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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Devil in the White City

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that 'The Devil in the White City' is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor."


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America is a nonfiction novel that combines the story of the 1893 Chicago World Fair and the life and crimes of H.H. Holmes.

I didn't think this book would work, but it did. I thought I wouldn't care about the half of the book that talked about the construction of the Chicago World Fair but thanks to the A+ narration, I wasn't bored at all. It was also interesting learning about H.H. Holmes since I didn't actually know much about him aside from the fact that he wasn't a very good guy.

I would definitely recommend the audiobook over the physical bool. I think if I read this physically I probably wouldn't have been into it as much.

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