertaining.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Rae

    4.8 rounding up** As an avid RedHanded listener (I subscribe to their Patreon and even bought the signed copy of this book), I absolutely loved this book. This was informative and entertaining with sidebars to keep me engaged and to keep the book from dragging. I loved the use of subheadings (or parts) throughout each chapted, this made it easy to read and keep track of throughout the day since I hate having to stop mid-chapter. The only "downside" I would say is that this book is really tailored 4.8 rounding up** As an avid RedHanded listener (I subscribe to their Patreon and even bought the signed copy of this book), I absolutely loved this book. This was informative and entertaining with sidebars to keep me engaged and to keep the book from dragging. I loved the use of subheadings (or parts) throughout each chapted, this made it easy to read and keep track of throughout the day since I hate having to stop mid-chapter. The only "downside" I would say is that this book is really tailored to existing RedHanded audiences - It's full of references and inside jokes that only existing listeners would know. While a good marketing scheme, could hinder their growth with a new audience and stop new readers from completely loving this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shibani Chettri

    I love Redhanded the podcast and bought the audiobook as soon as it came out because I wanted to have Suruthi & Hannah read it to me. Interesting book but I agree with some of the other readers that it’s almost better for true crime novices. A lot of the cases that they focus on are the bigger/more well known ones which I found a bit repetitive for myself personally. Also I was almost expecting the same jokes and back and forth between Hannah and Suruthi as in the podcast but it’s not the same i I love Redhanded the podcast and bought the audiobook as soon as it came out because I wanted to have Suruthi & Hannah read it to me. Interesting book but I agree with some of the other readers that it’s almost better for true crime novices. A lot of the cases that they focus on are the bigger/more well known ones which I found a bit repetitive for myself personally. Also I was almost expecting the same jokes and back and forth between Hannah and Suruthi as in the podcast but it’s not the same in the book (understandably since it’s not a discussion). Overall good book and I recommend it for true crime newbies!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erica Robyn Metcalf

    Often with true crime books, shows, or films, the focus lies mainly on the stories of who was involved and what happened, but they don’t always get to the why. In RedHanded: An Exploration of Criminals, Cannibals, Cults, and What Makes a Killer Tick by Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire, these two true crime podcasters dove into the science and psychology behind what can make someone a killer. While this was a disturbing read that made me double check my locks at the end of the day before the night s Often with true crime books, shows, or films, the focus lies mainly on the stories of who was involved and what happened, but they don’t always get to the why. In RedHanded: An Exploration of Criminals, Cannibals, Cults, and What Makes a Killer Tick by Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire, these two true crime podcasters dove into the science and psychology behind what can make someone a killer. While this was a disturbing read that made me double check my locks at the end of the day before the night set in, I had a blast reading and learning more. This is a must read for true crime fans. More here: https://www.ericarobynreads.com/book-...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mhairi

    This is a good book if you are looking to start reading into true crime - there is nothing overall revolutionary here but its a solid read. If you are a fan of the podcast before reading (like me!) Then this a good buy. If you are picking this up as someone who hasn't listened to their podcast before then I'd recommend that you go and listen - not everything about their humour necessarily works well onto the page and I think they work better as podcast. That said, I think as a first book they did This is a good book if you are looking to start reading into true crime - there is nothing overall revolutionary here but its a solid read. If you are a fan of the podcast before reading (like me!) Then this a good buy. If you are picking this up as someone who hasn't listened to their podcast before then I'd recommend that you go and listen - not everything about their humour necessarily works well onto the page and I think they work better as podcast. That said, I think as a first book they did a pretty good job. Overall, a solid book and an enjoyable read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Liesje Leest

    As a fan of the RedHanded podcast I was really excited to read the book. Unfortunately the first chapters didn't really draw me in as much as I expected, maybe because the covered subjects I'm not that interested in. The later chapters did click with me more and I did enjoy the book as a whole. I miss the banter between Suruthi and Hannah while reading, the podcast is pretty funny at times (even if it's also dark and sad) but the book doesn't have as much humor. As a fan of the RedHanded podcast I was really excited to read the book. Unfortunately the first chapters didn't really draw me in as much as I expected, maybe because the covered subjects I'm not that interested in. The later chapters did click with me more and I did enjoy the book as a whole. I miss the banter between Suruthi and Hannah while reading, the podcast is pretty funny at times (even if it's also dark and sad) but the book doesn't have as much humor.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ann Elin

    I am huge fan of Redhanded podcast and when they told had written a book , i was excited. The book was definitely worth the wait . Well done research as always and i loved they add the same dark humor from their podcast. I been having a reading slump/ hiatus for more then decade, and read this book just in few days . With my short attention span , that really say means something. Definitely would recommend this book to people just starting with reading True Crime books .

  28. 4 out of 5

    Giulia Tanasi

    I had high expectations for this book as I really enjoy the podcast. The topics were interesting even though I would have appreciated the study of less infamous cases. As pointed out by many the humor between Hannah and Suruthi doesn’t translate well in the written format. Some jokes, while perfect during a podcast, come off as out of place and almost childish in the book. It’s a very brief book which I have enjoyed, not loved, not hated. Hence the 3 stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tif

    Been following these ladies for a few years... I've even got the t- shirt! And now my ears have listened to their brilliant, well researched and incredibly spooky book! Thank you for all the nightmares I will have about the Toybox and thanks for the chapter about black serial killers. Entertaining and insightful - could not recommend enough! Well done ladies :) x Been following these ladies for a few years... I've even got the t- shirt! And now my ears have listened to their brilliant, well researched and incredibly spooky book! Thank you for all the nightmares I will have about the Toybox and thanks for the chapter about black serial killers. Entertaining and insightful - could not recommend enough! Well done ladies :) x

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eva Bailey

    Love Redhanded and Hannah and Suruthi. I listened to the audiobook and it was just like an 8 hour podcast episode. The research was upto their usual incredible standard and every single chapter was interesting. Would listen to any content these women put out but would highly recommend this for any true crime fans.

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