April 2017: Daphne duMaurier - Books made into films
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I was hoping to get The Scapegoat from the library, but I think it's damaged or something. I did a few tag searches to see what I could find that's on my tbr, and the closest to horror I could find is some true crime, so I'm thinking Fatal Vision. I've had it since high school and don't recall if I ever read it back then or not!
Fatal Vision / Joe McGinniss
In February of 1970 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Green Beret and physician, Jeffrey MacDonald, survived what he said was a break-in that resulted in the murders of his wife and two little girls, aged 2 and 5 years. It was only after 9 years that Jeffrey himself was finally charged and put on trial (though there was a hearing via the army back in 1970). Unfortunately, there were many errors during the army’s investigation into the murders. Jeffrey’s father-in-law, and early supporter, was later convinced of his guilt (after reading the transcripts of the army hearing) and pushed for years to get MacDonald on trial for the murder of his stepdaughter and grandkids.
I’ve had this book since high school and I don’t believe I ever did read it back then. I’m glad I’ve now finally read it. There were some chapters interspersed, mostly at the start of the book, but also occasionally later on, called “The Voice of Jeffrey MacDonald”. At the start, much of this was recounting his and his wife Colette’s history. I didn’t find these parts nearly as interesting, though I suppose it gives the reader a bit of insight into Jeffrey, himself. Overall, though, it was a fascinating read.
Personal opinion on the case: I have no doubt that he did it. He story just doesn’t hold up for me, not even a little bit. And this is before the physical evidence.
I also watched the movie version of The Girl With All the Gifts. I thought it was quite faithful to the book, though it seemed more gory and violent than the book did. I thought that the relationships among the characters were done so well, with many touching moments, that I encouraged my 18-year-old daughter to watch the movie with me. I should have remembered that she dislikes violent and scary films. She watched the whole thing and then said in a bewildered manner, "Why on Earth, Mom, did you think this would be a good family-bonding movie??" :)
I would like to see TGWATG. It's on my Amazon watchlist. I haven't read the book but sometimes I'd rather just watch the movie.