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The Moors Murderers (Hardback)

The Full Story of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley

British History True Crime 20th Century

By Chris Cook
Imprint: Pen & Sword True Crime
Pages: 304
Illustrations: Integrated mono
ISBN: 9781399098755
Published: 27th April 2022



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Meticulously researched by C.G.C. Cook, The Moors Murderers gives readers a rare and fascinating look into the lives of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley – often referred to as the most evil couple in British history. After a torture and killing spree that lasted two years and left five innocent children dead, many aspects of their lives have been kept hidden from the public. Cook’s new release changes that – making unseen photographs, letters and accounts public for the first time.

In the mid 1960s, the serenity of Saddleworth Moor was forever interrupted, even if people didn’t yet know it, as the area became a grave for the innocent child victims of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

The couple’s vile torture and killings have shaken up British history ever since, with the couple often considered two of the most evil people to have lived. However, the public still have many questions about who they were and how their dysfunctional relationship operated.

In this book, many artefacts become public for the first time, including photographs from Ian Brady’s ‘Tartan album’, police interviews and witness statements, which shed vital new light on Brady, Hindley and the dangerous cocktail their union became.

I love true crime and this was wonderfully written. Very informative and engaging.

NetGalley, Nadine Rizvi

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

True crime is my jam. Everyone that truly knows me knows that I am always with one AirPod on listening to one of my true crime podcasts or a true-crime audiobook. For the longest time, I wanted to be a psychiatric nurse. Trying to understand the despicable things humans are capable of is incredibly interesting and disturbing at the same time. There's the real eye-opener and wake-up call for everyone. It makes you watch your back and always be alert. This story is no different in that aspect. Great format and amazingly well researched.

NetGalley, Nashallie Lee

Fascinating read. It was well written and kept me reading all night.

NetGalley, Wendy S. Lovell

I have always been fascinated by this couple I think more because I just would love to understand how people like this exist in our society. I have seen multiple tv specials and read a few other books on them as well. Having said that this particular book was extremely well researched and the writing was very well done. I enjoyed this true crime novel and am happy to have read it. Not sure I will be getting that creepy feeling out of my system for a bit tho. This couple was evil in so many ways but this book was great.

NetGalley, Jeanna Bosick

This book is well written and meticulously researched. It takes the reader through Brady and Hindley's life, how they met, and details the crimes. It is horrific and honestly hard to get through. That said, if you are a true crime reader, this book is a very detailed account of these cases and probably the most thorough that I have seen. Brady and Hindley both were absolute monsters and this book does not sensationalize them.

NetGalley, Leslie Cernosek

You would have to think that the vast majority of people have heard about Brady & Hindley and their sickening crimes, but I suppose the younger generation might not have heard of them and how their crimes affected a generation in the 60’s. Whilst this is a harrowing and upsetting story about two deranged individuals the story from a true crime perspective is fascinating. The book looks at the crimes from the very beginning, looking at these two growing up and their family background and then how they met up with each other. As experts will often say that you can predict what is to come from looking at someone’s character and upbringing and says how that individual will turn out.

Although it is sickening to read about the crimes, torture and abuse which must have been terrifying for the victim. For the living, it’s also the way they buried their victims anonymously on the Saddleworth moors and then gave false hopes to victims' parents and relatives claiming to reveal where they were buried, but then never did. Denying parents’ the chance to bury their loved ones. The book is a really good book in that it is well written and balanced in its evidence and facts. A really good book that I would recommend especially for true crime fans or for people who have never heard of the case.

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The History Fella

This book was fascinating, if a little uncomfortable to read in places. The crimes of Brady and Hindley will live on with the lives ones of their young innocent victims.

Such cruelty and brutality must not be allowed to prevail. This moving book will stay with me for a long time. I gave The Moors Murderers, by Chris Cook, four stars.

NetGalley, J. L. Dixon

I was thrilled to be able to review a copy of “The Moors Murders – The Full Story Of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley”, by C.G.C Cook, for the horrific case of Brady and Hindley is one that quite rightly continues to shock and horrify people today, six decades after their monstrous crimes. It’s always a case that has held my interest and conscious – how can something of that magnitude not, I ask you? – and with such a complex tale, any book concerning it is worthy of a read, as it is the courtesy that anyone who takes the time to research and write any account of such crimes deserves.

