“Dateline: Purgatory (Examining the Case that Sentenced Darlie Routier to Death)” by Kathy Cruz, I would classify as a true crime/look into our justice system. A few years back, this would of been an easy read for me, and a top pick for me. As of recently though, I have gotten away from the true crime genre, but wanted to read something different. As of yet, I am not completely done reading it, and it is mostly because I am struggling with it for a few reasons.
I went into reading “Dateline: Purgatory” hoping to really learn about the case involving Darlie Routier for “murdering” her two young sons the night of June 6, 1996. With my being 22 almost 23, I really wasn’t watching the news much when this was being covered on it, and when I did watch the news my parents would have me leave the room when stories like this were being covered. As I was saying, I was hoping to learn more about the case, but I felt like I have been learning more about Kathy Cruz’s research in the case as she tries to get the case against Darlie Routier which sentenced her to death reopened. As much as I enjoy Cruz’s research and is presented in strong and educated manor, it is just missing something to keep me interested at times.
My other issue with this book is, that I’m confused if Cruz is being paid to mention the places in which she meets people to find out more information. These places include Walmart, Arby’s and McDonald’s and places of the like. Now this issue is just a small one, but bugs me when I see it throughout the book.
Overall, I am giving “Dateline: Purgatory (Examining the Case that Sentenced Darlie Routier to Death)” by Kathy Cruz 2/5 stars based on where I am at in the book (page 181/217). Though I enjoy Kathy Cruz’s research into the case of Darlier Routier and a look into our Justice System, I had just hoped that I learned more about the night of June 6, 1996 and the aftermath. Granted, this might not be the best review for this book as I have not been in the true crime reading mood as of late. I do however recommend this book to anyone who enjoys true crime or works in the justice system.