ARC Review: The Family Next Door by John Glatt

The Family Next Door: The Heartbreaking Imprisonment of the Thirteen Turpin Siblings & Their Extraordinary Rescue by John Glatt

Published July 23rd, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Genres Nonfiction, True Crime

Pages 320

Source Finished copy provided by St. Martin’s Press

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On January 14, 2018, a seventeen-year-old girl climbed out of the window of her Perris, California home and dialed 911 with shaking fingers. Struggling to stay calm, she told the operator that she and her 12 siblings–ranging in age from 2 to 29–were being abused by their parents. When the dispatcher asked for her address, the girl hesitated. “I’ve never been out,” she stammered. To their family, neighbors, and online friends, Louise and David Turpin presented a picture of domestic bliss: dressing their thirteen children in matching outfits and buying them expensive gifts. But what police discovered when they entered the Turpin family home would eclipse the most shocking child abuse cases in history. For years, David and Louise had kept their children in increasing isolation, trapping them in a sinister world of torture, abuse, and near starvation. In the first major account of the case, investigative journalist and author John Glatt delves into the disturbing details and recounts the bravery of the thirteen siblings in the face of unimaginable horror.

This is the third true crime book I have read by John Glatt and it did not disappoint. When I saw this title on St. Martin’s Press upcoming releases, I reached out to them and they were kind enough to send me a finished copy. This is the first book that has really gone into this case and beyond the news, there haven’t even really been an documentaries about the case so far. The book begins by explaining some of the background on both Louise and David Turpin, as well as how they were raised, which I found very interesting as it gave me some insight into how they got to the point that they did. The middle part of the book goes into how Louise & David Turpin met and married, as well as their younger life and the time period when they started having children. The last part explains in more detail the horrors these poor children went through and how they were eventually rescued. This book is very interesting and disturbing at the same time and will certainly make you pay more attention to your neighbors.

Thank you to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, for sending me a review copy of this book.

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