Yet, as the case is so well known that it is almost lore, researching and writing any new book on the subject must be difficult – and if it’s a case I have been familiar with for many years, I always approach any such text with caution, thinking “What new will I learn here about something I already know so well?”.

I needn’t have concerned myself there with this book. In fact, it shamed me, and redefined what I know/knew. I class myself, in nowhere near an expert on the crimes of Brady and Hindley, but knowledgeable enough to be able to hold court on any discussion on the subject, yet I’d find myself very much a silent audience listening to C.G.C Cook discussing the same. The research – wow, the research – is painstaking and impeccable, allowing a well-constructed narrative that takes the reader in a tried and tested winning formula chronologically through each of the pair’s crimes. For the most celebrated of the true crime reader, within you’ll find never before revealed extracts, including interview transcripts – some disturbing to read – and magnificently dotted throughout with photographs (and how the author has come by these is a testament to how much of a true crime fanatic, and dedicated researcher he is) with a chapter dedicated to each victim and the relevant events within the canonical timeline, and culminating in the arrest of Brady and Hindley, and the evidence gleaned within the case.

Whilst that may seem open ended, and rushed to a finish, it is not so – for the reader is promised part two also, in the form of a second book – which will cover in its entirety the trial, and the aftermath. An unreal effort.

Told respectfully, yet captivatingly throughout, I found “The Moors Murders – The Full Story Of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley” to be THE most fascinating study of what many consider to be the most disturbing crimes of the 20th century that I have ever read – and for me, it has now replaced Devils Disciples, and even the canonical, Beyond Belief as THE definitive study of Brady and Hindley.

To any would be authors thinking of attempting a book on the same subject – stop right here and save yourself the bother – because it’s just been perfected.

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The True Crime Enthusiast

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Moors Murderers is one of those books where it's hard to determine a rating. Not because the book wasn't well-researched and written well, but because of the harrowing crimes that lie within its pages.

I have read many books about the crimes of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, and I feel that this book is one of the most in-depth I have read. The images inside, although at times hard to look at, really helped to create an overall picture of the life of these two evil humans, and their crimes.

For anybody interested in true crime, or the case of the Moors Murders, this book is a must read. It gives information and descriptions that never felt biased, and I appreciate that when reading non-fiction books about true crime.

NetGalley, Katie Salt

Despite not being in the generation that endured the appalling crimes of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, their names and their crimes are still known to me. It is with sadness and disbelief that they were able to commit the crimes that they were convicted for and if we are truly honest who knows how many we do not know about.

This book introduces the Moors Murderers from where they were born, their families and their upbringings. This leads to a section on how they met and subsequently fell in love. Moving on to the vicious and heinous crimes they committed and attempt to conceal on the Moors.

Highlighting missed opportunities and their arrest. The evidence stacking up against the pair, including photos, statements, interviews and timings. All leading up to their commital. The next book documents their conviction.

NetGalley, Sarah Anguish

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

5 star- this follows the full story of the horrendous moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley and goes through detailed account of their story and the crimes in which they committed against those poor young victims..

Such a informative interesting read recommend if you love true crime.

NetGalley, Shannon Wadlan

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Moors Murderers is an extremely well researched and well written book.

However, it was so harrowing in parts, that I found myself having to take breaks from it, as I was totally at odds with what I was reading.
Providing the reader with possible 'new' insights into the depravity of Hindley and Brady, the deplorable calculated plots and the intricate lengths they went to - to cover their tracks.

An excellent book.

NetGalley, Emma Nelson

A well written and well researched true crime that made me learn more about these two serial killers.
It's details, gripping, and some parts are not for the faint of heart

NetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I found this book really interesting and I was gripped from start to finish. Learnt quite a lot of facts I didn’t realise before and would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

NetGalley, Lisa Tweddle

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have read numerous books on the Moors Murders and this by far is the best. Unseen pictures, in depth accounts and and harrowing detail I have not read before. Shocking read.

NetGalley, Abigail Titley

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I feel a little strange saying I really enjoyed this book due to the topic and 2 of the worst killers in the UK.

It was well written, sympathetic and did not make light of what had happened.

I found it fascinating.

