Book Review: Last Meal

Title: Last Meal: The True Story of The Bloody Benders

Author: Paul Ibbetson

Narrator: Molly King



In 1873, the largest serial-killing spree in American history happened along the Osage Trail in Kansas. The family would later be identified as the Bloody Benders. Unlike most criminals of their time, they escaped and were never caught. This true history is now captured in a gripping fictional tale that takes the horror of murder on the plains to a dark new level.

My Review

4/5 Stars

Although based on a true story, this telling of the Bender family has parts that are both real and fictional. Since it is not known exactly what happened to the Bloody Benders, it was interesting to see this author’s telling of the story. Not only do we see events from the POV of a detective, but we also see it from Kate’s.

When the story is told from Kate’s POV, it held the most interest for me. This was a very elusive group of criminals, and she was the mastermind. It’s interesting even now to see how much power she held over her “family.”

Narration was okay. Molly King was a bit slow, and I found some of the background noises distracting, but other than that the characters were spot on.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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