The Devil In The White City

Erik Larson

Shelfie Score: 53%

Likeminded Reader Score: Login

Publisher: Unknown
Pages: 717


The story of two men's obsessions with the Chicago World's Fair, one its architect, the other a murderer. "The Devil in the White City" draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others.

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This book switches between the architects behind The World's Fair in Chicago and the serial killer H.H. Holmes. At first, I didn't care about the architecture part of the book and really just wanted the serial killer point-of-view, but as the book went on, I found myself completely caught up with both sides of the story. I think that being from the Chicago area also helped pique my interest in the book. Extremely well-researched and well-written.


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Bookaxe Characteristics for The Devil in the White City

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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