NetGalley, Nicola Southall

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

There have been lots of books about the Moors Murderers, and this one covers the subject very well with plenty of photographs, some allegedly previously unseen. Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are perhaps the most villified and hated of all serial killers, as without any remorse they kidnapped, raped, tortured and killed children and young adults, and even when caught refused to tell the distraught parents where their little ones were buried on the moors. They showed no shame, no regret, no remorse.

The book takes us through their lives, relying on testimony from people who knew them and from documentation. It covers the awful crimes, but does not sensationalise or dramatise the horror. It does not need to - the bare facts that they abducted these children, took them away, in some cases photographed and recorded them, and then killed and buried them are quite horrifying enough. I remember my own parents (having children around the same ages as the victims) being horrified that people could do this, and particularly that a woman could act in such a way.

The book is a difficult read, graphic in content and incredibly sad. We will probably never know the final resting place of Keith Bennett, and one is left wondering how many more children/adults they killed and disposed of.

An excellent, factual, non-sensationalist read. Thank you to NetGalley and Pen and Sword for allowing me access to the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

NetGalley, Sue Andrews

I enjoyed reading more into the case, into the lives of Brady and Hindley- genuinely as a true crime fan I found this intriguing, well researched and overall a good read. There are so many books about this pair- but this one seems to stand out a bit more to me after reading it due to the mass of research that has obviously been completed and the temptation of never before seen evidence.

Final Thoughts,
A well written and researched profile of one of Hindley and Brady, and the crimes that definitely shook the UK and remain infamous to this day.

NetGalley, Charlotte Welsh

I've listened to a few podcasts about this. I loved reading the book and learning more details! It's absolutely fascinating and sickening what they did.

NetGalley, Michaela Miller

This book is a bone-chilling look into the lives of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. The couple met through work and embarked on a relationship that revolved around their sadistic tendencies, drinking, and indulging in deviant sexual acts with one another that would evolve into them murdering others. They planned out everything in meticulous detail and would oftentimes return to the Moors where they buried the bodies in order to try to relive the killings that they had enacted. Chris Cook did a spectacular job researching and writing this book that details the crimes of these two vile humans that showed a distinct lack of human emotion.

NetGalley, Amanda Chronister

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

There isn’t much to say about The Moors Murders that need explanation to anyone in the UK as to what happened (or I’d be surprised much of the world the awful murders are so well known) and I have read a few books on this, but I thought this book was a really well written and comprehensive study of the events , thoughtfully and respectfully told (too many books don’t do this) there was information I hadn’t read before and I was impressed by the authors ability to stay unbiased and present the facts without an opinion. Well written and researched I recommend this to people interested in true crime and who want a non biased look into these awful events.

NetGalley, Tara Keating

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is the first book I've actually read about the Moors Murderers. It was a very informative book and it held my interest.

NetGalley, Naomi Downing

This is a very readable and comprehensive work. I have read a lot about the Moors Murders before, and this was a great addition to my virtual bookshelf. Contains a lot of detail in a way that remains accessible.

NetGalley, JE Rowney

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Well researched and presented book telling the background stories of the Moors Murderers. Harrowing in places as you would expect but fills in many of the gaps in the case. An illuminating historical crime book.

NetGalley, Karen Hammond

A straightforward but interesting account of these two horrific people, their childhoods and then their relationship and awful crimes. Packed with information from various sources and with photographs dispersed throughout.

NetGalley, Paula Smith

I have read books based on The Moors Murders before and this had information I had never heard before. I always find pictures of people like this just living normal lives so chilling.

NetGalley, Mel Smith

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A book about these 2 evil people is never going to be an easy read, a disgusting pair whose crimes shock as much now as when committed
The detail in the book is astounding, interesting to read about their early lives and how they met and how it was her who was determined to snare him, also found the letters from the pair to relatives and each other fascinating, the crime details are nit easy to read and I did skip over parts
A lot of effort has gone into making this surely the most in depth look at 2 people whose names people my age grew up with and even know cause a shudder of revulsion when mentioned

NetGalley, Mark Fearn

I read this in honour of the victims and the horrific horrors they faced. A chilling account of two heinous individuals who I do not even want call humans. This account is written factually and without opinion, which must have been incredibly difficult to do. A detailed description of the crimes, the upbringings which lead to such an unjust loss of young lives and how the Moors Murderers were bought to some sort of justice. RIP to the victims and I hope Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are now paying eternally for their hideous and evil actions.

