Published: Dec. 29, 2015
Genre: True Crime, Biography
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
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“We were always worried. Always looking over our shoulders . . .”
Linda Scarpa had the best toys, the nicest clothes, and a close-knit family. Yet her childhood was far from idyllic. Classmates avoided her; boys wouldn’t date her. Eventually she learned why: they were afraid of her father.
A made man in the Colombo crime family, Gregory Scarpa, Sr. was a stone-cold killer nicknamed the “Grim Reaper.” Unlike most tight-lipped mobsters, Scarpa talked business—and murder—in front of his kids. But to Linda, he was also a loving, devoted father who played video games with her for hours. In riveting detail, she reveals what it was like to grow up in the violent world of the mob and to come to grips with the truth about her father and the devastation he wrought.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
For me I enjoy reading stories like this because you get an inside look at how being in the Mafia affects everyone just not the victims. This story is not only from the point of view of Linda his daughter but from other people who were affected by The Grim Reaper. With this story it just goes to show you that just because you have someone in the Mafia it isn't glamorous or anything there is death, heartache, broken families, revenge. I think the author did a great job with telling us the true accounts of what went on within the life of Linda the daughter and how she and those around her were affected. The only issues I had and I hope that because I got an early copy it is fixed by the time publication comes out is the spacing between periods and starting a new sentence. There were quite a few of these. Another issue is the changing of the point of views when Linda would say my mother or someone else will tell you that story. If you are not reading that carefully you wouldn't know that the p.o.v's have changed. I would maybe suggest before the change of p.o.v's maybe putting the name of the person who will be speaking next? Just my thought on the issue.
Now if you are going into this story thinking you are getting all the dirty gruesome details of how the Grim Reaper worked you are wrong. Linda didn't fully know everything her father was doing just what she was told or what she would see, but there are some scenes that have you going oh my.
After reading this book I actually went and looked up information on The Grim Reaper and I can't believe I didn't know anything about this going on.