NetGalley, Hayley Fletcher

In the 1960s, Myra Hindley and Ian Brady turned the desolate yet serene countryside of Saddleworth Moor into a burial ground, disposing of their murder victims in the deep soil. The despicable acts of the couple became well known in the U.K, and had the entire country on high alert. When authorities finally found two bodies buried in the moor (both were young children), the investigation began and soon, one more body was found (that of a young man) in the Brady/Hindley home. As the police continued their search, the couple stayed mum, claiming innocence until the last minute, and refusing to turn on each other.
C.G.C Cook brings the horrible murders of the young couple to light in his well-researched, true crime novel “The Moors Murders”. Complete with never-before-seen photos taken by Ian Brady, Cook’s story takes us through the childhood of Ian and Myra, their infamous relationship, and the emotional police investigation. Canadian fans are likely to compare Ian and Myra to our own famous murdering couple, Paul and Karla (I know I did!), and the brutal and heartless acts performed by this pair are just as despicable.
Cook pays respect to the victims and their families the best way he can, while still maintaining the story’s integrity and reality. Ian’s manipulative relationship with Myra, his love of Hitler and his approval of the Nazi Internment Camps, immediately makes Ian the monster in the story. Myra, however, is not depicted as the innocent “tag along”, like most female serial killer partners are, but instead is held responsible for her own rule in the murders, even though she herself denied culpability in the face of damming evidence.
I was fascinated by the similarities in the couple’s upbringing, and how both Myra and her sister Maureen, seemed to fall for similar men (although Maureen’s husband was responsible for turning the couple in to the police, he played a role in the murder of the final victim). The fate that brought two similar monsters together is most definitely a cruel one, and I was relieved that the legal outcome went the way it did. Although I was not familiar with this specific story until this novel, I can imagine the fear and heartbreak that ran through the small community during the couple’s reign.
Creepy and very dark, Cook’s portrayal of the killing couple leaves an indelible mark... “The Moors Murders” is a compelling true crime novel, depicting the most disgustingly despicable crime imaginable (child rape and murder) and the monsters who committed it.

NetGalley, Erin Clemence

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book was written extremely well. The flow and description of events was disgustingly accurate. It opens your eyes to how your upbringing shapes you. This book makes you want to hug your children tight and board up your doors and windows.

NetGalley, Tawnee Szczepanek

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Firstly I thought this was above all a very respectful and thoughtful telling of the worst kind of crime imaginable, any crime against children by adults is unforgivable and should be met with the harshest rulings available but in my opinion I also think those punishments should fit the crime. I thought this had a unique approach when in fact the author took upon years more research to start the book with the birth of each main character/monster and not just talking about the crimes committed by them. It did seem that Brady was off the mark from a young age on his own but that, his partner in crime and I do mean partner seemed fairly normal until she left what seemed a perfectly normal relationship with a normal man who did not like to rape & murder children & did not think Hitler was the cats meow for a very unhealthy I love him, I hate him, I love him again obsession of Brady that then turned into an indoctrination of his coo coo Hitler beliefs & way of life. But I don't know if I believe it didn't take much to get her to the dark side? Or if Brady truly did indoctrinate her? People talked about how great she was with kids, how much kids loved her, parents loved her, she babysat for free! These don't seem like psychopathic tendencies but how could someone who did love kids have even have stood by while they knew a child was being killed or abused? Even at the expense of there own safety, knowing they were only safe because they were complicit in the horrendous crimes? So many questions. I however do not believe that Brady committed these crimes alone, I think she help from step one to step end and every step in between. There is recorded voice proof of this! I think she was someone who got off on the power of it, and enjoyed the dirty work of it! She literally showed more worry for her dead dog then she did over dead children! Bottom line this is an extraordinary read even though hard material to process due to its nature of unthinkable crimes against sweet innocent children.

NetGalley, Shannon Johnson

The book starts right from when they were born. Encompasses all of their lives, not just the murders. An in-depth examination-includes comments from people who knew them at school for example, how they were at the time. Many black and white photos are included, some of them not released before.

It's interesting learning about their lives, what could be triggers etc. But when you read this, and realise what monsters they were, I don't think there can ever be any excuse for crimes so terribly chilling as these. How could she stay together with him and participate in these crimes with him, when he's done such awful things to her? Or did he? Was she making that up? Did he make her go along with the murders, would he have killed her otherwise?
Despite the difficult subject matter, it's easy to read, detailed, yet not long-winded. Becomes a really gripping read.

What makes us want to read something as shocking and gruesome as this? Why are some people so bad, and don't seem to have any conscience, not a care for others? It's fascinating how the different pieces come together, and they are eventually caught.

A must read for fans of true crime books. One of the most well-known cases, and here is a very well-researched and well-written account.

NetGalley, Carrie M Lack

This is a story most of us know. Or so I thought. Through his obviously extensive research, Chris Cook was able to shed light on details I hadn’t heard before. As much as we wish it was different, most of us are fascinated by the macabre. This book satisfied my need for nonfiction & was very well done.

NetGalley, Amanda Green

Interesting I already knew the basics about this case but found this book had way more information and told me stuff that I didn't know. It was well written and I think dealt with the case in a very good sensitive way.

NetGalley, H Richardson

This book is the true story of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley and how they murdered 5 young people in the 1960's.
The book gives a full, very detailed account of both Brady's and Hindley's childhood and youth, how they were raised and how they met.
The book goes on to detail how their victims were chosen, how they were obtained, and then, how they were ultimately tortured and killed.
The pair were caught, because Brady involved and trusted a young man who then went to the police because he couldn't live with what he had witnessed. The details of the evidence being put together, bodies located, and the trial are covered in depth. .
There are numerous pictures in the book, ranging from pictures of Brady, Hindley, her pets, the youngsters that were killed etc.
This book was exceptionally well written and every detail covered in depth.

NetGalley, Ella Lehsten

A well-documented account of horrific gruesome crimes committed by two of the most dangerous individuals ever born.

NetGalley, Wendy M Rhodes

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’ve grown up knowing about the Moors Murderers. However, never really in great detail.
Chris Cook the author has really put a lot of work and research into this book. We learn about their early lives. How they got together. More importantly how they committed their crimes. The book contains many unseen photographs and interview transcripts with the police.
If child murder really upsets you then put the book down. I have always been ok with true crime. However, the subject matter is tough. I broke the book into sections read over many days.
To begin with I wondered if Myra was led by Ian. Violence was a big thing in their relationship. Now days I’m sure some women would use that in trial.
By the end of the book all the evidence is presented to you. The reader can then make their own minds up about Brady and Hindley..

NetGalley, Catherine Harrold

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

So well researched and a fascinating insightful look into the moor murderers. In this book, many artefacts become public for the first time, including photographs from Ian Brady’s ‘Tartan album’, police interviews and witness statements, which shed vital new light on Brady, Hindley and the dangerous cocktail their union became.

NetGalley, Michelle Coates

We all think we know all there is to know about this disgusting pair, and yet so many of us are still so intrigued to work out how people can behave like this. This definitely revealed more information than I had known before and the photos included make this more real than ever.

NetGalley, Emma Hardy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I hesitate to say I really enjoyed this book because any book about the Moors Murders is extremely difficult reading. However, this one was extremely well written with great attention to detail allowing all the facts to be told from the point of view of the families as well as a glimpse into the mindset of the killers with diary excerpts and letters..
This was meticulously researched with much supporting evidence presented including numerous photographs, and I would say it is probably the best book I have read on the subject. Utterly heartbreaking, the ruthlessness and depravity of both Brady and Hindley is unbelievable. The facts about Hindley's sister Maureen and her husband David, who reported them to the police were so interesting, they were vilified for associating with Hindley and Brady but if it wasn't for them coming forward there would have been even more deaths.
Fascinating and compelling read.

NetGalley, Fiona McCormick

I don’t think there are many who won’t have heard of the names Myra Hindley and Ian Brady.

Having read a lot over the years about The Moors Murderers, I wasn’t expecting to find out anything new, I was wrong.

There are many unseen photos and details regarding their interviews regarding the murders. There were times I felt quite ill reading what those two did to their victims.

It is a harrowing read but you can’t expect anything else where those two are concerned.

The victims must never be forgotten.
Pauline Reade
John Kilbride
Keith Bennett
Lesley Ann Downey
Edward Evans

NetGalley, Dee Groocock

This is a well written book on a gruesome subject. How people can be depraved, evil, cruel, and disgusting among other things to children. Brady and Myra are the worst serial killers.

NetGalley, Sheila Treacy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Such an interesting case. Very rage inducing due to who the victims were. If you can handle child murder definitely give this book a read.

NetGalley, Dalton Morse

The evil murders committed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in the 1960s have horrified and fascinated the British public ever since. The couple remain, rightly, amongst the most hated people ever lived.

Chris Cook's new book gives an insight into their early lives and the murders themselves. The book includes previously-unseen pictures and is very well researched. The sensitive material is presented well, being sure to remain interesting to the reader without sensationalising it.

This is a must for readers who enjoy true-crime.

NetGalley, James Doyle

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The subject matter is undoubtedly not for everyone, but for anyone with an interest in the Moors Murders (or true crime in general) this is a fantastic read. I had previously read at least one other book on the case, but the level of detail that this author goes into on both the backgrounds of the serial killing couple and how their reign of terror unfolded is extraordinary. The inclusion of the many (at least for me) previously unseen images of the victims, crime scenes, mugshots and moors scenes was also fascinating and really brought the story to life. The book ends rather abruptly with a very quick summary of the trial, but the author is planning a second book to explore the story of the trial as well as the subsequent lives of the killers.

It would seem wrong to call a book telling such a tragic story as this enjoyable, but for me the author does a good job of telling the story in a way that is respectful of the victims, while leaving the reader in no doubt as to the depravity of Hindley and Brady.

NetGalley, Rob O'Driscoll

A well-researched and well-written account.

Over the years I've heard about Ian Brady and Myra Hindley over and over again. I've seen TV documentaries about the Moors Murderers, but this is the first time I've read a book on these terrible crimes.

The book starts right from when they were born. Encompasses all of their lives, not just the murders. An in-depth examination-includes comments from people who knew them at school for example, how they were at the time. Many black and white photos are included, some of them not released before.

It's interesting learning about their lives, what could be triggers etc. But when you read this, and realise what monsters they were, I don't think there can ever be any excuse for crimes so terribly chilling as these. Inexplicable why any girlfriend would ever agree to things like this. You'd think she'd run a mile. How could she stay together with him and participate in these crimes with him, when he's done such awful things to her? Or did he? Was she making that up? Did he make her go along with the murders, would he have killed her otherwise?

All these grisly events happened quite near to where I live. There are lots of details in here I didn't know. I didn't know that much about the case at all really. And chilling to think how terrifyingly close they came to where I live.

Despite the difficult subject matter, it's easy to read, detailed, yet not long-winded. Becomes a really gripping read.

What makes us want to read something as shocking and gruesome as this? Why are some people so bad, and don't seem to have any conscience, not a care for others? It's fascinating how the different pieces come together, and they are eventually caught.

A must read for fans of true crime books. One of the most well-known cases, and here is a very well-researched and well-written account.

NetGalley, Julie Haigh

The amount of research and first-hand accounts that make up this book on Brady and Hindley's lives is staggering, and is truly what pushes each page forward. The descriptions of each crime and each body are extremely detailed and there were a few times when I was worried I'd get nightmares.

I found Hindley to be the more fascinating of the pair to read about simply because her first-hand accounts contrast so severely to her actions and the way others recounted her behavior. I'm still not entirely sure if any of what she said was the truth, or perhaps it's a truth of which she's convinced herself. Brady was very clearly a psychopath from the get-go, and about as textbook as a psychopath can get.

If you're interested in true crime and frightening yourself, add this one to your shelves.

NetGalley, Ciarra Nicole

This is the story of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, dubbed The Moors Murderers by the press after the awful crimes they committed together in the 1960s.

This tells their stories from the very beginning and describes some of the things in their childhood that may have steered them to commit the heinous crimes they did.

This is not a story for the faint-hearted as it factually describes events. The account is very detailed and quite shocking in parts. But so were the abductions and murders. The book is well written and has some unseen photographs as illustrations. I like the way it introduces the testimony of friends and family for authenticity.

The author reveals transcripts of the police interviews of the main suspects which make interesting reading. He has certainly done his research. I have read several books covering the murders but this is certainly the best informed.

It's well worth a read for those who are interested in true crime or those who knew about the events but not the details.

NetGalley, Steve Cripwell

The author is restrained about giving his opinion and very much sticks to the facts which is particularly important in this case. It was also refreshing to see that this was not a rehash of previous books and research but did have some new material. The book focused on the background of Hindley and Brady and also the timeline for the murders and their conviction. The murdered children were dealt with respectfully and the violence not overly glorified. This is an excellent version of a complex and disturbing case. A must for true crime lovers.

NetGalley, Claire Knight

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

THE best book on the Moors Murderers. Comprehensive, with many details not divulged before, and many photos not seen before. A must for all true crime fans. Looking forward to Part 2 - Convicting the Moors Murderers.

NetGalley, Suzi Jeevaratnam

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What a truly horrifying couple! These were two deranged and sick individuals. The crimes they committed were awful and they showed no remorse for the crimes at all. This story is riveting and will grab you. A great true crime book!

NetGalley, Ron Baumer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I thought I knew all there was to know about Ian Brady and Myra Hindley from all the documentaries and podcasts I've listened to but I was wrong.

Thoroughly researched and including pictures (not graphic) this book is very well done. It takes you from childhood right up to and past the murders. Fans of true crime will love this.

NetGalley, Donna Withers

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book was super interesting the way the author conveyed the events of what all happened was brilliant and I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. I honestly just really loved everything about this book and would absolutely recommend it if you're a true crime fan like me.

NetGalley, Sarah Butler

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were an ill-fated couple - a couple who brought havoc into the world when they got together. Through the murder of young children, they brought a new terror into the world, leaving bodies that horrified England when the truth began to emerge.

Ian Brady and Myra both had a difficult upbringing, but Ian had a more stable upbringing than Myra did. Myra's father was abusive, and she ended up defending her mother and sister against him more than once.

My review:
This was a heartbreaking book to read. It was difficult to read knowing what was going to happen. As you read about their young lives, and then how they met and began their relationship, you start to get the sinking feeling - and a sick feeling as you know what is going to be done at the hands of the monsters that became the Moors Murderers.
Overall, I really did enjoy this book, as you can see a bit more in how these two developed, not only as people but in their relationships.

NetGalley, Rebecca Hill

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

If you like any true crime then this book is for you. Gives a lot of information on what happened and things that the public don't know.

NetGalley, Michelle Griffiths

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

To start my review, I would like to add the names of those that lost their lives. And to their families, the hidden victims that were left forever broken.

Pauline Reade, 16. John Kilbride, 12. Keith Bennett, 12. Lesley Ann Downey, 10. Edward Evans, 17.

Now this book isn’t going to be for everyone, much like horror books/movies, but unlike horror, this has two words that can scare even the toughest of people, True Crime!
Those two little words change everything.
In a horror movie, you can pause or, if a book, can put it down and remind yourself that “this is just a work of fiction” You can’t do that with True crime. It isn’t fiction. It is real-life.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It has been such an eye-opener.
The detail of their lives apart and together is incredibly fascinating. I naively thought one was eviler than the other, that one was shy and easily controlled. Oh, how wrong was I?!
Both were cold, callous, and manipulating. Doing whatever it took to satisfy depraved desires.

Serial killers have always been a mystery to me, so learning about their childhoods and upbringings gives a new level of insight into how their minds work.
I’m not saying I understand them, but, in the words of one of my favourite tv shows, Evil Lives Here, there had been signs!!
Signs do not scream, Serial Killer in the making, and hindsight is a marvelous thing, but I cannot help but wonder if some earlier intervention might have changed the course of history, and these two then may never have met?! Yet, I believe the darkness that lived within these two would lead to heinous acts either alone or together.

Folie à deux is a perfect description of Myra Hindley & Ian Brady.

What a beautiful, almost righteous irony there is within their story. Ian Huntley admired Adolf Hitler, and much like Hitler, Ian’s ego and arrogance ultimately drove him into making a fatal mistake. A mistake that would see him arrested and later imprisoned. I do take immense joy in knowing that.

I highly recommend this book, but would suggest that, like me, read it one chapter at a time. Even the earlier chapters can be hard-hitting.

My final thought (thanks, Jerry Springer. lol) is books that explore the origins of pure evil are fantastic. Thanks to the media, we are constantly exposed to the faces of these murderers, instilling a sense of fear that can live within us, but books like these reveal the truth behind the images and take away any power they might have.

NetGalley, Dani Hennessy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Fascinating book.
Was interesting and well worth reading respectfully written and honours poor women who suffered inside.

NetGalley, Karen Bull

I found this to be very good book based on the serial killing couple and their twisted ways. This was a bone chilling story of two people who seemed to lack any kind of human emotion.

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were an ill-fated couple, a couple who brought havoc into the world when they got together.

It's really hard to know what to say when it comes to reviewing books like this, however this was such a good read, so well written and thought of.

NetGalley, Rebecca May

This retelling is about a crime against children but C.G.C. Cook did the perfect job at describing the scenes in a way that is not overly descriptive or disrespectful of the victims and their families. If you are interested in True Crime and would like a great retelling of a couple who deserved being caught, then this should be your next read.

NetGalley, Stephanie Fletcher

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

“It wasn’t master and slave. It was more like teacher and student. Bit by bit we were moving towards an almost telepathic relationship.” Ian Brady

Well this is a story I won’t forget for a long time, very very sad and quite traumatic.

I had heard of the “Moors Murders” but didn’t really know much about it.

This story had a lot of information on Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, as well as each case on the 5 victims.

There was many photos also which I always like in books. I feel that it is important to state that there is 1 particular photo that might be upsetting for some as it is of Lesley Ann Downey just before she is killed.

This was such a sad story and for the 5 victims I can’t help but feel so much anger towards these two murders. It’s hard not to hate Myra more as she was a woman and easy to trust and she used that to her advantage.

There is another book that Chris Cook will be writing and releasing in the future called “Convicting The Moors Murderers” which I am very keen to read.

“He was going to commit the perfect murder and she was going to help.”

If you like reading True Crime, this is a book to read!

NetGalley, georgi_lvs_books .

An interesting read about a historical shocking event. A detailed account of the events and how it unfolded.

NetGalley, Hayley Bruce

You can't review this book and say you enjoyed it due to it's horrific subject matter , but many of us are very familiar with the details of the deaths of young children by the hands of Ian Brady & Myra Hindley. But it is safe to say that it gives a very frank and detailed account of the case and the evil characters that they were.
I should imagine it is the most detailed account made available to the general public yet.

NetGalley, Angela Thompson

If you’ve ever wanted a deep dive into the lives and thoughts of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, this is the book for you. The Moors Murderers is by far the most in depth account I’ve ever read.

NetGalley, Renee Cupp

I have a morbid fascination with true crime, especially murders, and especially those that are well publicised or that still have an element of mystery about them. Although solved there is still so much mystery involved with this case, especially because both were so evil that they refused to give up the resting place of at least one innocent victims remains and it has long been my believe that there may in fact be many other victims that the pair refused to give up.
This was a fascinating read that gave a new look at certain things such as police interviews, statements etc as well as things that belonged to pair, coupled with well known facts to take a rounded view of the pair themselves and the crimes that they committed.
There is no doubt that the pair were toxic both to each other and innocent young people in their communities, but you cannot deny that they are also interesting - sick but fascinating.

NetGalley, Aria Harlow

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I found this to be very good book on the serial killing couple and their twisted ways. I read about the Moors murders a long time ago and found this to be so much more revealing with its new information and photos. You learn more about the interactions between them and how they built up to doing a murder. They used a list they checked off in an effort to avoid detection, believing that they were committing the perfect murders. Ian Brady was particularly evil and was set on indoctrinating others, starting with Myra. Very good true crime.

NetGalley, Valerie Shampine

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

These murders have been covered by many - in book, newspaper, movie and documentary - so I was pleasantly surprised to find myself learning new information about the cases in this detailed and informative account. Delving deeply into the relationship between Brady and Hindley, the author brings new perspective to the context and motives leading to the killings. Clearly and respectfully written, the book provides intimate new insights into the case including a number of new photographs. The author has done a great job of presenting a well studied case in a new and engaging way.

NetGalley, Louise Gray

About Chris Cook

A true crime fanatic, who enjoys re-investigating real life crimes and un-earthing new, never seen or heard before information to add to the narrative. I have a range of interests, including football, Formula 1 and natural disasters. I’m from a working-class background in Kent and work at a University in London.

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